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    Good New Restaurants

    IMO, it depends on the execution. As a huge fan of chiccehtti and tapas/pinchos bars in Italy and Spain, respectively, I would love more places in Charlotte where I can post up at a bar for a couple of hours and leisurely order one snack at a time while I enjoy a few drinks. If only you could get a full belly and a decent buzz for 10 Euros like you can at these types of bars all over both countries!
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    2019 Predictions

    Things must have changed since the mid-2000s, or else earning a degree from Miami is a lot more difficult. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed all South Florida had to offer, but school was a full-time job, and you were expected to be prepared to discuss takeaways from the previous class at the next class; no showing up just to listen to a lecture. With homework, readings, individual and group projects, quizzes, midterms and finals, plus extracurricular and volunteer activities, I easily had a 60-hour “work” week every semester. Edit: Finance was also one of my majors, and other students always reminded us that we had it easy in the business schoool.
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    BB&T-SunTrust - New Charlotte Headquarters

    ^ No way that’s going to happen. Could you imagine the logistical nightmare that combining the operations of three large regional banks would be if the deals could even get approved? Two years down the road once BB&T and SunTrust are integrated, sure. I don’t expect the new company to be on the sidelines long; they want to play ball with the big boys. There will be plenty of opportunities to create a coast-to-coast mega bank once other large regionals start combining. Let’s just hope the HQ remains in the QC.
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    Elizabeth Projects (7th St, Elizabeth Ave, etc)

    Not Elizabeth-specific, but I think something like the Wroclaw, Poland (one of our sister cities) dwarfs would be cool here, only with mini Queen Charlotte statues, of course. Many of these are paid for by businesses in order to generate more foot traffic. Win-win.ław's_dwarfs
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    Carolina Panthers Facilities News

    Agreed. Football is meant to be played outdoors. And the beer tastes better when it’s there to cool you down or warm you up.
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    Legacy Union (former Charlotte Observer redevelopment)

    That takes me back. Good times there and at Tutto Mondo in the mid-to-late 2000s.
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    Charlotte area "ring cities"

    Off the Square?
  8. Does the awful “UPTOWN 550” signage ruin this for anyone else? Makes this building go from classy to cheap, IMO.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    The other international lounges, as LKN704 noted, aren’t directly operated by American Express (at least as far as I’ve been told). That’s why they aren’t listed on the Centurion Lounge website and why amenities vary from lounge to lounge. Regardless, these are all great lounges and are definitely worth a visit. I’m super exited to be getting one in CLT after years of wishing AmEx would consider us due to our AA hub.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    Perfect explanation, LKN704. I am in the MEX lounge often and have visited a couple of the others. While definitely very nice and well above average, the international American Express Lounges/Centurion Clubs aren’t the same as the ‘official’ Centurion Lounges, which offer significantly better (free) food and drink options. The Centurion Lounges are by far the best non-airline lounges in the US and rival the best airline business class lounges in the world; however they get EXTREMELY crowded. Luckily AmEx has realized the need for larger lounges and is limiting the number of guests allowed, so hopefully that will ultimately result in a more relaxing and productive lounge experience. I may start getting to CLT early in 2020.
  11. And it looks worse in person.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    It could be a test of the market, but I agree, unfortunately. Rountrip fares from CLT to GDL on AA (with a connection on DFW) are routinely $600 while Volaris is offering $300 fares. This looks like a clear move by AA to defend their home turf and limit competition from CLT to Mexico by sticking an underutilized A319 on a route for a few months to run Volaris off. I could be wrong, but unless CLT-GDL performs really well, I wouldn’t count on it sticking around or coming back if Volaris throws in the towel after a four month fight with AA. All that said, here’s to hoping that Volaris stays and AA adds the route year-round!
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    Crescent Stonewall Station

    My thought exactly. That’s why I’m concerned.
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    Crescent Stonewall Station

    I was going to ask. Please tell me those exposed areas are going to be painted. I’ll even take beige and won’t complain.