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  1. CATS pays similar scale to The T in Pittsburgh. This is from 2019, but CATS pays their employees to levels comparable to other Tier I transit systems outside of the legacy ones in the Northeast and Chicago. Ironically MARTA pays less for bus and rail operators than CATS. That's scary for Atlanta
  2. Agreed! The Mecklenburg Playbook (the Parks & Greenways master plan update) is coming out in a few weeks. There will be a boatload of reccomendations for how we should aggressively build out our parks, greenways, and active green spaces throughout the main core county (Mecklenburg) while laying down a framework for our emerging core counties (Cabarrus, Gaston, Union, & York counties; Iredell is technically apart of this pack as well)
  3. This is interesting as there's a stiff competition between Atlanta and Charlotte over HQs and de facto 2nd HQs in the Southeast of major corporations. Especially after the creation of Truist, the merger of BB&T and SunTrust, to place its HQs in Charlotte. If Intuit does have the purse strings of 2nd HQ here then you know the competition gonna get even more heated between the 2 cities. The airports (ATL & CLT) are already battling it out now.
  4. Charlotte is wise to diversify beyond fintech. Although Charlotte is not as huge as the Triangle tech sector now. Eventually, the synergy of the Charlotte tech sector will be similar to San Francisco, Washington, Atlanta, Dallas, and Seattle if it keeps up its strategy. Charlotte will be able to be in the company on the C-Suite, regional hub, and R&D sides of tech as the aforementioned cities. Something on that will help raise its profile in the tech world as well as becoming a Tier I metro (4M+).
  5. There's a good bit that I could further cover in the politics thread, but if you really want the truth it has to do with the lack of leadership in Charlotte elected officials. The toothpaste is out of the tube on urban street grid disruption. The I-277 situation is here to stay so the only real mitigation method would be covering it with green space, see Dallas, Columbus, Philadelphia as examples of how.
  6. Why would you advocate for a black church that's thriving to disappear? They keep up their grounds of their property. If so why not advocate for the Presbyterian church in Uptown to disappear as well then since it's an eyesore to "progress"? Your comment is problematic...
  7. Tariq is untrustworthy as at-large seats are much needed for a city that Charlotte has grown and evolved into present-day. I would only take him seriously if he advocates for a strong mayor-council form of city government versus the council-manager that has led to a leadership void existing now in Charlotte. He's half-Pakistani & half-white.
  8. Former MTV VJ and Birmingham native, Alan Hunter along with his brother, Hugh Hunter are the first filmmakers to take advantage of the new state incentives package for films made in Alabama. The name of their film is titled "Lifted" and will focus on a young, talented singer. The state has made the turn on attempting to make a go on the producing films here about stories based here, so here we go, LOL
  9. Montgomery isn't dying persay rather it is another large city with a large black populous that is still suffering from the major effects of "white flight" where most national retailers and restaurateur chains have decided to follow the majority of the population rather than keeping up with the demographic profiles of the clientele of their businesses. A number of cities including Atlanta, Washington, Baltimore, and Memphis (to a certain extent) has overcame this by improving the quality of their established areas to via infrastructure, taxation exemptions, gentrification. However, the key to
  10. The Five Points South Music Hall is reopening. However, this time it isn't going to operated by Clear Channel like it was from the late 1990s until 2002, but it plans on being a similar operation as it was as it former self. This is great news to hear that the one venue on the Southside that had acts from all genres and was a high profile location.
  11. Main Street Birmingham has recieve a $4,700 grant matching funds from the National Trust for Historical Preservation on the Nixon Cultural Center. The Nixon Building is location of the cultural center is a former NAACP meeting space used during the Civil Rights Movement. Last fall the Alabama State Council of the Arts rewarded Main Street Birmingham $7,000 for the project and also the Alabama Historical Commission Review Board has nominated the site for recognition by National Register of Historical Places by the National Park Service.
  12. It has been announced by the Mayor that Birmingham is amongst 37 US cities that are vying for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup soccer tourney. This would the first time since 1995 tourney in which Birmingham has hosted the World Cup. http://www.ussoccer.com/articles/viewArtic...p_14876672.html
  13. Not yet, I've searched a number of places including the airport's site and no prelimiaries.
  14. Although Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International has seen another month where the annual passengers that used the airport has decline 14% since this time last year, the Airport Authority is moving forward with the estimated $193.3M plan to renovate the terminal. KPS has been selected as the designers of the plan called the Terminal Modernization Program for its 36-year-old facility.
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    Railroad Park

    One other upside that I seem to be hearing from event promoters is that the amphitheater at the Railroad Park will provide a centralized space in the region for more musical events aside from City Stages and Schaffers' Crawfish Boil. Hopefully, this will be like Chastain Park outdoor concert venue in Atlanta that does attract quite a number of major artists for outdoor concerts. This could be a huge boon for the everyone always saying there aren't many places aside from the Verizon Music Center in Pelham for outdoor concerts.
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