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  1. Amazon is planning on opening a new brand of grocery stores, different than Whole Foods and its experimental Amazon Go stores. https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/11/20959459/amazon-grocery-store-chain-los-angeles-woodland-hills The first stores are coming to Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Price-point will be lower than Whole Foods, and it sounds like to me that this chain will directly compete with regional chains. No Charlotte stores announced, but I’m sure it’ll eventually come, especially since we already have a strong Amazon presence in the form of four Whole Foods stores and several distribution centers.
  2. Keep the Brookshire, but modernize the road and bury it between North Davidson and North Church. Rename it I-177, from the Briar Creek interchange on US 74 to the part of Brookshire that ends being a freeway right before connecting with I-85.
  3. Turning the old Sears spot into a mixed-use spot would be genius, especially if a light rail station is incorporated into its design. I wonder how many malls in America have a transit station connected to it?
  4. https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article234668747.html NC legislative maps have been overruled by the courts, and the General Assembly has until 9/18 to redraw them.
  5. I hope it’s a purchase of one of Levine’s parcels. So much potential on that side of Uptown.
  6. Federal program would help cities tear down highways https://usa.streetsblog.org/2019/08/14/federal-program-would-help-cities-tear-down-highways/
  7. So it looks like TJ Maxx is moving across the street to the building where Toys R Us used to be. Anybody know if something will takeover their old space at the mall? Looks like a very large space to fill.
  8. Are there any plans of improving the Brookshire Freeway in Uptown? Maybe I’m wrong in thinking this, but wouldn’t the freeway improve in mobility and safety if a couple of the on and off ramps were removed?
  9. Yes. The road is going to be widened from six lanes to ten, four being toll lanes. Construction should start sometime in the 2020s. Unlike the widening project on I-77 in north Mecklenburg, the toll lanes will be owned by the state.
  10. There are plans to upgrade to two dedicated HOT lanes sometime during the 2020s. It was submitted in the last STIP.
  11. https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article230947248.html Looks like the NCDOT is interested in buying the S-Line, that runs between Raleigh to the Virginia state-line. The main purpose is to help develop a commuter line from Raleigh to Wake Forest, and also new Amtrak lines, possibly including High Speed Rail, which would also run through Charlotte and the Gateway Station. I think the other takeaway is that the NCDOT is interested in buying under-utilized railways. Maybe the O-Line to Mooresville and the CSX line to Monroe could also benefit from the state buying it.
  12. Not sure if this has been posted yet, but here are some possible alignments for the Pineville/Ballantyne light rail extension:
  13. Agreed. Or maybe at least an urban Lidl or Aldi. This area is close to Belmont, and that part of town desperately needs a grocery store.
  14. I might be wrong but I think there is space for two lanes, one on each side of I-485, between I-85 and I-77. Probably for HOT lanes in the future.
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