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  1. The Good News Report

    The ACC Championship on Saturday Dec 2 at 8PM between Clemson and Miami is officially a sellout. Should be a good weekend for the hotel, food service, and hospitality industry. If you take a look at hotel availability the evening of December 2, pretty much every hotel in Uptown is sold out. “It’s good to be back in Charlotte for this year’s Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game, and it’s great to see the excitement from the entire city,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “Our partnership with Charlotte is strong and we look forward to another sold out crowd for this year’s title game between two of the top teams in college football.” The Championship only has 50,000 in attendance when it was moved to Orlando.
  2. 300 South Tryon and Kimpton Hotel

    Charlotte urban planet board: November 2016: "We don't have enough 5 star hotels. Other big cities have ultra luxury hotels and we just have one Ritz Carlton. We also need more boutique 5 star hotels." November 2017: "We got a 5 star hotel and they have a DRESS CODE! Unacceptable!" It isn't like they are requiring a sports coat or suit to enjoy a cocktail, just a collared shirt. It is a 5 star hotel, not a casual bar. If yall want more casual bar, ask for bars and not 5 star hotels. More 5 star hotels = more dress codes.
  3. Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    The new expansion will be occupied by airlines other than American so there should be minimal connections from the other concourses (largely AA) to the new A-North (non-AA).
  4. Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    CRVA is getting rid of "Charlotte's got a Lot". The crown logo will now be the fixture of CRVA branding, licensed by the city royalty free.
  5. Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    Signage about airline concourses likely isn't a priority because check-in and security for all airlines is in the same terminal. Due to CLT being completely connected behind security, there isn't really a reason to specify ahead of time if an airline is in Concourse B or Concourse A - you go to the same spot more or less for check in / departure, give or take a couple hundred feet. By the time you get to the terminal, there are signs to lead you to the spot that has an airline's check in counter. If you had a sign that said "United - Concourse A", "American - Concourse B", etc... people would probably be driving around looking for a separate terminal when there is really just one terminal for all airlines. Most of the information on roadways leading into the airport is related to parking, which was probably the biggest complaint people had. As you drive in now, you can know ahead of time which parking lots are open / closed, etc... The state isn't going to do much about the state owned interstates and highways in the Charlotte area. They've shown Charlotte is a rather low priority for them per person compared to expanding rural highways in towns with 5,000 people. Hopefully the traffic becomes a non-issue once the new roadway project and terminal drop off/pick up area is complete.
  6. Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    DFW-KEF is good old American Airlines / Doug Parker legacy airline retaliation. Icelandair and Wow Air have announced service to DFW and are marketing "one stop service in KEF to Europe" at low fares. AA is just protecting their hub in DFW and doesn't really want to serve KEF. They just feel like it is the right strategy to try to drive either Icelandair or Wow Air out of the DFW market so they can raise fares to Europe again from DFW once they outlast the competition. CLT doesn't have this competition to Europe, so no need to service a niche leisure route like KEF. Hopefully CLT - TUS sticks around!
  7. Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    I would guess that is a typo / somebody messing with Wiki. Sonoma County Airport is very small and the likelihood of AA adding the only mainline service at the airport to CLT and PHL (while over-flying Dallas, Chicago, and LAX hubs) is pretty small. Sonoma County only has a 6,000 foot runway, so I don't even think mainline aircraft with the fuel load for a transcontinental flight could take off without payload restrictions. Currently AA only serves Sonoma County from their Phoenix hub 1 - 2 times daily on regional aircraft.
  8. Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    Charlotte was mentioned again by AA management in the quarterly conference call as a highly profitable hub. Analysts asked why AA's profit margin isn't as good as Delta. "On the absolute basis, look, margins by region come and go, margins by hub come and go, but what I can tell you right now is Delta has an airline that flies over 40% of their flights in and out of Atlanta, which is a really, really good hub. And if American flew 40% of its flights in and out of Charlotte, we would have a margin advantage there in the business because Charlotte's a really, really good hub. But we don't, so be it."
  9. Learning from Other Places

    Skyway season has kicked off in Siberia. But really, I just agree to disagree. I think Minneapolis is overrated from a downtown standpoint and agree with the other poster who mentioned blank walls. I'm not saying Charlotte is better, I just think Minneapolis is in a similar position to cities like Charlotte, Atlanta, Houston, etc... that are trying to make their downtown more vibrant, as opposed to cities that have really strong downtowns (Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, Washington DC, etc....) Often times people talk about Minneapolis like it belongs in the bucket with places like San Francisco rather than cities that still have a lot of work to do. The reality is its peers are probably Nashville and Austin - cities where the downtown has a leg up on Houston or Dallas, but still far behind the top tier of downtowns in the country. Charlotte: Minneapolis:
  10. Learning from Other Places

    Minneapolis is all about the Skyway. The city is freezing cold. Nobody wants to go for a stroll when it is 15 degrees outside. Outside of special events, Minneapolis doesn't have that bustling of a street life, especially from late fall to early spring, and when I'm there on the weekends it is pretty dead. It is a pretty clean city, educated, and has a good economy, but I've never personally been that impressed. Here's a good article of locals discussing the issues with the Skyways. There is even a "Skyway Avoidance Society" trying to get people to not use them to revitalize downtown Minneapolis retail.’t-avoid-the-skyway-issue/
  11. Charlotte area "ring cities"

    Great spot for retired folks to take up the hobby of complaining about airport noise and going to city council meetings to demand the runways be moved. "I swear something changed. When I first moved in, we were not directly in the flight path to the runways. But I SWEAR something changed and now all the airplanes go right over our house."
  12. Maybe they should explore this solution from China that expands upon the capacity issues the traditional buses in the USA have. It looks like this vehicle could carry more riders.
  13. Basically, without an operator. Not a bad strategy for a more affordable transit solution if it operates in its own right of way. Los Angeles has two dedicated bus rapid transit lines and they work fairly similar to light rail for less construction costs. They have stations, you buy your ticket before boarding, limited stops, dedicated roadway, signal prioritization like a light rail train, etc.... These buses in China are much more modern, don't have an operator, and look more like light rail though. The Orange Line in particular has daily ridership of 23,000 with 18 stations over 18 miles.
  14. Amazon HQ2

    I think Amazon is going to look for a city with a reasonable cost of living so they can slow wage inflation at HQ2, but also a more populous city than Seattle. The Seattle metro area at 3.7 million people is simply too small for Amazon to continue to expand past 50,000 jobs. They have 4,607 job openings in Seattle right now that they are trying to fill. That would be nearly 25% of all job openings in the Charlotte area today, let alone job openings requiring a college degree. With Amazon having an average tenure of 1 year before employees burn out and quit, at this point much of the tech workforce in Seattle is an "Amazon alumni." People are not necessarily staying at Amazon and building their career there - they are working for a while and then quitting after getting experience. This means they need a massive recruiting pipeline to fill the 4,000 - 6,000 job openings they will have at their HQ at any one time with new young people who work there a while and then quit. As the millennial workforce ages into their 30's and accelerate having children, they will have even more job openings to fill, with a smaller co-hort of people behind them. In 10 years, for every millennial that quits, there will only be .92 Gen Z to replace them. There were 79.4 million people born between 1981 - 1998 (Millennials). There are only 73.6 million people born between 1999 - 2015 (Gen Z), a 7% decline. Even in a decade Charlotte will still be a smaller metro area than Seattle and the issues they are having in Seattle with finding qualified talent will be even more aggravated. I would throw Canada out there as a wildcard due to being more open to immigration and getting qualified Visa coding talent, versus the USA which has slowed the immigration funnel and will be entering a co-hort of 20 somethings's that is 7% smaller than the millennials.
  15. MLS in Charlotte?

    Charlotte MLS bid isn't happening for December and will wait until the future round to re-organize. The city will hold fast on not offering up any money (election season has put a ground stop to anybody wanting to vote for the stadium) per Councilman Mitchell. Smith doesn't want to pay for it 100% on his own. Nashville's stadium plan has incredible momentum. MLS analysts seem to think Sacramento and Nashville will get the next two expansion slots, with the decision largely being made and an announcement a mere formality in December. Nashville's stadium proposal: Under the proposal, the $250 million project will be 90% financed by Ingram’s group ($25 million) and revenue and taxes generated by the stadium ($200 million). The government will provide the land and an additional $25 million to cover some infrastructure costs.