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  1. Understand your point and I'm certainly not against the Hotel, low-rise or high-rise. Just that the decrease in travel, WFH, and a languishing hospitality industry have me reflecting on Uptown's fundamental role in the lives of all the city's residents. Would love to see an uptown with appeal as a place where people want to Linger or spontaneously engage with its elements. My priority over another high-priced hotel for out-of-towners. Prioritize making Uptown amazing and indispensable for locals (including Suburbanites), and you won't have enough room for new, Uptown Hotel construction.
  2. If enough of this corner gets done so that the street-scape and street interaction look awesome, I am totally OK with that. Will be great to walk along N. Tryon and see a bright and beautifully transparent theater lobby.
  3. IMO, Theater restoration and activation are key here. I'm concerned about uptown "by foot," the people-centered perception of its vitality, and less so about how the skyline looks from cars on I-77. I've seen too many stunning and well-lit American skylines emerging out of downtowns that are about as lifeless as a morgue, for me to be impressed with a high-rise project for the sake of it being some proverbial "notch on the architectural belt." To me, the theater is "content." It's why people with purchasing power come into the city and from out of town to "consume uptown." It's another reason to gather...to assemble...which in my opinion, is the beginning of content and urban vibrancy. Hotel is simply there to accommodate those who need a base from which to consume the district's "content." Let's do everything possible to draw locals into uptown for content and substance at all times of day and night, and the hotel and plenty other hotels will get built.
  4. I suppose there are numerous examples of this economic development approach working in the short-term, but I've never been comfortable with a city that on one hand aspires to be world-class, also pitching a relocation because a company can spend less and pay less. I lived in NYC for 14 years, and while I was ready for a change (at least for a bit) just before moving to Charlotte, I loved living there as long as I did, and loved what living there did for my career prospects and for my professional network, as well as for my sense of cultural awareness and social engagement. There's a certain magic to NYC, a magic long-cultivated, which has made it one of the most sought-after places in the world for international strategy, deal-making, and influence. Charlotte should invest in developing and promoting its own magic, and then exporting that magic to the World. I know this is an unpopular belief, and that we'll continue to petition companies with our bargain sales and tax passes, in the hopes that we'll land them and they won't be enticed to some other lower-cost place once they've milked us dry, but it is my view that long-term competitive advantage rests on investing in the inventiveness and innovation of local talent, and giving them tools and a roadmap to export and to scale their indispensable specialties and brilliance to an entire planet of consumers.
  5. I'm not all that offended by a strip of grass. As long as there's plenty of space for and attention to pedestrians, and an abundance of other uses in adjacent spaces, then the urban objective has been met in my opinion. Urban living as concrete jungle is overrated (this coming from someone who moved to Charlotte in Dec 2018 after spending 14 years in Manhattan). I am, however, a bit surprised that the Hawk, with the rent prices proposed, is only doing such a bare minimum on landscaping and other design elements around the building. I enjoy driving past the Bradham apartment complex along South Blvd (complex with Link & Pin on ground floor). Not only have they created very wide spaces for effective segregation of pedestrians from cars zooming past on South Blvd, there's extensive landscaping to almost give the appearance of urban gardens.
  6. Denver's Larimer Street has a ton of historic building stock making up the streetscape. I wonder if Spirit Square developers will do anything to make pedestrian observation and experience especially unique and rich along 7th street as part of this development (not discussing the Hall House corner here).
  7. Charlotte needs Public Squares! Maybe less focus on (and funding for) our traditional ideas of park space, and more funding for public squares as meeting a more vital social need for our increasingly diverse city. IMO, Uptown, like many sunbelt cities, appears to be missing a prominent and strategic Public Square. No, I'm not talking about another pocket park or even public gardens. Square = Paved open space in the urban landscape. Active and meant for gathering and local commerce and protest/advocacy. Suitable for open markets, concerts, political rallies, and other events that require firm ground. Usually surrounded by community institutions and small shops such as bakeries, meat markets, cheese stores, and clothing stores. Monument, statue or Fountain at the Center. Public square often becomes a vehicle for political and intellectual voices of the community. The site of the community conversation and its great debates. Charlotte is so spread out, conceivably we could have a square in Uptown and mini-squares in communities all over the city seeking identity and originality. And no, square is not a strip mall whose paved surfaces are for parking. Support a Public Square Strategy for Charlotte, and in so doing, support the City's Soul and a heritage we can all share.
  8. Didn't mean to compare Soho and South End. Was more just making a point. It's the price trend in South End (and City Center) versus other parts of the region that seems so outlandish. I don't see enough of a cachet with center city living to compel the kind of spread in price trends compared with neighborhoods ex-city center. Center city isn't on the bayfront, not on the riverfront, not alongside or in view of the beach, not surrounded by mountain-scapes, not on the peninsula, not on an island, not comprised of some compelling architectural thread, not dense with historical building stock... Charlotte is a very nice place to live. It's a landlocked region with few defining and stand-out landmarks or features, so when I see the kind of disparities in price trend that I'm seeing, I become a bit flummoxed. At the end of the day, I may be engaging in the futile attempt to make sense of a market moment...a baseless exuberance that will need time to resolve itself.
  9. No issues with accuracy. I personally find the hotel especially plain and unattractive, and I've seen far better from new Springhill Suites properties, even when adjacent to an interchange or near an interstate. But alas, when you lack direction in design standards, the void gets filled with such renderings. I suppose in this economy, the argument will get made that we should be grateful there's even a rooftop. I'm not raging, just commenting:).
  10. Sorry to be so negative, but the rendering leaves much to be desired aesthetically. Maybe I'm not seeing it in the right light, however.
  11. So confused by Charlotte real estate. Yes, South End is nice. But at these prices for such cheap-looking construction? I mean, South End is no international destination. There's no "entertainment row," no festive corridor, not even a signature park or plaza as far as I can tell... So baffling. Is walkability such a rarity in Charlotte that any place that appears to be the least bit walkable and pedestrian-oriented suddenly becomes Charlotte's version of London's Soho district?
  12. 100% agree. Moved to Charlotte in December 2018 after living in Manhattan for 14 years. A very kind and friendly Charlotte-based co-worker suggested I check out the Epicentre. Not only did I find it poorly-designed, but the idea of packing in entertainment in a mall concept in an urban setting was off-putting and cheesy, in my opinion. I'm sure parts of NYC have toyed with similar concepts in the city's history, but thankfully these were one-offs and weren't the only thing happening, from an entertainment perspective. Something overly contrived about the whole concept. Also hated the way individual businesses and concepts turned their back on the streetscape, and instead faced inward into some sort of open-air, multi-level atrium. I'll take budding concepts at Camp North End and Optimist Hall over EpiCentre any day of the week. Too bad there can't be some adaptive reuse textile mill in the heart of uptown to spur an alternative to EpiCentre.
  13. Is there anything we can do or advocate for in regards to the mixing of litter and overgrown vegetation at many of the interchanges both along I-277 and I-77 in and around city center? These are very visible spots leading into the city's core, and they're looking increasingly wretched and giving off a horrible impression. Also, unlike in other cities, I see absolutely no signage in and around center city reminding motorists that litter is banned and to properly dispose of refuse. Yes, I understand people should know this, but sometimes they toss things by force of habit and just need a refresher that what they're doing is wrong.
  14. While waiting to cap the Belk or fill it with water and form an artificial river (all farcical propositions meant to make for a bit of comedic flare on UP, I presume), how about some elaborate, low-maintenance "sloped gardens" along the banks of the Belk, stone leveling and all?
  15. https://www.crainsnewyork.com/real-estate/health-care-tenant-steps-huge-lic-vacancy-left-amazon Apparently, the owner of the building that Amazon HQ2 was to occupy in NYC was in negotiations with Centene last year to fill half of the space abandoned by Amazon.
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