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  1. Misc. Uptown Projects/News

    Good god! To go from current estimate of 16k to 50k in 23 years would be incredible. We need to pool our resources and build our own residential tower! We can call it The UP Tower
  2. Amazon HQ2

    If you don't meet the qualifications you shouldn't get butt hurt about the state not supporting a bid for your area and the state focusing on Charlotte. That's not politics, it's what Amazon wants.
  3. Amazon HQ2

    Great post @kermit, I completely agree with you that a single light rail line cannot serve the future needs of HQ2 (and I am not a fan of streetcar, imho it's a scheme to trick people into riding a bus). I hope that the immediate build out plan (which came out a few months ago) of the transit system will come into play with Amazon. The city or more accurately region impact of Amazon's HQ2 being in Charlotte would absolutely call for that, more than which is already needed. I hope the people selling Charlotte to Amazon include that, and maybe somehow BoA and Duke get involved to help get Amazon here with some kind of backing of the complete build out of the system. Which will help all companies in the long run.
  4. Misc. Uptown Projects/News

    What are the parking requirements for a high/midrise within uptown? If so, are these numbers predetermined by city council, zoning, or just on the builder? And how will these change as uptown continues to be built out? Additionally, as uptown becomes more developed, will (or are there) zoning requirements that would force construction of high-rises vs. mid-rises or is it supply and demand? Thanks for the info, something I've always been curious about!
  5. Misc. Uptown Projects/News

    An uptown scoreboard "thing" would be really cool! Thats an awesome idea!
  6. Amazon HQ2

    I'm and not sure how long it takes to go from engineering phase to actually ridership, but I think it'll be at least five years, and that is the part, that in my opinion kills the Triangle plan. Had the Triangle had mass rail transit in place already, I think they would win with no problems. But overall, I completely agree with the bold statement above.
  7. Amazon HQ2

    Commute time by car, yes? Amazon is looking for a place where their employees don't have to drive. The want to have a "community" where their employees work and live, not a place where everybody is spread out by 25 miles.
  8. Amazon HQ2

    Lack of mass transit connecting DT with the RTP. Additionally, I am saying that the Triangles tech talent will help a bid made by Charlotte though.
  9. Amazon HQ2

    I think by Amazon's requirements that both the Triad and Triangle are not qualifiers for HQ2. All assets should be thrown behind Charlotte with the support that the RTP could play in their expertise in tech.
  10. Amazon HQ2

    Looks like I'll only be working with one other person then, "...Managers know that the optimal size of a team is one that can be fed on two pizzas. " But on a serious note, when I was younger I use to work in a similar environment, small teams within a company, working independently, often competing against each other, with little concern for the other team's activities. I loved it and I miss that environment to this day. There was always an internal "competition" between the teams, wanting to be the best. Individuals would take more responsibility, spend more time working (even their "off-time" to improve their understanding of a concept) and are far more productive IMO. “You get paid for the seven and a half hours a day you put in here,” Kelly often told new Bell Labs employees in his speech to them on their first day, “but you get your raises and promotions on what you do in the other sixteen and a half hours.” ― Jon Gertner, The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation P.S. If anybody is looking for a book recommendation, I highly recommend The Idea Factory
  11. Amazon HQ2

    Sex dolls murdering people in the streets
  12. Amazon HQ2

    How many great schools are within a three hour drive from Charlotte...State, Carolina, Duke, Wake, Clemson, South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia Tech, UGA (maybe a but further). BOA and every other bank already attracts talent from all over the country, the lack of multiple large universities in the city should not be an issue. Charlotte has over 4 nonstop flights each day to London, Paris, Seattle and SF. I am not sure where you got the cities listed for flight connections, because I didn't see any listed in the RFP. Charlotte's airport more than meets the need of Amazon.
  13. Amazon HQ2

    Amazon came out and stated, ..all cities are on a level playing field, there are no favorites.
  14. Amazon HQ2

    I never heard that rumor but if they do, Amazon will absolutely be broken up with 10 years. And I'm already inclined to think that a move for HQ2 is an anticipatory move by Amazon because they do fear anti-trust issues in the future. Having an additional HQ setup and running will mitigate breakup issues.
  15. Amazon HQ2

    If they are truly worried about a natural disaster, they would have to worry about an act of terrorism. So, it would follow that NY, DC area, and possibly Boston are out of the picture for east coast locations. Get rid of many of the Texas locations due to natural disasters also, leaves what? Charlotte and Atlanta as viable locations. Charlotte > Atlanta, HQ2 goes to Charlotte. Problem solved. Everybody rejoice.