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  1. We should print about 100000 of these and do a leaflet drop. I hope David Ravin can get a copy of this.
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    Cap over Belk Freeway (277)

    Are we supposed to create a headache for the millions of motorists and disrupt the flow of billions of dollars of commerce that use the freeway all so you can enjoy a moderately better pedestrian environment? Every time I go through that area, there is no shortage of pedestrians either on the South End or Uptown sides of 277, so maybe you don’t like it but it doesn’t seem to be a headache to most. And even if it is a minor nuisance to pedestrians is it worth it to spend tens of even hundreds of millions of dollars raze the freeway and do what is necessary to bring it up to grade in the name of creating a pedestrian utopia? It is after all in a trench, so just putting up barriers and closing it off to traffic will not create an environment conducive to the pedestrian heaven people want. In order to create that environment you would have to destroy all the overpasses fill in the trench with hundreds of thousands or millions of cubic yards of fill material, and then you would have to rebuild the street grid. All told you are looking at a hefty price tag for this, and that money will have to come from somewhere- most likely transportation funds that could be used to build more infrastructure rather than destroying it. Or perhaps it would come from a bond issuance since the impetus of such a project is livability as opposed to transportation needs, but then it would be competing with real needs like affordable housing...all in the name of pedestrian utopia. Then there’s the inconvenient fact that cars that once used the freeway would now be forced to use at grade streets to navigate around Uptown. Given that roughly 80k vehicles use the John Belk on a daily basis, you’d have to assume that tens of thousands of vehicles that once used the freeway would now be a direct danger to pedestrians in and around Uptown streets because they would be sharing that space as opposed to being routed around it. And I suspect that NCDOT and CDOT would probably want to create even more high speed one-way pairs to mitigate the additional traffic, which is, with the exception of a drunk driver utilizing the sidewalk as if it were a road, possibly the worst thing for pedestrian safety that exists. So in a twist of irony, the very thing you clamor for-the removal of a freeway in order to make a better environment for pedestrians- may end up making the pedestrian environment worse.
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    Carolina Panthers Facilities News

    After some thought, I think this move to S.C. could really be good for Charlotte in the long run for several reasons: 1. It likely cements the Panthers as a Charlotte region sports franchise for decades to come, even if they don’t play in Charlotte proper. At Tepper’s initial presser, he committed to keeping the team in the Carolinas but, perhaps inadvertently, left open the possibility that the team could move to another metro area within the Carolinas. However he has also said that he doesn’t want to have a practice facility more than an hour away from the stadium they play in. If Ft Mill or Rock Hill is chosen then, Metro Charlotte is pretty much the only place the Panthers could play and still be less than an hour away from the practice facility and team hq. I guess the northern parts of the Columbia metro area would be within an hour, but I just don’t see the team building a stadium in the Winnsboro, SC area. 2. It reduces the possibility that the team will ever play in S.C. Aside from the two states one team mantra that Tepper seems to be a fan of and the fact that an S.C. practice facility and hq with a N.C. stadium gives him just that, Tepper has now exhausted the economic development angle that most teams use to extract concessions from local governments. S.C. economic development incentives are based on numbers of jobs created. Since the HQ move is what carries with it the jobs, and since the hq move is decoupled from a stadium build, it is highly unlikely that Tepper will be able in the future to use the economic development angle to gain access to S.C.’s liberal economic development grants to build a stadium. Any future stadium build in S.C. would then most likely have to go to a referendum, and I’m pretty sure neither York nor Lancaster have the political and/or economic resources to build a $1bil+ stadium. 3. To piggyback off number 2, now Charlotte is in a better negotiating position if/when Tepper does come around to asking for Stadium funds. If the threats to move the team are hollow (which I believe given the aforementioned they would be) and if he has already taken the hq elsewhere (and with it the tax rolls), then there is no incentive for the city to play ball. It would be easier for the city to walk away from the table. Sure he could argue that the hotel room-nights brought about by the stadium would go away, but it is really hard to justify a public subsidy of hundreds of millions of dollars for a stadium on the basis of room-nights alone, especially when room-nights are somewhat indirect economic benefits. If he did end up moving the team out of Charlotte, it would likely go to Tepper land in S.C. which, as stated before would still be in the metro area and still easily accessible for local fans. Note: I think all this, when taken in totality, bodes well for BofA remaining the Panthers home stadium for a long time. Other regional benefits I think the move to S.C. may bring: 4. I think it may help usher in a Winthrop football team in the future. Some of the new practice palaces built for NFL teams have small stadiums attached to them. Winthrop could use the small stadium co-located with the practice facility reducing the financial burden of starting a football program, and it would give Tepper more revenue creation opportunities-a win for both sides. 5. If they build where I think they will build it will make a transit line to York County more feasible. 6. Allows the team to live up to the two states one team mantra.
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    Cap over Belk Freeway (277)

    Purposefully making a transportation network less efficient in my opinion is never ever a good idea, and that’s exactly what razing any part of I-277 would do. Even if carmaggeddon did not occur-in the sense that one would not casually observe a difference in overall traffic levels- the traffic the 80k+ cars/day that was carried on the interstate would be shifted to the surface street grid by necessity. As a result cars that previously were able to pass around uptown without stopping would be subject to painfully slow stop and go traffic on the street grid. This would create greater carbon emissions and an increase in the potential for motorist-pedestrian incidents. Given that one of the most consistent complaints by UPers is the danger posed to pedestrians in Uptown by Charlotte drivers, it is ironic to argue that it would be better for the tens of thousands of cars that I-277 carries to be redistributed onto the streets in Uptown. Now one might argue that the ROW could serve as a viaduct for transit and pedestrian/bike paths but I don’t believe it is a stretch to say that we would be lucky if such a project would reduce the number of VMTs in and around Uptown by 20%. And it would do nothing to alleviate truck traffic. Furthermore, there is no need to raze 277 for development purposes. Pretty much every neighborhood in or near 277 is growing like crazy right now, especially the areas that straddle the John Belk segment of the freeway. P.S. The biggest source of global carbon pollution is, by far China and not US freeways. Another large source of carbon pollution is the ocean shipping industry largely due to the proliferation of cheap goods from China. The two of these together account for 30%-35% of global carbon emissions. If you want to reduce the global carbon footprint, a better idea than closing down freeways (which may be counterproductive) is to minimize the purchase of goods produced in countries such as China where the environment is nothing more than a sink in which to bury the true cost of production. Tell all your friends to do the same.
  5. I feel the same way. In some respects I am so proud of this city, but I will never be proud of the fact that we let old buildings with great architecture end up like this, especially when what will replace it is something that is only a slight upgrade over a Soviet apartment tower.
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    Economic Development - Expansions and Relocations

    Yesterday it was reported that Corvid Technologies in Mooresville was awarded a $223 Mil contract from the federal government to build sub-orbital space vehicles as part of ballistic missile defense. Hundreds of jobs-presumably ultra-high pay- will result and the jobs could be coming to our metro. I don’t know if it will just be R&D/engineering jobs or if there will be a manufacturing component as well-I hope there’s a combo of the two. However, quite literally these jobs will be “rocket science” jobs and they could be coming to our metro.
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    Charlotte MLB Team Speculation

    Yeah I was looking at the website as well and their claims seem a little suspect. I guess they consider Charlotte to be a regional extension of Atlanta otherwise they’d realize that Charlotte has a TV market larger than Raleigh (as does Portland; Sacramento and Orlando I do consider to be regional extensions of nearby teams). If Charlotte is a regional extension of Atlanta’s market then why is Raleigh not considered a regional extension of DC’s market in their minds? The distance between Raleigh and DC is about the same as the distance between Charlotte and Atlanta. The TV ratings are not hidden by the way, I googled the Nielsen ratings and found September 2018 rankings (not out of date either) and Charlotte was a couple spots above Raleigh. There is a grassroots movement to bring MLB to Charlotte led by a guy named Rick Curti. Admittedly his sites don’t look as good as the Raleigh MLB website, but he has been at it for about 7 years and he gets tons of interviews from the local media about his efforts. In my opinion he just needs some creative types to help him craft his pages a little better. Here is the Facebook page:
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    BB&T-SunTrust - New Charlotte Headquarters

    Please expound upon this
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    Economic Development - Expansions and Relocations

    Wells Fargo is probably not going to make that jump; however I think there is a somewhat good chance that Ally does. IIRC, about half of their C-Suite staff lives in Charlotte, and of those, it’s the really important C-Suite titles such as CFO, Head of the Consumer Bank, and most importantly CEO. I believe the COO is in Charlotte too.
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    Carolina Panthers Facilities News A good short news video on the possibility of adding a roof to BofA. I believe it was an architect from HOK Sport who said it was certainly doable; perhaps it’s the same architect as the one in this video.
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    Legacy Union (former Charlotte Observer redevelopment)

    Please tell me you’re joking.
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    Scaleybark Station Area Projects

    RDF, is Binford Tools HQ is coming to Charlotte?
  13. The only places that I know of that has an active Maglev is Shanghai. Europe, Japan, Korea, etc do have high speed rail on steel wheels but it’s not Maglev, and most of that is for intercity travel. Suburban commuter rail in those countries is still standard fare rail similar to what we have here in terms of speed and technology. IIRC the fastest commuter rail line in the world was the MARC Penn Line between Baltimore and DC until they got rid of the electric locomotives, but I think trains still routinely travel 110 mph on that route. Maglev and high speed rail are not practical for the typical ~25-mile commuter rail line with 6-12 stops. Edit: I don’t know if it was a sarcastic post or not but I do enjoy when people appeal to the “19th century technology” argument. I find it to be ironic considering that the car is also 19th century technology but people still use it for their daily commute. With the exception of the airplane virtually every piece of transportation technology we use predates the 20th century (Heck the boat is millennia-before-Christ technology yet it’s still used today). And wile I know the car of today is nothing like the cars from 100+ years ago, neither is the train of today like those of 100+ years ago. I don’t see too many steam locomotives making hauls these days.
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    Economic Development - Expansions and Relocations According to the article above, the old Philip Morris plant grounds will become another megasite in NC’s inventory of megasites once all the buildings are demolished. Hopefully when Chris Chung says that the Philip Morris site will become another premier megasite in NC, it will be featured on the EDPNC page along with the Greensboro-Randolph site and the Chatham-Siler City site, and will be marketed by the state to automotive companies with all the same fervor the two above sites are. I personally think that once the old cigarette plant and distribution buildings are gone it will be the best site in the state for an automotive assembly plant. It already has all the infrastructure such as an onsite substation, multiple rail spurs, and presumably a good sewer system. It is also zoned for heavy industrial. Plus it is closer to the interstate than any other megasite in the in NC. I thought the fact that it didn’t have interstate frontage would end up being a downside, but in that regard it is on par with every other megasite in the state (to be fair the other two sites mentioned above are very close to 421 which is nearly a freeway SE of Greensboro). Furthermore we have a considerable amount of automotive knowledge in the area with all the NASCAR teams, and at my last check, we had about 3000 workers that had been furloughed from the area’s Freightliner plants. Between NASCAR workers and furloughed Freightliner workers, I’d say we pretty much have a ready made workforce for an automotive assembly plant. Finally I think we already have a decent base of automotive suppliers in the area due to the Freightliner plants and the BMW plant in GSP.
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    SouthEnd Midrise Projects

    So what you’re saying is that DFA is bringing their corporate hq to Charlotte from Austin to have greater access to our deep pool of financial talent... Just kidding...but should happen.