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    Self-Driving Cars

    If you think Uptown has too much wasted space now, wait until every parking deck/lot is sitting empty because no one drives any more. This is 10 years away. Article from Forbes on this issue: https://www.forbes.com/sites/alanohnsman/2018/05/18/end-of-parking-lot-autonomous-cars/#6c97dab07244
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    University City Projects/News

    What's going on the DMV lot?
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    Crescent Stonewall Station

    Can't they paint the rest of it?
  4. The RNC will definitely bring large protests (I'll join them). Whether or not they turn into riots will depend on how the cops respond.
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    University City Projects/News

    I noticed this a couple days ago. They already have a sign up advertising office space. It doesn't seem like a good fit for the space though? Really the whole complex interacts poorly with the rail line. It's set so far back and the sidewalk layout is bewildering. I wish they'd tear it down and build something new.
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    UNC-Charlotte Construction

    As one of the handful of Americans who checks out books from the library, I am disappointed. I adore Atkins, it has a relatively good selection of titles (unlike the Char-Meck system) . That said, study rooms *are* hard to come by... I just wish the books didn't have to be displaced to fix that--maybe they'll come back in vogue one day?
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    In the left turn lane? I've noticed this too, though I haven't actually seen what happens when the arm comes down on top of a car...
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    FNB Tower 401 S Graham St

    This future is not far off. Cars will be parking themselves soon.
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    FNB Tower 401 S Graham St

    Has anyone seen a rendering? I would expect it to look similar to the Raleigh tower.
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    The Good News Report

    What does bidding entail? I didn't know there was bidding for the RNC/DNC, I thought they just went wherever they wanted. If this involves tax breaks or discounts, that would be truly disgusting.
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    Legacy Union (former Charlotte Observer redevelopment)

    They're putting glass in on the webcam side now.
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    University City Projects/News

    Snapped a couple pics of the new student apartments at the corner of University City Blvd and Suther Rd. We have brick!
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    "Light rail privileges are tied to your 49er ID Card, so that means you don’t have to have a ticket to board. Just show your card if asked by a fare inspector on the train" I was expecting to have to pay as an alumni! I'll just carry my old card with me.
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    I think people like to romanticize car ownership. Sure, we all have fond memories of days in cars with friends. But if you think about it, aren't these moments actually few and far between? For every one great drive I have, there are 30 that are frustrating, tedious, or at best totally neutral. I believe once people really do have the option of never needing to drive, the majority of people will take that choice. I know I will. As for the rest of you holdouts, well, eventually you won't have much of a choice. All of the associated costs of car ownership will go way up. And soon public opinion will shift. People won't want you on the road because you will be seen as dangerous, an unnecessary risk. And that will be entirely true. How often do you see a horse and buggy on the freeway?
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    Guys...there will be no new light rail lines in Charlotte after the BLE. Human transportation is going to look very different by 2030. Ordering a self driving taxi will be faster and cheaper. Mass transit is going the way of the dinosaurs.