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  1. ^^^Wow! That's stunning. It looks like paradise inside the city.
  2. I should have said parks and squares. There's an abundance in European cities. It's been many years since I was in Barcelona, but I do recall a sense of openness along Las Ramblas. I think there are also quite a few parks. Yeah, I hear you. They could really beautify that stretch with proper landscaping. I hadn't even thought of that. It could look fantastic doing that and wouldn't require a huge investment. I'd still prefer a cap, though, so there would be a decent area in the city for recreation. But simple landscaping would still be a vast mprovement over the cold, sterile look it has now.
  3. Exactly. And this is particularly important for Charlotte because it already ranks so low among cities in public parks per capita. Given how long a cap over 277 could potentially be, I would not be opposed to setting aside a portion of it for selling air rights as that could help pay for the rest of the project, but the majority should be left to build a sizable public park. Americans love to visit Europe because of their cities, and European cities are wonderful because of their architecture, the symmetry of their buildings, and their parks and other public spaces. If Charlotte cedes all its authority to corporations to do whatever they want, and it's nothing but buildings everywhere of all shapes and sizes and no uniformity and no space for freedom and fresh air, it will become an inhospitable place.
  4. I think it's about an opportunity for improving quality of life in the city center. If you fill that whole space over 277 with buildings instead of something natural, there's a happiness factor that is forever lost. That Atlanta image makes me feel claustrophobic. I would much prefer something like The Lid in Seattle or the High Line in New York. These "common good" projects have been enormously successful for those cities and have greatly improved livability. So much so that I think Seattle is doing more of them. And that's not getting in the way of Seattle's huge boom.
  5. But unfortunately hate crimes around transit have become too common around the country. I don't think it's about transit per se, other than it does bring all sorts of people together, including the worst among us. https://www.mprnews.org/amp/story/2020/05/06/metro-transit-investigating-assault-at-green-line-station https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/miami-woman-called-anti-asian-slurs-during-encounter-over-masks-on-county-bus/2412739/?amp https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Portland_train_attack https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/03/12/san-francisco-man-charged-with-hate-crimes-in-alleged-sexual-assault-at-san-jose-diridon-station/amp/ https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/syrian-teen-attack-san-diego-trolley-investigated-hate-crime-2019-10-17/ http://www.twulocal100.org/story/asian-american-bus-operator-intervenes-stop-hate-crime-himself-assaulted https://www.amny.com/news/disgusting-subway-spitter-commits-yet-another-anti-asian-hate-crime-aboard-moving-5-train/amp/ https://www.fox5ny.com/news/shocking-beating-of-man-on-subway-under-investigation-by-nypd-hate-crimes-taskforce.amp https://qns.com/2021/03/bigot-assails-woman-on-subway-in-flushing-in-latest-anti-asian-hate-crime/ https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-west/public-safety/2021/03/14/he--took-away-my-freedom---anti-asian-hate-crime-survivor-fights-back https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-02-22/asian-american-man-attacked-rosemead?_amp=true https://www.npr.org/2021/03/30/982745950/attack-on-asian-woman-in-manhattan-as-bystanders-watched-to-be-probed-as-hate-cr https://chicago.suntimes.com/platform/amp/politics/2021/3/26/22340749/asian-american-hate-crimes-inhe-cho-atlanta https://www.kgw.com/amp/article/news/local/man-receives-18-month-sentence-for-portland-bias-crime/283-d8419bf9-384e-4046-81ea-90ec8c7d637c
  6. If you were an Asian business owner you might feel differently.
  7. Or is it just a promotion for Charlotte Joy Rides? https://charlottejoyrides.com/membership
  8. I'm going with 912,096. https://worldpopulationreview.com/us-cities/charlotte-nc-population "Charlotte is a city located in North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 912,096, it is the largest city in North Carolina and the 15th largest city in the United States. "
  9. Indeed! I just did a Google tour of that are and you are so right. Beautiful houses, though!
  10. I totally get that! Living in DC will make anybody an ace parallel parker. I lived there for years and being able to parallel park is basic survival in that city. I remember one time when some friends from Charlotte came to visit me. They were blown away by my parallel parking skills. Another time here in California somebody left a nasty note on my car for parking too close. But the thing is that person had more space than I did. It didn't even occur to me that someone would have a problem with how I parked until I saw the note because what I did would be considered absolutely normal -- and expected -- in DC.
  11. Thanks, I didn't know that. But go up to Washington, DC, and you'll find neighborhoods of row houses without driveways and insufficient alley parking. But residents in those neighborhoods have special street parking permits, so they can always find a spot to park while people who don't live there cannot (at least not during certain hours). People parking there without the permit get a parking ticket (I think this is the kind of thing Kermit is referring to?). And DC traffic cops look out for every opportunity to write a ticket, believe me.
  12. Please, oh please, just don't shut down Price's. I've yet to even try it. When I was last in Charlotte in December, lunch at Price's Chicken Coop was high on my agenda. I went there, the aroma was absolutely amazing, but the crowd would not let up inside that small space. And I wasn't willing to catch COVID over a piece of chicken. I wandered around the area near Price's for probably half an hour watching and waiting for the crowd to diminish, but it wasn't happening. I finally gave up and went to Flower Child, which was excellent, by the way. And certainly a healthier, guilt-free option. But I am still eager to try Price's at least once. Also: I don't want to see any more inventory of old South End buildings being replaced. Those buildings give the area character, which is in short supply in Charlotte. So I hope whoever is having the spil sampled doesn't plan on a wrecking ball for that building.
  13. I'm not directing this at you, but oh brother. Parking? If they own a home there then they already have parking. Parking is a challenge for people coming to my neighborhood, who don't live here, which is why there is a bus line going through (and Charlotte has #3 and #23 buses going right through the heart of NoDa). And there's Uber, Lyft, Taxis, bicycles and those two appendages most people have extending from the hips. And in the case of NoDa they also have a friggin' lightrail train coming right through there that millions of dollars were spent to build! This ki d of project was the very point of that huge investment. Trains AND buses! My gosh. That's just really lame. I can't speak to the issue of the field they want to trespass on, but I know Charlotte is hoping to build that big "central park." Charlotte does need more parks, and neighborhood parks (which, yes, are largely missing in the NoDa area) but nobody has rights to private property in the meantime (preaching to the choir again, I know). City Council should hopefully dismiss their complaints quickly because they sound ridiculous.
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