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  1. I have never been to Jacksonville, so I personally know nothing about it. However, my niece used to live there. Based on what I have heard from her and from others who have spent time there, to put it delicately, the quality of its culture and intellect of its citizens is not impressive.
  2. The debt ceiling issue pertains to whether the federal government will pay its creditors. How does that impact this project? Is federal funding involved in this hotel project? (Sorry if I have missed some of the conversation.)
  3. For sure. I was staying at my brother's house in the northwest corner of Concord, near the intersection of Poplar Tent and Harris, and went to work out at the L.A. Fitness on Prosperity Church Road in Charlotte, about 7 miles away. Most of the way back I saw almost nothing but big apartment buildings and dense townhouse developments. It's pretty incredible. But there also seems to be some very poor planning/missed opportunities as most of that construction is being built without any walkable retail. So even though all those thousands of people are living in dense housing, they still have to get in a car and drive for every single need. What a mess. So many perfect opportunities to get some cars off the road but city planners keep ignoring them.
  4. Thanks for the pics! I didn't know about this Urban District Market.
  5. I was just checking a map and confirming my suspicion that this is the very place that I have literally walked *behind* while passing through the Atrium to get to Brookwood Farms BBQ. I've done it a couple times, having no idea I was passing by a sushi restaurant.
  6. Don't know how I've missed seeing that, unless I've gone past on the other side of it.
  7. With grab and go options, I hope. Thanks for the tip.
  8. Count me among those looking for healthy options. And to LKN704, there is no requirement that fast food be unhealthy. I fly between San Diego and Charlotte several times a year. When I fly out of San Diego while I'm waiting to board, there is a food vendor in the concourse selling salmon sushi. It takes two minutes to grab that meal and pay for it. But when I'm in CLT going in the other direction I'm always looking for something similar but can never find it. I don't have time for a sit-down meal nor do I want fat building, HDL cholesterol raising, artery-clogging fried food, but CLT seems to leave me with no other options.
  9. And the hideous monstrocity is also making Lowes look even more attractive. Lowes will be even more of a standout when 110 East is completed.
  10. Charlotte *almost* made it into the top 25% of cities ranked according to sinfulness, coming in at 49th place out of 182 cities. Yes, Las Vegas tops the list. That's a given. But yet again, Charlotte is bested by rival cities like Nashvilke (#34) and Atlanta (#5) and Austin (#33). Come on, Charlotte, you can do better! Show those cities how naughtier you can really be! You can't let those other cities have all the fun. At least you beat Raleigh, and beat the capital city decisively! (Raleigh ranks at #136)! North Carolina's least sinful city is Winston- Salem at #161. Wow, what a drag! https://wallethub.com/edu/most-sinful-cities-in-america/29846
  11. 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!
  12. 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/
  13. 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*.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Oh wow, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. is a favorite of mine as well. If these,are the same folks, that's a positive sign.
  17. Asheboro also had a Carolina Theater, and also Hickory.
  18. And in 1921, The Virginia Theatre opened . . . in Champaign, Illinois.
  19. Why is it called Mountain Creek Park? Is there a mountain there? Or a creek?
  20. Hint: Charlotte made the list. https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2022/06/10/great-outdoor-cities-travel-vacation/
  21. https://www.citypopulation.de/en/usa/combmetro/
  22. 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.
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