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  1. RANYC

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    Does Simpson eggs do tours? Are they free range?
  2. I assume peebles will flip county owned lots for what should be an easy profit right? Is that standard? County couldn’t have sold to these “sub developers” on its own? Not wanting to cast aspersion, I genuinely want to understand where peebles adds value in this whole scenario?
  3. Huh - no nice things in the Carolinas because practice fields in some strange way billed as major economic stimulus didn’t get built? This was just more public-private folly doing almost nothing for per capita productive capacity in the region
  4. “Charlottetowne Avenue is embarrassingly provincial?” anyone know what it cost the city to rename stonewall?
  5. I wonder if the lack of zoning produces an inordinate amount of sprawling, mass-produced housing communities. In other words, because of no zoning, as a lone home-seeker partnering with a contractor to build the home of my dreams on a single-use lot I find, I'm fearful that a warehouse or body shop or worse might locate next door, and instead opt for the safety of deed-restricted, large-scale communities insulated from incompatible uses. I last visited Houston in 2003 - thought the people were kind - hated the look of much of the city and the way it was laid out - found no reason to return. I do know it's grown like crazy, has tons of diversity, and appears to have maintained housing affordability despite tons of growth and demand, so I'm sure it has lessons to offer.
  6. Even though it has no zoning, does Houston have design standards?
  7. Dilworth was created in the late 1800s and early 20th century, so not really a comparison to take seriously. We've learned a ton since places were designed then, and infrastructure is quite different now, so that will be impactful to design today. Dilworth was the escape form urbanity for its time, at least as much escape as late-1800s tech and mobility could accommodate. River District seems to balance a number of design and development and commercial constraints quite reasonably.
  8. Not a developer or development engineer, but I suspect that a planned community with this much tree-save and proximity to an ecologically sensitive area like a riverbank probably couldn't just conform the landscape to a strict urban street grid without far more extraordinary clear-cutting and much wider-spread site-grading. It is relatively dense for not being along a mass-transit line, it's mixed-use, it's mixed-income. The surface lots are relegated to the interior of the blocks from what I can tell, with structures sited along streetscapes and sidewalks to give pedestrian accessibility and alt-mobility choice. If the retail spaces were going to be commercially viable, I think they had to strike a compromise in design by creating some accommodation for cars. River District retail and office surely aren't going to be for just those living within walking distance, but will draw folks from a great deal of surrounding subdivisions. I've heard there's a conflict between a strict urban grid for new developments, and creating a woodsy, arborous, embedded-in-nature feel for new developments. Not sure how much tree-save was happening when Dilworth was created, but I recall reading that Dilworth was mostly tree-less farm area and the treed feel its residents enjoy today was generations in the making.
  9. Frankly, at first glance, this is a much better planned community than Dilworth, Wesley Heights, Myers Park and other communities were. Not nearly the amount of setback, probably wider sidewalks, with a greater variety of housing product and better integration with walking-accessible mixed uses. In a quote, Crescent's CEO likened the vision for this development to Baxter Village down in Fort Mill, except along a riverfront. If that materializes, this will be stunning. I wish you all luck in waiting for 277 to be a river in center city, while I'm sure plenty will go and scope out spots for themselves in the River District proximal to an existing river. Not happy about the loss of forestry or ecosystem, although to @KJHburg's point, given our policies allow for development on such lands, I'd rather this holistic approach that's preserving 40% of the space, than to have a piecemeal series of single-use subdivisions likely resulting in cul-de-sac streets lined with garages with probably far more aggregate clear-cutting than River District could ever imagine to engage in.
  10. Within tree mgmt, I spoke with the office of the chief urban forester and that person is a guy. I called to complain and have every right to complain about an outcome in my community that I don't like, without cowering because I'm not yet schooled and stewed in the vagaries and intricacies of the bureaucracy. My interactions weren't harassment, although I suspect there are plenty in the bureaucracy who believe any outreach and challenge to be harassment...unless those engaging are developers perhaps. As for Tree Management, the Urban Forestry group have been heavily involved in advising tree policies within the UDO. So not just operational.
  11. according to jasonthomasclt, it will remain a parking deck for the foreseeable future
  12. There's a Millenium Venture Capital based in Berlin. The buyer of the data center on College was also Berlin-Based. Same or affiliated interests?
  13. Change in ownership of an asset surrounded by an uptick in activity due to games and performances; the new buyer wants the growing parking fee yield on the asset New vertical development and lot activation
  14. Believe me, I’m disgusted by this. Called to complain to division of tree management. Feckless group. Wouldn’t be surprised if our arborist is a shill for developers. What’s our citywide conflicts of interest policy? And by the way, the new UDO requires mitigation for trees 30” in diameter at breast level. Like what the hell? It’s 12” in Jacksonville, FL. Seems like every 5th sapling around town is dead, yet we chop a robust and healthy shade producing and carbon-ingesting gem of a magnolia, because what, we must cut down every tree in the name of affordability? Tear down barringer/hall house in name of affordability? Sorry, venting.
  15. Less bulk tho. Am I the Goldilocks of urbanism? I want walkability, frankly pedestrian-prioritization, but I want finely grained, intimate-scaled structures which I find more appealing and inviting as a walker. A stroll alongside bulk-wall after bulk-wall is disappointing. South End might be headed there. Several more years of lot consolidation and big bulk structures, and it’ll be our podium district. can be inventive though with perhaps podium music fests and maybe even a network of podium speakeasies, akin to what may be coming to mint & summit.
  16. I’m leaving town then lol for me, that stack paired with the Ellis would just be too much. I’m moving to waxhaw.
  17. Wonderfully stunning pictorial contexts, as usual @Mgelbach. But at the risk of taking heat from fellow posters, why do I see pics of the Line and recoil at the extraordinary prominence of the podium garage? I just see this design as such a huge missed opportunity for a stand-out streetscape experience in this part of South End. I didn't even know what this term was prior to the latest draft of the UDO, but these large-scale South End buildings would serve the surrounding community well by incorporating more facade modulation at ground-level. More facade modulation could better break up these big bulk buildings at least at ground level where you're trying to create as inviting a human-scale experience as possible.
  18. So truist tower and BAC not counted?
  19. Which lot is this? When will someone build on that truck lot across Hawkins from Lowe’s. I can’t take south end seriously as a stroll district until something is done with that…and with the lot with no sidewalks at Hawkins and Tremont…:)
  20. Who are "they?" NC DOT? Are they in a Charlotte office given they make design decisions for their roads in Charlotte? Are there names and bios on a website? Do they have some discretion in their planning for what these roads should look like and how traffic should flow, or are they carrying out pre-determined and very specific instructions from Raleigh?
  21. Good grief I wish these guys were getting some of the land in Brooklyn. They get things done and have a track record of walkable, finely-grained, activated streetscapes.
  22. At a distance, we do appear off our game but I’ve assumed other variables may be at play. Don’t know enough about how the landscape of effective Econ dev teams are set up. Just feels the pace of announcements has fallen off dramatically, but then again we did have a pandemic. Do these Econ dev teams typically get funded and influenced by comm real estate interests alongside politicians?
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