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  1. Jenkins Peer Architect http://www.jenkinspeer.com/portfolio/jonas-federal-courthouse/
  2. Did he tell you about the woeful state of Union County libraries. My Weddington HS students never used them. Or the well and septic private systems which he had to amortize? The non professional fire department? Which he had to subsidize and for which his insurance was at a higher rate? Contract for rubbish collection? Including all the anticipated costs it is still less expensive to buy and live in a 4200 sf house in Union County NC than Mecklenburg, but the land costs are the driver of that and not the tax structure. Some people look at the bottom line and not the individual entries on the cost analysis. (In some cases your suspicion is valid)
  3. Something similar happened on the original Blue line. At the Stonewall station the rail line was over the hotel parking structure and somehow the concrete for the area underlying the rails was either too high or too low, I cannot recall which. This meant the cars would not have a seamless transition from the boarding area when rails were laid. There was a delay and the solution applied. Could have been a survey error.
  4. My grandparents (b 1869-1879) had this experience ALL the time. Rural life and no electric lighting. None of my four grandparents ever drove an automobile.
  5. As I said before in regard to my own older home, there are those who are satisfied to adapt themselves to an older standard, mold their life to fit where others have lived generations before. Those who find the new within themselves. And there are those who believe the answer is to adapt the building to themselves and their life, to make new and modern, though it will be new and modern once and no more. Hats off to those who abide by the past in their life.
  6. What KJ said. I did my Christmas shopping downtown Belk and Ivey as many times as I could because...there were nearly no shoppers there in 1985-ish. Skip the crowd at the mall, have any department to yourself.
  7. I lived many years in an old Dilworth house from 1905-1910. It was charming, (as all my visitors said). There was NOTHING in that house one could replace from the home center. The crawlspace was an example of the development of plumbing over the centuries: Cast iron and oakum, galvanized, steel (for gas), copper, pvc and likely others. Issues with incompatible metals at joints was an education for me. Electric wires and phone wires were higgledy-piggledy down there. An electrician was needed to know what went where. When I moved in it was 60 amp service so the christmas tree, the hair dryer, the television; pick two. The main power switch inside was like this, a knife switch : It looks like the executioner's switch. Adventures in Adaptive Living. Recommended for only the young and flexible (and poor). Edit ten minutes later: After a few decades we saw what another generation was doing to their houses. It came to us that there were those who wished to adapt the house to their life, their wishes, their style and needs. We, however, had learned (been forced?) to adapt ourselves to the house.
  8. I did not ride in the Concorde, mores the pity. I was in a plane at a gate in Mexico City and Concorde was at the next gate. I had 30 minutes or so to examine it from my seat window and it was an astounding work of engineering at that time or any time. I was envious of the passengers I saw boarding before I entered my plane. This was quite some time ago, obviously.
  9. This is on some topic, though not sure which. I drove through Belmont, NC yesterday in the midday heat and saw that the depot was under renovation. New windows and new roof with replacement orange barrel tiles. Too hot to stop and walk around for photos. It will look even better than before. Perhaps if someone is in the area and braves the environment for a view and photos?
  10. Highway design is far, far better. The connecting roads between towns are now improved or replaced to a standard known only to interstates as of 1970. Interstates had broad grassy swathes between oncoming lanes in those times, no barriers or cables, and just right for head on crashes, for example. Here locally from Charlotte to Statesville over time one had NC 115, followed by US 21 and then I-77. Compare the increased lane width of each of those three, the lowered number of intersections and crossings with each improvement, markings, water runoff, just everything. Better maintained? Cannot say. More to maintain now. My (?) above was for a reason. Point being: I feel safer on the road now than I did when I was 25.
  11. The interstate speed limit in the early 1970's was 70-75 and was flouted regularly. Three hour drive time to Atlanta was a bragging point. I remember. This with cars with bias tires, drum brakes, no safety features. The gas embargo and fuel crisis forced a lowering to 55 mph to save fuel, not for safety, but a reduction in fatalities did occur, and then speed limits crept up slowly and unevenly from there. The peak year of highway fatalities was 1972, the year before the fuel crisis and change in speed limits. The rate of death has declined and is now about one quarter of that from that period from the early 1970's. Someone who is my age can certainly tell you of someone(s) they knew who was grievously injured or killed n a crash of some kind from those years. I am trying to remember anyone I know in a crash whom I visited in the hospital in the last 30 years and remembering no one. And no fatalities in my cohort. BIG difference. (Caveat Eximia-I have known two teenagers in bad crashes in the 90's. One died) Do the changes in highway design, auto improvements, driver training (?), signaling, enforcement (?), safety features, justify higher limit? Will a higher limit make for a more efficient transportation system, (which is the point of the system)? Are you comfortable with 85 mph tandem tractor trailers or fuel trucks at that speed? Should vehicle licensing require a payment of an additional fee for use at a higher speed and a placard at the rear identifying the vehicle as a high speed paying vehicle, as in France? Are toll roads a fair test of higher speed limits, which is an alternative to the pay-to-speed concept?
  12. I had a doctor who used to be in the three story building just above this worksite. It sits between the Latta creek that parallels Romany and enters into Little Sugar at that point. Every so often in a big rain the building would flood on the first floor. Once I was there and there were large fans at every door evacuating moist air and sandbags at all the doors but the main patient entry door. It had flooded a few days earlier. That building has since had a new exterior skin and (likely) interior). His practice moved to a newer and far nicer building some years ago.
  13. I had dinner last week on the Big Ben deck and saw that pile of dirt in a corner of the project with plastic over it. It looked as dirt, not sand. It is isolated and stranded in that corner with no access from the rest of the project and I wondered what it could be for.
  14. ^^Same here. SECU is the second largest Credit Union in the U. S. US Navy is #1. Many resources, branches, ATM.
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