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  1. Hah! This is essentially what happened with my family and my in-laws! But they were moving from Louisiana to get away from hurricanes.
  2. Does anyone know what plans have been made already (if any) for the youth soccer club associated with this club? Are they planning to build something from the ground up or merge with / takeover an existing club like the Charlotte Independence did?
  3. Any idea what types of properties this group does?
  4. So I wanted to respond to some of the comments about frustrations with universities trying to make it work in-person. I definitely understand all of the concerns and have many mixed feelings about the whole situation. But I wanted to just bring forward a perspective that I don't think is recognized often enough in these conversations. Universities as a whole, but especially auxiliaries within like housing, dining, parking, etc, are like businesses. They have operating expenses that have to be paid for. Their revenue sources generally come from 1 of 3 things - tuition and fees, government, or donors. Universities that go online still get all 3, though in some cases they've seen reductions in tuition as students opt to take a year off or go elsewhere, and of course many of the fees don't apply. That said, for all of the faculty screaming/protesting about not wanting to teach in-person, they will continue to get paid no matter how they're delivering their content. However, auxiliaries who depend on students being ON CAMPUS, are only making a small fraction of their annual revenue. Let me be clear, at a school like UNCC, there are no other revenue sources. Particularly if the government can't reach a deal and offer up some more relief money. So expenses are still present - and for the most part don't drop that much when factoring in debt payments and the fact that the buildings (in the case of housing) are still here and still need maintenance - and can only be paid for through use of reserves. What we are facing right now is not only draining all of our reserves that would be used for future renovations or construction (meaning we won't have any for a long time) but also STAFF. Again, like other businesses, when we don't have any revenue, it likely means that it will cost staff jobs. And this will hit disproportionately at lower-wage, oftentimes non-white, staff. I could go on (for quite a while) but for now I'll just say - for all of the people who say that the choice is clear and schools are being callous for trying to hold in-person classes, you're wrong. In fact, you couldn't be more wrong. We care a TON - not just for the students but especially for our staff. We have worked HARD for the past 4 months trying to prepare for this moment. And guess what? On our campus very few employees or students who have been on campus all summer (and through the spring) have gotten sick. So it is possible and it's not just sending staff to their death. I hope at least some of you can appreciate this perspective.
  5. ^ Wouldn’t that be the collection area for the new underground tunnels from the garage to the terminal?
  6. I understand that "defund the police" is easier to say than the full explanation. But there HAS to be a better term that will bring the more moderate people, who are starting to actually care and change their opinion of the BLM movement and systemic racism in police departments, along. Trump has used fear tactics to his advantage before and is starting to try to do so again. I'm afraid it will work with just enough people to not only cause this current movement to begin to fizzle out but ultimately make the election much closer than it needs to be. I think right now a lot of more moderate and even some conservative people (voters) could understand the desire to reallocate some budgetary resources away from police as they are and into some other programs. But they will be scared to death of the idea of getting rid of police. Rightly so - if I'm threatened in my house or if my child's school has a shooter, I want the assurance that if 911 is called someone's going to show up immediately and be able to deal with the threat properly.
  7. ^ I am all for the good publicity and am "proud" of this city, but don't you think that this article (particularly the title) is misleading to those who really don't pay attention to things too closely? It makes it sound like Charlotte is bigger than San Francisco. With 4.5 million people in the San Fran MSA and over 9 million in the larger CSA, the San Francisco area dwarfs Charlotte. Charlotte's CSA is nothing to sneeze at, but isn't close to the scale of that area...as someone who's never had the chance to go out there.
  8. I have an example from this past weekend. I drove by an Autobell and there were probably about 20 cars there. Ridiculousness. That type of thing should be shut down in my view.
  9. Ahh - remember back in the good ole days when the thing people on here worried most about was how much they hated (or loved) this building and whether our skyline was perfectly symmetrical? What I wouldn't take for more of that...
  10. My question is based off this quote by the St. Louis Fed. Reserve President - "If you assume we have to shelter in place during the second quarter, the third quarter would be a transition period [...] then the fourth quarter of this year could be the boom quarter and the first quarter of 2021 would be the boom time when everybody is up and running and you're rocking and rolling again," Bullard said. If things fall off the cliff for at least a quarter, do they really think that the snowball won't have started downhill and it will just accelerate and keep going for some time?
  11. How in the world is that “bashing” Charlotte? I have been reading this site for a long time and posting occasionally and I still shake my head at times. Some people on here live in a liberal utopia (and I am liberal) and don’t realize that some of the thoughts put forward by the left regarding suburbia and anyone who drives a car just drive more people over to the crazy Trump faction. Why do you see this post as bashing Charlotte? It was this person’s opinion as to what they would like to see in terms of development along the highways.
  12. I will too. I don't think 85 is the right highway for this point though as it feels very much "city" while driving down it. Even the burbs - from Kannapolis to Concord and then down at Gastonia area - feel like what you expect in a city. But I would agree with this assessment for 77 except for uptown and a little bit south to the state line. And especially for 485 in many stretches (though that's probably a different consideration). The nice tree coverage we have here masks a lot of the urban feel from the highway. And I think that what the above post is referencing is much more about larger office buildings and/or residential complexes. I know many on here like to argue this point, but I routinely drive through cities that are either the same size as Charlotte or even smaller and think that they feel so much more urban. Nashville (poking that bear) is one of them. So is Austin. And while Atlanta is obviously so much bigger, they started somewhere and we feel behind them in this regard - anywhere you drive around Atlanta you'll see some 10-20 story buildings. We really don't have that. I also think that IF city leaders cared about this and wanted to do something, they would focus on building up the area by the airport on 85. Most airports that are even smaller have a clearly marked interchange sending traffic to the airport without stopping at the underpass. We barely have any signage, especially with airport information (terminals/concourses/airlines/etc.).
  13. That is weather dependent. Or I should say wind. A south wind - they were going the direction you saw. Go there on a day when the wind is from the north and they’ll come the other way. I prefer the way you saw them. Going the other way they mostly stay farther away.
  14. I'm not sure I fully agree with this assessment - IF everything gets built out and they get some good interest from retail/commercial. Even Birkdale Village has a ton of residential homes attached to that development. Farmington looks to me like it has about the same amount of retail space as Birkdale, if not more, when you throw in the medical offices and what looks like it could be another grocery store... But I truly hope I'm right and it's not just super heavy residential (think Vermillion in Huntersville).
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