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  1. JacksonH

    Charlotte Photo of the Day

    I would say it contributes a lot to the ROI. This looks like a common area with a spectacular view, which allows anyone (I suppose) working in the building to come there and relax and enjoy -- a small perk that helps enhance the work environment and thus contribute a little bit to job satisfaction. Happy workers make for a stronger and more productive company.
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    Keep saying what? I'm replying to your statement that what I said was not "factually" true without providing any facts. Please. I can point to numerous studies that rank Arlington near or at the top in livability, but this is a Charlotte forum so I'm not expecting to get a whole lot of support or unbiased opinions here. Elsewhere I most certainly will. As I said, I like Charlotte. I lived there. I also lived in Arlington, and I love visiting there. So the Arlington bashing is completely absurd to me.
  3. JacksonH

    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    Nope, it's factually true. See how easy that is?
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    I stand by my comments. I like Charlotte, but sorry, there's way more energy and things to do in those areas I mentioned in Arlington than Charlotte. Arlington is growing rapidly and every time I visit it's like a new place. It's unrecognizable from what it was when I first moved there in the '90s. Denver area is also cool, especially Boulder -- charming and very vibrant with lots to do.
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    I lived in Arlington for many years. I was never bored. I worked in DC and people I worked with that lived in DC would say Arlington was boring but they never actually went there or knew little about it. They would put on this silly snob routine about living in DC and act like the thought of stepping into Virginia was degrading. That image above is of Rosslyn. Rosslyn does not equal Arlington and does not define Arlington. It's only a small piece of Arlington. It is primarily an office district. People in Arlington, who do not work in Rosslyn, do not hang out in Rosslyn. They go to Clarendon and Virginia Square, which are full of activity every day and every night. I was just there last week and had some terrific food (as always). There is a huge variety of ethnic restaurants and bars and such in the Clarendon/Courthouse/Virginia Square area. By the way, what is all this obsession with skylines? Skylines do not define a city, people do.
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    Charlotte area "ring cities"

    Is that it on the right side of this image? I'm in California so won't be getting there anytime soon. But it's cool knowing it's there.
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    Charlotte area "ring cities"

    I was in Asheboro in June and drove up to the top of Dave's Mountain thinking about the lack of public access. There's that fire tower there but it's immediately surrounded by houses. People living in the houses get the view but no one else does. I never knew there was a Native American rock wall at Caraway Mountain. That's REALLY cool to know. I wish I could go back in time with that knowledge. When my brother was a kid, he and his best friend used to go hunting or arrowheads. Coming across that wall would have blown them away. My brother lives in the Charlotte area now.
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    Charlotte area "ring cities"

    I used to go on retreats near Caraway when I was a kid. Mt. Shepherd is not too far from there. My parents live on the edge of Dave's Mountain. In Asheboro, they call it "the" mountain. The top of Dave's Mountain is the highest point in Asheboro. Interesting article about the area: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/science-technology/article9103466.html And someone got some photos: http://thephotohiker.com/the-view-from-here/#jp-carousel-190
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    Charlotte Photo of the Day

    Better than a parking lot!
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    Charlotte area "ring cities"

    And best of all, Lake Tillery and Badin Lake won't give you cancer! My parents live near the base of one of those Uwharrie mountains, in Asheboro. One of the streets in their neighborhood that I drive down to get to their house has the most beautiful view. And I have fond memories of Badin Lake. The childhood best friend's family had a weekend home there and would take me on visits. I loved it. Once we went and camped on an island in the lake. Very peaceful setting.
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    Charlotte Photo of the Day

    I guess this is as good a place as any to post this picture because it's from today. But I'm wondering what Bakari Sellers' connection is to Charlotte. It seems that most of the time when he's on TV (which is a lot), he's being broadcast from Charlotte.
  12. JacksonH

    509 South Tryon | Possible Duke Energy Tower

    Per the suggestion of others here, I have moved this OFF TOPIC discussion to the Coffee House, where you can continue digging your hole. It's on page 14 of this link: https://www.urbanplanet.org/forums/topic/118121-political-digression-thread-save-up-move-the-politically-focused-stuff-here/?page=14
  13. I'm moving over to here a discussion that was started by "skymiler" on page 20 of this thread: https://www.urbanplanet.org/forums/topic/118129-509-south-tryon-possible-duke-energy-tower/?page=20 That thread was supposed to be about a new Duke Energy Tower, but skymiler took it off track and into politics, making it about his love for Donald Trump. Although skymiler's hyperbolic comments were effectively challenged through page 21 of that thread, rather than just concede, and also accede to the requests of others to cease with the political discussion in that thread, he continued to dig a deeper hole with the comments I have reposted below, and to which I respond. Donald Trump referred to his voters as "uneducated." He said they would support him even if he went out on 5th Avenue in New York and shot someone. Are you trying to prove him right? When I told you to Google, I was telling you to Google the Dow Jones, not any articles. The friggin' Dow Jones is a measure of investment activity. It is not political. It's just numbers. Good grief. I guess you prefer "alternative facts" to actual hard data. Most of links I provided are from The Wall Street Journal and Donald Trump's own Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Federal Reserve, and others from right-leaning Fortune and Forbes. Do you even know what The Wall Street Journal is? It's owned by Rupert Murdoch, who would be shocked to learn he and his publication are leftist. I gave you those sources instead of others because I predicted you would bring up that lazy old "liberal media" cop-out that people use when they lack critical thinking skills and are incapable of proving the information is false. But even though I referenced articles from right-wing sources, or simply pointed to government or market data, you still throw out that tired old (and in this case false) refrain rather than actually addressing the issues, which I repeat: Real wages have remained unchanged between 2017 and 2018, in spite of the tax cuts (https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/real-average-hourly-earnings-unchanged-from-may-2017-to-may-2018.htm ); Companies are using the savings from the tax cuts for stock buybacks rather than raising wages (https://www.wsj.com/articles/boom-in-share-buybacks-renews-question-of-who-wins-from-tax-cuts-1519900200 ); the CBO is reporting that the national debt is soaring under Trump since his tax cuts ( http://fortune.com/2018/06/27/cbo-report-national-debt-rise-tax-bill-spending/ ), which likely means the Republican Congress will go after entitlements rather than address the tax cuts mostly benefiting the wealthy; the Trump Administration's efforts will allow for the removal of protections for people with pre-existing health conditions (https://www.forbes.com/sites/howardgleckman/2018/06/21/the-trump-administrations-squeeze-on-affordable-health-insurance-for-50-64-year-olds/#16717a6a1d94 and https://www.npr.org/2018/06/08/618263772/trump-administration-move-imperils-pre-existing-condition-protections ), thus increasing costs to middle income people while their salaries remain stagnant. There are indicators that a recession is coming (https://www.wsj.com/podcasts/chance-of-a-recession-in-the-us-keeps-growing/7CB09D87-B08E-4D2B-A468-D75C9E9467B6.html ) Normally, a government responds to a recession with some sort of stimulus, like tax cuts. But we already got the tax cuts in the middle of an economy that didn't need tax cuts. And with the debt now soaring, we can't afford a stimulus. So the government's ability to combat the effects of a recession will be limited. Did that whole discussion about the Dow go completely over your head? You're posting an article from November 2017. I told you to go Google the Dow Jones and look at the trend line, which has been going up since 2009. I explained to you what my financial advisor said about market uncertainty in 2016 and how the gains after the election were simply the market getting back on the trend it had already been on since 2009. Kermit even saved you the trouble of Googling information by posting graphs of the S&P 500 and GDP from 2009 to the present so you can see the OBVIOUS trend. He couldn't have made it any easier for you. And I pointed out that since the beginning of 2018 and Trump's tariff talk, the market has flatlined. In fact, the Dow now is around 10% lower than where it was in January. And it just lost another 132 points yesterday. But you run away from addressing any of that and respond with this old article? Below is another picture for you. There is a marker from when that article was published (November 8, 2017). You can see that, at that time, the market was still on that upward trend that had begun in 2009. But on January 26 of this year it peaked, then dropped and hasn't been back up since. It's currently at 24,174, which is not substantially higher than where it was when that article was written (23,563).
  14. JacksonH

    Charlotte Photo of the Day

    Isn't the traffic around Southpark already really bad? Taller buildings = more people. If there is no new transit infrastructure to handle all the additional human beings that taller buildings would invite, that would create a heckuva mess.
  15. JacksonH

    509 South Tryon | Possible Duke Energy Tower

    Wrong. I had a lengthy discussion with my financial advisor about this. He put up the charts showing the Dow Jones from 2008 to 2018. There had been a steady upward trend from 2009 until 2016, then it got unsteady. He explained that this was due to the uncertainty of election season, which is typical. The market likes certainty. Then after the election, there was an appearance of a surge in the Dow, but this was actually just the market returning to the path it had already been on. If you look at 2009 to 2017, you can draw a straight line and see that the dip in 2016 was just a temporary deviation from that trend line. But as I said, since this tariff talk this year, that trend is no longer apparent. The DJ had flatlined since January. In fact, the Dow has dropped since January. Google DJIA and look the chart for this year, for five years and for ten years. Obama came into office with NEGATIVE growth. The entire world economy was tanking. But as bad and as slow as growth was in the U.S., the U.S. throughout that time still maintained the strongest growth in the world. https://www.stlouisfed.org/on-the-economy/2017/february/unemployment-rate-dynamics-us-europe You're ignoring what I just posted from the Wall Street Journal about companies benefiting from the tax cuts using those savings for stock buyouts rather than increasing jobs and wages: https://www.wsj.com/articles/boom-in-share-buybacks-renews-question-of-who-wins-from-tax-cuts-1519900200 And year-to-year real wages remaining unchanged in spite of the tax cuts: https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/real-average-hourly-earnings-unchanged-from-may-2017-to-may-2018.htm On top of all that, the latest CBO report shows that the national debt is soaring again. Where is the Tea Party now??? http://fortune.com/2018/06/27/cbo-report-national-debt-rise-tax-bill-spending/ You know what's coming next, right? "National debt is going up so we must cut middle class entitlements because we're not touching those tax cuts that mostly benefit the very wealthy." Don't get ME starting on that! Generations that follow will be paying the consequences of that. And if Trump succeeds in taking away our protections from being denied insurance for pre-existing conditions, we will all be paying in short order: https://www.npr.org/2018/06/08/618263772/trump-administration-move-imperils-pre-existing-condition-protections If real wages are remaining stagnant, but people can't get health insurance because of pre-existing conditions, how do you think that's going to work out?