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  1. New downtown federal courthouse

    If the vertical dimensions of that rendering are an accurate indication of the dimensions of the real thing, then it'll seem like 12 or 13 stories. I like the idea of some sort of cupola. The colonnade (or whatever you call it) on the CNL Tower in Orlando looks great all lit up at night. Hopefully if a cupola is included in the final product, it will be an improvement on the one in that rendering.
  2. Another Grocery Store. Really?

    Deleted. Misread original post.
  3. BB&T building/lot redevelopment

    Yeah--very ugly. First Federal built their branches with the same basic building-block concept (I have no idea what to call it). For example, the BBT branch next to BN on Haywood has been enlarged and given a more regular shape, but it originally was built for First Federal to resemble the building that's the subject of this thread.
  4. BB&T building/lot redevelopment

    Not American Federal. It was First Federal. American Federal, which was Fidelity Federal up till ca 1980 or so, was the original tenant (or owner?) of the current Suntrust/Greenville HealthSystem building at at McBee and Spring. But I do remember the black sheep commercial. Incidentally, American Federal sponsored a pro tennis tourney at Greenville Country Club for a few years in the late 70's and early 80's. It was mostly up-and-comers and stars past their primes, but I did get to see Stan Smith play there when he was still pretty good. He had a really beautiful serve. Maybe he still does.
  5. Greater Greenville Economic Developments

    A few observations: 1) I may be wrong, but it seems to me that you're saying that the oil companies are out to screw us. There are, of course, always bad apples, but the vast majority of people who work in the oil industry are just like you--people with a strong moral sense. 2) Granting what you say for the sake of argument, why focus your ire on the oil companies? How do you know it's not the retailers--QT, Sheetz, etc--who are the real culprits? 3) There are a lot of variables that you don't seem to be taking into account. For example, costs. I'll defer to people more knowledgeable than me on this specific kind of situation, but it seems to me that at least some of the oil companies have themselves suffered losses from the hurricane, since there's so much of their capital in that part of Texas. But even if the oil companies hadn't suffered any catastrophic losses, the costs of getting oil and gas into a heavily flooded area are likely very great, and so whatever "windfall profits" they may be experiencing are likely much less than you're implying. They could well be in a situation where they're making less money at $9.00/gallon. Whatever the case, it is clearly not as simple as you seem to be saying, and its a dead certainty that their profits aren't nearly as large as you think. 4) I doubt that prices will settle at $3.00/gallon, but if they do, it will not be because of the reasons you imply. There's only one entity able to set and enforce prices: government. Everybody else, including oil companies, are subject to consumer preference (to the extent they aren't protected by government). If prices get high enough, people will stop buying gas in such large quantities, either by forgoing it altogether, by buying a more fuel efficient vehicle (which I did recently), or some other way. 5) Oil company management are beholden to their investors, many if not most of whom are ordinary people. By your argument, you are effectively asking potentially millions of ordinary people to sacrifice their own capital invested in oil company stocks, because if prices were artificially held at $2.10 per gallon or whatever it was before the hurricane (or $3.10, or $4.10, etc.), they'd likely be losing money, potentially by the barrel-full.
  6. Greater Greenville Economic Developments

    Agreed. I just saw the price at a station here in Concord as $2.35, up about a quarter over just a few days ago. That would indicate that gasoline inventories are now flowing to Texas (driving prices up incrementally everywhere else), which means that the $9.00/gallon price there will be relatively short-lived. Eventually prices will return to normal everywhere--as long as no price controls are instituted.
  7. Odd that it's treated as a new "announcement," when really the only new thing is the journalism angle. Though I would assume, given the context, that a different design is forthcoming. Got space to fill up, I guess.
  8. The West End

    To say nothing of "unprecedently."
  9. By 1974 standards, maybe so. But SCN occupied it all the way up to the point they moved into the new not-very-attractive box that still stands, so it couldn't have been that bad. At least, not as bad as the Poinsett was before it was resurrected. According to this description SCN bought the building in 1950. I don't know if they still owned it in '74, but a local owner would have been much more likely to preserve it. Just like what almost happened to the Wilkins house--out-of-towners (even if they're just down the road in Columbia) have no particular incentive to preserve stuff here. I seem to remember an outcry when City Hall was torn down, so there was some preservationist impulse back in those days. I don't remember one way or the other about the Woodside Bldg.
  10. A couple of what ifs occur to me: 1) What if they had actually built the "downtown loop," which would have been a freeway connecting 385 and 185 (if memory serves). I think the idea was for the route to follow Academy St. How that would have connected to 185 I don't remember. I think overall it would have made impossible the kind of downtown we have now, if for no other reason than it would have churned up so much real estate (and old buildings). Whatever revitalization it might have brought to downtown would probably have been pretty different, though it's impossible to say how, of course. I'm glad they didn't build it. 2) What if they had not demolished the Woodside Building? (how many buildings can we ask that of?? City Hall; the Ottaray; the Carolina...). I can still remember it sticking up prominently above the tree line as you go down Skyview Drive next to Eastlan Baptist Church. The current Wachovia Building replaced it, but not on its site. It could have been left standing. When the Woodside was destroyed, it was basically the same age the Landmark is now. It would have fit perfectly with what's been happening downtown for the last 20+ years.
  11. Greenville Summit

    Maybe if redevelopment ever happened, they could shoot for something like this (the Hotel Charlotte; sadly, destroyed in 1988): (addition to earlier post. I'm not talking to myself!)
  12. Greenville Summit

    I still think of it as the "Hotel Greenville" and it's something like a decade older than the Poinsett. Please, let's not mention the "D" word until some structural engineer tells us it's going to fall down on its own. I'd love to see that building restored.
  13. Clemson University Main Campus Developments

    I agree completely.
  14. New 160 Acre West End Park

    I havent been following this very much, but gvegascple's comment about the continuity being broken up at Academy spurred me to do a little mental math, and it seems that, if they do make this substantially continuous with Riverplace and Falls Park, Greenville would have, for all practical purposes, one 300+ acre park, including everything down to Cleveland Park. Considering that Central Park is something like 850 acres, Greenville won't be doing too badly in the "central park" category.
  15. GSP International

    I am not inserting myself in any of the foregoing back-and-forth. I'm asking honest questions. So, you're indicating that the executive considered Cabela's a negative? Or that you regret that Cabela's was his point of reference? Or both? It could just as easily have been Nordstrom Rack. Or Sears Outlet. What would you do about Cabela's? I'm assuming that this executive is describing going back and forth on 385. Here in Charlotte, the trip downtown from the airport (or in just about any direction) is not pleasing. If you fly in to Concord Regional, you're faced with Bass Pro Shops looming over the highway, not to mention "Jeff Gordon this" and "Dale Earnhardt that". I'm not aware that any of this affects people's overall impressions of Charlotte.