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  1. I think you are correct on both of these accounts. Even with serious constraints like the low-bid, these delays should not be acceptable. Large bureaucratic projects are never easy, but that doesn't mean that you constantly over-promise and under-delivery. I do this all day. Even as a very liberal person, I wonder if having such a one-sided city governance prevents us from holding people accountable for this stuff.
  2. Agreed. This continual failure on all of its projects has to result in new leadership at some point.
  3. I'm just a guy with an opinion on the internet, but a place that had continual delays in opening that then blames others on when the business fails leaves a bad taste. I also seem to remember Joe's Doughs (awesome stuff) trashing Abari when they closed too. I also live very close to Abari so will certainly miss it.
  4. Can't let perfect be the enemy of good. Let's get more people able to live in walkable, transit-adjacent spaces. Having to walk a block for food isn't the end of the world. Not enough attention being paid that we are finally restoring this historic mill for use
  5. Yeah, I find these differences often overlooked. I also don't think NoDa should strive to be like South End, but I'm biased. I can see a possible future where North Tryon beneath Sugar Creek develops enough that Atherton type of developments make sesne....but those areas are a LONG way off.
  6. Oh, was that one between 21st and 22nd? Good there is continued interest in these emptyish lots.
  7. At least Noda already has a pretty good amount of retail...and it seems like a lot of turnover. I'm always going to support more housing steps from transit
  8. The green is certainly striking (and my phone camera doesn't do it justice):
  9. What is the alternative though? People want to live in Noda and Plaza Midwood and the homes there are being bid up a huge amount as a result. If apartments weren't being built there, prices would be even crazier. You aren't getting grit and funk when you have to be able to afford a million dollar house to live somewhere.
  10. If OG Belk had the weirdly beautiful communist paintings of Corporate Center...
  11. I think it is ridiculous we are talking about tearing down something when there is so much empty land nearby. Generally though, when you have a housing shortage, more housing helps affordability.
  12. I think this has generally worked out pretty well for Charlotte. We've lost a lot of great-looking buildings, but Tryon St is a beautiful street with a lot of impressive buildings for a city this size. The problem with this entire thing is that we are replacing it with garbage.
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