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  1. I don't think they've entirely finished paving, it's the same at Graham and Trade.
  2. My European mother was culture shocked moving to Charlotte in the 80s/Early 90's, she said that Fat Tuesday's was one of the few things she envied over her European roots. Today, her opinion on Charlotte has changed considerably.
  3. Amazing how fast they can work when there's some fire under their ass.
  4. Well I was going to suggest alternatively that the mall could offer free parking on most days, but during high capacity days, IE Saturdays, especially during particularly hot or cold days, or when it raining, they could charge a nominal fee, maybe 2-3 bucks an hour with validation if you spend at least a predetermined amount. This would satisfy folks like myself who frequent the Tinder Box or just go to eat at the Food Court, but also capitalize on browsers who are just wasting space, not to mention (I promise I'm not some paranoid suburbanite) but it might even reduce the risk of crime which occasionally happens in some of the darker areas of the deck.
  5. I guess since I bumped this thread I'd front this other question: do you think it would hurt Southpark if they charged a small fee for parking? Obviously you can pay already for valet/premium parking out front, but having dealt with about 15 mins of searching, only to get lucky and find a decent spot on Sunday, I wonder if this could at least be an effective way to encourage carpooling to the mall. Perhaps offer, since it's a mall, up to 4 hours free with validation. Personally I think there would definitely be resistance to this idea, and might result in a temporary slump in activity, however with a combination of people actually buying stuff to get validated, even if it's a small item, and parking revenue, not to mention an overall reduction in the number of cars coming to the mall, resulting in no need for future deck expansion, the long term benefits would outweigh the short term controversy.
  6. I'd rather not get crushed by falling construction materials, but that just my personal preference.
  7. I don't disagree, I guess what I'm getting at is that to a first timer, the parking deck looks a but dank, and the missing ceiling tiles are not a good look. But more to the point of an engineering/design standpoint, the "guts" of the mall, IE what's holding it up, provide a glimpse into the aging heart of the beast. I don't think the mall itself should ever be torn down unless something substantially better will replace it, but instead I'm more curious as to when the mall will be more or less gutted for true modernization. Right now anyone with a degree of insight can see the layers upon layers of facelifts and touchups the mall has seen though the decades. The mall looks the same as the first time I went, and not that far off from when my mother worked nearby in the 80's.
  8. If you know where to look you can tell, and the underground deck is a good upskirt shot of the malls age.
  9. I'd argue this is a reason to redevelop, I think the mall could more justify a massive revamp now than in 10 years. It is full up and new retail to Charlotte is and will seek space elsewhere. I think with a massive mobilization and initial labor investment, combined with intensive pre-planning, the bulk of any renovation/rebuilding could be achieved in the course of a year, starting just after the holiday shopping season, with more detailed/sectional work being done over the following year, wrapping up with new perimeter development after that. 2.5 to 3 year project.
  10. I don't think reducing the parking would fly in Southpark, at least not for a while. I can see the main building being maintained, but as you said, any degree of surface parking erased and possibly even developing on top of the decks. Unfortunately I feel the nibmy's in Southpark might take issue with anything that raised the height of the building for the sole reason that right now, while already a big mall, it sits in a natural depression making it well hidden.
  11. I’d like to bump this thread for the sake of speculation. having spent quite a bit of time at Southpark in the past couple months, I’ve noticed a few things, while the mall has had some, let’s say, marginal renovations throughout, the building feels dated to a degree. The individual stores have done a good job at maintaining and modernizing their store fronts, but if you look on the margins, the mall is definitely showing it’s age. Not to mention that its practically at capacity. In the underground deck it is even more evident, they are in a severe need of some re-paving and repainting, and many of the ceiling tiles are missing, exposing wiring and piping. They did install new lights, but other than that, I get a sense similar to that of my old high school shortly before we moved to our new one: minimal preventative maintenance. I would’ve fancy to bet that SouthPark Mall is in the early stages of planning some kind of major overhaul, probably a few years down the line, any thoughts?
  12. I don’t want to be speculative, but I unknowingly struck up a conversation today with a good friend of Mr. Brooks. We talked for quite some time and he is convinced that this was not some random act of violence. Once again, not my words, his, but from the nature of the murder, it would seem that he was targeted specifically.
  13. What I find funny is that he's standing in front of the UNCC uptown building when it was under construction earlier this decade, and at a very convenient angle.
  14. I think the proliferation of stick built structures (one of which is my home, albeit not in Southend) is a sign of early stage densification. I think the progression starts with big yard, large homes, then goes to tightly packed single family/townhomes with small or no yard, then to apartment complexes with your typical breezeway access, multiple buildings relatively spread out on a large plot of land. Next comes what we're seeing now, even in more suburban areas, which is apartment buildings, midrise, most of which are wood frame and utilize the entire plot of land. This is indicative of the land becoming more valuable, but the long term disposability of the buildings makes it an investment. Sure, a well maintained wood building can last forever if kept up, but I don't doubt most of these structures won't make it to 30-40, maybe 50 at best, much earlier if something better comes along though. The next phase is to build up. Soon it will not make sense to build wood frame midrise, but instead steel/concrete midrise (over 5 floors) or high rise. The extra cost of materials will be worth it for the sake of attracting more tenants.
  15. You took the words right out of my mouth with the talk of the hole in the Charlotte beer scene, any newcomer to NC might think we are some hoity toity city who old survives on mixed drinks a wine.
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