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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

    Charlotte area "ring cities"

    Here's a nice story by Chuck McShane about Albemarle and all the positive developments underway there from the August issue of Charlotte Magazine. Things are lookin' up! - "Around Town: A Trip to Albemarle Near the Uwharries, Albemarle's Main Street Thrives," by Chuck McShane, Charlotte Magazine, August 2018. Link: http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/August-2018/Around-Towns-A-Trip-to-Albemarle/ PHOTOGRAPHS BY LOGAN CYRUS
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    Learning from Other Places

    Moved to Charlotte Area Ring Cities - Chuck McShane's story re: new developments in Albemarle, NC, in the August 2018 issue of Charlotte Magazine.
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    Learning from Other Places

    What Charlotte Should Try to Avoid -- An SOS from San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver troubled by homeless camps and exorbitant rents. Excerpt: "A family of four earning $117,000 a year is now classified as low income in the San Francisco area. This threshold, used to determine eligibility for federal housing assistance, is the highest in the nation and no surprise." ... "Walking the streets of San Francisco can be a frightening, demoralizing, even unhealthy experience for residents and tourists alike. This comment came not from the medical association that just pulled its convention because its members no longer feel safe in a city of 7,500 homeless people. It came from the woman just elected Mayor of San Francisco, London Breed." London Breed, just elected Mayor of San Francisco, has vowed to remove homeless encampments from the city within a year. Photo Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times New York Times, "Down and Out in San Francisco on $117,000 a Year," by Timothy Egan, July 7, 2018. Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/06/opinion/san-francisco-housing-homelessness.html
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    Learning from Other Places

    "Everything's up to date in Kansas City." Nice story in The New York Times this morning (Thursday, July 5, 2018) about Kansas City's new 2.2 mile streetcar, "The Perfect Way to Explore Modern Kansas City? A Streetcar, Believe It or Not," by Richard Rubin, July 4, 2018. Excerpt: "Yes: Kansas City has a trolley. And not one of those old-timey trolleys that doesn’t go much of anywhere and goes there slowly. The one in Kansas City is sleek. Modern. Has air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. It runs a real route — 2.2 miles from end to end, then back again — through the heart of downtown. ... In my experience, the whole “Midwestern nice” thing can be overstated; but not when it comes to Kansas City. Step off the KC Streetcar (as it is officially known) and look around as if you don’t know where you are going and a passer-by will stop and ask where you’re trying to get to. Sport that expression while you’re still riding it and someone sitting across the aisle from you will do the same thing. Ask them how they like the streetcar and they will tell you, sincerely and in a fair bit of detail. And they do like it. They ride it. The city — which has a population just under a half-million — projected one million riders in the streetcar’s first year; it got twice as many by day 364. A year later that figure exceeded four million." Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/04/travel/the-perfect-way-to-explore-modern-kansas-city-a-streetcar-believe-it-or-not.html
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    Carolina Panthers

    Links to 2 stories in today's New York Times (Sports Friday, 06/29/2018) regarding the N.F.L. fine against the owner of the Carolina Panthers, Jerry Richardson. Richardson will have to pay a $2.75M fine “after an investigation confirmed claims that for years he sexually harassed employees and made racist comments.” Links: (1) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/28/sports/football/jerry-richardson-nfl-panthers.html -- New York Times, "Keeping Details Secret, N.F.L. Fines Panthers Owner for Misconduct at Work," by Victor Mather and Ken Belson, Sports Friday, June 29, 2018. (2) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/28/sports/panthers-jerry-richardson.html -- New York Times, "A Toothless Investigation Slaps Jerry Richardson on the Wrist," by Michael Powell, Sports Friday, June 29, 2018. Jerry Richardson, right, with N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell. CreditKevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America
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    Learning from Other Places

    Here are links to 3 recent stories about urban life in China, NYC, and Denver: (1) The Economist, "A Take of 19 Mega Cities: China is trying to turn itself into a Country of 19 super-regions," June 23, 2018. Cities in each of 19 urban clusters will be linked by high-speed rail and account for 9/10th of China's economic activity. Link: https://www.economist.com/china/2018/06/23/china-is-trying-to-turn-itself-into-a-country-of-19-super-regions (2) Harper's Magazine, "The Death of a Once Great City: The fall of New York and the urban crisis of affluence," by Kevin Baker, July, 2018. This story is a long jeremiad on gentrification's impacts on the look and feel of NYC. Link: https://harpers.org/archive/2018/07/the-death-of-new-york-city-gentrification/ Construction on 57th Street, Billionaires’ Row, by Fred R. Conrad (3) Financial Times, "Boomtowns reshape America," by Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, 26 June 2018. "Squeezed out by high prices, millennials are moving to cities such as Denver that offer community and an outdoors lifestyle." ... "A recent analysis by Brookings Institution demographer William Frey found the strongest growth in America's millennial population between 2010 and 2015 was not in coastal cities such as New York and LA, but in smaller ones in the south and west." ... "Several of the other boomtowns they have flocked to include include San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and Austin." Link: https://www.ft.com/the-big-read "Migrant Millennials are redrawing the Map of America," 26 June 2018 (Subscriber article).
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    Learning from Other Places

    Woo Hoo!!! @KJHburg for Governor of The Tar Heel State! Woo Hoo!!! The Old North State (North Carolina) - Lodge McCammon ... - YouTube ▶ 2:34 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxxGize8S8E Nov 14, 2015 - Uploaded by Lodge McCammon Download the mp3, lyrics and additional materials from Discovery Education Streaming ...
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    Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    Andrew Dunn's story in today's (06/20/2018) Charlotte Agenda regarding the status of the toll lanes on I-77. Excerpt: "Even though work crews are actively laying asphalt, there appears to be momentum in Raleigh toward reaching a deal to change or cancel the project." ... "There are 2 primary proposals under consideration." "The first is known as 'Complete and Delete.' Cintra would finish construction, and the State would essentially buy the company out and make both lanes free." "The second would change the project to include one toll lane instead of two, with the other new lane being a free lane. This option is being billed as a compromise." "In both cases, the State would have to pay Cintra -- but it's unclear exactly how much. Cost estimates have ranged as high as $289 Million." "Maintaining one toll lane would obviously be significantly cheaper." Link to The Agenda story: https://www.charlotteagenda.com/131358/are-the-i-77-toll-lanes-finally-about-to-die/ -- Charlotte Agenda, "Are the I-77 toll lanes finally about to die?" by Andrew Dunn, June 20, 2018.
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    Optimist Park / Belmont Projects

    Clayton Sealey's has just written a brilliant and incisive analysis about the restoration of Tompkins Hall in Optimist Park. Clayton Sealey believes that Optimist Park is about to become Charlotte's new "it" neighborhood. Excerpts: "Most importantly, Highland Mill, one of Charlotte’s few remaining Historic structures, gets a chance at a new life as Tompkins Hall. Highland was built at a time when the industrial sector was the backbone of this country. Industrial buildings were made to stand for centuries, clad with intricate brickwork, and featured huge windows that allowed in tons of natural light." ... "Standing in the finished building, it’ll exude historical charm. From its original hardwood floors to its soaring 14-foot ceilings, it will feel like a step back in time. Its name pays homage to D.A. Tompkins, who designed and built the mill, along with hundreds of others around the Country. Historical structures like this one contribute so much to the urban fabric of a city, keeping buildings like this are of the utmost importance." ... "When complete, Tompkins Hall will give the entire area around it a center of gravity that it hasn’t had before. Thanks to Tompkins, Optimist Park will no longer be somewhere you pass through to get to NoDa, it’ll draw people from all over. The developers see this as a destination that will serve all of Charlotte, and everything points to their hopes coming to fruition. The site sits only three blocks from 277, two blocks from the Parkwood Station stop on the Blue Line Extension and only one mile from Trade & Tryon." Charlotte Agenda, "Inside plans for Tompkins Hall, a transformative project that's about to put Optimist Park on the map," by Clayton Sealey, June 20, 2018. Link to The Agenda Article by Clayton Sealey; https://www.charlotteagenda.com/131467/tompkins-hall-charlotte-nc-optimist-park-noda/
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    Learning from Other Places

    From The New York Times, "How The Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country," by Hiroko Tabuchi, June 19, 2018. Explains recent defeat of Nashville's proposed $5.4 Billion Transit Plan. The Nashville plan would have been funded by raising sales and business taxes. Photo CreditWilliam DeShazer for The New York Times Link to NY Times story: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/19/climate/koch-brothers-public-transit.html
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    Crescent Stonewall Station

    Whole Foods Market - Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - Doors Open 9:00 A.M. Stonewall Station, 400 East Stonewall Street, Uptown Charlotte Image by UP's Champion et Correspondant Extraordinaire: @KJHburg Whole Foods Market Details: "The new 36,000 square foot Whole Foods is uptown's first full-sized grocery store (including a mezzanine and lower vestibule area, it's almost 47,000 sq. ft.) The Whole Foods is expected to be a catalyst that draws other national retailers to the uptown area where the population is likely to keep growing." ... "The store will also be home to Fuel, an in-house restaurant, that will serve Allegro coffee, 6 beers and cold brew on tap. It also will dish up lunch and dinner options." ... "The store will have full-service meat and seafood departments, featuring Global Animal Partnership 5 Step Animal Welfare-rated meat and sustainable seafood." ... "More than 90 local brews will be featured in the wine and beer selection." ... "Whole Foods is hiring up to 150 workers to staff the new store. Those interested in applying can do so online at wholefoodsmarket.com/careers." Links: (1) http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/whats-in-store/article210276064.html - "We (finally!) know when Whole Foods is opening in uptown Charlotte," Charlotte Observer, by Katherine Peralta, 05/04/2018. (2) https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2018oods-reveals-opening-date-for-uptown-store.html - "Whole Foods reveals opening date for uptown store," Charlotte Business Journal, by Jennifer Thomas, 05/02/2018.
  12. NY Times 06/08/2018 "Business Day" story and link removed. Very sorry, no intention to cause a sad or negative reaction.
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    The Good News Report

    Recently, Charlotte was ranked 8th out of the 71 largest American metros for creating high-paying Business Services Jobs (BSJs). Sun Belt metros led the BSJ growth with 7 of the nation's top 10 metros: (1) Austin. BSJs 2017: 183,000. Job growth 2012-17: 37.1% (2) Orlando. BSJs 2017: 225,900. Job growth 2012-17: 31.3% (3) Kansas City. BSJs 2017: 99,900. Job growth 2012-17: 25.3% (4) Nashville. BSJs 2017: 163,500. Job growth 2012-17: 34.0% (5) San Francisco. BSJs 2017: 282,200. Job growth 2012-17: 28.3% (6) San Antonio. BSJs 2017: 136,800. Job growth 2012-17: 21.3% (7) Dallas. BSJs 2017: 487,600. Job growth 2012-17: 25.4% (8) Charlotte. BSJs 2017: 201,700. Job growth 2012-17: 26.6% (9) Raleigh. BSJs 2017: 117,400. Job growth 2012-17: 18.8% (10) Seattle. BSJs 2017: 259,600. Job growth 2012-17: 18.1% Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/joelkotkin/2018/05/29/the-cities-creating-the-most-white-collar-jobs-2018/#41e8e75d3920 - Forbes.com, May 29, 2018.
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    Charlotte Bike Sharing

    Today's (06/07/2018) Financial Times reports: Uber to launch ebike rental service in Europe. Excerpt; "The bikes, with a 'pedal assist' function that provides a speed boost and facilitates travel over longer distances, cost $2 for the first half-hour in the US and can be rented through Uber's main ride-hailing app. Uber's expansion of Jump comes as two new rivals in the US, Lime and Los Angeles-based Bird, are finalizing huge new rounds of funding to fuel their own rapid growth. Lime, which offers electric and traditional vehicles, and scooter-focused Bird are both looking to raise up to $200M in deals expected to value each of them at about $1 Billion, people with fundraising efforts have said." "Berlin will be first city outside US to host ride-hailing Jump's electric bicycles." Dara Khosrowshahi, left, presents the new bike at the Noah Technology Conference in Berlin © Bloomberg Links: (1) https://www.ft.com/content/dd5ac090-699b-11e8-8cf3-0c230fa67aec -- "Uber to launch ebike rental service in Europe," Financial Times, by Tim Bradshaw and Tobias Buck, June 7, 2018. (2) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-06-06/uber-electric-bike-rentals-rolling-out-in-europe-video
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    History of Charlotte

    Going ... Going ... Gone! "The (Ski Slope Church formerly known as Sharon United Methodist) is slated to be torn down Friday (06/08/18), but not before church leaders take down the cross atop the steeple." "In a city full of cranes, the former 'Ski Slope Church" preaches that its demolition is different," Charlotte Agenda, by Andrew Dunn and Clayton Sealey, June 6, 2018. Excerpts: "Both church leaders and developers on the project talk about creating a 'live, work, play' environment, a pedestrian-friendly streetscape, a 24/7 community. ... Childress Klein and development partner Ascentris announced in May that the project will be known as Apex SouthPark. Its two 12-story towers will contain: 345 apartments 175-room hotel with a rooftop restaurant and bar 88,000 sq. ft. of commercial space -- shops and restaurants "Still it hasn't always been an easy sell. ... the development plans were divisive. Another 30% of members left the church after the decision to redevelop the property. Will the new audience reverse that trend? Once people are living and dining next door, how will the church bring its new neighbors in the doors? That's the next phase." Link: https://www.charlotteagenda.com/129801/southpark-church-ski-slope-project/