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  1. I guess I kind of understand but if you put a company in Raleigh, the talent pool gets smaller when looking at comutes. Put in RTP, a company pulls from 360 degree circle from Durham to Raleigh to Cary to Apex to Orange County. Put in Raleigh, it is harder to pull from talent pool that lives in Durham and Chapel hill. Big companies want that larger talent pool. Not to mention the airport factor. That is one major factor that makes RTP and area around so effective. You can hold a meeting till later in the day since the airport is 2 exits away. Also, people can fly in the morning and
  2. It is an outdated model when the land becomes more valuable as redevelopment than as it is today. RTP is not at that point and RTP is very viable becuase it is near the airport and near all 3 popluation centers. An example where the large park is nbot viable is the IBM plant in San Jose. One mile square. Land is worth a fortune. Salaries are so high in the area , they make everyone work from home. All mfg has been gone for a long time. Other points of viable office space is some people might say .... "people don't want to be isolated ina park" but guess what, companies don't c
  3. I think a Soul Food restaurant ..something like Lupi's in Charlotte woudl work. Or maybe something like a Brazilian corner restaurant which serves Meat and rice along with other extras like soups and vegtables. Very casual and can eat a good meal for an average of $10 (without beer). To be honest, the little one story building right down from Slims on the corner would be the best place for the Braziian type corner restaurant. Make it so the windows will open up and have large tables. Kind of place you would see in Sao Paulo or RIO/Ipenema. Basic steak, chicken or Porko with some ri
  4. You may get your choice. Set up direct flgihts to San Jose and LA with Delta and maybe half the business on those flights is for RDU and the other half or some percentage is for Paris. Instead of stopping in NY, stop in Raleigh. RDU gets direct flights to the west coast that feeds a new international flight. Works for everyone.
  5. Flew in last night and I have to say, the new terminal looks good at night. The lights were on but no planes were at the gates but it looked nice. I see and read where people talk about the terminal and having to go up or go down, that is in many airports, especially newer airports. Maybe I dont get it but that has a lot to do with direction of traffic. Much like Denver airport. For the number of gates, I think the key to this terminal is the they can still extend it but not sure on all the details. I like the terminal and not ready to say anything negative about it as airports
  6. I have eaten at M&S in other cities like San Jose. Good enough. I think the last time I ate in one I got Pork Chops. Quite good if I remember correctly.
  7. Just some points on San Jose I know the area well where they are talking about and they made a decision to choose what they want and what is faster to build but that said, if this runs into Downtown, which it does, it is then rail connected to run to the north SJ area all the way down through downtown past the airport and south and then crisscrossed the other way with the convention center, HP arena, airport on rail along with many corporate businesses which are on the rail line. It also would connect CalTrain which runs below SJ/Santa Clara to San Francisco. So yes, busses are bei
  8. But you can not live in a city and enjoy all the benefits and not have some issues, especially how close they are to DT. Where BHs is now, they are lucky someone is not proposing to mow the entire neighborhood and build on it. It is right next to a large railroad set of lines and a large prison. The people knew that when they moved there.
  9. As we have all seen, it appears most or all of flight in and out of RDU are full. What I have seen a lot of lately and just yesterday, the airlines are having a big issue with scheduling of crew members. I guess as they have cut or not hired, it seems lately that flights are pushed back because the flight attendents or pilots are not there. Just yesterday, I had some contacts coming into RTP for a 2 hour lunch meeting and they were to be here at 10:00am but got here at 12:30 coming out of Boston as they waited on crew. I don't buy all the doom and gloom but I do think it is bad. Air
  10. and who is to say that all buildings will be 13 stories? They will lucky if they get four 10 story buildings in the next 15 years. I like the niegborhood, know many people that have lived there, including 2 good friends who live there now and even going back to the 1920s. II even went to High School across the street but I think the neighborhood has more to worry about than a 13 story building. The smartest man I know once told me...... If you live in a city, you can not expect to have all the good without any of the bad (like traffic). You can not have it all" JMHO
  11. I would say Glenwood South in it current form offers more "harm" to Cameron Park than a 9-13 story building would. Myself have walked "fully wasted" through Cameron Park neighborhood at 2:00 in the morning with 7 other people. Not to mention Hillsbourgh Street between Players Retreat and St. Marys with the "persons" who habitate there now. Sorry, I don't see the point.
  12. Stopped by at Peace China on Saturday and talked to the owner. Just ate so got a shrimp roll and a drink to take out. Young guy started it but I hope he does well. Get some apartments in there and he will do OK. I thought the roll was pretty good but the place is not and not meant to be upscale Asian which is OK with since when I eat Chinese (unless I am in Shanghai or Hong Kong) this is what I like (unless I want to eat upscale). Looks like a great take out or a fast place to get a decent meal. He said he was doing 30% better than plan right now but you could tell he wanted more w
  13. Flew in late last night from out of the country. It is looking good. I was waiting for the park and ride bus on the base floor and you could see in. It wil be very open. But they have some big pipes to move (steam pipes maybe). I guess they will go underground because right now they are above ground and go underground right in front of the door leading out of baggage. Anyway, the building looks good.
  14. Good. I took a new job and could be going to Wichita more often.
  15. With a M&S, they will get the business meeting and travelor there which drives the fact that many business people stay around crabtree. I even eat at M&S sometime although not my favorite place. The ones I usually eat at are in a DT location like in San Jose, but I can see why they chose Crabtree. I can see people walking over from Embassy Suites, marriott and the new Weston.
  16. at least until the summer until they move as this will be Bret's last year in the NHL and the Hurricanes. JMHO but I will bet a paycheck on that.
  17. There is a hooka bar (I think still there) on Hillsbourgh Street in the old Starbucks/Baxleys location. Been a while but I enjoyed it although a lot of college kids. Out of all the experienced I have in work and my life including a masters degree (MBA), if experience could be turned into wealth......... such as in sitting in a room around a water pipe (s), I would be a rich man !
  18. Just don't tear down the "Greasy Chicken" (aka Foxy Lady")
  19. I lived not to far from this area for a long time. I think one of the long term keys to this area is that the TTA plan at one time had a stop at Whitker Mill between Wake Forest and Atlantic. This would be the 5 points stop and especially these areas southeast of 5 points like this area. TTA looked at both this area/TTA stop and Highwoods for the next stop after the Governmental Stop downtown which was planned near WEST. I think there was n Of course, Highwoods won for the number of workforce but that area around Wake Forest Road would be prime in 15 or so years with this area lead
  20. I agree with the other poster about just being updated. Living here, I have never rented a car in the Triangle yet have rented cars in many cities. I have returned a girlfriends car once that was off the grounds of the airport. I am not sure if a rental company wanted more room, just move off grounds and keep your buses/van circling the airport. If it came to it, they could give up the area I think is rental car and move them to another location maybe up the road that is the entrance off of I-540. Just create a large rental car area like Denver or San Jose has done. IMHO,
  21. I went there the night the rumor was posted here and talked to this woman sitting at the bar who said she worked there. She said they had stop serving food except on Band nights and I knew then the rumor was probably true. I talked to this woman about I had heard a rumor it was closing and she did not say much. I went back late New Years Eve and noticed that it was cash only for entrance and thought "yep, it is true." I kind of know the band booker in the article and know the former bar manager, Gary. I think they had some issues but I still think that area will boom in 10 years. I
  22. Actually, Hidaway is a great place and they do advertise. Just look at an Independent and you will see their Band list right along with Cats Cradle, Lincoln Theater and Pour House. I have seen it elsewhere. I think the Bands they have are great (most of the time). Go see Hank Sinatra when they play there. Not your usual run of mill party bands that Raleigh gets or the usual Pour House band circuit. (I do like the Pour House). I do think they have a great location but it just blows me a way that some people who go "DT" would not be caught that far up Capital or since it is not DT, peo
  23. Nothing like riding in the "HUMP" upstairs in Business Class on a 747. Only sits about 12 people and the area has its own bathrooms and assistant. Plenty high enough to look over everything at the airports. I have sat up there about 10 times. The 747s fly real nice for such a big plane. The only issue I have with them is it is an aging fleet for the US airlines (I thiink they still sell many in Asia). I have been on them in other countries and while sitting at the gate, the whole plane just shuts down and then the Asian engineers come on board since many panels and the flight cockpit
  24. Back in 1986, I took a easy education class to fill in hours in one of my last semesters in undergrad as I was a business major. I had to give a presentation and I did it on stock market and international marketing. I told the class they should buy Genentech stock as they will be one of the market leaders in the future. That was 21 years ago. I wish I had followed my own advice.
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