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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. QCxpat

    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    Raleigh isn't the only capital city that's gone AWOL on this Google map. Other capital cities that Google omitted include: (1) Charleston, WV, (2) Columbia, SC, (3) Frankfort, KY, (4) Little Rock, AR, (5) and Jefferson City, MO. Here from YouTube is a sweet little ditty for kiddos about the 50 state capitals. Fun to sing along with! 50 States Song for Kids/50 States and Capitals for Children ... - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt2mYPwXyAc ▶ 4:58 Jan 11, 2016 - Uploaded by Kids Learning Tube Kids Learning Tube. ... Learn about the 50 states and capitals of the united statesof America with this fun ...
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    SouthEnd Midrise Projects

    Very nice story by UP's own Clayton Sealey in Charlotte Agenda (11/13/2018) about developments in South End and Charlotte retail future. Story features (1) Atherton Mill, (2)The Design District, (3) The Railyard, and (4) Spectrum South End. Clayton tells us What's already open and What's coming soon. "The neighborhood is permanently connected by the light rail to Uptown, the largest concentration of high paying jobs in the Carolinas. Plus it sits adjacent to Dilworth and a stone’s throw from Myers Park. Both neighborhoods have a ton of buying power, and there are now 225,000 people living within 5 miles of South End. Between the proliferation of new residential and the recent introduction of Class A Office, South End has more than enough rooftops to support retail. There’s also just enough buildings that are old enough to have a vibe, and be converted into something awesome." Link: https://www.charlotteagenda.com/148933/4-development-projects-that-make-south-end-the-future-of-charlotte-retail/
  3. According to the NBJ, the largest office buildings in Nashville's downtown submarket by gross leasable area are, as follows: (1) AT&T Building, 333 Commerce Street - 765,624 sq. ft. (2) UBS Tower, 315 Deaderick Street - 634,826 sq. ft. (3) HCA Capitol View, 1100 Charlotte Avenue - 530,000 sq. ft. (4) The Pinnacle at Symphony Place, 150 3rd Avenue South - 520,241 sq. ft. (5) Bridgestone Tower, 210 4th Avenue South - 514,000 sq. ft. LInk; https://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/subscriber-only/2018/10/12/largest-office-buildings-in-downtown.html - Nashville Business Journal, October 12, 2018
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    Charlotte Photo of the Day

    The Eye on Tryon is an 80 foot ferris wheel at the corner of 7th Street & Tryon. From Friday, November 2nd to Saturday, November 10th, $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for kids. Photo of the Eye on Tryon ferris wheel below by @Hugo704 Why is it called the Eye on Tryon? It's like the London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London, which is Europe's tallest ferris wheel, height 443 feet / 135 meters. The London Eye opened to the general public on 03/09/2000. Supported by an A-frame on one side only, the London Eye is described by its operators as a cantilevered observation wheel. See image of the London Eye below. Link: https://www.charlotteonthecheap.com/eye-tryon-ferris-wheel-charlotte/
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    Optimist Park / Belmont Projects

    Here's a short YouTube video (1.57 mins long) showing the Chadbourn Hosiery Mill before & after the proposed renovation.
  6. Golly gee willikers KJ - Thank heavens, you're back in town! We'd just about given up all hope of resisting the dreaded "Photo Addiction Withdrawal Syndrome" (defined as an acute and irresistible craving for Architectural Photos & Renderings as per the renown Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - V). Thankfully, your latest collection of Tryon Place Photos arrived just in the nick of time! Woohoo! KJ saves the day! KJ! KJ! KJ! Oorah!
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    Charlotte Hornets and the Arena

    Removed by member
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    Unified Development Ordinance

    Sustainable Parking Decks? Levine's parking deck in First Ward -vs- Raleigh's Green Square parking deck, and Charlotte's new UDO. (1) Daniel Levine's massive 1,344 spaces parking deck in First Ward. No landscaping. No apartments wrapping the structure. No retail. Just a massive eyesore and aesthetic blight. Photo by UP’s own @KJHburg posted on 10/07/2018, First Ward Urban Village / North Tryon Vision Plan thread at p. 119. (2) The Green Square parking deck in Raleigh. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Hillyer. "In Raleigh, the elegant Green Square parking structure illustrates the art of the possible when the will to be sustainable merges with a budget level that supports the added green features. ... Green Square uses several design strategies such as a facade of vertical aluminum fins, recycled and recyclable, and a large cistern that stores rainwater for irrigation at the State Capitol and neighboring state-owned grounds. A solar array of photo-voltaic panels hovers above the entire top level of parking and doubles as a sunshade. Some of its energy goes directly to the office building; the leftover is sold to Duke Energy where it goes into the power grid. The third party that has supplied and installed the array receives reimbursement from Duke along with tax incentives. The result is enough energy to power 3,000 homes a year. " (3) Charlotte's new Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) - Parking Decks designed as adaptive reuse structures. "Last month 08/2018), as part of a roll-out for zoning reforms to transit oriented districts (TODs), Monica Holmes of Charlotte's Planning, Design and Development Dept. recommended to an advisory committee a requirement that decks in the most intense TOD locations be designed as adaptive reuse structures. The advisory committee – a healthy mix of architects, developers, private sector planners and citizen activists – serves as a sounding board for a new Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) that is expected to replace the antiquated city-wide zoning code. The basic idea is to make sure floors are flat and ceiling heights are raised to allow conversion to civic, office, retail, housing or other uses in the future. That is easier said than done, because those and other necessary changes can add appreciably to construction costs. To date there are only a few instances where adaptive reuse decks have been built or are in the pipeline in other U.S. cities, most notably the decks planned for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority in Boston. Make no mistake. Parking decks are now being viewed through a different lens. Whether Charlotte decision-makers support adaptive reuse for parking decks in the new TOD zoning should be decided in the coming months, as the TOD sections of the city’s new development ordinance move forward for approval by the Charlotte City Council." Link to story: http://ui.uncc.edu/story/can-parking-deck-ever-be-truly-green - "Charlotte's parking deck identity crisis: Can a deck be green?" UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, by Martin Zimmerman, 09/25/2018
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    The Bad News Report

    EXCELLENT CATCH! Here's the correction from the March 5, 2018 News and Observer. Raleigh N&O excerpt: "Turns out the iconic computer reboot command ctrl+alt+delete wasn’t invented in Research Triangle Park as the state advertised. But its inventor did move to RTP about 15 years later, if that counts. The inventor, David Bradley, is well-known in computer history for his pioneering role as well as for his ctrl+alt+del invention, which he says was a solution to a problem that took about five minutes to figure out. Bradley followed IBM to RTP in the mid-1990s, where he worked until he retired in 2004. He also taught at N.C. State University. Reached by email on Monday, Bradley confirmed he invented the command in 1981 in Boca Raton, FL. " Link: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article203595559.html - "Oops. NC needs to delete ctl + alt + delete from list of state's inventions," by Craig Jarvis, March 5, 2018.
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    The Bad News Report

    You're right @Seabrooke Designed by license plate collector and NC historian Charles Robinson, the First in Freedom plate design recognizes 2 important events: (1) the signing of the Meck. Dec. on July 20, 1775, and (2) the Halifax Resolves on April 12, 1776. These 2 events are commemorated on the NC State flag as the first steps toward independence from Great Britain during the early stages of the American Revolution. Link: https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/title-registration/license-plates/Pages/first-freedom-plate.aspx
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    The Bad News Report

    "North Carolina is home to some pretty neat inventions! From delicious soft drinks, to miniature-golf, even machine guns, this state has some outside-of-the-box thinkers. Of course ‘first in flight’ is the most famous Tar heel invention but check out these fourteen inventions to see just how much our great state has contributed to modern-day life." 1. Cheerwine, Salisbury, 1917 2. Vicks VapoRub, Selma, 1890 3. Pepsi-Cola, New Bern, 1893 4. Texas Pete, Winston-Salem, 1929 5. Putt Putt Miniature Golf, Fayetteville, 1954 6. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Winston-Salem, 1937 This one's for you, KJ! 7. Universal Product Code, or Barcode, Research Triangle Park, 1969 8. Another RTP invention, Ctrl+Alt+Del. 9. The Gatling Gun, 1861 10. David "Carbine" Williams, firearms inventor and designer, Cumberland County 11. Headache Powder. Durham, 1906 12. Overalls, Clinton, 1859 13. 'Lady Edison' or Beaulah Louise Henry, her inventions include bobbin free sewing machine, the "photograph," and a vacuum-sealed ice cream freezer, born in Raleigh 1887 14. Aviation, 1903, Kitty Hawk Link: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/north-carolina/inventions-nc/ - "Most People Don't Know these 14 Famous Inventions Came from North Carolina," by Emory Rakestraw, 04/04/2015
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    Ideas for Creating Culture, Temporary and Permanent, in Charlotte

    Inaugural Festival - "Talking Walls" Charlotte Mural Festival, October 10-13, 2018 "The Talking Walls Festival will add new murals to neighborhoods across the city. The participating artists, both national and local, include Hoxxoh, Arko83 & Owl, Jeks, and several others. Mike Wirth, who is part of the all-volunteer group of festival organizers, shares this on the festival’s origins: The team came together in late 2017. It was the meeting between two groups of friends that had similar ideas about creating an event that could be the catalyst for establishing Charlotte as a mural arts destination … The objective of the fest is to create an exciting, multi-day, cross-city mural painting experience, to elevate emerging talent, and enrich the city with some beautiful artwork.” Arko and Owl are two of the artists behind the Talking Walls Festival. Photo credit: BRIAN TWITTY Links: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/latest-news/article219551565.html - Charlotte Observer, "What's Talking Walls? October 5, 2018 https://mintmuseum.org/events/talking-walls-charlotte-mural-festival/ - Mint Museum, Talking Walls Charlotte Mural Festival http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/October-2018/ARTS-The-6-Things-to-Do-and-See-in-October-2018/ http://talkingwallscharlotte.com/ - "Talking Walls"
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    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    @KJHburg Really loved your Triangle Business Journal post (above). Great story about our 2 cross-state rivals - Charlotte and Raleigh. A few years ago, historian Chuck McShane had a piece in Charlotte Magazine entitled "Charlotte vs. Raleigh: People & History," September 2015 issue. Most readers would be surprised to find out that Charlotte is actually older than Raleigh. Charlotte was settled in the 1755 when Thomas Polk (uncle of U.S. President James K. Polk), traveling with Thomas Spratt and his family, stopped and built his house at the intersection of two Native American trading paths between the Yadkin and Catawba Rivers (Trade & Tryon). Charlotte was incorporated in 1768. More than a year prior to the American Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, the Alexander’s, Brevard’s, Davidson’s, Graham’s, Irwin’s, Morrison’s, Phifer’s, Polk’s, etc. (a total of 28 men) signed the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20, 1775. North Carolina’s flag proudly bears 2 dates: atop the blue field with N*C is May 20, 1775 for the Meck. Dec. and below the blue field with N*C is April 12, 1776 for the Halifax Resolves. Both docs. called for independence from Britain. During the American Revolution, the British laid siege to New Bern which had been NC capital in the colonial period. Since NC government could not take place within New Bern, the General Assembly met in Hillsboro, Tarboro and Fayetteville before establishing Raleigh as the capitol city. Raleigh was chosen as NC's capital in 1788. It was basically a green-field site near Col. Joel Lane's popular tavern, but it wasn't platted and incorporated until December 31, 1792. The NC General Assembly didn't actually meet in Raleigh until December 1794. It was Fayetteville, not Raleigh, that hosted the State Constitutional Convention that ratified the U.S. Constitution on November 21, 1789, chartered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1789, and passed the "act of cession" which led to the formation of Tennessee. Chuck McShane, historian and director of the Hamlet Depot & Museums in Hamlet, NC, makes the following point: "You wouldn't think it, comparing Charlotte's glass skyscrapers to Raleigh's museums and old, granite statehouse, but the Queen City is a few decades older than the 'City of Oaks." Links: http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/September-2015/Charlotte-Vs-Raleigh-People-History/ http://nchistory.web.unc.edu/state-capital/ Statues of Queen Charlotte and Sir Walter Raleigh, respectively. Photo credit: LOGAN CYRUS
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    Charlotte area "ring cities"

    ROCK HILL. From CBJ, "New retail, restaurant and office space to be part of $75M redevelopment in Rock Hill," by Ken Elkins, 10/05/2018 (Subscriber Article) Excerpt. "The Keith Corp. of Charlotte and building owner Springs Creative will partner on a joint venture to redevelop a 400,000-square-foot structure next door to University Center in Rock Hill into office, restaurant, retail and events space that could represent an investment of $75 million. The redevelopment of Baxter Mill continues the successful transformation of downtown Rock Hill and Knowledge Park,” Brendan Pierce, office partner at Keith Corp., says. We believe this building and the surrounding area will quickly become the most dynamic and interesting sub-market in the greater metro area. Construction on Baxter Mill starts in early 2019, and Derick Close, CEO of Springs Creative, expects to be in the building by late 2019. Other tenants will follow into 2020. Some of those new tenants could be breweries and large-scale events space, Brendan Pierce, office partner at Keith Corp., says. Outside, a current parking lot for Springs Creative will be transformed into an urban park that Pierce says will serve as the entry way to University Center. Baxter Mill is taking another step in connecting Winthrop University and downtown Rock Hill. Rock Hill Mayor, John Gettys, likes the Baxter Mill idea. He calls it a 'progressive step forward for our community.'” Enlarge Called Baxter Mill, the redevelopment will also house at least 35,000 square feet of space for Springs Creative.
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    From The New York Times, "36 Hours in Nashville: Flourishing art and food scenes, and musical venues that celebrate new voices are just a few of the reasons to visit this ever-evolving city," by Collene Creamer, October 4, 2018. Excerpt: "Nashville has undergone a number of iterations in recent decades, from its longstanding position as the “home of country music” to its boozier, fun cousin “Nashvegas” to its most recent as home to one of the fastest-growing foreign-born populations in the United States (not to mention the country’s No. 1 destination for bachelorette parties). Tourism aside, Nashville lures those wanting the cultural heft of larger cities on the coasts without the price tag. Behind the swell of newcomers are the expected bonuses: flourishing restaurant and art scenes, and a new crop of gleaming hotels that have brought with them performance spaces and rooftop bars." "For now, open-mic nights in taverns across town continue to be where new talent gets heard, so Nashville’s abiding place as a singer/songwriter mecca remains. For this short visit, skip the party madness on Second Avenue and Broadway, and find places like the Station Inn and the Douglas Corner Cafe that showcase what Nashville is famous for: fresh, original songs and the people who give them voice. Nashville has a large Hispanic population and sizable numbers of Kurds, Somalis, Egyptians, Sudanese and Laotians. So that food scene? It has some interesting contributors." A view of Nashville from the Thompson Hotel. CreditWilliam DeShazer for The New York Times Link to the NY Times story: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/04/travel/what-to-do-in-nashville.html