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    Legacy Union (former Charlotte Observer redevelopment)

    Maybe that's the wrong term to use. It's just mismatched with its facade--the facade is a lot taller than the back, and the back is pretty utilitarian and "square." I haven't been inside, so perhaps the interior is nice. I just tend to compare to Catholic churches, since that's where my wife goes, and so my taste tends to run more towards things like St. Mary's in Wilmington and St. Leo's in Winston-Salem.
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    Learning from Other Places

    I agree with that, @cjd5050. In keeping with the theme of the thread, I think you can see an example of prioritizing TOD over connecting commuters in the NoVA area, where Arlington has already been converted into a pretty high-density second city for the DC metro and Tyson's Corner is beginning to show signs of life around its stations. There are still nits to pick--particularly in Tysons--but the extension of Metro out to that point has really made a big difference. It's gotten to the point now that Arlington actually has one of my favorite skylines in the country, purely because of its density around its metro stations; if you haven't been there, I recommend driving from DC into Arlington via the Roosevelt bridge at night. From the air, you can easily see how the TOD clusters around the Metro stations. I think the Wilkinson corridor could easily be similar.
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    Legacy Union (former Charlotte Observer redevelopment)

    Not really. Behind the giant, weird facade it's just a big box like a Lowe's or something. It's weirdly hilarious.
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    1000 Room Convention Center Hotel

    Admittedly it's a stupid name, but I'd love to have something like the "Gardens by the Bay" (which includes the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest) here.
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    1000 Room Convention Center Hotel

    It'd be nice to have some really extensive gardens... maybe something enclosed, like the "Flower Dome" and "Cloud Forest" in Singapore?
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    Misc. Uptown Projects/News

    Yeah, but to be frank, some of the best memories I have are sitting outside (under an awning) in places like Bangkok, Saigon, or Nha Trang... they make us look like Arizona! Heaven is a cold tiger beer and a hot charcoal brazier...
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    Misc. Uptown Projects/News

    Hmm. Other places have rain, too. We could have retractable awnings over open patios -- that would even help keep it cool. Sitting under an awning with the rain drumming on it is actually pretty cool. I wonder if there's some sort of ordinance preventing it? Everyone seems to use umbrellas, which are useless.
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    Good New Restaurants

    How much of a "new concept" can fried chicken be?
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    The RailYard SouthEnd

    "RailEnd SouthYard" sounds oddly off-color.
  10. Ah, makes sense. Normally I've seen the orange signs that say "OVERHEAD POWER LINES," not actual red flags on the line itself.
  11. Why are there red flags on a power line?
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    Learning from Other Places

    I post a lot about Asian cities, but it can be hard to envision what they feel like from the ground. I've found a channel that I think is actually pretty interesting from this perspective: A representative video is this commentary about the "Little Japan" area in Saigon:
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    Learning from Other Places

    This is an absolutely gorgeous project in Mexico City: I'd love to see some small-scale, but tall residential projects like this one here.
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    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    I think we've had this discussion before, but Charlotte is actually not highly segregated compared to northern cities and (especially) the Rust Belt. We do have "the wedge," but look at Chicago, St. Louis, and such -- it's at a whole different level.