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  1. Phillydog

    1000 Room Convention Center Hotel

    I think expanding on the rail trail. That's an amazing concept. San Antonio has it's "river". The CLT Rail Trail could be a string of attractions. Part botantical gardens, industrial museum, passive recreation, water buildings would have to provide outdoor public space. Restaurants, cafes and shops lining the Trail. "Attractions" can be organic and built from a variety of financial sources. It doesnt have to be an aquarium.
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    1000 Room Convention Center Hotel

    I didnt say Charlotte doesnt have attractions, the city and region have many....but a city without attractions that appeal to the broadest range of ages, incomes, education, lifestyles, etc., is not going to be a healthy tourist destination. Conventions are being drawn to cities that offer more than what we have to offer, in cities that are considered "tourist destinations". Our competition isn't Des Moines, it's Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Nashville, Dallas, Austin... Even shopping Uptown would be an improvement from the perspective of visitors. I hear frequently that Charlotte is beautiful, but not having lively (outdoor) retail districts Uptown makes strolling along our streets less interesting and engaging.
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    1000 Room Convention Center Hotel

    I'd rather see the money spent on an attraction that fills hotels than a hotel in a city without attractions.
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    Wegmans coming to Cary

    IKEA? Soon?
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    Hillsborough Street - NCSU Area developments

    Finally. A building that relates to the Circle. Now, if we can get a building to relate to the Circle AND provide outdoor seating, we'll begin to realize the original vision for Pullen Circle.
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    Economic Development - Expansions and Relocations

    I figured those were the two cities he was referring to, plus Raleigh-Durham but it doesn't make it a stampede, when Boston, DC, Seattle, Minneapolis, Denver, NYC metro, and even Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, and LA are as well.
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    Raleigh Union Station

    This is a great station and story. Too bad the good folks at citylab haven't pick up the story. The rail corridor heading north parallel to US1 could've been commuter rail to Wilson via Knightdale, Wendell, Zebulon...
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    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    Exactly. Asheville is full of them too, just like the OBX and SC coast. To hear Georgians brag about their "mountains" and "beach" ( is there more than one that's not a mosquito-infested tidal swamp?) Makes me laugh seeing them rushing to get out of the former penal colony.
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    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    In terms of proximity to interesting places, pity Atlanta, GA. It's two hours from nothing but some hills and, except for Athens, GA, a few dumpy towns. Even Georgians don't vacation in Georgia.
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    Charlotte Photo of the Day

    ^regarding a "stroll district"....I think Charlotte has a few in various stages of development and maturation....the rail trail in South End, and Sugar Creek in Midtown.
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    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    Think big or go home.
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    Crescent Stonewall Station

    It would have been much nicer if they had broken up this l o n g stretch of massing but breaking up the architectural styling for the lower 7 stories. Imagine it broken up into row-house width sections. Building like this bring density, and that's great, but their street-level presence is monotonous.
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    Scaleybark Station Area Projects

    Think giant aquarium in 10 years.