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  1. I've met some folks that tried to fight the river district. I see it as the last few thousand acres of intact forest. Granted it was farmland fifty years ago, but still. It's a forest. It follows the city's logic that all the hinterlands must be developed. The fight against it I guess was pretty one sided, too much money and interests. They get subsidies thrown at them, the city passing bonds to help bank the project. Infill snubbed at the same time. It represents everything that is wrong with land development to me. The suburban ponzi scheme.
  2. There was a nifty wooden detail over the front-door I wanted to grab. Don't know what they would call it. Probably removed by now.
  3. I couldn't get a definite answer if they were going to tear her down or not, scared me for a moment. They'll keep the building thank god. Sure, expand the building and modernize it.
  4. *SIGHS* I knew Belmont was going to explode. I know taxes were going to increase. I was mostly at peace with that.... BUT 400% on the lot! Call me naive, I feel the city definitely needs a tax boost. I just don't want the taxes to outright double.
  5. A real tracking app would be pretty sweet. SCAD had one during my time there for their full bus service. Not always accurate but it did the job. It was called Transloc, used at other colleges as well. Will probably take a few years to work the bugs out, but it will be worth it.
  6. I'm a bit impatient because the zoning code in the historic neighborhoods isn't 10 years out of date, it's at least fifty years out of date. They dumped 'eager beaver' suburban zoning on street-car neighborhoods and frozen them in time. I wanted to build a four-plex in a neighborhood that's a five minute walk from a light rail station and a little less than a mile from the down-town core. Planning department came back after the 'pre-proposal' and said it would be inappropriate to the character of the single family neighborhood. Two blocks from there, they got TOD lots that allow six story condo buildings that can be built by right. There's no balance in the zoning code. I look at small lots in these neighborhood, decide it's not worth it because their all zoned R-5 or R-8. Home builder comes in and drops a 400-500K home. Mortgages are approaching 3,000$. There's not going to be a middle class in these neighborhoods by 2040. Their zoning code helps dictate this.
  7. When do you think we'll get info's on bus ridership after their system over-haul. I know it's going to be a few more months, I just can't wait. Since the city has lost so much ridership (-12%) in a year or so, just having the bus ridership remain steady would be a major victory. Then debate can be pivoted to improving the bus service, and less of the expensive and more risky light rail projects.
  8. Finally took the train from Charlotte to Raleigh. Of course our train station is miserable, the lobby not so bad per say. It's the concrete tunnel that you have to walk through to board that makes me scratch my head. Location is terrible too, but that's getting fixed. The state really needs to shave off about 30-40 minutes travel time to Raleigh, then you'd see ridership rise pretty quickly. Shouldn't take longer than a car.
  9. Dropping into downtown with the 14, getting on the blue-line. Green-shirts everywhere. Arrive at Noda in 10, get a doughnut and tacos. A bit overcapacity on Saturday but otherwise a great success.
  10. Humor me, I'm wracking my brains thinking about the housing market in Charlotte. Just looking at a couple charts from the St. Louis Fed, we ain't in a bubble yet. St. Louis FED Charlotte You draw a line on the chart, we are about where we should be. I suspect neighborhoods near downtown are already starting to get over-priced. If the market doesn't cool significantly this year, it won't take long to set things up for a total repeat of 2008. Nationally, there are some signs of a significant bubble, but concentrated on the west coast and Texas. Hopefully, that means the next correction won't be as severe as the last time for Charlotte.
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