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  1. Phillydog

    American Tobacco Historic District

    Article link?
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    Not a lot more detail than the Tweet...
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    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    How nice of Republicans, yikes.
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    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide Thoughts?
  5. Not sure if anyone has posted this, but I'm sure some of you will see the irony of the RNC "touting" advances to Charlotte's growth that are largely based on public investments approved by Democrats, started under Obama, and in spite of the GOP-controlled General Assembly's concerted effort to stomp on Charlotte including the massive cluster that was HB2. Plain and simple, the GOP has done little to help Charlotte become the city that they plan to brag about.
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    Charlotte MLB Team Speculation

    Hummm...1st Ward....
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    The extra spaces between the L and T draws me crazy. I think someone from Georgia intended to put an i in there.
  8. Phillydog

    509 South Tryon | Possible Duke Energy Tower

    Hell, yes.
  9. So, you came back to the US? Have you tried to get an appointment lately? You must have a pretty incredible doctor if you can get an appointmemt for a "sore throat" in less than a week in the US. Your doctor must be Dr. Urgent Care.
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    SouthEnd Midrise Projects

    Cracks in the economic recovery are starting to show. I wouldn't be stunned to see a recession within the next 18 months.
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    Economic Development - Expansions and Relocations

    "The airport rezoned the land where Amazon's project will be built to allow up to 2.5 million square feet of warehouse and distribution development. The site is at the southeast corner of interstates 85 and 485." The land is zoned for up to 2.5 million square feet. I haven't read anywhere that says Amazon's facility will be 2.5 million square feet.
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    Charlotte economy...

    Charlotte, today, is not a "great" city, but few places are. I'm saying Charlotte can be "great", and being "great" doesn't mean having "to be" ________ (fill in your own blank). There a many matrices that seek to quantify what makes a city "great". Pick one. You assume I think it's high property taxes, slums, revitalized neighborhoods, organic growth, design mistakes, public housing ghettoes, wealthy neighborhoods, fancy schools, and fine arts palaces. I assume you don't think a great city should aspire to great universities and museums because low density sprawl will save us from expensive housing. You seem to think that cities are prefabricated places that have to be programmed to avoid nasty things like poor people, sex shops, public service, and neon signs. Beige is a not my favorite color, but hey, knock yourself out. It's safe and predicatable. It's easy to turn your nose up to places like NYC, Boston, Buffalo, etc because in your mind, their taxes are high because they made poor planning decisions and people "up there" are just lazy and greedy. It couldn't be that their infrastructure is 100 years older than ours and isnt brand spanking new. May be those wealthy snobs and poor, lazy, greedy people "up North" should gut their public schools so no one reads on better than an 8th grade level nationwide. Assumptions are bad things. How does it feel? Or, may be we just spent a part of our lives generally misrepresenting one another and neither one of us trying to understand what the other is saying? I think we agree, Charlotte will be greatest city possible. One tool to help us is to learn from the examples in other places. What works and what doesn't. Is it applicable to us today. Cities grow over time, and evolve. I'll add, and you may agree or not, development follows transportation. The Earth is not flat.
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    Charlotte economy...

    You dont have to be LA or NY but, from there are features from both, andmother "great" cities that we should aspire to. As I said, being mediocre is easy, but I think NC and Charlotte, Raleigh, etc., are better than that. I would rather aspire to be great than aspire to be boring and safe. If you want boring and safe, move to Topeka or Waco, Texas.
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    Charlotte economy...

    I agree, there's cause for worry. The NCGA handed our film and TV industry to Georgia and continues to bow to the religious far-right painting North Carolina as an intolerant place. Are we investing in our unique strengths, our "brand(s)"? More peaches are grown in SC than GA, but say "peach" and no one thinks of Gaffney. NC should be the adventure travel center of eastern North America with our mountains, rivers, great sounds, lakes, OBX, etc..... no one can touch us. Does the rest of world know this? Nope. If we had a film and TV industry they would, and it would give us incalculable free PR. It's OK to move to NC to make some money as a young professional, but long-term, are they staying? The data says no. We need to attract AND keep people here. Productive, creative, entrepreneurial people like to live in places that are exciting and diverse. California may be losing people, New York State, Connecticut and New Jersey too, but metro LA, NYC (the tri-state), are booming and gaining population. Boston is doing great. These aren't exactly low-tax havens. The future globally is competition between city-states. Charlotte (and Raleigh) and NC better act now if we are going to compete with the top-tier for the greatest ROI, or be resigned to fight for scraps among the hordes of mediocre and bottom-feeding cities, regions, and states. We should have had a rail connection to the airport and an intermodal center 5 years ago.... Rant and soapbox put up for tonight.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    Too bad the Concord runway is too short for long-haul budget carriers like Norwegian, or Wow.