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  1. MZT

    Park Road / Woodlawn / Montford Area Retail

    I must have eaten at Roasting Company (next door) a hundred times. I often wondered how Smokehouse stayed open, because there were so few customers in it. Nor did I ever go in, myself. The place just looked so frumpy and worn.
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    Park Road / Woodlawn / Montford Area Retail

    Montford would benefit with a little more attention-grabbing entrances. I'm suprised the shops on it do as well as they have. I think the only reason I'm even aware of what's on it, was from parking in the Ghazi center and wondering what was going on "over there" (sounds from Angry Ale's etc.) At least it succeeds better than the back side of Park Road shopping center. (For those of you aware, that there are indeed more shops behind it.)
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    I've thought for quite a while that the monthly passes needed a redesign. The 2008 and 2009 ones looked so much the same month-to-month. I figured they'd start alternating colors monthly like many cities do with bus passes - but it looks like they're sticking with the dark green, just making the month of the pass a larger font.
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    I've never thought of him as the Santa guy... but I know who you're talking about. He gets confused sometimes telling us whether we're on the northbound or southbound train, LOL Two others that are recognizable are the younger sounding driver that cajoles people to "watch out for the doors" in a happy-sounding voice. Another one with a "black" voice is tougher on passengers to "hurry up and get in" - and he'll turn on the exterior megaphone too, and warn people not to smoke on the platform or cross in front of the train.
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    I think it bears noting that the serious development on the existing corridor has been taking place north of Scaleybark. If the same pattern holds true on the externsion, the development will fill in towards NODA but not much will change beyond that. I own 3 rentals near the Archdale station - and none of my tenants moved there to be close to light rail. They just liked the neighborhood, know people nearby, and preferred being close to South Boulevard for quick access to shopping. I don't think we're yet at the point, where the presence of a rail line affects people's decisions outside of being a few stops from uptown.
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    Concord Mills

    I'm surprised it took Circuit City this long to fail. The flies have been circling that chain for 15 years or more. Empty and re-used Circuit City stores are like re-used Pizza Huts... can't mistake'em.
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    While I was on my train home tonight, they had added another announcement ... Something like "Thank you for riding the LYNX, we hope you enjoyed your trip" both in English and Spanish at every station stop. I thought it was repetitive and annoying. While I may sound like a curmudgeon, I do think a case can be made that when a recorded announcement at each stop is the same, people begin to mentally tune out, and it loses overall effectiveness. Just stick to announcing the stops, please. If they really want to run the thank you blurb, just do it at CTC, and 485.
  8. I can't imagine there being political will to increase parking fees during a recession. City leaders might even consider reducing them, to entice more people to consider driving in from the suburbs. I remember seeing that tried during the 1990s recession in California by some valley towns.
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    With the exception of the "kink" to get the train onto UNCC (in order to avoid "wetlands"), that looks like a better station alignment than was originally proposed. They're relatively evenly spaced apart and near major intersections.
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    210 Trade | EpiCentre

    The county doesn't usually hold tax sales unless the property is abandoned and derelict. If the property is in decent shape, they just let the bills and interest pile up. After all, somebody someday will pay them, and the bills collect interest at a nice rate (12% or 18%, I think). It's just additional expense for the county to process a tax sale, when they can just be patient. I have seen examples of five and six years of tax bills piling up on properties... The tax bills are senior to any mortgage. What tends to happen in most cases is that when tax bills are overdue, the mortgagee isn't being paid either, and will begin foreclosure proceedings. If the property is foreclosed, then the bank owns it - and they'll pay the taxes at some point, in order to clear title for a buyer.
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    As a daily rider, I don't feel like the trains move too slowly near/in uptown. I do get a little annoyed seeing the train stop at Carson street for nobody to get on or off. Whenever the Simpson's lighting site and TV14 parking lots get redeveloped, I suppose this will change.
  12. Worth considering in this mix, is that LYNX adds additional parking capacity for Panthers and Bobcats games. The lots at Tyvola and Woodlawn are lightly used for commuters, but they fill up on game nights. Instead of these lots being close to the stadium and enlarging the dead space, they are spread further out.
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    SKYE Condominiums and Hyatt Place Hotel

    I dunno what was said, since I was in a restaurant and the sound was off... but The Park was featured on WSOC news Sunday night. Lots of shots of the building from different angles... I suspect it wasn't a positive report.
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    SKYE Condominiums and Hyatt Place Hotel

    I wonder if this story has "made the papers" in Wisconsin. Most likely, The Park will be in the lender's hands in the end. Then it'll get sold off for under $10 mil. Whoever finishes The Park will need deep cash pockets and lots of experience. Heck, just insurance and taxes alone must be a monster on a situation like this. What does it cost to insure a vacant, incomplete tower? 100K a year, maybe? I remember the tallest building in Fresno, a 1920s Beau Arts type, selling for just $600K in the depths of the recession in 1992. BIG price cuts take place on unoccupied buildings in need of expensive upkeep, during weak economies.
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    Northlake Mall

    This seems to be the mall nobody talks about. But I stopped by there on Saturday. With all the gloomy retail news I was curious to see how that was panning out locally. It was kind of odd. The parking lots were crammed with cars, and some people circling around trying to find spots. But the mall didn't really feel all that full of people. Lines at the food court were short, plenty of places to sit. Maybe it was just lots of individual shoppers, not cars full of families coming? Anyway, this area has changed quite a bit if you have not been by here. It's starting to look like "Pineville North". The construction on 485 really obscures this mall, now. They badly need some signage to tell motorists where to get off 77.