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  1. This article is concerning.... seems like a coin toss if the Silver Line is going to happen and if their is the will to find a way. Also looks like any existing timelines are out the window and we are probably looking at 2040+ if the transit tax doesn't happen for a few years. If property taxes from the city of Charlotte largely funds the line (with extensive hikes on city residents), I don't see how they can build the Silver Line into Matthews unless they hike property taxes / help pay for it as well. Hiking taxes on a Steele Creek or Coulwood neighborhood resident and then building into Matthews just won't be right. Also interesting to see the county could put a measure on the ballot without permission from Raleigh, but since they aren't responsible for transit, it isn't in their scope. I wonder if the city should transfer CATS to the county?
  2. My major Uptown employer has "fully returned" but employees are interpreting hybrid as maybe 1 or 2 days in the office... if any. Most managers, directors, et... want to work at home themselves and aren't really requiring people to be in so the building is maybe 15% full on any individual day. Some floors, not a single person is showing up. The goal was 3 days in from corporate, but that isn't even close to happening and people seem to really like working at home. I thought more people would show up in our return back this month and be excited, but people just aren't coming. Some people flat out have told their supervisors they will quit if they have to go in.... And managers know the job market is rough and replacing people is expensive so they are just allowing a "hybrid" employee to essentially come in once a month to keep their badge active.
  3. Won't necessarily be a big tenant or name brand taking a bunch of the building, but this location could be good for smaller tenants that need a floor or half a floor. Tenants like a local law firm, psychology / counseling office, physician office, insurance brokers, et... the type of tenants that don't need to be Uptown or pay the premium for South End, South Park, Ballantyne, et.
  4. That doesn't mean the 30% O&D is all on other airlines. Some of the traffic on American Airlines at CLT is also O&D (just not the majority). For example, most of my personal O&D travel out of CLT is on AA such as CLT - LAX last month. I would have been an O&D passenger on the plane counting towards the 30% overall for the airport. Some AA routes at CLT have a larger O&D percentage of passengers on the plane while others are almost entirely connections. For example AA CLT - New York routes have a good amount of O&D travelers, whereas most AA CLT - Greenville, SC flights are 100% connecting passengers. Given JetBlue's partnership with American Airlines, there is pretty much zero chance of significant expansion by them here at CLT. No point when AA has all the key routes covered with multiple flights per day. JetBlue is barely utilizing their one gate as is... just 1 daily flight to Boston. If anything, they are "gate squatting" with an entire gate at the airport empty other than one 12:30PM departure each day. More likely than an expansion is JetBlue exits CLT completely and just codeshares with AA on CLT - BOS, that already operates 9 nonstop flights between the two cities each day.
  5. For 2020, the city's report says the composition is "steady" at nearly 30% O&D. I believe the 10% metric is American Airline's market share at CLT, not the O&D percent. "The composition of traffic in FY 2020 remained steady, with approximately 29.5 percent O&D and 70.5 percent connecting passenger activity. (O&D passengers are those beginning or ending their trips at the Airport, as opposed to connecting passengers who change planes at the Airport to reach their final destination.)" https://charlottenc.gov/GS/procurement/publications/FY20_Airport_Statements.pdf
  6. The state of the bathrooms at the airport are just designed to set your expectations that you about to sit in Basic Economy on American Airlines, have an inflight 737 Max bathroom that is like 2 feet wide, and you booked a cheap connecting rate from Boston to Florida through CLT to save $75 in airfare, and that if you had more money or mattered you probably wouldn't be connecting in Charlotte.
  7. I think in a traditional neighborhood a greenway increases home values, but not sure the Green Rea area is going to see houses go from $1.8 million to $1.9 million due to a greenway nearby. The real estate appeal in there is partially the privacy / being a dead end street full of mansions and fellow Range Rover people. If you value walkability / community, your price point is more than enough to afford a big house in Dilworth, Myers Park, Eastover, et... but those locations are less tucked away. Lots of executives and people that want to be left alone in Green Rea, homes owned in a trust, et... IMO they should purchase in a gated neighborhood if their privacy is that critical. Plenty of gated options in the Charlotte area.
  8. Green Rea is very affluent area with some homes north of $3 million in there.... the residents claimed they were concerned about: An increase in foot traffic from other neighborhoods along Carmel Road trying to walk or jog down Green Rea to get to the greenway. Green Rea does not have any sidewalks and that was not in scope for the greenway plan (sample image below) and residents claimed it would make near collisions more likely. An increase in vehicle traffic in their community by being the nearest access point to the greenway for the neighborhoods along / north on Carmel Road. With no designated parking lot, cars would park on "their streets." Sample image of street layout + access point below. Residents say they already deal with traffic from having the middle school at the end of the street, but the school at least has designated parking and a campaign to "be a good neighbor," including annual gifts / treats made by students for the neighbors. The thing the neighborhood didn't publicly say... but is likely a factor, is the greenway connection would put them within a .2 mile walk of the Shadowlake subdivision which is the least affluent single family neighborhood along Carmel Road between 51 and Fairview. Via Carmel Road, Shadowlake is a little over a mile away / can't get to them. I don't think residents in these $1 million+ homes want Shadowlake walking through their neighborhood. Entrance to Shadowlake subdivision is last image below. No sidewalks: No parking: Corner of Shadowlake neighborhood on Carmel Road that is the "first impression" of Shadowlake as you drive by. They haven't said this, but I suspect Green Rea residents are thinking "oh no, this neighborhood will now have easy access to ours with the greenway" given how passionate they are about keeping others out / no greenway.
  9. Figures. The Palisades neighborhood / area is getting a new high school in Fall 2022 so that might relieve Olympic High enough to absorb the new students that will live in the River District. Olympics' boundaries are shrinking pretty dramatically as a result: https://www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/StudentPlacement/PlanningServices/Documents/HS maps 2022-23/Olympic HS.pdf
  10. Are they building a new high school for the River District or will it go to West Meck High? West Meck may weigh on the home values of the SFH and townhome portions as their are limited private schools in that area. The nearby Vineyards at Lake Wylie development allows you to scoop up a brand new 3,000+ square foot houses for less than $500,000. Typically in suburban locations, prices are heavily influenced by schools moreso than intown locations where proximity offsets schools (making suburbs like Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Marvin, Weddington, South CLT, Cornelius, Cox Mill, Harrisburg, et... relatively expensive for what they are). Even for people without kids like empty nesters, they'll keep an eye on schools for resale in a suburban location like this.
  11. The Gold Line is the only route fully shut down right now due to snow / ice.... Even buses are operating. I swear this streetcar's execution...
  12. Regarding the massive chip plant earlier up thread, sources are now saying North Carolina is out of the running and the rumoured suitor that would have been the largest project in state history has crossed NC off the list. Reported by News and Observer, Triangle Biz Journal, WRAL, et.
  13. One of the hard things for Southwest in a market like Charlotte is they don't sell through aggregators so the only way to check the price is to specifically go to their own website. They don't have strong brand awareness or market share in Charlotte, so I don't think people go and check their website for a fare comparison as much as markets where they have really strong brand loyalty like California, Texas, Chicago, Baltimore, et... At just 8 daily flights at an airport with 700+ their share is just so small and their frequency is too low on many routes to be competitive. In addition, their pricing is rarely significantly less on most routes out of Charlotte. I have family in Houston and check Southwest each time and the nonstop is always the same or more than American or United, but it has never been cheaper.
  14. Rather than more drive-thru lanes, I wish we could knock the whole thing down and get an urban format Chick-fil-a for South End without a drive-thru. There are plenty of retail spots in South End that would be a great fit and have parking for those that have a car and want to do curbside pickup. The Chick fil a somewhat acts as a suburban wall between South End and Lower South End. Urban format:
  15. North Meck voters can be an angry bunch.... they are a historically more conservative area of the county , but their furor / anger over the toll road project was enough to get GOP Governor Pat McCrory removed from office cause they were ANGRY over those tolls. They often feel like their voice isn't heard and everything in the county revolves around Charlotte, from the toll road to the public school system to transit, et... One could debate the merit, but the reality is those views are there. I think CATS is VERY aware of that and is trying to appease North Meck best they can so they don't lose a whole chunk of the county when the transit vote comes around. "Precincts that supported McCrory in his 2008 and 2012 campaigns evaporated in 2016. McCrory only won seven of the 12 north Mecklenburg precincts this time around, compared to four years ago when he won all 12 precincts." ^Those precincts determined the election.
  16. It is too bad Sealed Air dropped off the list after the investment to recruit them. Still a large company and the Diversey spin-off stayed in the region as well with a Fort Mill HQ, but kind of disappointing they no longer meet the Fortune 500 cut off. Since the pandemic, many Sealed Air employees moved back down to their original homes in the Greenville-Spartanburg area to work permanently from home and just visit the Charlotte campus as needed. Lower cost of living down there and a lot of people were taken from their friends / family, so they jumped at the opportunity to move back when flex work was announced.
  17. We presented a field outside Shelby, North Carolina next to a paper corporation's headquarters and a Walmart distribution center??? Oh my - Amazon must have just thrown it in the trash. Transit would have been the least of Amazon's problems.... only 18.8% of Cleveland County has a Bachelor degree or higher, which is barely higher than the 15% that never graduated high school. The mass transit available per CATS: "The Transportation Administration of Cleveland County provides services for the elderly and disabled to this location."
  18. I think the main downside to the NCRR route to Salisbury is once you get beyond Harrisburg, those areas do not have a very large percentage of their residential population commuting into Uptown for employment. I've worked at four companies in Uptown and have only met one person that lives in Kannapolis and none in China Grove or Salisbury. Learning somebody lives in Fort Mill or Huntersville, et. is frequent. The NCRR route also is too far from the main area in Concord that drives commuting patterns to Uptown... the more affluent Cox Mill High School zone on the other side of I-85, where Uptown workers flock for the good schools. The higher white collar salaries of Uptown employment just doesn't lend itself to many people living in areas like northern Concord or Kannapolis, whereas the desirable public schools and quality of life has super-commuters out of areas like Cornelius, Davidson, Waxhaw, Weddington, Fort Mill, et.... to get into Uptown. I just fear there isn't much demand for a Kannapolis residents to get to Uptown and boardings would be low.
  19. The problem isn't so much the power line touching the tree for arcing energy, but the inevitable branches that fall on the power lines. When the wind picks up, branches fall from above on the power lines below and BOOM, outage. Duke cuts the trees back to reduce the amount of outages that happen in storms.... such as the storm on Monday this week that left 100,000+ customers without power, often due to trees / branch hitting the line.
  20. Duke can do what they do best and go in and decapitate the trees cause heaven forbid they bury the lines!
  21. Yeah, unless they run a last minute ticket sale / reduce price, I think the people that were really excited / following the team have largely already bought tickets.
  22. CATS gets federal funding as well for its transit projects.... you just need local support as well. The Federal Government contributed 50% of the capital cost of the new Phase 2 Gold Line for example. That's $75 million that the Federal government spent from taxes paid by people living across the country to go towards CATS operating a train unreliably and very slowly every 20 - 30 minutes for 1,300 people a day. The Federal Government could have also taken the $57,692 spent per rider and cut them a check to go buy a new Toyota, keep $20,000 for the down payment on a house, and have $10,000 left over to invest in the stock market. I'm sure the 1,300 riders would love that! When you throw in the city's contribution.... woah! Each rider cost $115,384 in total!
  23. That is the Mott's Grove Campground. Camp meetings were an African American tradition and the land at this location was given to an African American congregation by Dr. John James Mott (hence the name of the site). People gather for about 10 days in the summer at the site to camp, worship, listen to sermons, and spend time with other members of their faith. The structures serve as bunks in a courtyard format, with the worship arbor in the middle of the square. There are several other camp meeting locations in the foothills region of North Carolina today that are very similar to Mott's Grove.
  24. Just something to think about with aquariums.... they often are somewhat like the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Outside of the entrance plaza, you usually end up with multiple blank walls / dead space surrounding the thing because it is basically a giant box holding fish and needs lots of loading docks. IMO, that is why a Shedd Aquarium type placement in an urban park is preferable to a Georgia Aquarium placement within the street grid where it creates dead space on sidewalks. The Georgia Aquarium creates MULTIPLE dead spaces and terrible urban blocks that wouldn't be so bad in a park. Georgia Aquarium streetscapes: IMO, we would need to find the right location to build something like an aquarium to prevent creating another NASCAR Hall of Fame that kills street life on multiple blocks, such as a corner location or area where the blank walls / loading areas back to an interstate or train.
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