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  1. Google Fiber was actually running faster today than it was a few weeks ago. Thankful I'm no longer a Spectrum customer.
  2. If they can't make it happen within the regs of our brand new, and now very flexible sign ordinance, then it shouldn't happen.
  3. There are ones in Chicago pushing 20+ stories, this one the Harrison Hotel Electric Garage (25 stories) was converted to the tallest Mini-Storage building instead.... Finally LU's destiny has been revealed!
  4. The history of the 1927 Frederick Apartments reveals that it is an important product of the times and conditions in which it was built. W. Fred Casey's decision to build an apartment house was a direct response to the decade's rapid population increase and the resultant need to house large numbers of new residents. It was built during a peak year for multi-family dwelling construction in the midst of the particularly active 1920s building boom. Architecturally, it is a fine example of a medium-sized apartment house whose design reflects a good degree of sophistication, and whose configuration reflects the social concepts of apartment living of the time. Its use of polychrome terra cotta design elements is unmatched 1920s-era architecture in Charlotte. Additionally, it was the home of acclaimed author, W. J. Cash, during the time he wrote his masterpiece social history, The Mind of the South. Here's the full report from the Historic Landmarks Commission. http://landmarkscommission.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Frederick-Apts-SR.pdf You can find the reports for all the designated landmarks in the county here: http://landmarkscommission.org/historic-properties-2/designated-historic-landmarks/
  5. Looks like this historic (partial) block on Trade is finally going up for sale again Brochure here: https://images1.loopnet.com/d2/uJ605cjWTQVVcG0JH2jncj5NQ21V_Z_RkQPrzqoHl8U/document.pdf
  6. Sadly, the current CDOT policies are not at all conducive to this. Right now if you want a shared surface type of street a developer is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of any surface that's not asphalt, they won't touch it. Also the new TOD zoning is very strict about actual curbs, gutters and tree pits. Needs to be some work convincing CDOT that this is the future, and as slow as city government sometimes moves we need to start yesterday. But there should definitely be an opportunity to include shared surface streets in the new UDO.
  7. The city used a synthetic TIF to fund part of the Brighwalk development (which included affordable housing), used a portion of STIF funding for the Metropolitan in Midtown, as well as a few other projects. Here's a list (from 2013) of PPPs and shows the STIG as the Synthetic TIFs An issue with the synthetic TIF in NC is that the value of property permitted to participate in the program is capped at 3 percent of the City’s total property tax levy in any given year. (which still is a decent amount) but for something like a transit line, they would likely go through the pain of creating a proper TIF district. Cities in NC, including Charlotte, tend to use Synthetic TIF instead of traditional forms of tax increment financing to bypass the complex public process for establishing a TIF district.
  8. Some more interesting documents to come out of the 2040 Visioning Process, leading to the UDO: The Process Timeline: The Different Place Types which become the basis of the Form Based Code: And the links to higher res versions: https://charlottenc.gov/charlottefuture/2040Plan/Documents/CF2040_SAA_2_12_Intro_Presentation.pdf
  9. Definitely something I can't unsee now, and I see that building every day...
  10. The Hawk is nice and all, but it's definitely not in the Gold District
  11. Part of the thinking in the new Charlotte 2040 Comprehensive Plan is 10min neighborhoods, everything is within 15 min via your chosen transportation mode, and as the city evolves that starts to change from 15 min in a Car to 15 min on a bike or on transit. Until the 'security folks' of that building shoo the folks off for 'loitering on private property'
  12. This right here. It's the first step of incremental monumental change.
  13. Hastings Architecture from Nashville.
  14. Glad to see the've addressed the pedestrian experience... Yikes.
  15. I'd like to see how it got hit, that thing got destroyed.
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