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  1. It would be interesting to know details about the people who signed the petition? When did they move to the neighborhood? Was it in the years since the city decided to build lightrail through NoDa? Anyone who moved into the neighborhood since the Blue Line was announced should have had the common sense to know how the neighborhood would evolve in the future.
  2. Seriously. And what is this noise they're worried about? I live in a high-density neighborhood. There's a three-story apartment building right across the street from my house. I never hear any noises coming from there. People are inside their apartments for the most part, just like I'm in my house. I love the fact that we have all these people living in close proximity because that means more people to frequent the neighborhood businesses and keep them thriving. And as long as they're thriving, I have great restaurants, bars, a grocery store, a drug store, my dentist, a post office, lots
  3. And how many acres of public park space?
  4. I'm counting one new pane of glass that has been added since QCxpat's post on August 28. Hopefully more substantial progress has been going on inside the theater.
  5. Is Ellis the new Eiffel? https://www.gitomer.com/the-eiffel-tower-an-iconic-monument-and-a-critical-lesson/ https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1987-04-23-mn-722-story.html
  6. I couldn't agree more and can't thank you enough for this comment.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. $2.20 for a 45-minute ride? That's only 5 cents a minute. What a bargain!
  10. That I don't know, but it's quite possible that you've hit the nail on the head (no pun intended).
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. I wish the future Silver Line would go all the way into downtown Gastonia. That could help make it a real entertainment destination.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. That's a distance of 2.2 miles, and about a 45 minute walk. Better for your health and also quicker just to walk.
  19. 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?
  20. I made this prediction back in April, but it looks like CATS is determined to prove me wrong.
  21. No! Leave the Midnight Diner alone! That's one of my breakfast spots when I'm in town.
  22. For the last 40 years I have thought the '49ers name was because of the Carolina Gold Rush (linking that to the 1849 California Gold Rush) and because the university is on Highway 49. I never knew of this 1949 connection until now.
  23. The story of Balboa Park is fascinating and inspiring. I saw a documentary a few years ago. Some civic-minded folks at the time envisioned a great city in the future that would need a great park. This happened not 180 years ago but in the late 1860s. The land was set aside by civic leaders. And their vision of the future was accurate. The city boomed in the decades ahead and many generations of citizens since, right up to the present day, have benefited greatly by the vision of those early leaders of the City of San Diego. It's all about having vision and planning for the future welfare
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