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  1. Added trees? Apparently no trees will do unless it's 60 year-old willow trees. https://www.wcnc.com/amp/article/news/local/neighbors-noda-advocating-tree-canopy-redevelopment/275-937c0093-0592-41b7-847e-9d3e4c21a332
  2. Thank goodness it will be in the foreground, and hopefully, from at least that vantage point, will block the 110 East tower from view.
  3. Please say that's not so. That would depress me greatly.
  4. This is the video I was referring to.
  5. That's exactly it. Riding on the Blue Line, when I see Slate/Oak Room/Hot Taco, and the Design Center and that water tower, I know I have arrived in South End. Those structures feel like its soul
  6. Yes, I'm well aware of those places in San Diego. My gym is next to Petco Park so I see that warehouse component all the time. But large brick buildings like that are rare here. Most are stucco or wood. I live in a century-old walkable neighborhood with a ton of retail buildings but only two of them are brick and they're very unassuming.
  7. Some of you folks perhaps don't appreciate what you've got. Those brick former mills and warehouses in South End are gorgeous to me. We don't have that here in SoCal and when I visit there I'm salivating over those buildings. I posted a video awhile back that addressed what makes an appealing and inviting urban environment, and specifically why Europe does this so well, and consequently attracts so many tourists, while the U.S. continues to fail. Among the points were that were made were that architecture within an urban zone or neighborhood should be similar (but not identical) in style and colors, and building heights should also be fairly uniform. The neighborhood should have an identifiable character about it. Once it loses that, once buildings look completely dissimilar, it does something to our senses that makes it feel cold and uninviting.
  8. Haha, you and I think alike. Your town sounds like a NW Mayberry. I'm getting close to retirement. I'm in SoCal now but would like to spend my retirement between here and the Charlotte area, and specifically Davidson (I like old college towns), but only as long as Davidson is able to prevent having its soul stolen by Charlotte. That said, I do like the city, but only if it's a functional city with walkable neighborhoods where you know people in your neighborhood and know the mom and pop retailers and they know you.
  9. I agree with you except for the first point. It might be a good looking building if it were being built somewhere else, but in South End it will look like a big glass monstrosity. If the design were more like the Lowes tower or Rail Yard, which blend in with the historic architecture of the neighborhood, I would be on board with this. But based on the renderings I fear it will destroy the unique aesthetics of the area and start turning South End into Anyplace U.S.A.
  10. Funny you mention San Luis Obispo. A number of years ago I was driving from San Francisco to San Diego and stopped in downtown San Luis Obispo for lunch and, upon seeing it, I thought it would be an ideal place to retire. It's close to the ocean, has a thriving and attractive downtown, and the cost of living is a fraction of what it costs in the major metros.
  11. I was with you until I read this paragraph. "Boomers" are a generation, not a personality type. There are stubborn people in every generation, and increments of change happen during every generation, particularly among the young. Go back and read the history of this country and the radical changes that were brought about in the 1960s by the boomer generation, when they were in their youth. Every generation stands upon the shoulders of the previous generation and can only move forward due to the accomplishments already made by each preceeding generation.
  12. I love the stumpiness of LU1, or perhaps it's its girth. That's the building that is always the first to capture my attention when I drive in from the airport. It seems to stand proudly and boldly, making a commanding presence above I-277.
  13. Charlotte City Council meeting just adjourned. There was a fairly heated discussion (heated by Charlotte standards) to ban use of exotic animals for entertainment (circuses or otherwise. Animal rights advocates have been pushing for this for years. Tonight it finally passed by a 6-4 vote. Among other items that passed: o The 2040 Vision Plan o Southpark Municipal Service District o Mallard Creek Church Infrastructure Reimbursement Agreement (with Centene)
  14. I don't know, but isn't the idea that, from the street, people walking by or driving by will be able to see the theater façade through the glass?
  15. Sorry, I don't recall the location. It might actually be Belmont. I looked it up on Google while they were discussing it. It's a small stand-alone building on a corner. I remember them saying that the building had had a number of uses over the years, including most recently being a yoga studio. Maybe someone here knows the place I'm referring to. And to be fair, I just remembered that that guy also said he was concerned that having a food establishment that close to his home might invite rats.
  16. Oh boo hoo. They expect sympathy over that while at the same time they're watching their net worth soar? I was watching a recent city council meeting where someone in Villa Heights was complaining about an old retail building near his house that's being refurbished and revitalized as a sandwich shop. He was concerned that his family might smell food. Unbelievable. I live less than a block from a couple restaurants. I sometimes smell food. Never once have I thought of that as a negative. And realtors keep sending me letters asking to buy my house.
  17. That must have been a sight! I've never even seen a crane lay an egg.
  18. I remember learning about this building many years ago. The good thing is the flaw was discovered early on, so they have been able to monitor this building over the years and hopefully avert a disaster like the tragic one that happened several months ago in Florida. (California building codes are very strict; hard to imagine there were no violations.) The bad thing is nobody realized this issue until after the building was complete and a bunch of investors/home owners had sunk enormous amounts of money into purchasing their units, only to see the value of their investments plummet. Buyer beware! I can't see those folks ever being able to resell their units. (Who would want to live there now?) I know there have been a bunch of lawsuits that I would think could have put the builder out of business. It seems this building needs to be brought down at this point -- how can it be safe, and how can nearby buildings be safe with it there? -- but is that even possible with something so tall? Okay, this is way off topic. I can't imagine something like this ever happening in North Carolina with the Carolina clay soil and bedrock. The soil in California coastal areas does not hold together like that so it does not make for a steady foundation (the reason mud slides happen). So I say build densely N.C., and build tall. And back to the races, Charlotte and Raleigh. Charlotte remains in the lead but I hear some fans out there cheering on Raleigh and think she's going to narrow the lead.
  19. Not to dismiss the concerns here about I-277 because I want that cap or urban lake or whatever replacing I-277 as much as anybody . . . but, to my point, this is not just a Charlotte issue: This video is very timely; it was just released today. It's the top ten most freeway-heavy downtowns in North America. And -- SPOILER ALERT-- you can all breathe a sigh of relief because Charlotte didn't make the list. The fact that it didn't, though, doesn't speak well of U. S. cities.
  20. And it's breaking ground with a brand new design, like Lowes and RailYard, that reflects the character of the neighborhood, and with the elimination of that hideous parking deck, right???
  21. I think Charlotte is now the 15th largest U.S. city, not 17th. But I don't disagree at all with what you're saying here, though I think this is more than just a Charlotte issue. I live in the 8th largest city in the U.S., and around the same time those freeways were breaking up Charlotte's core, the same thing was happening here in my city, and in cities all over this country. Offhand, I can't think of any city that got spared except maybe DC and Manhattan. In my city, the highway commission bulldozed right through the Little Italy community to build the Interstate 5 freeway, effectively destroying that community. Same thing with the building of I-15 and I-805. Communities all across the nation were ripped apart like this. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems that Seattle is the only city seriously trying to fix the damage and sew its urban communities back together.
  22. I want to point out that Prop 13 was enacted back in the '70s, a time when California leaned Republican, so it probably wasn't created by "progressives." Of course being Republican meant very different things back then. And yes there are downsides to Prop 13. For example, once when I was out for a walk I spotted a mansion with tennis courts and a swimming pool. I was very curious about it and looked it up online and found out that the same owners have been living there for forty-some years, and so I was quite annoyed to realize that they're paying lower property taxes than I pay for my VERY modest home. Not sure but I think this is only for residential owners, and the residence at least initially must be owner occupied.
  23. That sounds like a good thing, but the Prop 13 deal here is for every homeowner, regardless of age. Once you purchase your home your tax base is locked in for good. (And there are some protections that allow you to move one or two times and not be impacted ) If I were to move to NC and purchase a home of equal value to my home here, my property tax bill would double.
  24. Why not? I love that I don't have to worry about my tax bill going up every year. My property value has soared but I'm paying basically the same property tax I paid when I bought the house in 2010. Retired people can't deal with their tax bill soaring.
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