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  1. Do you really believe that? That's the National Civic League, which is an organization whose entire mission is lobbying for every municipality to be a council-manager form of government. Corruption is happening now with the current form of municipal government. See this: https://www.wcnc.com/article/money/city-charlotte-overlooked-qualified-businesses-uncertified-talent-coach/275-c0c65be2-04b2-4ee7-9463-601545445aac The city management bureaucracy doesn't even adhere to its minority and non-white business inclusion policy in place. Equitable resources cannot be expected to directly respond to citizens from a professional staff that really doesn't have much of a connection to the community. The government is of the people, politics, not a bunch of individual bureaucrats that sees things as just a professional job. That's one of the biggest gripes of the majority black, west and north side and mostly black and brown east side communities is that Charlotte city government isn't connected to the people nor citizens representing them. A pro/con analysis from a non-bias source: Municipal Research and Services Center: Common and Issues and Pro/Con Arguments in Elections to Change Form of Government Council-manager works fine for smaller municipalities with more homogenous socioeconomic and demographics makeup with few entities and services impacting its citizens. However, larger municipalities over 100,000 or greater in population with more diverse socioeconomic and racial demographics have a need for stronger, dedicated, directly reflected elected officials in leadership roles who are able to provide direct access to their political officials and more accountable. How exactly can a part-time, city council with 2-year terms with no full-time staff of their own able to hold a full-time city management bureaucracy accountable when they barely have 18 months to do their part-time job with another election cycle always pending? Less not forget about the rapidly growing, increasingly diverse citizens who are quickly becoming disenchanted with the way our municipality government ignoring their concerns and demands of more direct representation and accountability. Charlotte isn't a small municipality so treating the multiple dynamics that are at play within this huge entity as much is foolhearted. The whole part-time elected official position is one of the reasons why there isn't any institutional knowledge amongst elected officials in across Charlotte to get things done or fixed in the non-wealthy and non-white neighborhoods. If it wasn't for the strong corporate and very powerful philanthropic leadership here then this city would have long been dwarfed by and fallen behind peer major cities.
  2. Google started out great for everyone but they started to pick winners and losers on what to update and how oftenn in the past decade. There are some cities that still have aerials and 3D data over a decade in age on their Google maps and Google Earth apps.
  3. Yeah it is on Google. For some weird reason if it's not a Southern city that Google favors (from my observation: Austin, Atlanta, Nashville, or Durham) they tend to be very slow with maps updates although rapid changes happens outside of those places. TBH, Google has refused to update Washington's 3D roll out nor aerial imagery so the fact that the WMATA Silver Line is online is weird...
  4. https://www.wcnc.com/article/money/charlotte-city-manager-marcus-jones-pay-raise-wheres-the-money/275-7189a133-5015-4413-9fe0-f2d83bd0d1ac Okay, I'm at the point where the City of Charlotte must change its form of municipal government from council-manager to mayor-council. Nobody who isn't held directly accountable to the taxpayers via the ballot in local government should be getting paid this much in a Charlotte's city size. That's a salary practically $35,000 more annually than the US president. It's time as we (taxpayers/citizens) need a full-time mayor along a full-time city council with a full-time legislative staff to provide interpretation and synopsis of municipal ordinances, budget summaries, etc. for the City of Charlotte elected officials. There is no transparency nor accountability in current Charlotte municipal government bureaucracy. If the city is to have a day-to-day management, that official needs to directly report to someone who is an elected official & chief executive officer (strong mayor) held accountable to the citizens. That elected official can terminate the city management if demanded by public pressure.
  5. It doesn't. The fiber optic installation into the pavement due to repaving area of installation are the most costly expenditures. There's already a regional network or traffic cameras that allows real-time monitoring of roadway conditions and congestion volumes. That's why I am going to keep my foot on NCDOT's neck about how they constantly underfund Charlotte while over-accommodating the Triangle on for things a much larger urban area like a regional ramp metering system, limited-access conversion with local access roads of Independence (and possibly Brookshire). All of these things are needed like yesterday.
  6. Charlotte's role in this decision is really limited tbh. They are at the whims of NCDOT/NCRR priorities. A lot of this has to with certain TPTB only doing what they can with bare minimums here because it's Charlotte and this belief it can fund & build this itself. Reality is they can't because there isn't a home rule charter at the moment allowing such autonomy. I know for a fact this didn't occur with the Raleigh Union Station project.
  7. Remember you all, NCDOT is the only state DOT in the country who bypassed doing ramp metering trial studies along an actual congested corridor in its largest region, Charlotte. Instead chose to do it along a moderately congested corridor in its capital region, Raleigh. https://www.ncdot.gov/initiatives-policies/Transportation/safety-mobility/on-ramp-signals/Pages/default.aspx https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2022/I-540-ramp-meters-reactivated.aspx https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.newsobserver.com/news/local/article262920473.html Yet the I-77 corridor between I-277 and NC/SC stateline is the most frequently used and congested corridor during travel peak hours in the entire state has nothing but grief for the average driver. Ramp metering could have been tried out along I-77 and likely shown they are a good idea to implement statewide with no 2-year pause in the study. 77 was congested the entire pandemic regardless. I have driven on it and it's been this way nonstop. If that's not proof that NCDOT priorities are in the wrong places then I don't know what is.
  8. Uh yeah, I used to work on transit planning projects in Atlanta for several years. I actually worked on the Summerhill BRT, Clifton Road high capacity transit studies, and what is now the Clayton County BRT projects formerly the Georgia SR 139 BRT. The only thing in that article that is remotely close to implementation is the Summerhill BRT project, which was funded by one of the last TIGER grants to be used issued by the FTA in 2017. The Summerhill BRT-lite is still at least another 2 years from being operational. The remainder of those MARTA BRT projects are not anymore further along than the not well publicized, poorly marketed, proposed BRT alignments by CATS in its Envision My Ride study that was completed & adopted by the MTC in the spring 2022. https://charlottenc.gov/cats/transit-planning/envisionmyride/Pages/default.aspx Envision My Ride: Bus Priority Study I think Raleigh and Birmingham are much further along in the implementation of BRT than Atlanta and Charlotte. As a matter of fact, Birmingham BRT is operational now. https://www.birminghamal.gov/brt Once again, I never believe the hype of transit in Atlanta because outside of the heavy rail transit, there's nothing we should be emulating of them. I was just there last week and former transit colleagues were asking me how Charlotte did it. They (Atlanta) are trying to emulate us more than many realize on creating sense of place and inducing more demand along with developmental density around mass transit.
  9. You are wasting time this Thanksgiving holiday week. Nothing you have said worth engaging nor provided anything about the LPA. I don't have to self-reflect on anything because your responses shown you insult people who dismiss and refuse to engage with you. FYI, your responses show you are not worth my time other than ignoring from now on. I don't argue with the foolishness as your responses are coming across as such. Peace out to you...
  10. I will soon be reporting you for the embolden unnecessary personal attacks based on this reply. I think you need to leave me alone from now on. Thank you.
  11. Group pushes for large park to be built on the outskirts of NoDa https://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/group-pushing-large-park-be-built-outskirts-noda/5PWHM5CKXBF4HOU2DSZGJ6JUTA
  12. Honestly, nothing you have said or will say professionally nor personally will change my opinion on the topic of the LPA. You are wasting your time discussing or quoting me because I have nothing else to discuss with you on this topic at this time. I said what I said about the LPA above. I disagree. I support the transit riders in my professional capacity not bloviating over why you think something should go at-grade down Trade Street. I don't support cheap and inefficient at-grade recommendations.
  13. That's not chipping away at my logic. At this point, you're just wasting your time spitballing. The LPA alignment is strong in its own. The transit riders are more concerned about creating more usable, efficient, and rapid rail transit across Charlotte from west side to the southeast side along with connecting to the CLT Airport. CATS Staff needs to stop being so damn cheap and allowing value engineering nonsense. Also MTC and leadership needs to stop being so lackadaisical with allowing this rumination over BS about the alignment, and move forward with the engineering and phase of the LPA.
  14. That's what a state home rule charter for municipalities in a state constitution will get you. If NCGA would amend the constitution and allow home rule such as peer states then you would see less ruminating over things. This ruminations are hopes the naysayers will grow tired and stop caring about the topic deliberated. Local governments should have majority of not total control on their own laws and ordinances not what the state governments allows them to do.
  15. Yep! I represent the transit riders of all types not just local but regional and visitors (to and from the CLT Airport) . They should have a grade separated rail transit ride that is ADA accessible with all the infrastructure and amenities, and the ability to induce more TOD, walkable and scalable development throughout all of Uptown not just along Trade Street. The Gold Line is already there. Interlining and at-grade crossings is cheap, value engineering, and pure garbage. This city is getting too dense for more at-grade light rail transit unless it's going to be streetcar. The Silver Line doesn't need to be at grade anywhere. I'm long past TIRED of everyone always value engineering because they are afraid of the NC GOP naysayers and apolitical skeptics. This APTA & ULI induced nonsense is why it's going be nearly another decade before we move forward with the LYNX Silver Line. They need to do right by this rapidly densely, developed major city and metropolitan area.
  16. CATS acts as a department of the City of Charlotte (CoC). As a result, they are LAZY and inefficient. This is another reason why I would demand that they spinoff and be more aligned with the county (Mecklenburg County) since that's the primary service area for local and express bus routes and paratransit (STS). That way it would act more as a public transit authority that fully represents the primary service area (the Meck County transit sales tax is their primary source of funds).
  17. I've given my remarks already and stand firm by them. The LPA is better overall and I've said that to CATS in my professional capacity.
  18. Meanwhile, the NCDOT refuses to upgrade US 74 from Briar Creek Road to I-485 to a fully limited access freeway with access roads allowing the existing local businesses along the route to remain. They could even cheat off the paper of TXDOT with its at-grade highway conversions to limited access freeways across their state. If NCDOT upgraded Brookshire and Independence to limited access freeways within I-485, I'm sure Charlotte could do things highway-related maintenance in its own.
  19. The LYNX Gold Line already goes through the center of the Uptown. It provides ample local stops with its station platforms. The remedy to the Gold Line problems is Transit Signal Priority system along the route along with higher frequency. It's the north-to-due-east route through the region with future terminus in East Charlotte at the soon-to-be reconstructed Eastland Transit Hub. The LYNX Silver Line LPA is suffice at what it will do by providing a west-to-southeast route through Uptown with a direct connection to the CLT Airport.
  20. It would be sharing the road with mixed traffic. It's cheap, wack, and poorly thought out alternative. The LPA might be more expensive but it opens up more of Uptown to developable density induced by the alignment. The transfer issue can be solved by requiring CATS to craft a multilevel, covered, ADA-compliant mobility hub around the LYNX Blue Line & proposed Silver Line transit station near 9th Street. The key is apply pressure to CATS and MTC leadership to make that happen by attending the MTC monthly meetings and any public outreach meetings around the Silver Line. This can be done right not cheap
  21. I know that exact location. That's the Murphy Avenue Triangle next to the Beltline in SW Atlanta. The site was under development by Eric Kronberg (https://www.kronbergua.com/), so I'm surprised he spun it off. I've worked on several projects nearby such as the original Monday Night Brewing location, which is also next to the MARTA Red & Gold lines (on the elevated viaduct) across Lee Street as well. I think we have already achieved that type of carless residential density around the LYNX Blue Line. Actually, Atlanta is ironically trying to keep up with Charlotte on that front. Trust, I get calls from them in Atlanta all the time about how Charlotte was able to get what we have along the LYNX Blue Line. They envy us on this front.
  22. Charlotte has the same problems that exist in Metro Atlanta and Greater Houston, the progressive coalitions are mostly black and brown diverse populations with white progressives making up the remainder. We all know why the majority of said white populations in outlying areas of each aforementioned regions refuse to support the racially diverse coalitions for those urban area Democrats, and it's pretty obvious that it's bias and willful ignorance. The bigoted rhetoric of the GOP candidates elected shows that. However, we ought to reflect on how Cabarrus and Gaston counties are politically shifting, but it is not because of the existing majority white populations already there. Generally speaking, the Triangle and Austin are anomalies in the US South because they're both mostly white yet educated regions that vote mostly Democratic.
  23. I think everything you mentioned above significantly contributed to that. Also the strength of the explosive growth of the black entrepreneur class, black artisans, and black hipsters flocking to Charlotte as well. There's also the major migration of HBCU graduates and post-graduates from across the Carolinas to Charlotte because of the very prominent black culture here as well. I know graduates from all of the Triangle's HBCUs (Shaw, NCCU, & St. Augustine), NC A&T, WSSU, and Fayetteville State University along with graduates from the 4 HBCUs in Metro Charlotte who have all flocked or remained here. Finally, Charlotte is now on the radar as one of the up-and-coming black economical upward mobility cities like Houston, Atlanta, and Washington. Over the past several months, the Urban League and NAACP chapters along with other political organizations have been mobilizing the HBCUs' student bodies such as JCSU and Livingstone to be politically organized and engaged in local communities. It's a major coordination effort which has yielded in more young, black progressive candidates running for elected offices and organizing things around voting in the coming years around Charlotte.
  24. Another thing we have to keep in mind is the significant demographic differences between Charlotte and the Triangle. Durham has been historically black and liberal white due to Duke. Chapel Hill and Raleigh have historically had small black populations. Raleigh's black population was always only in SE Raleigh, which is being gentrified out now. Charlotte's black population have always been more progressive yet religious. The political action and presence have been since the election of Harvey Gantt and only gotten stronger. The Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County in Mecklenburg County is a very powerful group. They can make or break candidates running for office these days. They recently have assisted in the formation of a partner organization in Cabarrus County, the Black Political Caucus of Cabarrus County (https://www.bpcccnc.org/). I'm not even sure if anything is as powerful as the BPC in the Triangle. The Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People as close as it gets. Look at the culture and who represents each in elected representation and leadership positions from municipal levels, county level, and state representatives (NC House and Senate) shows you which have more progressive and racially diverse populations.
  25. I have to disagree. Charlotte is more densely developed and centered on one county (Mecklenburg), but they are as progressive as the 3 core Triangle counties. Actually, there are way more socially progressive and educated black folks (like myself) in Mecklenburg than elsewhere in North Carolina. You can’t find as many black artists, hippies, or eclectic communities elsewhere as Charlotte. Also Charlotte has the state's largest black and brown LGBTQ population. Right now, Charlotte is basically the only place in NC with 2 black openly gay, progressive elected officials (LaWana Mayfield and Danté Anderson) in office. We're (black folks) why it's now 59-60% blue in Mecklenburg. Durham is the only county more blue than Mecklenburg by 2-3% but it will match or surpass that in the next few years. There are some black Republicans, but they are a significantly small minority of the black population in Mecklenburg. Many of them have left Mecklenburg due to the drastically shifted political climate from purple to blue here. You have more black Republicans proportionally in the Triad, along the US 74 corridor, and eastern parts of the state. Look at the precinct maps of majority black counties like Anson, Roberson, and Richmond counties as proof. Charlotte's political progressiveness will start to show up in Cabarrus and Gaston counties by the end of the decade. Mostly as a result of the cost-of-living, quality jobs, and availability of lower cost more affordable housing in Cabarrus and Gaston counties for black and brown populations. Similar to what you are seeing with diverse populations existing in surrounding counties around Atlanta, Houston, and Washington because of the black and brown populations. Cabarrus isn't blood red, more like magenta-purple. It's 54-46 split at the moment but it's shifting more and more purple. The election of now-former Harrisburg Town Councilperson Diamond Staton-Williams, a progressive black woman, to the NC House (District 73) which makes up all of southern Cabarrus County on Tuesday is proof of the shift. Cabarrus has the fastest growing black and Afro-Latino population of all of the state's counties, so Cabarrus is shifting quickly. Gaston is right behind Cabarrus. I've been told several times that Cabarrus has a transit referendum in the works at the moment. Jeff Jackson's new congressional district (14th) is half way in Gaston. Eastern half of Gaston along with Gastonia is more purple than red. It's the gerrymandering of the seats is why it appears more conservative than it really is.
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