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  1. Tryon Place - Crescent project at Tryon and Stonewall

    I agree. It was obviously a mistake. There were several cities that many of knew that were in a lesser status than Charlotte on a worldwide scale. It might have been devised by a "think tank" at the university, but I question what they were thinking about and their credibility in regards to the gamma ratings. I also question/challenge the accuracy of placing some of those in the bata area ahead of us.
  2. Tryon Place - Crescent project at Tryon and Stonewall

    I meant in uptown. I know there are plenty around town, but I can't think of anything like either having a shop on Tryon or Trade Streets, our main streets. There is a huge shortage of small shops uptown. I suppose that it is because most places have such huge spaces to rent and it is simply too difficult for a small shop owner to make enough money to stay open. They were abundant decades ago on these streets. They have gone the way of the malls unfortunately. With the huge influx of newcomers, there will have to be a resurgence of venues to fill the needs of all the people. I see boutiques and shops popping up on South Boulevard. I hope they keep expanding over to uptown.
  3. Tryon Place - Crescent project at Tryon and Stonewall

    Just a quick note. Dallas is the 10th largest economy in the world and Atlanta is 18th and also has the largest/busiest airport in the world. I guess the term "world class" is truly nebulous. Also, I believe that there are lots of people in Paris and London that would say that Dallas or Atlanta are world class cities. In respect to Gap, we need more clothes shopping venues. There are tons of restaurants and bars. What we need is diversity. Hell, I don't even know if there is a camera shop or a tailor in uptown Charlotte? I will be happy with anything, but I would like to see boutiques and such.
  4. Tryon Place - Crescent project at Tryon and Stonewall

    Besides that, the government owns transportation, i.e. British Rail which is extremely costly to use. We are already crying about the taxes we pay which are some of the lowest in the western world. As you say, we are limited when we have to create venues with our own funding. One thing, my friends from Manchester are going to be mad at you for saying that Glasgow is number two. You better go hide.
  5. Tryon Place - Crescent project at Tryon and Stonewall

    Who should I consider? I am sure your formula is the one the world uses.
  6. Tryon Place - Crescent project at Tryon and Stonewall

    Do you think people will see "black concrete walls and raised parking podiums" and leave? I have been to most world class cities around the world and I don't see Charlotte as being deficient in any aspect. You can't expect a city to have retail for 2 million people when only one million people living here. Additionally, people normally choose to live in the city or the burbs. Even world class cities have people with families with children and want some space and a community. I really don't think that that a growing city and suburbs will stop a place from becoming a world class city. It certainly didn't stop Houston, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, Atlanta and numerous other places. I believe that Charlotte has very attractive buildings and although we don't always get the look that we want, it has not slowed down the growth or influx of people. Our skyline is far superior to many world class cities that have either none or much smaller. We are not great, but we are greater than many and those annoying blank concrete walls, while undesirable, won't stop us from becoming world class. It will take much more. I believe that I could take a prospective investor around the beautiful areas (suburbs) of Charlotte and show the person what we have to offer, and they would anxiously stay and invest.
  7. Tryon Place - Crescent project at Tryon and Stonewall

    These buildings have no bearing on whether Charlotte becomes a mediocre or world class city. The most significant thing about the buildings is that it brings commerce and attention to the city. That outweighs design. I can name several world class cities that have no skyline or those that don't have one anywhere close to what we already have just as JBS said. Many world class cities don't have a skyline worth mentioning at all. I am just thankful to have the new additions and the others that are coming.
  8. Amazon HQ2

    There is lots of room between Charlotte and Cornelius beside the RR tracks which hopefully will someday transport commuters. It would also be easily accessible to the Concord airport, the Charlotte airport and the Amazon warehouse close by.
  9. The Bad News Report

    As a "homer" that has lived overseas for 20 years, on three continents and Boston, Minneapolis, Denver, and Charlotte, I have a pretty good prospective. Charlotte is no cowtown as many like to claim. We are attracting international companies at a fast pace and are on top of the list as far as most desired cities to relocate. I believe basing our qualification on 20 t0 30 year olds. If you feel that my opinion that Charlotte is a viable choice for newcomers of all educational levels is invalid and that Charlotte is lacking in the ability to "improve and progress," perhaps you need to reassess the meaning of "being a homer." Charlotte has lots of growing and improving to do, but at least it is and at a respectable speed. In my opinion, the Charlotte area has almost everything in life that makes me comfortable and what it doesn't have, the airport is close enough and big enough to take me where the rest of my needs can be fulfilled. I can name dozens of cities that are more exciting that Charlotte, but everyone isn't looking for excitement. I spend a few months in Europe every year and love most cities there, but actually choosing to live in a place and loving a place can have a wide variation in regards to prospective. If we are specifically concerned so much with the needs of the 20-30 year old millennials, Asheville should be added to this topic.
  10. Amazon HQ2

    Most of the prospective cities are in suitable locations except for a couple, I believe that it will all boil down to tax breaks and other incentives offered. Comparing what is required by Amazon, Charlotte is actually a very viable choice and as you say, there is plenty of "Vacant acreage" in the center of the city. We are within a 12 hour drive from half of the population in the U.S. ( if you drive the speed limit.)
  11. The Bad News Report

    I responded to what I read which was "Gaslight Park," not "Gaslamp park." I didn't understand his question and the relevance of the two places that were mentioned. I still don't. "My being out of touch" is irrelevant. We are going "Waaaay off topic" as JBS said. B"
  12. The Bad News Report

    Do quite understand your question. Gaslight Park is in Seattle and Petco Park is a ball park in San Diego. What is your point?
  13. Amazon HQ2

    I somewhat agree. It is just that I like chewing on the real thing.
  14. The Bad News Report

    San Diego isn't much different from Charlotte except for the navy. I havefamily in Chula Vista and Bonita which used to be a great place. They had a mini ranch in the back of their house. But, San Diego was pretty suburban itself. It was always my favorite city in California. It does have the best weather in the world that I have seen so far.