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    Weddington since 2004, San Diego from 1986, greater-Philadelphia from 1969
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    Running, non-partisan, anti-war, anti-Trump.

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  1. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/us-politics/la-na-pol-trump-charlotte-rnc-20180720-story.html Interesting. This is mostly a positive view of Charlotte.
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    MLS in Charlotte?

    DNC/RNC? NBA All Star Game? I like Nashville a lot and Atlanta is fine for a big city. I think we get our share of nice things/events and personally don't feel we are "second fiddle in every way possible" to those two cities.
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    Charlotte MLB Team Speculation

    Huh? I thought you supported having NBA and MLS here? Should we not have BB&T for the Knights (less than 10K a game)? I'll leave it here because you clearly don't want MLB here and we aren't having a productive conversation...
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    Charlotte MLB Team Speculation

    C'mon man, I never said CLT attendance would compare to St Louis. I did say this: I was comparing the MSA/population of the markets, not the fan-bases or the media market: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_metropolitan_statistical_areas Colorado is averaging 36,805 this year. That's not enough? Arizona is ~27K. Entrenched fan bases in Baltimore, KC, Pittsburgh, Chicago with the WS, Oakland, Cincy, Detroit and CLEVELAND (WITH A FIRST PLACE TEAM AND ONLY DRAWING 23k) are doing a lot worse. Heck, in 2016 when the Indians lost the WS, they drew an average of 19,650. I think Charlotte could do that. Also, Charlotte led the NBA in attendance for most of the early years of their existence. Poor ownership is the problem there (Shin/Johnson/Jordan).
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    Charlotte MLB Team Speculation

    Teams have historically built larger stadiums to capitalize on weekends when attendance is higher. That brings the capacity average down but helps with the overall average. The Dodgers and Yankees lead in attendance but are between 80-89 because of the size of the stadiums (Dodgers draw over 11K more to games compared to the Red Sox, who are near capacity). Also, Seattle, Arizona and Texas are averaging ~27-28K each. That's a lot of fans for a sport with 81 home games. They are all in the 50-59% capacity range. Still significantly more than the Hornets draw. Also, I'm not sure why we would be no more than 50% capacity. Milwaukee is 80%+. I hope we get a team and build one of the smaller stadiums (which will limit our overall attendance but have us at the higher end of capacity). I believe (open to correction) that Charlotte is already a bigger market than KC, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. We're not far behind St Louis and Baltimore and growing much faster than all of those markets. We also would be more likely to draw from all of the Carolina's (whereas every one of the aforementioned markets would have teams (some have multiple teams) closer than the Braves and the Nationals to us). Not sure why you think the idea is adorable...
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    MLS in Charlotte?

    Because we didn't get to host World Cup games we always play second fiddle to Nashville and Atlanta? Are we just talking about soccer?
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    Charlotte MLB Team Speculation

    Sorry, I honestly missed that question. Not only do I not attend Knights games, I pass when my company has free tickets or events. I just have no interest in minor league baseball because they aren't necessarily trying to win (the focus is on development). Even tanking teams like the Padres are trying to win individual games. I'm sure the Knights try to win, in the same way the Panthers try to win preseason games. Just not for me unfortunately. I'll follow a lousy MLB team way more than a first place minor league team.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    Motel 6 amenities at Ritz Carlton prices (for local passengers). I get what they are doing and know that it's a huge benefit to the city. I'm not even complaining. Perhaps they should dial back the "fit for a Queen" campaign though...
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    Charlotte MLB Team Speculation

    Fair point (though I used a lot more to justify the SE as ready for MLB). BTW, there are tons of pictures of empty NFL stadiums last year (see SF, Baltimore, Cleveland, NY/NY, LA, etc.). I don't think anyone suggests those markets can't support an NFL team. Also, my point is relative to other minor league markets (whose attendance is presumably ALSO overstated since it's based on sales vs. actual people in seats). Major League attendance is also down significantly. BTW, the Marlins have paid attendance in a fairly new stadium of 9,558 (I'm sure there are fewer in attendance, again to your point). The Knights are 8,822. This was one point of a larger contention that Charlotte can support MLB (you said it couldn't).
  10. San Diego has a Republican Mayor, all 5 seats on Board of Supervisors are Republicans, District Attorney is Republican. City Council is 5-4 Democrats. A lot of retired military. It's not super conservative relative to the rest of the country but it's fairly conservative. Went for Dole, Bush 2X, Obama 2X and Clinton. They have already hosted a Republican Convention.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    1. Flew to Toronto and back this week (just missed using the expanded section) 2. Toronto has a beautiful airport but the signage is confusing (minor gripe) and the wi-fi is horrendous (plus, very few charging outlets)-on those two points, Charlotte is much better 3. It's difficult to even find a seat at CLT these days and getting through terminals is unpleasant (partly due to the humans being stupid and inconsiderate)...expansion is way overdue and not nearly enough 4. The remodeling of terminals at CLT is underwhelming (I get that we are a budget airport but the remodeled sections look like they need to be remodeled) 5. Outside of Memphis (atrocious) and Laguardia, we have the worst airport restrooms I've seen (and again, not enough) 6. Customs in Canada was quick and painless (surprised that there is no screening once we landed in CLT, typically a domestic traveler and assumed I would have to go through some US screening) I'm thankful for the airport we have and for the plans in place but we have such a long way to go relative to other places I visit. I'm mystified by generally positive reviews on surveys, etc.
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    MLS in Charlotte?

    Ybor City is the latest proposed location and likely a good one. However, it's far from a sure thing. I assume you were looking at renderings (which might explain the plain interior). I have no idea who would be responsible for BB&T but compared to knocking down BofA it would be a breeze. I'd assume whoever buys the land from the city for development will handle demolition. Maybe it becomes the new MLS stadium (don't know if you could get a soccer field in there and we are obviously getting way ahead of ourselves here).
  13. I have no idea on vacancy rates (or anything else really). I do wonder who will possibly rent all the new apartments uptown, in Southend and NoDa (including those not yet built)? But then Gateway Centric (40% leased) sells for a huge amount and I assume everything is fine. I know in my business (insurance) the stupidest things are done right before a correction when the market hardens.
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    Charlotte MLB Team Speculation

    Are these the same Charlotte leaders who on the whole are pushing for the RNC? Tepper is on record as being much more critical of Trump.
  15. Good point on Minneapolis (forgot about that). I was thinking about San Diego.