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  1. Great discussion jthomas and Spartan! Both of you are correct, but I feel your main points are shadowboxing around the Silver Line's key shortcoming. Allow me to spur the discussion more by fleshing out a few additional points to help your punches land the heavy blows. I have made my position clear regarding the enormity of the missed opportunities many stretches of the current Silver Line represent to the mobility choices of residents of Charlotte and to the urban formation potential of the future of the City, (see page 194 of this thread). I'm happy jthomas that you reference
  2. The fact that this building is being called out by so many of you is reassuring. Debating obvious shortcomings in architecture and planning, and discussing better urban outcomes are what promote the development of cities over the building of projects, and it's fair to say for the moment, this building leans more into the "project" than "city" category. While it cannot be labeled a "flagrant violator" of urbane etiquette, it does illustrate the historical antagonisms contemporary architecture and planning have with people oriented, contextual, urbanism; antagonisms that over decades have es
  3. RealClayton is spot on. The impact on the City, of Atrium/Wake's School of Medicine, is hard to over exaggerate. Several months ago, on page 2 of the Atrium/Wake thread, I talked about what this investment means for Charlotte. It truly is a "game changer of historic proportions", on par with the Airport and the Blue Line. Morehead, Dilworth/East Blvd, and Brooklyn Village are ground zero of what will be an extreme makeover in the decades to come. For all practical purposes this investment serves as the anchor Brooklyn Village needed to validate its purpose, and would officially be so,
  4. Hushpuppy321, your question is the perfect segue into further discussions on the proper role of transit, and to do it justice requires more writing and reading than many can tolerate on a forum such as this. I can summarize a few main points and direct you to a wonderful transit planning resource online, colleague of mine, who brilliantly lays out the rationale for equitable, functional, transit planning. I gather some on this site may already be well versed in these techniques and principles, and I hope you will add to the chat. Knowing fundamentals permits critical thinking. Merely writ
  5. CATS does not have the staff time nor the development chops to assess actual build-out scenarios. It's not their purpose. These are illustrative renderings. Back several pages ago (189/190), I wrote about the substantial shortcomings of the current Silver line routing, and the impossible assignment CATS has been given to plan/build a transit line as cheaply and with the least political and public fallout possible, while still justifying its need by actually providing "service" meaningful to riders and business. The current meandering route avoids many "win" scenarios, thus encouraging t
  6. Joenc, a tolerant Uncle Sam is always helpful, but not needed. The development of tech/science infrastructure between WW2 and the 60's that you point out, represents a different and separate stage of "the life cycle" so to speak. Reaping the fruits of these initial investments and discoveries is a different cycle, requiring new actors. In fact, I would argue Fed involvement actually diminishes prospects for success. They are the wrong tool for the task at hand. I've been involved with planning / designing too many "silver bullet" innovation hubs, cities, corridors, clusters......name
  7. With ninja like moves, and good fortune, it is becoming more certain every day that Charlotte has successfully secured a foothold onto the future landscape of the finance industry. Over the last 40 years The Queen staked out a kingdom on the existing field of play, nurturing and hosting some of the behemoths of the banking world, and parlaying her presence into growth and development for the City. The spinoffs have changed Charlotte completely and even sparked the energy that eventually placed the City in such a position of prominence on this Forum we all enjoy But the banking lan
  8. Large scale projects impacting municipalities at the level transit system do should never be designated the sole purview of any one organization/agency.....silo thinking that dilutes messaging and responsibility. A major shortcoming of this Transit Planning process. The interconnections between all forms of rail, and auto, cycling, and walking, for example, are densely tethered, and these threads reach out to weave the City's social, environmental, and economic spheres into a tightly dependent tapestry. Impossible to pull on one thread without tugging an many others. A robust, joint ef
  9. Appreciate the thoughts/feedback Orulz To be clear I am suggesting completely removing the JBF. It does not need to exist in its present form to provide the function it serves. Doing so would properly zip together Southend, Dilworth/Kenilworth, CPCC/Midtown and the two Hospitals (new medical school included) with Center City Charlotte. Consider that this unencumbered footprint would be equivalent in area to Manhattan south of Central Park to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall. And no...i'm not suggesting Manhattan densities will sprout in Charlotte. I'm pointing out the amount of wa
  10. The rendering above perfectly depicts the reality to come. A picture can speak a thousand words, and in the case of the above, none are inspiring. Pay close attention to this segment of the corridor’s context, as you contemplate the following: if a checklist for successful light rail were attached the “achieved” column would show almost no items marked. I’ll skip ahead here to the argument made be some that development opportunities along this proposed routing are enough to overcome other shortcomings. Yes, development incentivization is one of many items on any successful light rail ch
  11. The goals and objectives for any successful transit plan must be nuanced as they seek to achieve balanced outcomes within a field of play that is not, (especially in the US, and specifically for development profiles such as Charlotte's). I've tried to remain complimentary of the efforts put forth in routing the silver line through the Queen City's heart, and out to Belmont and Stallings, but as more plans and images are released the harder it becomes. I want to preface my statements by acknowledging the complexities at hand, so as not to sound Quixotic in my disappointment and critique. I
  12. Big things are afoot SentioVenia. The future is looking "healthy" (pardon the medical pun) for the block of land framed by E. Morehead, S. McDowell (both sides), Berkeley Ave , and I-277. And, keep an eye on this block's relationship to Pearl St Park and its connection to the City's growing green infrastructure system. The video "fly-through", aside from being locationally informative, unfolds as it does with purpose. There are three development efforts substantially underway now that will be transformational to the Queen City's urban fabric and economic profile for decades to
  13. Like wearing a bathing suite to a dinner party. Charlotte has many "contextual" issues, with its urbanism (as do many other cities....). The ubiquitous "grass strip" in urban settings is one. Urban core type development (mixed use/mid rise and up) requires context appropriate streetscapes. Trees in street grates either flush with sidewalk, or in slightly raised planters (tree with flowers combo looks nice), with wide sidewalks from curb to building. Better for pedestrians getting out of cars, much better for tree health (in urban settings), easier to maintain and keep looking sharp.
  14. The comments/opinions expressed on this thread reveal the "double edged sword" of a globalized urban development system. Most of us on this site love the excitement, variety, life, and opportunity urbanism generates...and of course we, more than most, particularly fetish the built form that houses it all. Yet, at the same time, we may also feel disappointed by what is delivered around us. The ups and downs can be heart felt at times. Cities that grew large pre-war, and those that have not grown much since, have more of the fabric The Real Clayton describes. The streets and buil
  15. KJHburg, you are right to lament this act of urban, self mutilation. I stated some months ago that: "What is proposed is an expedient solution resulting from a failed process, populated by close minded participants, lacking vision, communication skills, and design and technical expertise". The insidious result of a gathering of the Unthinking, permissible only in an environment that struggles to value imagination. And this is what deepens the "sadness" for me. This failure once again exposes Charlotte's "weak link", its imagination deficit. Imagination, in this context, used to descri
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