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Spartan last won the day on May 27 2015

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  1. Spartan

    Dimensional Place (Common Market South End site)

    I realize this was inevitable, and, alas, this is Charlotte where nothing is sacred except oak trees (when it's convenient). I've said my peace about the past. If you've read this forum before you know where I stand and my perspective hasn't changed. What is "good" from an aesthetics standpoint is all highly subjective, and what is good from an urban design standpoint is much less so. I don't have a good sense of what the ground floor final product will look like, but in general the retail space and general density increase is good. I'm looking forward to the completion of the project so we can see what we're going to have to live with (be it good or bad). Aesthetically, the mirrored glass does look neat when you're travelling down South Tryon Street, so there's that.
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    Renaissance Park Projects & Developments

    I think overall it a huge improvement over the old site plan, and it will add a lot to downtown. I'm less concerned about the specific architecture. Even the most well-designed residential buildings all sort of look the same when you start adding balconies. Is the red area an internal sidewalk?
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    Dimensional Place (Common Market South End site)

    I'm not the only person who dislikes it, but I'm definitely in the minority. I am unimpressed by shiny things. I don't appreciate the stated motive/purpose behind the site selection process. I don't like the destruction of historic buildings that have value and contribute to the built environment. This is an issue I have across Charlotte, not just this site. In this case, Camden Rd had a nice "starting" area at Tryon with a few old buildings of similar age and scale that made for a nice traditional main street type of feel (like a very small NoDa), and it added richness and variety to an area dominated by apartment boxes of various scales and mid-century light industrial buildings. Collectively, they created a nice space. Now that this row has been torn down, I see no point in keeping the rest because they lack context, and my prediction is that over time, they'll probably all turn over to new shiny boxes. I don't care for modern/contemporary architecture in general. I think it frequently offers a bad street presence, has lots of blank walls, and does little to contribute to the built environment from a walkability standpoint. The street level of all buildings is what defines the experience in your city (this a fact, not an opinion), and you can look at pretty much every new building in Charlotte in the past decade point to where it fails in some way. This building isn't complete yet, so I'll reserve my final opinion until I see the end result of this work, but I'm skeptical about how it will turn out. Even if the urban design principles are solid (and they may very well be), the new public spaces and even interior retail spaces, always feel sterile and bland to me, even if the restaurant space (or whatever) is done well. I will say, however, that for a contemporary/modernist pieces of architecture, this building appears to be one of the better ones.
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    Dimensional Place (Common Market South End site)

    As much as I dislike this building, I have to give them credit for accurately depicting the finished product in the renderings. The mirrored glass looks as-advertised, and the massing looks neat coming down Tryon Street, especial with Railyard looking overhead.
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    Charlotte Bike Sharing

    I think the problem with people riding on the sidewalks is cultural. Many/most millenials and even xennials and GenXers grew up using bikes and scooters as toys, not a legitimate way to get around, and parents told them to ride on the sidewalk because streets are dangerous. There isn't a great way to reverse that mentality, but I do think bike lanes would help quite a bit... if you can keep pedestrians out of them.
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    Jonas Federal Courthouse Renovation

    This is true, however, they are going out of their way to comply with local ordinances and development regulations to the extent that they are able to. The parking lot just a temporary arrangement while they build the tower so they can have a secure space to transfer criminals inside and what not. Most people who work there don't park in the on-site parking lot anyway; it's too small. They park along Mint St and in parking lots nearby.
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    Mary Black Rail Trail

    It's a standard build process for that kind of thing. It could get built faster if ROW acquisition goes fast. They're going to have to build some of it off of the street though. That's inevitable.
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    Renaissance Park Projects & Developments

    ^I don't disagree with any of that. However, I've seen so much garbage being built here in Charlotte that I was skeptical the a developer was even capable of building something that looks different. I really like how the balconies are designed into the structure, and I like the roofline and attention to detail. I agree that siding is not good in an urban setting, and I also concede that without having seen the whole plan my opinion might change. My one criticism will likely be that I'd like to see more ground floor activation, but it's hard to tell what's going on based on the renderings.
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    Renaissance Park Projects & Developments

    The building proposed to the DRB looked amazing. I saw it on instagram I think. I haven't been able to find a higher quality image to post, but wow. I'm hoping someone here can find it.
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    Downtown Projects & Developments

    That building is way better than what's there now, but I agree it could be improved. The second level feels awkward.
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    Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport

    Well, there's only one Spartanburg so you're less likely to get the destination confused. #onespartanburg #yeahTHATgreenville
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    Spartanburg Area Economic Developments

    My thoughts exactly. It sounds good for Spartanburg's economy, but we are getting a lower quality product and essentially unabated sprawl. By the time people realize the rules we have in place are useless, and the one's the County is adopting aren't going to solve any major issues, it will be too late to fix the problems. Greenville is also a smaller county, and their main area of growth is concentrated in the middle section, which is also the narrowest. It's the natural momentum of the growth that's spilling into western Spartanburg and northeastern Anderson Counties. Changing the development regs was just adding fuel to the fire.
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    Greater Spartanburg Projects & Developments

    Regardless of who the mayor is, they basically function as a cheerleader. The Council-Manager form of government puts all the power in the Council, so really all you need is for the mayor is to be good a running meetings, be able to understand and be in touch with the issues that need to be addressed, and be able to schmooze with other community leaders.
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    Spartanburg Photo of the Day

    Awesome pic! Great textures
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    Greater Spartanburg Projects & Developments

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