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  1. Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    All of The stations in the original blue line aren’t fitted to handle 3 cars. The plans fell through with funding or whatever and now they’ll just run more frequent services instead of 3 car trains. Not sure when the time table for longer stTions is but I bet it’s far out
  2. Amazon HQ2

    The Raleigh boards are lit with so much glee they are on a list of 20 and not CLT. While obviously it’s better to be on the list than not, I’m just like. All the fanfare over beating out Charlotte? Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think were roles reversed (particularly if this were for a Finance HQ) Charlotteans would be hee hawing over Raleigh not being on a list of 20 that it’s not likely to get.
  3. Amazon HQ2

    Raleigh Pros: Part of an existing tech hub; offers cheap housing, good quality of life and the chance for Amazon to put its stamp on a city in a way that it couldn’t in more established metros. Cons: Clashes over gender identity and other hot political issues suggest North Carolina is still struggling over its own identity. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-18/amazon-ignites-fight-for-hq2-here-s-how-20-contenders-stack-up Pittsburgh Pros: Home to top AI and robotics university Carnegie Mellon, which have already drawn top tech companies like Google and Uber. Close to major distribution hubs in the middle of the country. Cons: It’s far from other major cities and tech hubs. Nashville Pros: Good universities, no Tennessee income tax and fame as the country music capital of the world have already made the city popular with major employers. Cons: Like Austin and Denver, the city has already succeeded in convincing companies to relocate, and the local housing market has struggled to keep up with the flood of new workers. ———————- So basically, universities and being cheap is how smaller metros got it and having a tech force. It mentioned Raleigh not being established as a pro. The same people who have lectured the board for months now on why HQ2 wouldn’t be good for CLT anyway are the ones having meltdowns right now. And LOL at the HB2 reason because of the current discussion here
  4. Amazon HQ2

    ? It’s getting a little cynical. They’re the hot little cities right now. Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Charlotte are more established. Charlottes been booming 15 years before Nashville and Raleigh took off. Atlanta never gets mentioned in these rankings list, Atlanta loses out to Charlotte and other southern cities and ATL has been “losing” ground from CLT, Raleigh, Nashville, Austin. Houston didn’t make HQ2, Austin did. Austin is always rated higher and growing faster than Houston. But soon there’ll be the next Austin. Stop being cynical. Development wise, even. Look at this cool little chart: http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/? i don’t see nashville catching up development wise. We are adding just as many towers. Raleigh has a longgg way to go to catch up. And IMO Charlotte is kicking it into high gear in developmemt growing bigger and bigger than Raleigh each year.
  5. Raleigh would be my best guess. Im still waiting patiently for new details. I’m gonna take lack of details as substantial progress being made.
  6. Stonewall - Northwood Ravin Project

    How long until the tower goes vertical? Or has it already. Doesn’t look like it had. But it’s a jungle over there with all of those projects for me to tell
  7. Charlotte Center City Streetcar Network

    So will the streetcars look like the blue line designs with gold instead of blue? Wish they would use the Siemens renderings
  8. Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    I saw the 3 car train inbound going over Harris. My first time seeing a train on the extension. It was exciting.
  9. Drive for 'Center City' retail

    RDF said before Harris Teeter was looking at Lincoln Harris. Harris Teeter + Whole Foods + City Target + Apple Store would probably be enough to support other retailers along Stonewall
  10. Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    That’s actually pretty discriminative and offensive. How am I any different from the other bus riders? And should I refer to “the others” as “unprivileged bus riders?” #11, which will serve the same area as the BLE, pretty much has no meaningful connections along the route. It’s not like it’s a route with plenty of transfers where the “unprivileged” will be transferring along #11 while the privileged will be speeding by waiving out the window. In fact, BLE should open up new routes to serve the unprivileged people much better as they will tie into BLE. Vi Lyles also doesn’t strike me as one who looks down on black, I mean “unprivileged,” bus riders (I assume this is a topic of race but we are going to use code words like “privelged” bus riders, etc instead of actually saying black and white. I don’t like coded racism from the left or right) As I said. It’s absolutely reasonable to have the new bus routes that will enhance service for bus riders in the north open a few days later. I trust transit officials to deal with those logistics over a social warrior. I look forward to the inaugural trip of politicians and dignitaries who worked hard on this project. This is very exciting and there’s literally zero to be upset over
  11. Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    Today I took Arrowood bus to Arrowood station, to Lynx to CTC. Got on N. Tryon bus to UNCC. Later I took the South Park bus from UNCC to South Park. Went to the Apple store. Then took Cross town to the scarley bark station to meet a friend. We rode to 485 to his car and then went to get food. I generally ride M-T and typically the light rail & #11 but it does deviate based on my activities. I have a car. A nice car. But I chose not to pay parking this semester at UNCC because light rail will open. Or does this not fit a false victimization narrative? Are you trying to make read-between-the-line statements that basically the busses won’t be opening up to BLE because we don’t want the blacks on the shiny new light rail? If so, that’s sad. I hope I’m wrong. And I am a white bus rider and I like to ride (if it didn’t add hours to my trips)
  12. Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    That seems more than reasonable to me.
  13. Charlotte Center City Streetcar Network

    Is it possible JCSU stop has capacity for multiple bus lines? As in it’s where the bus would start and stop and get rid of some uptown CTC routes? Have buses go north, south and west from the JCSU stop. Anyone who needs to go east can take the gold line to CTC/Light Rail to wherever East Or further north/South The gold and blue lines don’t technically use your transfer so it wouldn’t cost extra for riders.
  14. Charlotte Gateway Station and Railroad Improvements

    Do we know what the Gold Line station will look like here? Hope it’s one of the nicer stops to compliment the rest of the multimodal hub. Though, I honestly don’t expect the gold line at Gateway Station to generate much traffic (even though the urban planner nerd in me likes you can connect to Amtrak, greyhound)
  15. Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    I’m fine with politicians getting the inaugural ride. Also makes for good photo op.