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  1. In the DC metropolitan area, there’s a lot. This is 2018 so Harris Teeter, Wegmans (I think 2 stores opened with a few more U/C) expanded a lot and Amazon Fresh has at least 3 grocery stores so far and I think I read several more planned. 2018 DC MSA: Giant has 97 stores (20% market) Safeway 76 stores (10%) Harris Teeter 42 stores (7%) Costco 15 stores (5.5%) Shoppers 25 stores (5%) Whole Foods 20 stores (4.5%) Walmart 24 stores (4%) Target 34 Stores (3.5%) Trader Joe’s 17 stores (2.5%) BJ’s 7 stores (1.5%) Seems like more competitive t
  2. Well, Charlotte is no Atlanta, Miami or New Orleans. I love Charlotte, obviously, but it has came across to me as a place people have very little familiarity of. I feel like North Carolina has more awareness than Charlotte and Charlotte isn’t that well known. I know several other posters here live in DC, but anytime I mention Im from Charlotte, people later always mix it up with Charlottesville and Charleston. They are Educated, fairly high income, extremely well-traveled people. When I say I’m from Charlotte, NC, people either have family from there or they say something like they
  3. That’s not back in the day For me, it’s seeing the two Wachovia towers, & the neon lights on the Soviet Duke building. 400 South Tryon always seemed to dominate the skyline because the building was lit up so well.
  4. I echo this. It is extremely common and very frequent people thank the bus driver in DC. Especially older black women.
  5. A long time ago on this website I posted Charlotte should try to be the “City of Lights” and it seems every year more and more buildings get lots of lights. Everyone wants a dumb Ferris Wheel or they come up with ideas that multiple other cities already have. The light thing is pretty unique. The city should run with it.
  6. I live in DC and during the worst of the pandemic, we had those frequencies. If I missed a train, I didn’t care what the Uber fare was. 15+ minutes is 100% unacceptable for commuting. Despite that, there are real-time maps https://gis.wmata.com/metrotrain/index.html and you can see how many minutes until the next train allowed you to at least plan around a low frequency schedule. If Lynx at least had that.... it would be much better... IMO cats is tripping over dollars to save pennies. People won’t come back with terrible frequency.
  7. That’s actually why I never rode the light rail. It doesn’t connect to Penn. I’d visit Baltimore a little more if Penn were better connected to the light rail/closer to the harbor (because I take MARC to Penn and it starts to become a pain to do so much just to grab a beer around the harbor) Moral of story... frequency, convenience and good routings make a difference.
  8. It is frustrating to voice these real complaints when you are a transit advocate & I am personally a little transit nerd and don’t mind mass transit taking longer in some cases & then have people get annoyed you’re complaining about it. if I lived in SouthEnd along the blue line & worked at Novant- I wouldn’t take the blue & gold. I think even with traffic, you’d probably save 35-45 minutes each way? From door to door. DC & Atlanta streetcars are the same. I rode the DC streetcar once in 4 years. It’s way more convenient to scooter, bike, walk, literally
  9. It’s crazy what these young kids are doing. It seems like most homicides & violent crimes in DC are committed by middle and high schoolers. It’s ridiculous. is this a nation wide thing where crime is being committed by such young people???
  10. He’s cute, I assume foreign and his handle is pretty sexy. irrelevant but.
  11. The entire world is going through a pandemic. I just want to point out that people who think this is going to be a 9-5 Monday through Friday area is well aware it’s not at full build out and that there is a pandemic. One of my favorite projects built in Charlotte recently has been the Rail Yard, in SouthEnd.
  12. curious to hear more of your full experience. How long it was etc. what your thoughts are.
  13. The streetcar shouldn’t have been built if 5 minute frequencies can’t be afforded. Because it’s not that useful otherwise (at least 10 minute frequencies) Who in the world wants to spend 30+ minutes (assume you walk to the station, wait 15 minutes. Then 7 minutes on the streetcar and then another few minutes to where you are going) when you could literally drive to your destination in 7 minutes From door to door. Or you could scooter in about 10 minutes or Uber.... People wanting to hop to a place like Big Ben and in walking distance of streetcar definitely can afford Uber. It
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