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  1. Misc. Uptown Projects/News

    That's not an active ground floor use though. That's a shitty developer, and a great example of why the development regulations need to be upgraded.
  2. Misc. Uptown Projects/News

    Point of clarification: they're requiring more 'active ground floor uses' - not retail specifically. Basically as long as there are people moving around on the ground floor and that activity is apparent from the outside, it's ok. That said, there are a lot of leading offices that fall into that category, and it's disappointing to have an active use that isn't an opportunity for actual retail.
  3. Misc. Uptown Projects/News

    Good to hear. That building's ground floor is unremarkable.
  4. Sparkle City Eateries

    That's great (gr8!) to hear. I can't wait to try it out.
  5. While it's true that developers are building more retail, it feels like its happening more at the behest of the City and also Center City Partners. This crescent project does have a decent amount of retail, so maybe it will work out well.
  6. The design of the plaza in and of itself isn't terrible, but part of what makes a good plaza is how it relates to it's surroundings. If the adjacent buildings are not well-designed at the ground level, it will make the space feel uncomfortable, even if the plaza itself is well designed. My issue is that I'm not convinced that the average contemporary architectural palette they chose for the buildings will do the job - but it's really hard to tell based on the available site plans. 1- As an uptown resident, I do not count anything in midtown. I still have to drive there, and I want to be able to walk. 2- Could I technically walk? Sure. But it would take the better part of an hour. 3- Could I bike? Sure, but none of the streets are particularly bike-friendly. I want a place to buy clothes. Like the normal shops you find in a mall, or small/local businesses that are equivalent - not high end boutiques. A place I can buy normal shoes for work/exercise/etc. A good local bookstore would be nice, or even a chain. A hardware store that caters to apartment renters and condo owners. A pet store, etc. Midtown helps deal with some of this stuff, but it doesn't satisfy my desire for a 100% walkable lifestyle. I'm probably 50-60% walkable as it is, just based on employment and what's currently available.
  7. Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    I've heard form credible sources they're currently on for March.
  8. I'm interested to see if they're successful in that claim. There haven't been any amazing additions to the pedestrian environment from a private sector development (plaza) standpoint in a long time. I'll withhold my judgement until I see it in person, but I'm skeptical that they can successfully pull it off given their bland contemporary architecture (and materials) selection.
  9. 615 South College (Portman Office Tower near Westin)

    Does anyone know how the building signage ordinance work? I've always liked that most of Charlotte's largest buildings aren't loaded with signs and have attractive crowns. It gives us a very distinguished, uncluttered skyline, and I generally don't care for the addition of signage for that reason. That said, the signs they add do tend to be small, so it's not the end of the world.
  10. Misc. Uptown Projects/News

    That's awesome. I love Sabor. I'll be a regular at their 6th & College location. You have to not get too attached to anything on that block, thought, since they keep talking about developing it.
  11. Unified Development Ordinance

    While speeding up the process odes sound good - the zoning ordinance is massive in terms of how it affects the development process in Charlotte. Speeding up "gets it done" quicker, but it may result in things being overlooked or implications not thought through as thoroughly as you would expect. The new guy is going to have his hands full. He's got a lot of transit experience according to his LinkedIn page, so the choice is definitely a different one.
  12. Honestly, this design for that green space will make it much more inviting than the current configuration. I feel like more people will actually use it. The only downside is that it's not going to get much direct light due to the buildings around it.
  13. Annexations

    I'm skeptical about how effective the urban growth boundary is. How is it enforced? Does North Charleston acknowledge/care about it? Does Charleston County actually preclude any development based on it? It seems like the lack of development there today is more indicative about how how far away it is from everything more than the urban growth boundary itself.
  14. Annexations

    How so? How much land of the land is conserved? If you're right, then annexation out there doesn't matter to begin with.
  15. Amazon HQ2

    When are they supposed to announce finalists and/or the winner?