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  1. office towers are turning out not to be the greatest at providing anything meaningful at the street level except Starbucks. residential, it seems like retail here would struggle due to foot traffic and not the best location uptown for vehicles. Mass transit would be meh. Transferring from light rail to streetcar. If they tear down CTC that could be very promising for mass transit contributing to a robust area. I just think if epicenter is struggling and I think converting some spaces into office space... makes me a little skeptical on this being so transformative. I used to be pro-retail and stuff uptown buttt I’m fine with it being bars and restaurants. It’d be nice to see SouthEnd get the retail and better bars and stuff. It’s turning into a very vibrant area. im Just struggling to understand how it could be very transformative unless there are features and things that are attractions. (I mean. It’s very transformative in the fact that gravel parking lots would be home to a large project.
  2. On the bright side, I bet the overwhelming majority of users will be people transferring to other routes or light rail. So. Technically, they would have paid because transfers are free (excluding to Express buses which you have to pay a bit more) On the other hand, it allows people to transfer thrice. when I went to UNCC, I abused the system riding the Arrowood bus to Arrowood light rail & then Transferring to the North Tryon bus at CTC using my arrowood ticket to transfer. the other positive is the ones most likely to abuse it very frequently would be college students. Light Rail is built into tuition whether you use it or not so. If I’m going to be perfectly honest. I always pay my fair but just using it to go from say CTC to Elizabeth. So hard to justify wanting to pay the fare. The streetcar in DC is free. Hard to enforce but also. Who would wanna pay to ride a short distance. It’s not like people riding on that one or the one in Charlotte will be riding from end-to-end
  3. Maybe the most transformative rendering. The Amtrak will still only have relatively few frequencies to Charlotte. And the ones to Charlotte and even Washington were always less than ideal. Raleigh on the other hand seems much better served and better times. I don’t see how this could be more transformative than the Former Observer parcels with Honeywell, BofA, etc. Or light rail or even Romare Park.
  4. Looks like there is a new FAA rule that will allow airports to use PFC (passenger facility fees) funds towards mass transit. "Which (finally) brings us to the rule change issued a month ago. Under the new rule, expansions like the Silver Line would now be eligible for PFCs, typically by estimating what percentage of ridership would use the airport stop and prorating costs accordingly. Cities no longer have to choose between building a semi-useful airport connection solely for airport users or a truly useful mass transit expansion that would be much more difficult to pay for. It can now have both, the way it should have been all along." https://safe.menlosecurity.com/https://www.vice.com/en/article/z3v5j3/us-airports-no-longer-have-to-build-their-own-crappy-trains
  5. It’ll be way more interesting than things in most cities in the US outside of NY & Chicago. I am not saying this is the Eiffel Tower by any means, but Parisians were horrified by the Eiffel Tower and it was said people’s favorite spot to go to was the Eiffel Tower so they wouldn’t have to see it. Hopefully from a pedestrian standpoint, it will activate the street and provide a sense of place.
  6. I get all that but we were only talking about the urban design not being great. And if it came across as anything but discussing urban design, well, oops - that wasn’t the intention.
  7. You think the Target and Wendy’s add to the urban fabric of the city and is a great walkable development and aesthetically inviting? Great walkability and interacts great with the sidewalk? I completely disagree.
  8. I think SouthEnd should get a full size Target. Maybe an entire metropolitan type development. Specifically, there is this are in Merrifield, VA I went to before. The Dunn Loring & Merrifield area reminded me of Charlotte so I go every now and then when I want a taste of home. It’s more urban than it looks (apartments, street level retail, etc) I would love a copy of that to go where that trailer park is in SouthEnd. Maybe it is too close to metropolitan. Which is a shame because I’m not the biggest fan. The only part that isn’t completely covered by parking deck is a few food places along the busy road. The Target side has a normal sized drive-thru and the parking deck is ridiculously covering most of the development.
  9. But I do disagree that Charlotte is just such a large city, the tent population just is what it is and is just a result of being a large city. And What I meant by who cares, I meant who cares enough to lose their mind whether someone considers Charlotte to be a mid-sized city or a large city (what would that make San Francisco, for example? A giant city?)
  10. Who cares? Call it what you want. That is such a minor point of what I’m even talking about. Call it the largest city in North America. I still feel the same about 277 (and Charlotte, looking out of catalyst from my fiancé’s window because he lives here) still looks the same. Nothing changed by calling it large, tiny, huge. I’m sure everyone here knows Charlotte.... in any event. There should be leadership on the homeless tent situation. I don’t buy “it is what it is”. Not at least without addressing the situation.
  11. For me, mid-sized is Charlotte, Denver, Orlando, Tampa, Baltimore, Cinnci, Austin, etc. Large being San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas etc. It’s not scientific, just sorta my personal view. Mid-sized cities I view as major cities in any event anyway. I don’t think being a large city (or however you wanna categorize Charlotte) is really an excuse for lack of leadership in solutions for the homeless camps around 277.
  12. I disagree. Charlotte is a mid-sized city. It would be a stretch to call it a large city. cities aren’t measured in tents. Not saying bigger cities don’t have larger homeless populations. Just saying I don’t think Charlotte being a “large” city had any truth behind the tent city
  13. ive never seen a tent city like I have in Charlotte. It’s so crazy huge and like ones you see on TV with barrels of fire even. It’s shocking. I seen a smaller version in San Francisco on vacation. I’ve lived in DC for 3 years and I can only think of 1 bridge that has a few (literally a few. Like 3 but a lot of stuff) and the one with like. 8 tents that were forced to move this year with orange signs saying the sidewalk must remain clear at all times and property is subject to immediate removal. https://wamu.org/story/20/01/07/d-c-says-homeless-encampments-will-be-permanently-cleared-from-under-one-noma-bridge/ If liberal DC can do that. I’m sure the Charlotte city leaders can at least try to do something about it.
  14. When I loved in Charlotte as recently as 3 years ago, it was still the place to be. (SouthEnd and NoDa too) A place where people took light rail, got off to the big lights and bustling “New York” type vibes (I heard that often). People would go to the movies and really spend a long time there. UNCC students flooded the line to Epicenter. Even before the pandemic, to my surprise, people were advocating to tear it down. From casual observance, it seems a combination of young folk being to woke and hip not to go and older office workers feeling unsafe by the neighboring bus station. I’m very confused why young people love to live uptown but they literally spend absolute 0 time there. Even at catalyst, my friend goes out until 3am every night. He never ever stays in uptown. It’s 70% NoDa, 25% SouthEnd and 5% Plaza and somewhere far down on South Tryon where there are a few breweries. He even shops at Metropolitan for groceries. I mean, he spends 0 time in uptown other than to go to the parking deck or Starbucks. (But oddly, everyone is SO proud of the skyline and I hear so many young people constantly talk about being a big city because of the skyline, etc. but you all don’t like uptown so.....) it’s actually very annoying. I know it’s the pandemic, but it’s quite obvious going to NoDa or SouthEnd or even here in DC, it - almost - feels normalish. I go to Charlotte often to see my boyfriend who lives in catalyst. It’s uncomfortable walking around uptown. His friend lives in Uptown 550 or whatever. Horrible walk. Romare Park is sketchy a lot of the times at night. I’ve literally seen gang fights (there was a fight earlier in the day. Police broke it up. Later that night, appeared two groups of people. 10 cop cars came, one yelled “you never seen black people disagree before”. And the cops left. As they were fighting...) I know this is a long incoherent rambling rant that may be hard to follow. I’m not being one of those “oh I moved away to XYZ city and blah blah blah.” I’m just very annoyed at advocates of turning down my former hangout spot that I spent nearly a decade at having a good ole time waiting for more places in uptown. And now so many want it gone. Even wanting a Macy’s is just dumb to me. Who wants to go uptown for a Macy’s vs. a movie theater.... Anyway. Ignore me.
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