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  1. I have to say I was fairly pleased with the changes as well. The reduction of plaza space is a big plus in my book for addressing pedestrian experience. I still have concerns about a few basic elements of the street level experience. The plaza area on the corner of Park and Tryon will be fronting a fairly busy street. I would imagine this could make this plaza space less than inviting at busy times. I'd like for DP to take this into account and perhaps design the space in a way to provide a visual cue to drivers to slow down as they are entering into a more pedestrian friendly area. In addition, that retail space (Park and Tryon) is cut off from all other retail spaces and pedestrian zones by giant blank wall on either side of it. I'd like to continue to see improvement on the treatment of the blank walls on Tryon and Park and would really like to see some true creativity incorporated into those blank spaces.
  2. I'd be all to happy to compose an email of "Best of" quotes from places like UP and Facebook where people are laying into this thing and send it directly to Cousins if they haven't heard the complaints. In fact, would it be possible to schedule an "event" on facebook (an online sit in if you will) where we schedule a time to get everyone with grievances to post directly to the social media accounts of these companies. In fact, we could probably use Common Market's friend list to get the word out (among other groups). ;-P Hundreds or more complaints in the span of an hour would surely get their attention. If City officials and organizations show a genuine lack of care, once again, I'd take to social media. Use the city's precious #RailTrailCLT and #Charlottesgotalot against it. This development is everything the rail trail is not supposed to be. If the city and these developers only want feel good crap written about them they might get a jolt when their own hashtags are used against them. This isn't the 60's, time to revolt like Millennials. Hit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, anywhere outsiders view them. We could hit where it hurts the most, where it's most public.
  3. I think if overzealous, high end retail boys kept trying to hit me up for an inside scoop, I'd say something like Old Navy just to screw with their head as a joke. Haha. In fact, I'm sure I'd do something smart alleck like that.
  4. I was worried about how visible this would be tucked in with all of the other towers around it but now that it's popping it's head up it's clearly going to be highly visible from tryon, southend, 277, etc. I don't see this one fading into the background which has me pretty excited about it.
  5. And... I'm officially back from the dead. I've never left, I've always read. But, as a Park Ave. resident, this one really gets to me. I've been drinking a little but I almost feel like it's time to take to the streets, in a way. Even if it is futile and even if we lose, I think it's important to show the city that we're tired of sub par crapty developments ruining the character of these neighborhoods. Common Market has a serious and loyal following. I say parlay that into a big social media campaign, bring in bands, have parties to save the character of neighborhoods. Make it about more than common market and about development standards in the center city hoods in general. I was at Shiprocked Thursday night and even they were on stage talking about how upset they are with these sorts of developments. Obviously, I'm pro development. But, this business is drawn to the neighborhood for a certain charm and a certain reason. If there were a big push from the neighborhood, directly onto the business in some sort of big social media campaign, would they consider reshaping their plan and go vertical on the food truck lot, isn't it worth a shot? Pressure them into being good neighbors. Am I being drunk and naive?
  6. Hey, I have an idea... Instead of calling it the uninspired and trite name of LoSo, why don't we just call it Sedgefield and not even have it be Southend at all. I understand Southend is a linear neighborhood but it has really sprawled down way too far already. Nothing below Remount should be Southend at all. Leave it up to the developers looking to brand their buildings and the neighborhood will stretch into Pineville No reason Sedgefield can't pick up where Southend stops and develop an identity of it's own. PS, I'm back.
  7. And as a side note to my last comment... I forgot to and why that boost tourism. Sordid Lives alone has brought in tour groups from Winston, Raleigh and Charleston. I assume many of the other gay shows I mentioned do the same.
  8. In related news to GLBT visibility and tourism in Charlotte I wanted to give a quick shout to our local theatre scene. Currently Queen City Theatre Company (which for all purposes is a mostly gay theatre company) is currently doing "Sordid Lives" at Spirit Square uptown. It's a revival that Creative Loafing called a "Tranny Triumph" two years ago. It's a fantastically funny show so support GLBT visibility and local arts and see it! Secondly these are some of the gay shows done recently in Charlotte by various companies: Queen City Theatre:(all of these in the last 2 years) Sordid Lives Altar Boyz Dangerous (an all male/gay adaptation of Dangerous Liasons) Dog Sees God Die Mommy Die and bringing in cabarets by Coco Peru and The Kinsey Six Actors Theatre of Charlotte: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (almost every year) I Am My Own Wife Little Dog Laughed Take Me Out Southern Rapture (the actors theatre actually commissioned this original work about the "Angels in America" debacle) The Edge Theatre (Rock Hill) (This year alone) The Laramie Project The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (a new work following the Laramie project) (Both works part of a national showing timed to and commemorating the death of Matthew Sheppard) Bare: A Pop Opera RENT (While mainstream it still deal heavily with gay themes) The now defunct OFF Tryon theatre company produced Bent Corpus Christie Torch Song Trilogy [email protected] Epistles (a gay romance written by a local gay playwrite and director) Not to mention that the Blumenthal has sponsored it's own GLBT affinity group called Out on the Town. So like I said, support local artists and GLBT visibility and go buy some theatre tickets!
  9. Wouldn't SK netcafe be considered an indie coffee shop? And it's been there for at least the better part of a decade.
  10. Digital Sky is right. It has nothing to do with carts as the location was to be a Galyan's when it was built. To my knowledge Galyan's are like REI in that they have no carts. So carts wouldn't have even been considered.
  11. I've always thought of A/X as very "Jersey Shore". Kind of trashy folks trying to look exclusive by purchasing something with Armani written on its exterior. I have a feeling it will be very popular with those with low self esteem.
  12. In reference to bullying GLBT kids. I wanted to add that Queen City Theatre Co. is currently running "Dog Sees God" at Spirit Square which deals pretty much squarley with that topic. I don't want to give away any spoilers but I would suggest getting out to see it if you're at all interested in the topic. And go out and support local theatre, they need your support! I also know that I've read a lot of gay folk complaining about the lack of activities in town not bar related. There is almost always a GLBT themed live theatre show going on in town. Get out more! Here's the website:www.queencitytheatre.com You can find a review in Creative Loafing or The Observer.
  13. Went to Counter. Great Burger, Great Waitress, MISERABLE sweet tea. Traded it in for a coke. All in all I was happy though.
  14. Is Charlotte's lack of a gay bookstore symptomatic of its views on homosexuality or is it simply symptomatic of a 2007 culture that increasingly relies on large national chains. Every Borders and Barnes and Noble in town has a GBLT section. Charlotte only has a handful of independent bookstores as it is, Park Rd. Books, The Bookmark, Real Eyes, Paper Skyscraper, and White Rabbit. These are the only ones selling new books that I can think of in the entire city. One of them is solely a GLBT store and the other has a large portion of its offerings dedicated to gay interests. The Gay community seems to have a fair showing in our cities currently pathetic excuse for independent book retailers. So perhaps the problem isn't homophobia but homogenization.
  15. I'm sorry if I totally missed the info about this but I looked back and couldn't find anything. What is going on at the Duron building and adjoining parking lot? There is a fence up and the Duron Store appears to be stripped down.
  16. The Counter looks like a cool enough place. I'll definitely have some fun building burgers. I did notice that sweet tea wasn't on the menu and the tea they do have doesn't have free refills next to it on the menu like the soft drinks do. Sweet tea with free refills is a must in the South. Not only that, I saw they have a store coming to Atlanta. Believe it or not I think GA has a not so well enforced state law requiring all restaurants that serve unsweetened tea to also serve sweetened tea. Hopefully they will research the market enough to know we need some sweet tea with our burgers .
  17. It's funny this was brought back up because in today's Observer story about Trader Joes opening it talked about a potential "midtown" store. Out of boredom I went to a Trader Joes Forum where someone who said they were a TJ employee transfering to Charlotte for the Piper Glen store said a "midtown" store would be coming soon. It seems that if TJ is looking in that area then Grubb's spot is certainly an option.
  18. For the record, I don't think Starbucks will attract new businesses or people to PM, the local establishments in PM are doing a much better job of that right now. Starbucks is riding the wave not making it. It just seems to me that a Starbucks in that location is at best unnecessary. V12's point is very valid in reference to the message the center and their flags send upon entering the neighborhood that the neighborhood is accepting of homosexuals, by that same token the message a Starbucks sends is clear as well. That message being that the neighborhood is accepting of homogenization. I'm all for increasing the urban style development in the area but not this way. It has been common knowledge that PM has been in need of a good coffee house for a while now but accepting Starbucks just doesn't seem to be the right answer. It looks like this new development will do for the one side of the road what that CVS did for the other. BTW, what about that old house right there on Central sandwiched in by the other storefronts. It's empty right now and driving past it the other day I thought about what a great coffee house it would make. Heck, it would even make a decent community center.
  19. I was wondering what the thoughts were of Manolos or CBV or anyone else really as to the likelyhood of CHarlotte perhaps getting a Rugby store now that RL has closed the Chapel Hill and VA stores. It now appears the closest locations are in Dallas and DC. Did he close those stores due to poor performance. I know Charlotte isn't a "college town" but with the huge influx of recent grads we get every year when they land there first jobs it seems Charlotte could be a good fit. Would they base opening a rugby here on how well the current RL does or perhaps a developer offer them a deal they can't refuse?
  20. I'm happy developers are finally going green but I don't like the look of the place. It sort of reminds me of a 1970's Blowing Rock Condo Plex. Or the really beat up 70's apartments in Boone that they over price the college students for. It has a mid century modern look to it but in an already dated/not so great kind of way.
  21. I went in yesterday after a hike up Crowders Mountain because my friends wanted some Dairy Queen and I didn't want to stand in line and decided to be nosey. The place looks cool and I'll definitely be back. They weren't that busy but it was early and Sunday. One of the owners introduced himself to us as we walked in and told us about the place which was pretty gracious. It's not that common to see owners do that. I'll definitely head back sometime to hang out one night. The place has a relaxed atmosphere so I think it will lend itself well to being a neighborhood mingling spot and give it somewhat of a "where everybody knows your name" atmosphere. Not Cheersy, just welcoming, which I think is one of the things that has made places like The Evening Muse such a success. With the loyalty PMers give there local establishments and a warm environment and staff there is really nothing holding this place back from becoming another PM landmark in the future. I'm really looking forward to seeing what bands they bring in. Its a great addition, when Jacks opens down there that little street will probably have a lot of activity. With all of these new additions and the current nightlife spots in PM I wonder if that Fuel location will start to stay open late on weekends. They have a myspace page as well Snug Harbor Myspace
  22. Don't forget also that these churches are the ones who are just now breaking with the SBC. Other affirming Baptists churches may have broken off a long time ago and aren't in the news. A lot of churches split with the SBC years ago for various reasons so when it came to accepting gays I guess they never had to clear it with the ole' SBC as they were already long gone. Just because a church is Baptist and in the South doesn't mean it's Southern Baptist therefore never needing to break away at all for there particular beliefs.
  23. That's pretty much how I feel as well. I used to be so concerned with all of so many of these trivial matters. I found I don't care whether or not people think Charlotte is big or progressive. I like it, that's what matters. Of course we all know size isn't everything so I hope we come to value what makes us different from other cities instead of searching for what we can do to make ourselves like other cities. I think that is the next big hurdle on our path to truly becoming a fully realized city. It will take digging into our history as a people to define ourselves from our competitors.
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