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  1. Good idea, though South Hills (and that area) has kind of evolved into a miniature international district, in a way... might be kind of cool and quirky to leave all of that alone and see what happens. Speaking of malls, Cary Towne Center seems like it's suffering a bit. I went in there for the first time in years and it was kind of dead. I walked in through the Belk entrance and everything had this imminent feel. I don't know... Has anyone else noticed this? This is completely off topic, oops.
  2. Cary is like a menu with only appetizers. Does that make it a bar?
  3. Cary is the product of many decades of bad decisions. They may have seemed benign at the time, or even advantageous, but now what we have is a "city" that really doesn't seem like one. And let's be honest, many other suburb towns/cities have followed similar paths and are in the same boat right now. Perhaps as a regional rail system is established there will be new-found interest in the property along the rail line and through downtown. If that is the case, such transit oriented (re)developments could serve as a seed for some really clever and contemporary urban growth decades down the road. Something pretty ground-breaking like that has to occur, otherwise we will continue to see the same development patterns that I've seen since I was a student at East Cary Middle school back in 1989. Cary, like a lot of things, has a catastrophic amount of inertia when it comes to change. It takes a great force to overcome it.
  4. This is a very fascinating thread... learn something new every day.
  5. I had to connect in CLT last Monday and last Friday and both times the moving sidewalks for Concourse C were working... I had to go between C and B actually and all the sidewalks along the way seemed to be working. Have they broken down more recently?
  6. My family moved back to NC along about 1989 or so, and I went to middle school right down the street from the mall. Our 8th grade technology class took a field trip to the mall to see the new part under construction. At the time it was very secret and there was no way for cars to access the rear part of the mall to see the work in progress.
  7. Maybe that's why my flights are frequently so late or cancelled... I've been booking with a nonexistent airline.
  8. Hello All, long time no see I fly a lot now for work, mostly between RDU and LaGuardia, but I go other places as well. LaGuardia is exceptionally old and they have pretty nasty delay issues in my experience, perhaps not as bad as JFK, but anyway. I have credit cards for both AmericanAdvantage and USAir Dividend Miles, so naturally I am going to choose one or the other so I can collect whatever reward I can... I've had the best luck with American and they are my first choice. It seems like they have the most flights where I want to go and they seem somewhat timely. I want to support USAir since their success somehow may affect Charlotte and/or North Carolina, so they are my second choice. My luck with USAir is spotty at best. Perhaps by sheer chance, my flights are either exceptionally late or they get cancelled. A few times though USAir has surprised me and and gotten me where I need to be nearly on time despite a very late departure or change of flights. It's still a hassle. USAir does have the nicest terminal at LaGuardia Anyway I hope they do improve, because I would use them more. USAir did give me my first flight on a Dash-8, which was extraordinary. I'm a bit of an aircraft geek.
  9. I just returned from a trip to Seattle, and this is the first time I've flown on Northwest out of RDU. Man... Terminal A at RDU is embarrassing, especially the far side of the terminal where Northwest is. And the really crappy part is the lack of any people movers and the presence of those hills/ramps. The Northwest terminal in Detroit is absolutely fantastic. It's efficient, modern, and very pretty. Thanks to the elevated tram, you can make a 10 minute connection even if your gates are on opposite sides of the terminal. I can't say the same for the rest of DTW though SeaTac was nothing to write home about, but I think even it is more impressive than RDU. On the way back I had to connect in Minneapolis. I'd probably have to rank that airport 2nd behind RDU for inefficient and completely uninspiring design--and there were waaay too few people movers for such a long linear terminal. It's a shame to think that Terminal A at RDU may not be rebuilt for a long time, but I really hope some nifty upgrades are in the queue for the short term. As an airport, RDU has a pretty significant "rinky-dink" feel in my opinion. Maybe Terminal C will change that.
  10. I expect there to be a lot of disagreements and poor decisions made along the way, but overall downtown is shaping into something really special. Look at how long it has taken Charlotte's downtown to recover into a truly functional and complete modern neighborhood, and it still has a ways to go.
  11. That slice of land is begging for redevelopment. As the Crabtree Valley area evolves over the next two years or so, I suspect we'll see something really cool proposed for the hill. Heading west on the I-440 Beltline from the North Hills area, you can see across to the other side of Crabtree Valley (about a mile away) and see some structures there on Kidd's Hill. It is a great location.
  12. That building is stunning and will absolutely transform the look of downtown Nashville. Way to score!!
  13. Though not completely related, the NCDOT has some cool information on the US1 expansion project in Cary. For the longest time this has been just a four lane freeway, but it is getting expanded to 8 lanes. Two of the interchanges are getting upgrades and there will also be a pedestrian bridge for Cary's growing greenway system. These photos are from the NCDOT website. Here is what the freeway looked like originally: And here is what it will look like when completed. This also shows a nice rendering of the pedestrian bridge. It isn't as fancy as the one near Wade Ave, but it still doesn't look bad. They already have one half of it in place, over the northbound lanes.
  14. I can sort of see where you're coming from, but I think there's a bit more to it than that. The glare from car headlights is far worse and the situation is aggrivated by the fact that the glare intensity is highly variable, causing your eyes to adjust a great deal over a much wider range. If the road is wet, there's going to be glare from any light source. However the consistent presence of dim amber-shifted lighting is much easier on the ol eyeballs in an area that sees a lot of traffic. We've all gotten used to driving on dark freeways around here. But if you spend any time in a place with well placed lighting, you'll quickly see the virtues.
  15. Freeway lighting increases safety at night or during inclement weather. Take the I-440 Beltline for instance--it is increasingly becoming an "urban freeway"--in that it slices through the meat of Raleigh and experiences traffic woes in both directions, etc. Lighting on the freeway reduces driver eyestrain. When you have 50 some odd car headlights shining in your face, it makes it difficult to see the cars in front of you, the road conditions, or stalled vehicles pulled off in the emergency lanes. Most big urban cities--the ones that Raleigh is trying to model itself after, have at least a little freeway lighting. Right now, Raleigh and Cary have no lighting whatsoever. I-40 east of Raleigh or I-540 in north Raleigh may not be good candidates for lighting, because when it's midnight, the traffic is light enough that you can get by without too much eyestrain. In the future this will probably not be the case. However I-440, especially along the western and northern sides, is reaching that critical point. The lighting along I-85 between Greensboro and Durham, and inside the Charlotte city limits is soooo nice at night. My anxiety level drops and it makes road hazards and other cars much easier to see--especially if it's raining or snowing.
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