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  1. Has anyone heard anything about an Olympic Training Facility coming to Kannapolis? See an old article below. Is this going to have a real economic impact or is it more of a smaller center? https://www.salisburypost.com/2019/10/08/olympic-athlete-training-center-considering-kannapolis-for-new-site/
  2. Ok, so more than likely BS. I had not heard of this rumor, so I seriously doubted it. Not that I am super well connected, but I assumed a Publix in NoDa/Plaza area would make huge waves on this forum.
  3. I heard a rumor that Publix is looking at taking over the location of the Food Lion on the Plaza at Matheson. I have no idea how good this source is, so I thought I would check in here. Any accuracy to this rumor?
  4. Does anyone know what they have been doing on the Little Sugar Greenway just south of Morehead? See picture below. It looks like some form of infrastructure work. I walk by it everyday, so I am curious about it. Also, now that Atrium's expansion is approved, do we have any final details on the renovations to the greenway between East and Morehead?
  5. They are already taking reservations for units. They have been for a few months.
  6. I will share this link here. While I think it is a long shot, I think removing the Belk Freeway and replacing it with the silver line underground would be ideal. If you read the article below, Portland Oakland is looking to do a similar multi-modal underground above ground combo and add to it affordable housing and mixed use development. I am not sure how wide the freeway is, but it seams like a light rail line can fit in there potentially with some vehicle lanes and development over the top. @JacksonH This article also have a link to the Congress of New Urbanism's Freeways without Futures list. That list contains a list of "Graduated Campaigns," including Seattle's removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. That route was replaced with a tunnel that opened one month after the viaduct closed. During that one month period, there was not traffic disaster, so people have drawn the conclusion that the tunnel was a waste of money. Presumably, some research was completed to see if people just avoided that area of the city until the tunnel opened, but I do not have that info. https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2019/04/urban-worst-freeway-without-future-teardown-demolition-list/584707/
  7. Have we given up hope on this being a Kimpton given the Spectrum connection.
  8. pgsinger

    UP Forum Meetups

    I will be around on the 24th but I am out of town the weekend of the 22-23. Anyone else?
  9. pgsinger

    UP Forum Meetups

    Sorry guys, I was at the bottom of the Grand Canyon with my feet in the Colorado River drinking a Lenny Boy Ground Up Coffee Stout. Any change we can get a mid-Feb meet up? Or maybe a quarterly thing and do April?
  10. I think you misinterpreted my statement, and I do not think any of your points demonstrate an inaccuracy in my statements. I completely agree with the points you are making. Roads are cheaper, period (particularly if we use cleaner fuels). However, the cost of using a road is more than simply the cost of building a road. For example, we subsidizing parking costs by requiring too many parking spaces to be built. The cost to build those parking spaces increases the cost of rent, which results effectively in a tax on people. If we did not subsidize parking, then parking would be more expensive. This would likely result in an increased demand from suburban residents for mass transit. This would keep those cars off the road, which in turn would allow the essential services and other road dependent services to use the existing infrastructure without expansion. We simply need to be aware of the total cost of using both types of transit when comparing which to build. See below for a plethora of studies that explain the costs and impacts of parking on a city. These are direct costs of road use. https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2014/07/how-parking-spaces-are-eating-our-cities-alive/374413/ https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/11/20/the-many-costs-of-too-much-parking https://journalistsresource.org/studies/environment/transportation/parking-environmental-impacts-development-policies-research-roundup/ https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/parking-spacescommunity-places
  11. We can all discuss our own preferences of transit options, but thanks to the beautiful diversity of this country (and forum), we will never have consensus. In my opinion, I would much rather see these conversations (particularly at the policy creation level as opposed to dinner conversations) focus on the subsidies provided to the various options. Currently, there are numerous subsidies in zoning ordinances and tax expenditures that greatly benefit cars. This disguises the true public cost of driving. This makes obtaining public funding for other sources of transit (bike lanes, designated bus lanes, and light and commuter rail) seem relatively more expensive. If we compared the cost of the Silver Line, or even the entire transit "Big Bang," to the actual cost of providing cheap roads and parking, then the differences would not be nearly as great. Currently, the general public sees roads as free and mass transit as extremely expensive. This is simply not an accurate comparison. This argument is really applicable to many other urbanist concepts as well, such as urban vs. suburban living. Using broad based taxpayer fund to widen roads serving suburbs is a redistribution of wealth from urban areas suburban areas. It also misconstrues the costs of living in a less dense area. Toll roads tax the use of the roads. Therefore, they are a more fair tax and not a redistribution of wealth. If suburban and rural residents paid the true costs of living in those areas, there may be less desire to live there. Note, I am not saying urban is always better than suburban/rural. I am sure there are other costs that urbanites do not feel that suburban residents do. My point is that we should focus on the true costs of each policy when comparing them, and individual preferences should be secondary in the policy discussion.
  12. Pics or it didn't happen! Thanks!
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