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  1. Here's the opening of "Dallas" from back in the day, with that skyline we thought was so jaw-dropping.
  2. I like perspective, which sometimes means going back to the past and to a prior mindset. I'm old enough that I have a sense of proportion now and in times past Looking at the picture above, I'm thinking of a friend of mine back in the early 1980s. He was a young man at the time who had moved from Morganton down to Charlotte, which was the big city to him. I remember once when his company sent him on a business trip to Dallas. This was around 1983 or 1984. He came back and exclaimed, "Wow! Now THAT's a real city!" The population of Dallas in 1980 was 904,000, and the Dallas metro population was between 2.9 and 3 million. In 2019, the population of Charlotte is approximately 900,000 with a metro population of close to 2.8 million. The picture above from hinsp0 is Charlotte in 2019. Below is Dallas in 1984. It seems to me that the Charlotte of today is very close to the Dallas of 1984 when my friend exclaimed "now that's a real city!" In 1984, one of the most popular shows on television, which had been on the air for six years, was "Dallas." All of America at that time thought of Dallas as a huge and important city down in Texas. Now that Charlotte has come to that same point, where's the TV show?
  3. I never even liked the name NoDa. I wish they would have stuck with one of the historical names in the area like Highland Park. NoDa sounds too contrived to me, and an attempt to sound cool like SoHo, but winding up with something that doesn't roll off the tongue.
  4. That's just my point: You already have that in South End. But not every corner of Charlotte needs to be filled with big office towers and corporate headquarters. Leave that to Uptown, South End, SouthPark, and undeveloped/never developed areas like Optimist Park. But there still need to be areas that feel like they've got heart and soul and character. As for South End itself, I hear this talk of it being hipster (a word I hate) and crunchy, but my early memories is that one of the first businesses to take off there in the '90s was Pewter Rose, which I remember to be somewhat upscale. Prior to that it was just a wasteland. So to me the South End area never had any particular identity and is now finding one (I'm agreeing with JorgiPorgi here). Not too much has been lost. But if the City doesn't set parameters and guardrails in other places that do have an identity, eventually you're going to see tear-downs of cherished historical buildings and cool hangouts replaced with office towers, and there's going to be a lot of sameness throughout the city.
  5. So what is the height of this building? The link shows the space availability for 10 floors, but the image looks like at least 20 stories.
  6. Charlotte needs to have some strict zoning to protect those areas from becoming another South End/Uptown type of location. The blocks with 19th century/early-to-mid 20th century structures should especially be protected. And beyond that, surrounding areas should be zoned only for residential or retail; i.e., no corporate office structures. And if possible, limit or prohibit retail chains. This could go a long way to helping preserve the soul of those areas.
  7. This is several months old, so I'm guessing this has probably been posted before as it's rather impressive. But was this done by someone in this forum? If so I'd like to thank you and congratulate you for a job well done.
  8. I was there a couple weeks ago. The part of the trail to the south of the Trolley Barn (by the parking lot) was covered in pots of plants, obviously in preparation of the landscaping. And there was a fence blocking further passageway towards Publix. It appears from Mgelbach's next-to-last photo that the plants have been removed from the trail, but the surrounding areas are still red dirt, so I'm curious what happened to the plants as they do not appear to have been planted. And I can't tell whether the fence is still up and blocking access to Publix.
  9. I feel a little bit differently. If the Silver Line were going right down Trade Street, like many were suggesting it should, it would first of all be redundant with the Gold Line. But besides that, some parts of the Uptown area would have less access to a LYNX station than with the final proposal. Think of UT as a square. With the Blue Line, you are already getting station access from points right along the middle of that square: southwest (NASCAR HOF) to northeast (UNCC). Via Trade Street there would also be station access also through the middle from southeast (CPCC) to northwest (Johnson & Wales). But again, this is redundant with the Gold Line. However, for the four corners of that square, there would be no access: far corner of Fourth Ward (NC Music Factory area); far corner of Third Ward (BofA stadium), far corner of First Ward (Garden District/Belmont neighborhoods); and far corner of Second Ward (Marshall Park/Brooklyn/The Metropolitan). The decision to run the Silver Line along Brookshire Freeway/I-77 takes care of bringing access for three of these four corners, which would be completely ignored by a Trade Street route, thus creating more station accessibility, not less, and will also create a much-needed boost for development on the northern side of UT. But I do agree that street access should be closed for dedicated ROW for the east/west train (the Gold Line).
  10. I would be very interested in seeing a comparison of timeliness of Charlotte trains to other cities. I see complaints on this board all the time about LYNX trains being slow and late and it causes me to do a lot of head shaking. I don't live in Charlotte so I'm no expert on the situation, but I have ridden on the Blue Line several times, including just a couple weeks ago. Every one of those experiences has been positive. I found the trains prompt and reliable. I never had to wait very long at all. So all the complaining here is a head-scratcher for me. I'm not sure why anyone would expect 100% reliability. I lived in the DC Metro for sixteen years and rode Metro every day. It was (and still is) a common occurrence for trains to be late due to trains breaking down and backing up the system, or for track maintenance, or because of trains on different lines arriving at the same station at the same time. You come to expect frequent delays. I'm in San Diego now. This picture is from Thursday at the Santa Fe Depot station where the light rail (San Diego Trolley; the red train), regional heavy rail (The Coaster; the blue train) and Amtrak all come together. (The Coaster is the equivalent of the proposed Red Line between Charlotte and Mooresville and runs up the coast from San Diego to Oceanside.) This week on Wednesday and Thursday I had jury duty. I decided to ride the San Diego Trolley to the courthouse downtown both days. Wednesday there were no problems, but when I arrived at the station Thursday morning, the trains were running behind by more than half an hour (!!!), which would have made me considerably late getting to the courthouse. I had no option but to jump back into my car and drive downtown. My point here is Charlotte is not alone in these types of transit issues. It comes with the territory, unless you're in Western Europe where transit does seem to be very reliable (as long as there's not a strike going on).
  11. Thank you, Nick! Silly me. I just went and looked again and yes, it's KM, not miles. I need to pay more attention. Thank you.
  12. A2 raised a great question about the curvature of the earth at that distance, for which CLTranspo gave a superb explanation. But that's not even the issue that was boggling my mind so much. It was just the fact of being able to see something so far away, even in spite of the curvature of the earth. For example, when I'm in an airplane looking out the window, big buildings suddenly seem so small. And that's only a distance of 30,000 feet away -- less than six miles -- not some 88 miles away. Similarly, I've never understood how astronauts say they can see the Great Wall of China. While the wall is very long, is relatively narrow, so one would think the visibility of it would disappear at such a great distance. But I was unaware of this concept of a "superior mirage." Your suggestion of this sent me researching it a bit. If I'm understanding it correctly, conditions in the atmosphere magnify the size of objects in the distance making them become more visible than they would be otherwise, sort of like an atmospheric magnifying glass. Is that a correct interpretation of a superior mirage?
  13. Thank you. Obviously, the site I was looking at -- freemaptools.com -- which gave a distance of 131 miles, is wrong.
  14. Can you trust the weather man? He says it's only 80 miles, and yes, visible. https://k1047.com/2019/10/30/viral-post-you-can-see-charlotte-skyline-from-blue-ridge-parkway/
  15. This photo is blowing my mind. Is the skyline visible like that with the naked eye and no telescope or binoculars? That's a distance of about 131 miles as the crow flies!
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