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  1. My Jewish girlfriend takes offense to that statement.
  2. There's something about steel framing that really gives a classic feel to a tower. Am I wrong that Truist (Hearst) tower was steel framed? I was only 7 when it was being built, but my aunt took us to Charlotte to brag that she would be having her new office in that building, and I recall seeing the tower crane lifting steel into place. Perhaps it was concrete, but I distinctly remember seeing something being lifted, and that was probably my first memory of seeing a skyscraper being constructed.
  3. I think it is far more realistic for Southpark to expand outward. And if one of the large department stores closes in the coming years (my money is on Macy's) utilize that space for small retail. The mall has tons of surface parking, and if they got creative, could even eliminate or build on/replace one or more of the parking structures with retail on parking.
  4. I hope so, and I'm saying this as someone with modest income. I enjoy the atmosphere of the Southpark area. I know a lot of urbanists hate Southpark and places like it, but personally it give an heir of class. Not to mention that when I DO want to spend some money, I've got a central location to go to. As much as I'd love to see high end retail Uptown, I need to be realistic. It will take some time before St Laurent or Louis V will open a store up there, especially at or near the Epicenter.
  5. I've said this for a while. When people began talking about how the Pandemic would finally kill Southpark, I retorted with this exact statement. I'm curious if this might spur a high end retail surge at other area malls? Perhaps making for other destination spots? I find it more likely they'd find space nearby the mall, like in Buckhead, Atlanta.
  6. Charlotte is large enough to support at least one of each major luxury brand. There is money here. With that being said, I think the lack of the aforementioned brands is more related to retailers not wanting to make a bad gamble. Southend, and even Uptown is becoming a contender again for retail. With the Epicenter being (more than likely) reimaged and remodeled, and nearly every new development in Southend having their retail spaces booked before opening, high end retailers might question where the best place to locate themselves to catch visitors who will often patronize retailers like that. If Phillips Places becomes a high end shopping center, it will make Southpark the *obvious* choice.
  7. I feel like Southpark (the neighborhood) has enough demand/draw to support two high end shopping centers. While Simon might not care for it, if anything it may motivate them to do better. I do love Southpark Mall for what it is, however there's certain things that I think keep it from being, or at least feeling as high end as it could be. I recall them saying they were remodeling a few years ago but I've yet to see any major changes other than the bathrooms. If their idea of remodeling is putting fresh paint on the walls and repairing broken tiles, then I'd call that more like neglected maintenance than a full remodel.
  8. I heard someone call Charlotte the biggest small town on Earth, and this thread proves it. Most cities our size wouldn't give a crap about some youtubers visiting. lol Edit: Spelling
  9. As always seems to be the case, I'm a little late to the thread, but I will say in regards to our skyline, we don't "need" to have a reason for people to like it. It's just a generally eye catching skyline and I think it is distinct enough to not be mistaken for other cities. I love many urban skylines for different reasons. Richmond VA is a good example. As a truck driver on a fixed route I travel there daily. The 70's grittiness, combined with the historic train station, James river, and historic mill district make it unique in my eyes. Every city needs some distinct features. A river city often has bridges, a city like Charlotte needs its towers, places like Washington DC have monuments, and NYC has sheer scale.
  10. For as much trouble as he gets into, I'd say this seems justified. Being a rapper, even a non-controversial one (of which he is not) you can solicit unwanted attention from bad elements. From a self defense standpoint this seems cut and dry. Now the bigger question is why the hell would DaBaby want to live in Troutman.
  11. I think what this effect really highlights is the fact that humans can do a lot with not much space. You're absolutely right that this lot was not that large, yet in the space that some might build a home with yard and driveway, they can build a 20+ storey (or higher if so inclined) building with multiple uses.
  12. Living uptown I can say that it seems like Charlotte's population came back out of the woodwork as soon as the weather got warm. I paid for parking in NODA for the first time ever last week.
  13. It was essentially a branding scheme from BA to try and change their perception from being a snotty, high strung airline, to a global carrier. However many people derided it, either for being seen as celebrating colonialism (as much of the art came from former colonial possessions), cheapening the art of ethnic cultures by using them for commercial gain, or for being inaccurate depictions of international art and design to begin with. On the flip side, many nationalist and conservative brits saw it as being too globalist, and that the British national carrier should not fly anything other than her national colors. Some airline employees even began referring to BA as "Air Zulu" and Margaret Thatcher covered a model of a 747 with a "Birds and Trees" livery, saying "We fly the British Flag, not these awful things!" In short, it was a design scheme that pissed off both racists and activists at the same time.
  14. Probably a combination of factors. Queen Charlotte was not one of the more famous queens, so if they hadn't bushed up on their monarchs they might've been more focused on trying to find out who *she* was before even thinking of cities. Also, despite actually not being the norm, a lot of people might assume Raleigh to be bigger because it is the capital city. What's more, a lot of folks might assume it's a trick question, or it's the classic NC/SC mix up.
  15. Recently visited New York City, most people who asked where I was from knew where Charlotte was (two financial hubs, so not a massive surprise) Also saw a book on murals in the time of Covid (in a gift shop on the 101st floor of 30 Hudson Yards) that featured the Purell (Liquid Gold) mural in Charlotte. Charlotte's own Krispy Kreme also has a Times Square store, which was interesting. Not really regarding perception, but my general perception was that most of the places I ate at and shopped at, with exception of the highest end establishments, were on par with what you'd find here, just in far greater quantity. I don't think you could've said that even a decade a go here, especially when it comes to Asian cuisine.
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