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  1. Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    Here's the rub: do we "want" that kind of bedroom- community (suburban) growth? Or, lacking that viable freeway to Union county, would that same growth just continue to go to SC, Cabarrus, and the lake towns, and just make their highways worse? By that logic, then, we're better off doing the southwest corridor properly, as opposed to the other corridors.
  2. First Ward Urban Village and Parks

    Very fair point, yoI've convinced me. I guess this is an instance where this tool really should be implemented in many other environments, but because of how terrified our society is of catering to humans, this tool was only able to be used as a justification for putting an auto-centric thing in the one place where one really shouldn't be. Hopefully one day they can put permanent poles at both ends so it can just be ped. Wouldn't be that hard.
  3. First Ward Urban Village and Parks

    I personally love the street, I love walking in it, biking in it, and driving in it. When I originally saw how they were making it I was impressed, as this is a design we should see in MANY more places than just urban parks. If this was done in other neighborhood streets or small thoroughfares, it would improve safety for everyone, and still not impede emergency vehicles.
  4. Lynx Silver Line

  5. SouthEnd Midrise Projects

    So that first video is fronting South Blvd, and the second video is facing inward, toward the mill? Not bad
  6. SouthEnd Midrise Projects

    As much as I will forever mourn the loss of the Common Market site in the depths of my heart, this is a pretty sweet canyon effect with termination point being created here with these two guys.
  7. Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    Looks like CATS has been visited by Crash Overdrive.
  8. Crescent Stonewall Station

    Idk but maybe that means it'll reach "historic" status in half the time
  9. Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    Okay, everyone. He did some good things, he did some bad things. He was a human who just passed away. Move it to the Political Digression thread if you want to go on.
  10. Elizabeth Projects (7th St, Elizabeth Ave, etc)

    I agree. I simply disagree in that these places should be built in such a way. The Metropolitan is a necessary evil, because it's here, and it integrated into the greenway, in a once rough stretch, but it is awful. Baxter/Birkdale Villages are great, but exemplify the old-school New Urbanism approach long after New Urbanism's principals moved on from these large-scale projects. TL;DR: The (functional, sustainable) future is in more fine-grained approaches. Lots more, smaller, nodes of walkable activity do it better. When the "market" comes around to that is foggy.
  11. Elizabeth Projects (7th St, Elizabeth Ave, etc)

    It's tricky,...They DO have a bus line, so that helps, and also building in Dilworth makes sense, since it is a Traditional Neighborhood Development already, though I don't feel urban form needs to go past Dilworth. Now, Providence and Randolph are unique: no traditional urban form exists there. It kind of does before the Queens-Queens intersection, but that is negated by the traffic sewer. But in general, all of these places are different than every other thoroughfare of similar scale. They feed into the most affluent (thus car-hungry, Uptown-commuting) parts of Charlotte, so are the most likely to have the least interest in transit, especially since no rail can do down them (though BRT would be great). Now, all suburbs do need more incremental, fine-grained urban form: an accessory dwelling in garages, a corner store, or small-scale mixed-use around existing activity centers. But doing it intensely is too heavy an approach for these areas. TL;DR: It doesn't make as much sense to intensely focus urban form development along the South Charlotte corridors, because the broader purposes (sustainability, a change in paradigm) can't thrive as much there compared to other parts of town.
  12. NoDa (N Davidson St Arts District) Projects

    That said, they have made a wide trail between Parkwood station and 25th St. But it stops at the creek crossing. Beyond that, it should cut up behind Highland Mill, then up through the Yards and Novel's private road and spit out at 36th St staion. Huge missed opportunity.
  13. NoDa (N Davidson St Arts District) Projects

    That is such a huge "No" that it took me two years, and finding multiple ways to phrase my question, to get city staff to understand what I meant. They all kept saying "I think you mean the Cross CLT Trail" and I would say, no, I think you're forgetting. So, no. Because of the existing abandoned ROW along the original line, it was much easier there, so BLE planners essentially wrote off the idea of extending it north, and fall back on the XCLT as being comparable.
  14. Learning from Other Places

    I have to say, for the first 5 seconds I thought that said "fences and (pine) needles." (because Pine Trees in NC ) and thought "why does landscaping cost that much?"
  15. Lynx Silver Line

    I think the trick is the populace now wants LRT.