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  1. Amazon HQ2

    Maybe while every other city in the country is focused on winning the white whale that is Amazon, we should be working behind the scenes to poach smaller (but still impactful) organizations...
  2. Amazon HQ2

    This is now the 2nd or 3rd time I've read this. I'd love to hear some perspective on how Charlotte is like a "mini-Seattle". I find the two city's to be polar opposites of each other. They don't align culturally. They don't align historically. They don't align economically. They don't align geographically. I can see Charlotte as a "mini-Houston" or certainly a "mini-Atlanta". But I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around this claim above.
  3. Carolina Panthers

    Wins are wins. Any team in the NFL is capable of beating the other. Love the start, offense should only improve and defense is absolutely dominant. To guarantee ourselves a shot at the playoffs, we basically need 9 more wins. (11-5) We get te Jets and Bears, plus the Saints twice. Which based on 2 weeks, should be 4 automatic victories. Like I said, anyone is capable of an upset in the NFL. So we need 5 wins from the following: Patriots Lions Falcons x2 Bucs x2 Eagles Vikings Packers Dolphins Looks very doable to me. I still think we go 19-0 and beat denver in the Super Bowl. But that's just me.
  4. Amazon HQ2

    If you look at Geekwires methodology, it takes the average of the ranked categories. We benefit by not having a transit rank, skewing our score up quite a bit. Dallas and Houston rank in the 30's and have more comprehensive rail networks than us, which leads me to assume we would have a ranking in the high 30's/low 40'. If you said or transit score was 40th, our average drops to 24.2. And places us in 23rd overall between Detroit and Kansas City. Why don't we ever have a transit ranking in these things???
  5. Amazon HQ2

    And yet we rank 71st in terms of educated cities, among major metros in the US, according to WalletHub. DC, Austin, Boston, Denver, Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Baltimore all crack the top 20. https://wallethub.com/edu/most-and-least-educated-cities/6656/#methodology
  6. Amazon HQ2

    RIP 2018!! Maybe Levine was on to something. Let 1st lay fallow long enough until it grows into a literal Amazon, therefor attracting the aptly named organization. I think our airport may be our strongest ally here. We've got the room and clout to do whatever Amazon wants there. Give them a whole damn terminal. It's like nothing I've ever seen. Literal shanty (tent) towns under the bridges and overpasses. Part of the pain of expansive growth coupled with exploding rent/housing prices. Something I hope Charlotte can learn from and navigate better.
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  8. Amazon HQ2

    100% agree. Heck this could simply be a big bluff by Amazon to spook Seattle. Who knows.
  9. Amazon HQ2

    Wholefoods was headquartered there. May play a role. Cool factor, whether we like it or not, matters. Some kid coming out of Cal or MIT is much more likely going to want to move to Austin or Nashville instead of Charlotte. Simply based on the limited information they have on the three cities. That's just reality. Austin also has UT in its backyard. And a huge tech base. I believe quite a few of the big guys (google, apple, etc.) have a presence in Austin. Plus it's in Texas, which is always business friendly. Now, me personally, I don't get it. Austin definitely whoops our tail in regards to its music scene, but that's about it. I'd take Charlotte over Austin and I never quite understood how it got the rep it did.
  10. Amazon HQ2

    Charlotte will absolutely thrive without Amazon. Of course It would still be incredible to get it. A transforming addition to the city. I just hope everyone here tempers their expectations. From investorplace: According to BloombergView, there are six possible cities that are most likely to become the home of the Amazon’s second quarters. These cities are Toronto, Boston, Washington, Atlanta, Dallas and Denver. From cnn: Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Boston, San Francisco, Austin, DC, Toronto From cnbc: To better rank them overall, we gave each city points based on how they rank in Amazon's criteria and then added up the score. Based on those results, Amazon might want to give New York, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco and Boston a close look. From CityLab Atlanta, Austin, Denver, Toronto, DC, New Orleans Some pretty apparent trends there, but for a few random outliers (Pittsburgh, New Orleans?). Atlanta and Dallas made every list. Boston and DC were on 3 of these. For what it's worth, I just typed in "Amazon top cities" on google and picked the first four publications that popped out. So it's not scientific by any means. Just playing red team here. The point of my post isn't to piss in anyone's cheerios. We've got a shot at it. But it's an outside shot. We are definitely not a "top contender" for Amazon. But we are in the mix.
  11. It's crazy to me, tbh. Local elections have a substantial impact on your day-to-day life. Frankly, far more than Presidential elections. But whatever, that won't change anytime soon.
  12. Sports in Charlotte

    In all seriousness I'm just crying in the corner watching my Blue Jays sink into oblivion. I hope my boy Edwin gets a ring. He deserves it. I miss his parrot arm.
  13. Amazon HQ2

    That's true. But it's worth noting that attracting top level talent to Charlotte is likely a greater challenge than attracting it to Seattle/Boston/NYC. Being "a cheap place to live" isn't necessarily a selling point for everyone. Lot's of young, talented people want to be in these big, bustling metropolises. As someone else mentioned, it's no surprise to me that leaks are coming out that Boston is the preferred choice of Amazon execs. In terms of cultural amenities, Charlotte is heavily outmatched. It's certainly come a longgggg way, but we are well behind the big dogs.
  14. Amazon HQ2

    Austin isn't any better in that regard. Hell it's worse.
  15. Amazon HQ2

    Honestly I think one thing that really hurts Charlotte is its lack of quality universities. Yes, Davidson is in the metro and no, I'm not trying to crap on Queens or UNCC here. But honestly, compare what Charlotte has to Boston. Or Dallas. Or Atlanta. They destroy us. Especially Boston. Recruiting top level talent is a damn breeze in those cities when you've got nationally renowned universities, in your backyard, pumping out top students left and right. Personally I think Austin, Atlanta and Raleigh got an upper hand on us for that reason alone. UT in Austin. Emory and Georgia Tech in Atlanta. UNC, Duke and State in Raleigh. Charlotte has a ton going for it, but this is a significant hurdle. Wouldn't surprise me one bit if Boston got it though. My company is HQ'd in Boston and our west coast headquarters is here in Seattle. They certainly seem to have a little city relationship going on.