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  1. I couldn't agree more and can't thank you enough for this comment.
  2. Along with the harmonious aesthetics within South End itself. Bye bye to that and hello to South End turning into what too many American cities are really good at: uglifying themselves and sacrificing quality of life and beauty for the sake of immediate financial gratification. Bigger does not mean better.
  3. I was very impressed with what I saw in Denver. I was there on business, staying downtown. I took the train from the airport to the train terminal downtown where I was able to catch a connecting bus to my hotel. It was so easy. My hotel was located near that entertainment district (I forget what it's called) which has a dedicated bus line down the main strip and back to the terminal. It was fantastic. I understand there is now lightrail all the way out to Boulder (another of my favorite places). The Denver metro system is so far ahead of the game.
  4. $2.20 for a 45-minute ride? That's only 5 cents a minute. What a bargain!
  5. That I don't know, but it's quite possible that you've hit the nail on the head (no pun intended).
  6. I do not get AT ALL why there have been so many problems with this little 2.5 mile extension of a trolley line. I have a particular advantage of having watched two transit projects being constructed concurrently. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Phase 2 construction begin in January 2017? Only about two or three months before that, construction on an 11-mile lightrail extension began here in San Diego. They are almost finished with the testing phase and operations are scheduled to start within two months. This photo is an image of one section of this lightrail extension. It's about tw
  7. Funny, I never heard this lead correlation and had to look it up. Here's some Wiki articles on both theories. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead–crime_hypothesis https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legalized_abortion_and_crime_effect I will have to read later, but the thing that strikes me is and has me initially skeptical is that alcohol sales, aging population, etc., were not immediate changes while the drop in crime was.
  8. This is nothing new. FBI statistics have long shown (I assume it's still the case) that the age 20 is the peak for committing crimes. I worry about what's going on in Texas and other states and the impact that will have in the future. Twenty years after thr 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, in the early 1990s, crime rates suddenly and precipitously began falling across the nation. I fear that we're going to see a reversal of that in the future.
  9. It was about 15 years ago, maybe longer, that I was living in Virginia and their (then) very Republican state legislature was on the verge of passing an anti LGBT bill. Northern Virginia has become that state's bread and butter and there was a huge outcry from some high tech companies that were planning to open major operations in Northern Virginia. Their concern was that a significant amount of the talent in that industry is LGBT. So moving to a state with that kind of law would make it difficult to attract the kind of talent they would need to remain competitive. These companies threate
  10. I wish the future Silver Line would go all the way into downtown Gastonia. That could help make it a real entertainment destination.
  11. Don't get me wrong. I'm actually very excited about this project. I just think a few tweaks here and there could make it much better aesthetically. Either way it will be a vast improvement over what's there now.
  12. Totally agree with you. I'm happy to see the parking lot disappear and more pedestrian-oriented development and pedestrian interaction on the street level, but I wish the new structures were not as tall and less steel and glass. This could overwhelm the historic charm and character of Plaza Midwood. Somebody posted awhile back an image of a development in *I believe) Indiana, which looked perfectly suited for PM. That's more in line with what I was hoping to see. If Charlotte isn't careful it's going to look like Atlanta or Dallas, which isn't a compliment. You make a good point.
  13. That's a distance of 2.2 miles, and about a 45 minute walk. Better for your health and also quicker just to walk.
  14. For real. You can walk a mile in 20 minutes. Why would anyone want to wait that long (rather than walk) to board a vehicle that's then going to move slowly because it's stuck in traffic?
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