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  1. Within Uptown I have absolutely no problem with them sharing lanes. Yes it will lead to the streetcars not having to the minute service reliability, but I think that is acceptable. Phase three really needs to be dedicated right of way though to keep delays in check. I'm also not a fan of the every 1/4 mile stop spacing, even on The Blue Line in uptown. With The Blue Line I understand the stop spacing in uptown and the two extra stops really aren't going to cause an issue, but the 7th and 3rd street stations really aren't "needed." Though if I were all-powerful and got rid of 3rd st station I'd also get rid of Stonewall and put one at the convention center. Street cars are good at intraneighborhood mobility and mobility between nearby neighborhoods (which to be fair buses are really good at). That's why it has such frequent stops. I tend to dismiss intraneighborhood mobility as not appropriate for rail. Even at 1/2 mile stop spacing you're not making anything within the neighborhoods "unreachable" if someone takes rail, and out in the suburbs spacing at 3/4 of a mile to 1 mile is fairly appropriate.
  2. Maybe. I mean they still have to actually complete the merger, but they'd be paying a hefty premium for that building. My memory is Cousins paid $330ish million for it, and that was a premium over the construction cost.
  3. I think the people in Badin would want the smell to be farther away. They can go a couple miles south of Oakdale (near the Rocky River) and have a two mile radius of nothing but farms almost.
  4. If they are leasing I doubt that. I think floor plate size and lease rates are more important. I mean they might have objected if it were a smaller DEC, or a copy of the jukebox, but otherwise...
  5. I don't really hate the building. It's no BOACC, or Hearst tower, but it's ok. The biggest issue I have (with the building itself) is building lighting in general, I'd have rather them spent the money on creating a great street level experience. I do have an issue with the amount of parking for the whole development. I mean I get why they have to have it, but uggh... Parking decks hurt street presence, and encourage car commuting (and I say this as a long range commuter). Again I completely get why they have to have it, I just wish they could have done something to reducing parking demand (or mitigate it somewhat).
  6. Also more loudly. Ya think we can hire Jesus Saves to get our message out?
  7. That could improve service, but it adds additional complexity and cost. It still wouldn't solve the actual root causes of the delays though so there would still be issues.
  8. 1) that has more to do with the interior layout and seat design than the technology. 2) agreed. But we need a BLE and commuter crossover stop, besides Uptown. However top speed is much less important than average speed. 3) depends on how it is implemented. 4) LRT would be less expensive in the same corridor than heavy rail, but that would preclude using the same tracks for freight. BLE was so expensive due to ROW purchasing, and road rebuilding (that's also why it has so many level crossings) Has anyone done any sort of study to see what type of ridership numbers Charlotte to Salisbury with new stops could generate? Say Gateway Station, Parkwood(ish), University, Harris-Houston (or there about), Harrisburg, three of four stops in Concord, Three in Kannapolis, Landis, China Grove, Salisbury, and Spencer. Or maybe just stop at Kannapolis.
  9. It happens when they are casting. My understanding is it's due to organic products used in the casting process (oils, resins and the like). The major adverse health effects come from particulate matter, and sulfides. The VOC's aren't healthy either but are less well understood. The big thing is a possible increase in risk for lung cancer, which is partially why CP&F bought the land near the plant. However as Wilmore and former industrial land near there gentrifies and becomes more residential CP&F will be under increased pressure to reduce smells and emissions from the plant, which is either impractical or impossible. They are also severely restricted on growth at their current site since due to the previous mentioned issues, that said as far as I'm aware there is still capacity at the current foundry. The big issue is CP&F will likely need to take on debt to build a new plant, and their current location will be a brownfield site which will severely restrict its sale value. In addition CP&F will also face potential liabilities due to loss of land value near where it moves to. The company has to assess future liabilities, and restricted growth potential at the current site vs the cost of moving, building a new foundry, and the cost of future liabilities at a new site. 10 years ago their assessment was moving likely wouldn't be profitable. These days with the tariffs they may have the ability to expand production, but betting on tariffs is a risky business move. *way late edit but CP&F is the only American cast iron pipe manufacturer left (at least in building sized pipe, there may be others in larger diameters that I'm not aware of). It is a unique American asset.
  10. Best Charlotte review since George Washington. RIP Grumpy Cat.
  11. woohoo that means they'll power 1/2 of a floor! Honestly I'm less stoked on this tower than many on this board are. To me it's just a glass box, a good looking glass box but still just a glass box.
  12. It just faces the sure thing of traffic, and unwalkable neighborhoods. Transit when built into the design (and is designed for transit use) helps a neighborhood work well, and even if the transit isn't built the opens space can still be useful.
  13. The crane industry is booming, that entire industry is being lifted to new heights. I love watching the construction cranes at work:
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