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  1. JacksonH

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    Do you think Charlotte has been, or will be, defying whatever is happening at the national level? Obviously Charlotte is growing faster than most U.S. cities, but is that growth being fueled by growth across the country, or is it in a category by itself? Some things I've read recently have struck me. One is that most population growth in the country in recent years is not so much from immigration, but from new births, yet people are coming to Charlotte in droves, which means they must be leaving somewhere else within the U.S. and shrinking other cities. Also, there was an article in Forbes about a week ago showing job numbers over the last six years. The number of jobs created during each of the last three years of Obama were greater than the number of jobs created in any of the first three years under Trump. And GDP dropped from 2.9% in 2018 to 2.3% in 2019 and was down to 2.1% in the most recent quarter. Obviously that's not a recession but this all looks like signs of a slowdown. But if you look at Charlotte it just seems like grow, grow, grow. So I'm just wondering how long this pace can keep up. Maybe some of the growth is a bit of catching up from the lost years after the Great Recession? And wasn't Charlotte hit pretty hard at that time (which would imply that Charlotte is linked to what's going on on the nation level)? If that's the case, if things slow down at the national level, shouldn't we expect that to happen in short order in Charlotte? Eleven years of a national economic recovery is kind of crazy. I can't see it going on indefinitely. Maybe Charlotte is in a different place now than it was in 2008, in terms of weathering a storm. I have noticed that much of the growth seems to be from purging corporations from other cities (e.g., Honeywell) as opposed to cities like Seattle where their growth is from new companies emerging organically (Boeing, Costco, Starbucks, Amazon, Microsoft). Maybe this kind of "purge" growth in Charlotte is partly a sign of problems elsewhere (i.e., they're moving the Charlotte because they can no longer sustain the costs of where they were)? A lot of questions here, but I'm just wondering about how things will play out in the long term.
  2. LOL. No, I'm not joking. But to be honest the city is in the process of getting rid of these power lines and I am NOT happy. These lines run through alleys and are not visible from street, so why should anyone care? Meanwhile there are no street lights in the neighborhood other than along the business district. So dark streets in the residential area, an invitation for crime. Instead of addressing that situation, their priority is taking down these unseen power lines and digging ditches to our homes, for the new lines, which will mean cutting through my patio, deck, and sprinkler lines. I am completely P.O.'d about it. Be careful what you ask for. (Personally, I never asked for this.)
  3. It's not just Charlotte. This is my backyard 2500 miles away.
  4. I forget who made the comment or what thread it was but I remember someone talking about another car-centric city (Seattle maybe?) that shut down part of a freeway for an urban park space and it had no impact on traffic flow. But setting that thought aside, isn't 277 deep enough to put a cap over it with a shallow lake on top of the cap?
  5. I'm missing a "Wow!" icon for both of your comments. Man, that's crazy! It sounds like that person had some sort of complex. I don't understand how a person like that ends up in control as a moderator. When the moderator needs moderation there's a problem. Any ideas with good intentions behind them should be welcomed. And it seems from looking over this thread that others share similar ideas about a water feature here. I know it wouldn't be cheap, and the city has many priorities, but there could be great payoff in making the city an even better place to live and work and dream.
  6. Whaaaat??? New ideas meant to improve quality of life = being banned? Some folks in Raleigh have suggested building a canal there. Canal, lake, it's all good in my opinion. Ban me.
  7. I had missed this post from April when I made a similar comment in this thread a couple weeks ago. Only I was not joking. In my mind the biggest thing missing in Charlotte is some sort of significant water feature. Water has a soothing effect on the soul that draws people to it, especially in an urban environment where people need a place to reflect and feel in touch with nature. A lake could either take the place of John Belk Freeway or be a cap over the freeway. Imagine the only gap between Uptown and South End being a lake with paddle boats and ducks surrounded by walking paths and grass and park benches, and a backdrop of skyscrapers. The entire area wouldn't have to be a lake; there could also be room for athletic fields and gardens. It would make for a more livable environment for both work (lunch hours) and play, and a nice attraction (like the Boston Common) for visitors.
  8. I don't have a Twitter account. Does "it" refer to the bridge, the street or the Gold Line? Thanks.
  9. The Grand Bohemian stands nextdoor to where the Hotel Charlotte once stood. The Jonas Courthouse is a block away from where the Polk Building stood. It's some consolation to have these two new structures emerging, and I like them both, but I'll never get over the loss of the Hotel Charlotte and I remain sickened about the destruction of the Polk Building and I have no interest in seeing pictures of that generic apartment building taking its place. Sigh.
  10. That's very informative. Thanks! And very interesting that "today's 2x4s* are smaller and less strong than 2x4s of yester-century."
  11. Hmm. Who made this rule? Can builders not build properly anymore? Come see the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. All wood structure. The second largest wood structure in the U.S., it's seven stories tall and still standing after 132 years.
  12. That's exactly what I was thinking about. And here you have a tower going up right next to that very old theater. They need to exercise a ton of caution, and if caution is the reason for the delay then I'm all for patience. The theater is not replaceable. And with the dearth of historic buildings remaining in uptown, that theater is worth far more to me than another tower.
  13. Personally, I'm thrilled that that's their primary focus.
  14. That statement sounds like spin. It's very uninformative. The question is, how many Cleveland Construction employees are on site six days a week -- one, two, thirty (makes a huge difference) -- and how many hours a day do they spend there? If this person were to state the average number of paid man hours spent on this site per week, they would be far more convincing. Just guessing here, but maybe there are concerns about damage to the structural integrity of the theater, which may be slowing progress. If that's the case then I hope they take all the time that they need. But they haven't said that.
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