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  1. Wow. That link is awesome. I was extremely disappointed when I first heard that Tyber Creek was going to be demolished and replaced with apartments. I was assured that it was going to be another monoculture 5-8 story luxury apartment building. However, I'm impressed by the site proposal: +/- 3,000 sq ft of ground floor retail +/- 4,500 sq ft of ground floor restaurant space +/- 313 apartments in 24-stories located above the parking deck; total building height is anticipated to be +/- 31-stories +/- 405 parking stalls in a 7-story above grade parking deck
  2. Following up on the conversation earlier today at the UP Meetup, I think Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) is slowly developing a presence here in Charlotte. On May 20, 2021, Bloomberg released the following article: UBS Loses Nine TMT Investment Bankers to SVB. The first person mentioned in that article is Bob Casey, who is a Senior Managing Director in Tech Investment Banking located here in Charlotte. Bob's LinkedIn was just updated as having filled the role at SVB in August 2021. LinkedIn results suggest that there are only two SVB employees currently in Charlotte (with Bob being one of
  3. As a UGA grad, I can't believe I was able to experience a Dawgs game in Charlotte. So glad I was able to show off my new city to friends and family and watch Georgia bring home the W. Other than the weird mayonnaise themed festivities, Queen City really shined. The streets were absolutely packed with people. ESPN College Gameday in Romare Bearden Park showcased the city perfectly. New additions to the skyline like Honeywell and FNB make the stadium's vista even more impressive. Every restaurant and hotel was slammed with out-of-town guests. Most importantly, every single person I talked t
  4. I can second this. I take the light rail into the office about twice per week from South End to CTC. I have been pleasantly surprised by occupancy levels. It isn't shoulder to shoulder, but it does still feel lively. I couldn't find a seat on the way home from work yesterday if that counts for anything. I will also add that the light rail is an extremely pleasant transit experience. My morning train ride almost always starts my day off on a bright note.
  5. Looks like there's a crane going up at the Sycamore Brewing site. Is Portman already starting on the residential tower?
  6. This is true. Nashville historically has a "cool factor" that Charlotte and other peer cities in the South do not have (and perhaps never will have). A few things come to mind: The NFL is one of the biggest media machines the country. There is a reason that the NFL has hosted the NFL Draft in Nashville, but has never hosted the draft in Charlotte. Nashville is a major destination for bachelor and bachelorette trips. The honky-tonk aesthetic of Broadway is among the best nightlife destinations in the South. I would imagine that large swaths of Nashville's CBD are dependent
  7. These pictures are awesome. In the final picture, there's something about the porch/patio on the Honeywell building that makes me laugh. I like to imagine that the Honeywell CEO comes out on gamedays to look down upon his royal subjects.
  8. As a lifelong Atlantan now relocated to Charlotte, I have LOTS of conversations with friends and family about the similarities/differences between the two cities. A few things stick out: Cleanliness: The most common thing I hear from visitors, unfortunately, is that "Charlotte is so much cleaner than Atlanta." While I understand this sentiment, I really dislike this statement. It always seems to have a weird racial and socio-economic undertone. In essence, what it sounds like people are saying is, "I feel more comfortable walking around this city." While that statement may be true, I t
  9. Wasn't sure where else to post this, but I figured this thread would be appropriate (I hope). This past weekend, I had some family in town from ATL. For their brief 24-hour trip from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday, here was our itinerary: Walk around Southend and get lunch at a local brewery; Walk into Uptown (e.g., Romare Bearden, Tryon Street) with a guided audio tour (by me) of all the cool buildings; Take the light rail back home to South End; Drive into Plaza Midwood for dinner and walk around the area; Drive down Queens Road to ogle at big houses;
  10. As a lifelong Braves fan, I 100% agree with this. The Battery is (for now) passable as an entertainment district. It has decent restaurants and sports bars and even a PBR bar ("Professional Bull Riding") with a mechanical bull. Wow! However, just like the Epicenter, the entire complex feels artificial. Like it sprang up out of the ground just a few years ago (which it did) and has no sense of place or history. It entirely lacks the feeling of being "live in." In fact, while there are lots of apartments at the Battery, I don't think many of them are occupied by full-time residents. Wheneve
  11. This so sorely misses the mark that it actually bothers me. Throughout my career, I have handled more commercial real estate documents than I can count. I have never seen risk factor language to the effect that a property faces elevated risks of racially or politically charged demonstrations (or "riots"). This is such a distortion of how the commercial real estate markets operate that I have to dig in here. Investors and real estate firms, surely, are looking at a variety of socioeconomic, cultural and demographic factors when evaluating property risks, but the underlying evaluation is a
  12. What if Epicenter just sucks? What if it's filled with crappy, outdated tenants in a poorly designed property? What if the property managers and property owners also suck, and they've been reluctant to change their business model despite clear signs to do otherwise? This doesn't need to be a weird politically-charged argument about how political demonstrations in 2016, through a long chain of loosely connected events, led to the economic distress of a property in Uptown in 2021. To my understanding, Epicenter was losing clout before 2016, before a business executive was shot in the area,
  13. This is such a tenuous connection that it shouldn't even be entertained on this thread. I'm sure we could make an entire list of major news events of 2016 and pull up our whiteboards to try to connect the dots. 2016 was also the year that the Panthers went to the Super Bowl. Is there some kind of tenuous connection there, as well? The collapse of the Epicenter is, IMO, rooted in two key issues: Design: As others have pointed out, the Epicenter is wholly lacking any semblance of green space, which makes it feel like a lifeless concrete box, filled only by hues of gray and brown. Ther
  14. While it sounds like Groundcrew Sound does great work (and they get excellent reviews on Google Maps), I still can't get over the fact that their building looks borderline abandoned. Others must agree too, considering that that their back parking lot is a favorite destination for hotboxing vehicles and illegally dumping trash into the Groundcrew Sound dumpster. I recognize the value that Groundcrew Sound brings to the business community, but aesthetically, their entire property looks to be in a state of disrepair.
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