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  1. Yep. Should fade into a nice Spartanburg Beige over time like the Montgomery Building though
  2. Yep. I get the look they're going for. I just don't like the vertical seams in the concrete on the rocks (or the side panels quite frankly). If they could somehow eliminate that it would look and feel a lot better. It's a subtle detail that most probably won't notice or care about. I assume it was a value engineering decision.
  3. Agreed. And without question the most important one.
  4. I'm actually surprised resiliency is a required element of a comp plan in SC as its a fairly new and progressive concept in planning. In the context of a comp plan, it's generally about economic, environmental, and social resiliency in response to hard times/stresses/shocks to the status quo. So, not a detailed emergency plan, but an analysis of how the various elements concepts in the plan work together to support these things. It's admittedly vague planning jargon - even to planners sometimes. Here is a primer on resiliency from the American Planning Association: https://www.planning.org/blog/blogpost/9124762/
  5. The road fee was mostly used for bridge repairs I think? What I recall is that it was found unconstitutional and thus discontinued. As I recall, County Council "adjusted" property taxes to be able to continue the program a few years back. The cost to build and maintain roads is incredibly expensive, and South Carolina does a terrible job funding anything to do with roads. The increased gas tax will help - but not solve - the 30sih years of back maintenance issues.
  6. Thanks for the photo updates! It's exciting to see this project finally happen!
  7. That is interesting. That part of town is so isolated - I feel like the solution is a major road realignment or two to help open it up. That said, the way real estate is going these days the proximity to 85 might make it a new haven for Greenville commuters who want cheaper real estate
  8. This is a huge project. Moving it to its own thread, The timeline might seem aggressive, but there is a shit ton of new $$ for projects like this in IIJA. If they plan it well, this could actually do really well because it would involve multiple counties states and non-profits. The Federal Govt loves to fund partnership projects like that.
  9. Spartanburg seems to be hotter than Greenville these days - maybe not in terms of volume, but in terms of scale relative to existing stock. The amount of development around town and in the County - even EASTERN Spartanburg County is mindblowing to me.
  10. The Hub is an absolutely phenomenal building. Very well designed, nice architecture, great urban design. 5 stars for this one. ...now if we could just do something about Church St...
  11. It's painful to watch all of the horrible mistakes being made in Boiling Springs.
  12. I wouldn't be surprised to see more improvements to SPARTA in the coming years. IIJA has a TON of new $$ allocated for transit systems like ours.
  13. I have to say I'm impressed. Very well done project. But I also can't fathom paying $1300/mo for that location. I hope it is successful. That would be a solid population bump for the city!
  14. Lack of a brewery is disappointing. I also think that's a weird place for residential - but if they do it right I guess it could be cool. It feels like there is a (very) slow wave of redevelopment momentum pushing west of the tracks.
  15. So I'm not a huge fan of the fake rocks on the base. I'm assuming this is precast concrete? Absolutely dwarfing QS/1 though. This is a lot larger from the DMA side that I had pictured in my mind!
  16. Agreed. Spartanburg doesn't have a corollary to Central park. The closest is probably the Milliken Campus. It's going to be interesting to see what comes of this.
  17. I don't like Brooklyn Village Ave because its too long. Brooklyn St would be much better. The City's street naming rules are unfortunately strict and seem to produce overly long and wordy street names to "avoid confusion by emergency services." I realize you weren't being overly serious but Idaho St exists because of the former Hoskins Mill village located approximately at Brookshire and Hoskins Rd. Many of the streets in that area are named after states. Why? Idk. Trade Street used to be on that route and then changed to Bellhaven somewhere in Hoskins (prior to Brookshire). When they built Brookshire it looks like they took another random state name and assigned to the former (approximate) alignment of that portion of West Trade Street - W Trade/Bellhaven itself being a new parallel route to Rozzelle's Ferry Rd, which was historically the primary route to the west in this area. This is a great case study of the poorly planned adjustments to Charlotte's street network over time. The historic business center in that area (which still exists along Hoskins Ave/RFR) was partially leveled for the eventual construction and later widening of Brookshire. Ever wonder why there's an ABC store, fast food, and other random businesses there? It's not because of the interchange. It's because the community was already there when they built 85. The street that I-85 replaced is called Sage St or possibly Ingle St, both of which are now relegated to disappointing frontage roads. Presumably it was a residential street similar to the others nearby. The location of I-85, which bisected the community, is a classic example of Charlotte's poor record on highway construction through black neighborhoods that is overshadowed by the the larger urban renewal projects in and around uptown.
  18. This is more of my point. It doesn't technically matter where its located since the core of their operations is patrol cars driving around the city - I just like the idea of government being focused in downtown, and I don't consider anything west of the tracks as downtown. IMO its a pretty hard border. Yes, downtown is quite small. Go 0.6 miles in any direction from the Square and you're beyond what I would call the walkable core, and out of, what most would consider downtown (which IMO is bounded by the railroad to the north and west, Henry St to the south and Pine St to the east). So Maybe not technically out of downtown on the east, but very close.
  19. No, NCDOT is split into Divisions. I think 14 in total, but it might be 12 and I'm too lazy to look right now. Ours is Div 10, which as you likely guessed is based in Albemarle. Why? Because NCDOT. There is, however, a Charlotte office off of Orr Road, and they do coordinate with the City regularly. The City has a lot of opinions and influence with Division Staff, and are able to advance more progressive ideas than other divisions in the state for that reason - and in part because they have really great staff dedicated to this effort. But ultimately the City does not have the final say in the work NCDOT funds. The City can fund "enhancements" to State projects if they want (and that happens A LOT). That's part of why the City has taken over so many local streets over the years (ie: South Blvd), and why state roads function more like highways and less like city streets. NCDOT is only concerned about vehicular capacity and throughput. Pedestrians aren't technically ignored, but they are hardly a priority in any sense of the word. NCDOT argues that an interchange like the one they built at Mt Holly-Huntersville Rd & Brookshire is the best thing since sliced bread. For non-transportation nerds, this intersection design is called a CFI, which sadly doesn't meant what you think. A Continuous-Flow Intersection processes a ton of traffic, and creates shorter crossing segments for pedestrians. From an engineering standpoint its great. It "unclogs" the intersection for cars and makes it safer for pedestrians. It also makes it about 600ft across, which is wider than a city block, so nobody in their right mind would every walk across there unless they have to. Which, to be fair, if no pedestrians ever cross the intersection then the likelihood of a crash decreases significantly. So, from the standpoint of UrbanPlaneteers, NCDOT is not helping the cause of improving urban form and function at all. Anyway, point being, its not controlled from Raleigh. It's very much a lack of attention to detail or priority over how to do multi-modal transportation in an urban environment. All I can do is assure you that the City is aware of it, but you have to choose your battles. Hopefully next go around they will mill and resurface instead.
  20. Its somewhat mind blowing to me that people would rather deal with an HOA than a City Council.
  21. Wow. The transformation in that area is bordering on unbelievable. If you ever needed an example of what good urban development looks like, this is it. Are there things that could be better? Sure. But the fundamentals are there. Now if we can get a successful transformation for the County Admin building and the triangular block between here and there, it would be a really nice walk all the way into downtown.
  22. Its a raceway. If it weren't a state highway, we would likely have traffic lights at 7th 8th and 9th which would help slow traffic considerably. IMO the most annoying thing is that they keep repaving it without milling, so the sidewalk is only 1" above the road. Feels very unsafe to walk/drive/bike there.
  23. Why are the putting the Police HQ way over there? I guess it doesn't matter... Just feels like that should be a thing that's in downtown.
  24. It's a good idea in principle, but interlining with the Gold Line would be essentially impossible. The platform heights are different, so you'd have to have a special area just for the streetcar vehicle, and the combined length probably wouldn't fit in one city block. Maybe you could alternate blocks, but when you start to look at alternating stop spacing along with real world factors like topo, parking garage access, turning lane requirements, etc. it gets real complicated real fast. You would also have to rebuild basically all of the tracks through uptown because the existing stops aren't designed to accommodate LRT vehicles. The only way it could conceivable be interlined with Gold is if you close all of the interlined track portion of Trade/Elizabeth to ALL traffic. The tracks ARE designed to support the LRT vehicle weight, which is a plus, but good luck convincing the hotels and BofA to give up their parking access. This is incredibly dumb. ULI is supposed to be a force for good. I agree saving $$ is good, but surely there's a better way. Feels like cutting off your hand to spite your face. Operational hurdles, providing good service, and creating development opportunities should trump saving bankers in Matthews 5 minutes of walking. JMHO. So now the rich people get a direct shot into uptown but a worker going to the airport or to Matthews has to make two line changes. Feels like an equity issue to me. I'll also add that I'm not a huge fan of the dual hub system design for that reason, too. The portion around uptown doesn't have to be elevated and you don't have to rebuild 11th St (which is what makes that section $1b). That's an engineering choice made to accommodate NCDOT. Change the stuff that affects the design factors and you can easily save a lot of $$. Correct, which is one of many reasons why the original alignment was chosen.
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