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    Born and raised in Charlotte — lifelong love affair with the Queen City. Demography. Architecture. Parks and Trails. Hiking - primordial cliffs and raptors at Crowders Mtn. are amazing. Arts & museums (art, history, science). Books, esp., Southern urban history (not an oxymoron). Favorite quotation: “When you look at a city, it’s like reading the hopes, aspirations and pride of everyone who built it,” by Architect, Hugh Newell Jacobsen.

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  1. Yes. In the space between the Grand Bohemian and The Carillon, the park will be restored and Jerry Peart's sculpture "The Garden" will be reinstalled. Rendering of Grand Bohemian Hotel with adjacent park Artist: Jerry Peart (1991) "The Garden" Link: https://www.charlotteagenda.com/87087/grand-bohemian-hotel-coming-church-trade-uptown/
  2. Earlier this year (02/11/2019), Ken Elkins at CBJ wrote a story entitled "What's driving UNC Charlotte's record-setting growth?" According to the CBJ analysis, keys to the growth of UNC Charlotte include: the LYNX Blue Line extension, which Chancellor Philip Dubois calls "the most transformational project in UNC Charlotte's history, because it gives students, alumni and the community easy access to the university." the 5-year old PORTAL Industry-University Research Partnership Hub, which supports entrepreneurship and collaboration with private industry research partners and, in turn, trains potential future employees who are earning degrees from UNC Charlotte. construction of an $86 Million Marriot Hotel and Conference Center, with a planned opening in March 2021, which is expected to help the University attract conferences and other academic / sports events. According to Chancellor Philip Dubois, the enrollment goal is 35,000 by 2025. However, Dubois said the University may have to boost that goal. "UNC Charlotte's on a roll, with enrollment at the University topping 29,700 during the fall semester, an all-time high for the school that was founded in 1949." ... “We’re talking about it,” Dubois says. "A study found the maximum number of students UNC Charlotte could handle is 40,000 with the amount of land it owns." Link to CBJ Subscriber story: https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2019/02/11/photos-whats-driving-unc-charlottes-record-setting.html Image of PORTAL - part of the UNC Charlotte Research Institute
  3. Here's today's CBJ story regarding UNC Chancellor Phil Dubois' announcement that he'll retire as of June 30, 2020. Link: https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2019/07/30/dubois-to-retire-as-unc-charlotte-chancellor-in.html Excerpts from CBJ story: "Phil Dubois will retire as Chancellor of UNC Charlotte at the end of next June, capping a 15-year tenure at what has become one of the largest institutions in the University of North Carolina system." ... “Let me say that it has been my honor and privilege to serve as your chancellor,” Dubois writes in an email to the UNC Charlotte community. " ... "Dubois became UNC Charlotte's fourth chancellor in July 2005. During his tenure, he managed the UNC system’s fastest-growing and third-largest institution by headcount with 43% growth in enrollment since 2005. The school's statement says Dubois helped UNC Charlotte make steady and significant improvements in the academic credentials and ethnic diversity of incoming freshmen and transfers." ... “It has been an extraordinary journey for me to serve as chancellor of UNC Charlotte and for Lisa to serve as its First Lady,” Dubois says. " “Leading this campus and working with such wonderful people has been an experience of a lifetime. When we pass the torch, I am confident that the best is yet to come for this great university!” Largest colleges and universities in North Carolina Ranked by Fall 2018 undergraduate enrollment Rank College Or University Name Fall 2018 Undergraduate Enrollment 1 N.C. State University 25,199 2 UNC Charlotte 24,387 3 East Carolina University 23,071
  4. From today's Charlotte Ledger Business Newsletter (Monday, July 29, 2019). "Work is expected to start next month on the $35M refresh of Memorial Stadium in Elizabeth, the county tells the Ledger. Demolition should start in August, with construction expected to be complete by spring 2021. According to a recent design update from architects Land Design, HOK and Jenkins-Peer, the changes will include: Pushing back the interior stone walls to allow more field space. Relocating the ticket buildings. Better connections to the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Placing a memorial to Mecklenburg County World War I Veterans between the two main entries. Renderings Link to The Ledger's story: https://charlotteledger.substack.com/
  5. New 3rd Tallest (Charlotte Metro Tower / DEC 2) - it's 1 Foot / .3048 meters taller than Hearst / Truist Tower Wikipedia's List of Tall Buildings in Charlotte now indicates that Charlotte Metro Tower / DEC2 will be the 3rd tallest building in Charlotte and NC. The new figures are: Charlotte Metro Tower / DEC2 - 42 Floors - 660 feet / 201.1 meters high - 3rd tallest It would just edge out the Hearst / Truist Tower - 47 floors - 659 feet / 200.8 meters high - 4th tallest Here are the top 5 in Charlotte - 1. BOACC - 60 floors - 871 feet / 265.5 meters - Tallest in Charlotte and tallest between Philadelphia and Atlanta 2. DEC - 48 floors - 786 feet / 239.7 meters - 2nd tallest tower 3. Charlotte Metro Tower / DEC2 - 42 floors - 660 feet / 201.1 meters - New 3rd tallest tower (Under construction) 4. Hearst / Truist Tower - 47 floors - 659 feet / 200.8 meters - 4th tallest tower 5. BOAT / Legacy Union 1 - 35 floors - 632 feet / 193 meters - 5th tallest tower  This means that Charlotte will have 5 NYC-scale buildings exceeding 600 feet tall - Incredible! Just 12 American cities have more buildings 600+ feet tall than Charlotte; 2 American cities have the same # as Charlotte (i.e., Denver & Pittsburgh) Here are the American cities that have 600+ foot / 182.88+ meters tall buildings and the # each city has: Atlanta - 11 Atlantic City - 1 Austin - 2 Boston - 7 Charlotte - 5 Chicago - 53 Cincinnati - 1 Cleveland - 3 Columbus - 1 Dallas - 11 Denver - 5 Des Moines - 1 Detroit - 3 Houston - 19 Indianapolis - 1 Jacksonville - 1 Jersey City - 3 Kansas City - 1 Las Vegas - 10 Los Angeles - 18 Miami - 22 Milwaukee - 1 Minneapolis - 4 Mobile - 1 Nashville - 1 New Orleans - 2 New York City - 149 Oklahoma City - 1 Omaha - 1 Philadelphia - 9 Pittsburgh - 5 San Antonio - 1 San Francisco - 13 Seattle - 9 Sunny Isles Beach, FL - 7 (Miami metro) Tulsa - 2 Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_in_Charlotte,_North_Carolina See, also, Tall Buildings in Selected North American Cities, 2019 World Almanac and Book of Facts, at pp. 716-21.
  6. From today's CBJ - Soccer - 2019 International Champions Cup "The nation's biggest name in soccer at the moment will be in the Queen City this weekend as part of the International Champions Cup match and related events taking place uptown. Megan Rapinoe, a co-captain on the U.S. Women’s World Cup-winning team, will lead a skills-training session and do the ceremonial coin toss at the game, according to the Observer. "What an exciting opportunity,” she told the daily newspaper. “It seems like just an incredible soccer city, so to be able to bring some hype and excitement on top of what’s already happening, having those two incredible teams there, just was a no-brainer for me.” "Plans for the fan festival were revealed earlier this month, along with a multiyear contract to make international soccer matches a fixture here for the next five years." Pictured is a rendering of the Relevent-backed fan festival planned at Romare Bearden Park in Uptown on July 19-20.
  7. List of Tallest Buildings under construction in Charlotte - From Wikipedia Tryon Place / Ally Charlotte Center's height is 427 feet / 130.1 meters / 26 stories tall (Under construction) Photo by @KJHburg - The KJ - from UP Tryon Place thread on 07/10/19 at p. 193 At 427 feet high, Ally Charlotte Center (Tryon Place) would be the 15th tallest building in Charlotte just behind - #14 Two Wells Fargo Center 433 feet / 132 meters / 32 stories and just ahead of #16 The Avenue 425 feet / 129.5 meters / 36 stories Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_in_Charlotte,_North_Carolina
  8. Notice to the Observer and City Government: Watch out - KJ's all fired up with good cause! If the Observer and City Government won't do anything about the Levine Wasteland, I'm with KJ -
  9. To celebrate a Red Letter Day in Charlotte's History - June 27, 2019 - Lowe's picks SouthEnd for Global Tech Hub Note - Click open link in new tab below - Length 5 mins. 27 secs. - Also click skip ad Zadok the Priest — Choir of Westminster Abbey - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiXgOQ9_-RI Lyrics Zadok the priest And Nathan the prophet Anointed Solomon king And all the people rejoiced, rejoiced, rejoiced And all the people rejoiced, rejoiced, rejoiced Rejoiced, rejoiced, rejoiced And all the people rejoiced, rejoiced, rejoiced and said: God save the king Long live the king God save the king May the king live forever Amen, amen, alleluia, alleluia, amen, amen Amen, amen, alleluia, amen ㅤ
  10. Today's CBJ - "How Charlotte home-price gains are trending as national pace slows," by Jenna Martin Excerpt: "The Case-Shiller report, released Tuesday, pegged local home-price growth in April at 4.2% year over year — higher than the national annual gain of 3.5% as well as gains experienced by the 10-city composite, 2.3%, and the 20-city composite, 2.5%." ... "Those price-acceleration rates, however, are noticeably down from a year ago. The national growth rate in April 2018, for instance, was 6.4%. And the pace at which Charlotte's housing prices grew a year ago was 6%. Of the 20 cities tracked by Case-Shiller, there were just four markets in April with annual gains higher than that seen in Charlotte: Atlanta, 4.9%; Tampa, Florida, 5.6%; Phoenix, 6%; and Las Vegas, 7.1%." ... "Zillow economist Matthew Speakman said in a statement on the latest Case-Shiller results, 'This slowdown has been widely expected for some time, and is likely to give many would-be buyers some much-needed breathing room. Prices will continue to grow, just not at the unsustainable rates of the past several years.'" Subscriber article: https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2019/06/25/how-charlotte-home-price-gains-are-trending-as.html
  11. "My dogs bigger than your dog ... my dogs bigger than yours!" Buildings in Nashville - 500 Feet / 152.4 meters high or taller - 3 completed, 1 planned, 1 proposed Paramount Tower, 750 ft./230 m., 65 stories (Proposed) AT&T Building, 617 ft./188 m., 33 stories Nashville Yards Tower, 600 ft.,180 m., 40 stories (Planned) Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences, 542 ft., 165 m., 42 stories (Under construction) 505, 524 ft./166 m., 45 stories Buildings in Charlotte - 500 feet / 152.4 meters high or taller - 6 completed, 2 under construction Bank of America Corp. Center, 871 ft./265.5 m., 60 stories Duke Energy Center, 786 ft./239.7 m , 48 stories Hearst Tower, 659 ft./200.8 m., 47 stories Charlotte Metro Tower (DEC), 644 ft., 196.3 m, 41 stories (Under construction) Legacy Union I (BOAT), 632 ft/193 m., 33 stories (Under construction) One Wells Fargo Center, 588 ft./179.2 m. , 42 stories The Vue, 574 ft./170.7 m., 50 stories Bank of America Plaza, 503 ft/153.3 m., 40 stories
  12. Today's CBJ story "Building momentum on Charlotte's east side," by Collin Huguley. Good overview of improvements / renovations to Bojangles Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium. Excerpt; "Fiscal 2018 proved a strong one for the Bojangles’ Entertainment Complex, which includes both Bojangles’ and Ovens. The complex had an economic impact of $27.6 million for the year and generated $14.9 million in direct visitor spending, according to CRVA. Bojangles’ hosted 107 events, a 20.2% increase over the previous year. Ovens hosted 143 events, eclipsing its target of 118. Both venues set records for event volume. There hasn’t been much slowdown in 2019. While the venues budgeted fewer events than in 2018, both have already booked more than budgeted. Excluding youth hockey, Bojangles’ has booked 106 events and budgeted only 90. Ovens has booked 125 events, up from the 105 budgeted. The fiscal year ends June 30." ... "A $20 million connector — a 35,000-square-foot space connecting Bojangles’ and Ovens — is underway and will provide more entertainment, hospitality and concourse spaces as well as more restrooms. The new building will also house the Checkers’ team offices and allow for more daytime activity at the complex, It is expected to open in late 2019 or early 2020." Renderings - Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority Link: https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2019/06/20/how-charlotte-is-building-momentum-on-citys-east.html
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