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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    three hundred million dollars
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    Charlotte Center City Streetcar Network

    This is widely known but I will add it to the discussion: Diesel locomotives are ubiquitous and their motive power is electricity. Diesel powers the onboard generator which moves the wheels and other functions. The greatest advantage of electric power is 100% torque at zero RPM. Moving great weight from a dead stop requires electric power and once underway the diesel can loaf for some of the journey.
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    Legacy Union (former Charlotte Observer redevelopment)

    This is an interesting comment. How personal do design professionals take their projects? Can (do?) they disconnect and see it as a job? Is it "their" project when it is purchased by a client? Is it "their" project when clients/budget/site/other considerations change the imagined project into the final product? Do they move on to the next or hold dear to each as if a child. Painters and sculptors, for example, know their works will live in private settings, architects, not so. Is this their reason for feeling a need to justify their work?
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    Charlotte area population statistics

    Driving from Polkton to Mint Hill is 40-some minutes by NC 218. Some of Anson is accessible from/to Mecklenburg. I worked with a teacher at Independence HS who commuted from Anson County. The drive to Wingate or Monroe is less, and the economic environment in Anson would seem to encourage out of county employment.
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    Charlotte Off Topic

    I joined January 2014. I was searching for information about some development in Dilworth at that time and this site was one of the search answers. I read several threads and saw this as a rare civil and educated board and with effective moderation by Neo. May it continue to be so.
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    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    I was born and raised in Indiana. Never been to the South but a family trip by car to Miami at age 16. I was map person and as aware of geography as anyone at that age. At age 18 I was still thinking about Raleigh and Columbia and which Carolina had which capital. Carolinas were not distinct to me. Never heard of Charlotte at that point in life. Nor Charlottesville, but knew of Charleston W. Va. and SC. Time adds layers of learning, sooner to some and later to others. Some never.
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    210 Trade | EpiCentre

    When it opened I was working the trolley through center city and people riding would ask about shopping in the area and that was the answer. I know the owner of Red Sky Arts and Crafts, now defunct, and she said the owners/managers gave her a sweetheart deal to open at Epi to attract clientele. Her main location at that time was with Grubb on Elizabeth. I am uptown on occasional Saturday evenings, 6-8 ish and there seems to be plenty of activity there around that time.
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    Charlotte Weather

    Per Google maps straight line calculator Raleigh is 65 miles closer to Wilmington than Charlotte is. 115 to 180. Unless one refers to a globe it can be difficult to grasp how much closer Raleigh is to the coast and how storms from Atlantic funnel up to Carolina coast which juts out into the ocean with Raleigh as an inland target. Check a globe and see. Raleigh is 2.5 º east of Savannah though Savannah is ~10 miles from Atlantic
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    Charlotte Photo of the Day

    Yes, that was Bryan Robinson, a professor of counseling at UNCC and/or his partner Jamie who was much taller than Bryan.
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    Charlotte Photo of the Day

    Photos #1 and #4 are the Villalonga House, and historic property at 301 East Park. At one time this house was listed for sale with 12 bedrooms! It has been the law firm of Tin, Walker Owen and Fulton for some years now. An exemption for business within a residential zone was made to allow this conversion. The firm has lovingly and correctly maintained this structure. I have been inside and the ground floor rooms are grand in volume and appearance with a riot of fine wood finishes and moldings everywhere. Portions of the movie "Shallow Hal" were filmed in this house. #3 is the Robert Walker house, 329 Park, same block and side as Villalonga, and another historic home. The homes on this block marked the entry to this new development of Dilworth and were the largest and most imposing of the neighborhood. This is another Queen Anne style, same style as the Mallonee-Jones House Jorgi posted a few days ago. Both with the same architect, C. C. Hook, the first residential architect working in Charlotte. Dilworth was a separate town at this time, not part of Charlotte until the early 20th century. Dominic Ristaino, owner of Metropolitan builders, has lived here since the mid 1990's and lovingly cared for this house. Hats off to him. The last one is another historic property at 500 East Kingston. This may be the only surviving example of a double house in Charlotte. A house built for two families, separate entrances with a common front porch, and each with a mirror arrangement of the other side on the interior. In the 1980s it was converted to a single home. This home just sold a few months ago. All three are designated historic and have a substantial property tax reduction with restrictions on the changes that can be made inside and outside beyond those of the historic district. -------------------------------] Story you will hear nowhere but here. In the 1970's I lived 150 feet from this double house. It, as many others in Dilworth, had been divided into smaller rental units. No one could imagine living in homes of this size and age with a single family at that time. At least one of the smaller units here had working girl(s), if you understand my drift, and the neighborhood was young and open to all kinds and not resistant to someone earning a living as best she could. We drew the line, though, when a tractor trailer pulled alongside in the narrow Dilworth street and the driver went inside for his assignation and left the truck running with the doors to the cab locked.
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    History of Charlotte

    Photo #1: The small building at the point of Wilkinson and West Morehead was for years a fine dining spot named The Gondola. Greek owned and known for top service at the time. The smoke or vapor in the middle distance was and is Charlotte Pipe and Foundry. The orange roof just visible at the bottom was Howard Johnson Motel with distinctive color and shape and later became the notorious Airport Parkway motel just demolished this year. #3 Railroad at bottom left. Fine examples of residential vernacular architecture with central fireplace for homes without ducted heating. Fireplaces in several rooms connected to single chimney. #4 Albemarle Road goes to the right and to the left is preparation for the new Town and Country Ford showroom and lot. This building took best advantage of the location with a semicircular building with floor to ceiling glass so cars could be seen from all directions at this intersection. Coliseum in background of course. #10 Coliseum Shopping Center now under renovation. K-Mart just out of frame to the right, Eckerd Drug center and Park-n-Shop Grocery, "the wonder store of the two Carolinas", is at far end with distinctive low slope roof. That is likely a '59 Thunderbird foreground. Lake, North End and tank farm show that institutional/industrial/utility uses change more slowly
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    The Blakeney House, the centerpiece of a thriving and well known farm for many years, was home to the Blakeney family and famous in its time as one of the finest cotton farms in the region. The Charlotte News reported the first bale of cotton was delivered by Mr. Blakeney, as had been true for some years prior. The platform mentioned in the article below was likely the wharf between Third and Fourth streets along the rail line. The rail line was on grade then with no underpasses. Cotton factors worked there and had offices. Elsewhere it is reported that the peak of cotton growing in Mecklenburg was 1910 which associates to the rise of automobiles, development of rural land for other uses and the increase of urban population and decline of rural population. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7371707/james_blakeney_brings_in_first_bale_of/
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    UP Forum Meetups

    Happy G-rod is pleased with this joke. (know thy audience)
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    UP Forum Meetups

    Here is one way to break them up: Couple celebrating 50th. Friends, family, neighbors, church and work colleagues, all there. A special event for sure. Now he had always been known as a hard man, no pity from him. Tough. As he and his wife stood in front of the large cake with a lifetime of connections around them his wife looked and saw a trace of a tear. "Are you going soft on me now after all this time" she said. "Well" he said "I'm remembering our time together when we was courting. Sitting on your parents' porch. I never told you 'bout this but one night as I was leavin' your place your daddy caught me on the walk and said, "Boy, I know you sweet on my little girl. Now I also know what you been doin' with my daughter. Jes' want you to know I been friends with the sheriff herebouts for years and I hope you gonna make an honest woman of my little girl. Cause if you ain't" And here he pressed his finger deep into my chest. "If you ain't, I'm gonna make sure the sheriff puts you in a cell UNDER the jail for 'bout 50 years" And here he paused choked with emotion. "And..I was jus' thinkin that today I'da been a free man" (Know your audience for this one)
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    UP Forum Meetups

    in-laws weekend