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  1. Big headline in Charlotte Stories today: the Midnight Diner site will be redeveloped into two towers. Who knew?! Gee, I love their cutting-edge reporting!
  2. Braxton Winston. It's official.
  3. BUMP "The St. Louis Fortune 50 company cited a 'fundamental shift in the way people work' as the reason for its decision. These days, almost 90% of its workforce is fully remote or working in some sort of hybrid environment." https://charlotte.axios.com/305953/centene-cancels-plans-for-its-1-billion-regional-headquarters-in-charlotte/
  4. My nephew just left last month. A couple people in my agency have moved far from where our office is located, and to other states. Others are in the planning stages. You need to read this interview. It's happening *now*.
  5. This is disheartening but it's happening. I pointed out in another thread awhile back that our downtowns post pandemic are not going to be the same. Companies have realized they don't need to have people in the office all the time and the work can still get done. I gave an example of my nephew, who works for a firm in Uptown Charlotte. He just moved from Charlotte to Charleston. They let him do it. He's never coming back to Charlotte. His Uptown office is permanently vacated. I also gave the example of the agency I work for. Since COVID we have closed our office and become permanently remote. All of us. Our employees are now spreading out all over the country. Some people "laughed" at my comment. Those people want to live in a fantasy and not face facts. Yeah, Charlotte will continue to grow, or at least the Charlotte region will, but not as fast. And sadly it seems it's going reach a point where it doesn't grow the same way, which is sad. And the environment and animal species will likely be punished for it. And probably American cities also. We'll see. I just hope urban planners can come up with creative ways to entice people back. https://www.wfae.org/business/2022-07-28/data-show-more-people-leaving-mecklenburg-than-moving-to-the-county
  6. Even WBTV has to let its audience know that Charlotte is in North Carolina. https://www.wbtv.com/2022/07/14/ninja-variant-omicron-blamed-rise-covid-19-cases-across-charlotte-nc/?outputType=amp
  7. Oh wow, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. is a favorite of mine as well. If these,are the same folks, that's a positive sign.
  8. Asheboro also had a Carolina Theater, and also Hickory.
  9. And in 1921, The Virginia Theatre opened . . . in Champaign, Illinois.
  10. Why is it called Mountain Creek Park? Is there a mountain there? Or a creek?
  11. Hint: Charlotte made the list. https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2022/06/10/great-outdoor-cities-travel-vacation/
  12. https://www.citypopulation.de/en/usa/combmetro/
  13. The first time in my life I ever saw someone who didn't like hushpuppies. I don't eat them anymore because they're unhealthy, but few things taste as good as a hushpuppy.
  14. And I'm old enough to remember the busing/school desegregation crisis in Boston in the mid '70s. I was in grade school in North Carolina at the time. My school system had been desegregated since before I started school, so to see Boston going through that years later (when desegregation was all I had ever known) was an eye-opener.
  15. Maybe drive through Elise Stefanik's district in New York sometime. It seems she can't be Trumpy enough for her constituents. Or come down to California 50th district and try campaigning for a Democrat as I did and see what happens. You'll be watching your back. Go over to the town of Ramona and some friends of mine can tell you about a bar there to you where they proudly display a Confederate flag (as if the Confederacy had anything to do with California). We've, unfortunately, had violence in San Diego with Trumpists from the region coming to our beach communities and causing trouble. Then there was this: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/story/2020-11-01/pro-trump-boat-parade-in-san-diego-bay-caravan-snarls-traffic-on-i-5-streets San Diego is a very Democratic city but the Trumpists are not far away. Even One America News is based in SD.
  16. Welcome to Rural America. The difference between a red state and a blue state is the percentage of the population that's rural versus urban. Come out to California and I know exactly where to take you where you'll feel equally sad seeing Trump flags and Confederate flags.
  17. Go back and reread your comments in this thread and maybe you'll get it.
  18. Perhaps I should introduce you to my friend from New York, who is so enthralled with OBX and almost bought a home there. And he's one of the most traveled persons you'll ever meet. He's lived in Europe, worked in countries on every continent of this planet, and has been in every corner and probably almost every state within the United States.
  19. I have no doubt about that. I live in San Diego. I went to a neighborhood bar a couple years ago with some friends who are from San Diego. There was a live band playing. My friends recognized one of the band members as the son of a neighbor, who was born and raised in California. During a break in playing he came over to say hello and my friends asked him what he's been up to. He informed them that he was just playing with this band temporily ( i e. for the weekend) as he was only in San Diego to visit his parents and friends because he had relocated TO ASHEVILLE. And no, he had no intention of moving back at that point because he likes Asheville and is very happy there. (By the way, he moved to Austin first, then moved on to Asheville.)
  20. Reading your comment here, I'm not sure you understand what "average" means. If some of those German visitors counted in those figures don't spend any money in NC except for the purchase of chewing gum, that would bring the average DOWN, which means there would have to be an equal number of German visitors spending a whole lot MORE than $1,418 in N.C. Which obviously means they're spending time in the state. https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/08/30/international-tourists-flock-mountains-nc/71436532/
  21. Hey all, I just arrived at CLT! I know inflation is high but I just confirmed you can get chewing gum here for less than $1,418! Perhaps they charge more if you're German.
  22. That chart says the average visitor to N.C. from Germany spends $1,418. Please remind me not to buy a stick of gum at CLT! I lived in DC for 16 years and most of the people O knew chose the Outer Banks for beach vacations, including one of my closest friends who is from New York originally. For a long time he wanted to buy a home in the Outer Banks.
  23. Indeed it does. Thirty-five or so years ago a gentleman from Zurich, Switzerland came to Pinehurst and ended up buying a home there and became a close friend of our extended family. And I later spent several days visiting with his son at his home near Zurich.
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