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  1. Yep, I think it's high time to nix it. We know parking is a sensitive issue around here ;), and we like to model up (e.g., Chicago), so...I'm just sayin' it would be pretty darned handy to be able to find that perfect parking spot, then hail a cab to get to where I want to be.

    Case in point: Four of us went downtown for dinner Sunday. Got a great spot on Lyon near Monroe. We were planning on eating at Bull's Head. But, whoops...they were closed. So was the Chop House. And Mojo's.

    We ended up at Churchill's (my new favorite restaurant!), but we had to move the car -- Mom was with us, so walking from Lyon and Monroe over to Ionia and Oakes wasn't an option. I would have loved to just hail a cab. Similar thing happened two weeks ago, on a Saturday.

    I have done it a couple of times when we were walking home from dinner. Often it is some place close to the Arena.

    I did not know that there was an ordinance against it. Whoops, guess they should not have picked me up!

  2. Wait you were suspended? Holy cow man, what ever did you do? :huh:

    Well, in response to your question, I was suspended for this post:

    Well, based on post numbers 8, 12, and 17 you eluded to the idea that he was leaving and took interest in it. If you had no intention to express one opinion or another, then why did you post three times in this thread, then feel the need to challenge me when I asked others (in general) why?

    In post #5, Charlotte native commented on

  3. What is the name of the development company on Ionia across the street from the park... and do they have a website?

    As for the meet up, what day of the week works best for people? For me, I am available most nights after 7, and would like to meet at a place in downtown that serves beer.

    edit.. I hate it when a "r' moves on me :-)

  4. I think that it is necessary for the two to work together in harmony because the intent of their positions are very different.

    Planners and trained to always find the highest and best use each section property and to ensure that the intended use will take the health, safety, and general welfare of the public. This includes how each element of a design, including those beyond the building, interacts with the public.

    Traffic engineers by training will determine what is the best way to move people from one place to another in the quickest, most convenient, and safest way possible.

    Both are needed.

  5. This looks like a fun thread.

    Along the lines of the Freemasons and such, I hear that there is a Skull and Bones Conspiracy. Too many Government leaders on both sides belong to the same secret society. Additionally many civic and corporate leaders are expected to also belong.

    I think that UFO

  6. You can't force retailers to go where they don't want to go. It's not all on the developers.

    Anyways, back to this particular development, your rant has to do with more than just this development.

    I agree that you can't force them to locate where they don't think they can make money, however this design is a glorified mall with auto traffic lanes instead of walkways.

    Additionally, the vast parking lots with minimal landscaping islands does not make it inviting. One thing that would have been beneficial would be proactive in terms of public transportation, multiple story parking structures that also contain mixed use opportunities, and promoting improved pedestrian access from the residential to commercial locations.

    It would have cost more, but it would also open up more space for potential commercial or office occupants.

  7. Barbara Sher has written several great career guidance books, which could be more useful than any "Small Biz 4 Dummies" tome. "I could do anything if only I knew what it was" is in the title of one such.

    E.g. let's say you have a strong interest in trains...what can you do with your life that will a) make going "to work" fun 2) parlay that interest into a career iii) support yourself? She has some great ideas, and her books are well-written and packed with suggestions about how to get past the dreaming/I can't stage.


    I am a fan of the following Books.

    Guerrilla Marketing

    48 Days to Creative Income

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