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  1. If there's more things to draw people to Uptown outside of offices then it'll be fine.  With growth comes different types and sometimes there are petty property crimes.

    The hookah lounge is an enforcement issue.  The City of Charlotte and the Mecklenburg ABC Board should step up stipulations on this place when it comes to security and enforcement. The same things have in occurred in other places and young people, professionals, and thoses who want to go out and party at clubs still moved there for the nightlife regardless.

    More places like the Ellis should be constructed throughout Uptown so that the younger and economically upwardly mobile population choose it like they choose  other parts of the urban core.  CCCP should be as focused on quality of life amenities, leisural destination placemaking, and residential growth as they are on major employment generators

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  2. 1 hour ago, Windsurfer said:

    I'm confused with this comment, besides the fact that I think "rapid growth" for the sake of growth is a good thing.  If we have too many folks looking back and wanting to maintain status quo, how is it we're in the "top 10" ? Apparently,  yearning for smart growth accelerates just the thing some of don't want. (?)

    The negatively thinking individuals who wrote that wants everywhere to be growing like Charlotte an the Triangle. However unless the Millennials and GenZ  professionals chose otherwise then these two places are the main draws to NC. If the other 74 counties are losing population then it says the said younger professionals are not drawn there. That's what's an economic development problem the state leaders need to solve and stop downplaying the high growth happening in Charlotte and the Triangle.

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  3. 2 hours ago, kermit said:

    What is your source on this?

    I can use my own career field for example.  In my area of work, we all having more things done. I work in the urban planning and development industry and it's exploding locally in work yet I complete all of my assignments and responsibilities as a very high quality product and prompt. 

    Guess what, my work performance and productivity has been stellar and exceeding performance expectations for nearly 2 years straight.  The reason why I don't work a traditional 8-5 M-F schedule.  I've haven't been in an office outside rare occasions except for specific reasons since March 2020. No complaints from my direct supervisor at all because he knows my work ethic as well as others.

    Oh yeah, I am one of those Millennials/Gen Z professionals. 

    The whole notion of people needing to be in an office in asinine because you're only wasting time, space, and resources for someone who doesn't really care about how your work is done as long as it's done correctly and on time. Overseeing some one who you don't trust to do their job is a truly waste of company resources, period.

    This is why I said what I said and resources should be better utilized for making Uptown like Downtown Austin or Midtown Atlanta. The excuses for return to the office are b.s. at best from individuals who do not understand that things aren't going back to the way it was pre-COVID. That toothpaste is out of the tube...

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  4. 12 hours ago, CLT2014 said:

    Wells Fargo has delayed return to work indefinitely due to omicron so a significant chunk of Uptown workers aren't coming back in January now.

    All the more reason for the Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP) should focus on converting and constructing more mixed use developments with multifamily  rental and owner-occupied residential units in Uptown.  Hoping for masses of individuals being forced back to open-office-format cubicles for work is downright foolish and selfish. Productivity of work-from-home (WFH) individuals in white collar jobs are at an all time high so this office overseer and capative audience of in-office workers mindset is garbage and will ultimately hurt Uptown growth with Millennials and Gen Z professionals recruitment and retention for our major HQs.  COVID-19 has revealed a major weakness of Uptown and this is not an opportunity to continue status quo of forcing office workers to return when this pandemic isn't over.

    The CCCP need to promote for Uptown to be more like Downtown Austin and less like the Lower Manhattan.  A strategy of more mixed development with residential and hotels along with more leisurely tourist destinations in Uptown will help Uptown to shift from the constant ups and downs from this ongoing global pandemic. In this metro area and surrounding region  there are thousands of people who have disposable income and the desire to spend it having fun and enjoying themselves not working in the city. There are no good reasons for local small establishments in the Overstreet Mall and Uptown niche businesses that don't know how to advertise or utilize social media promoting their existence to the non-office worker consumer.  Uptown must innovate and evolve from mainly office-centric to the first or second 24/7/365 regional activity center (with SouthEnd) of a region of 3M+ population 

    The CCCP & COC (City of Charlotte) should be using their excess COVID-19 relief funds to help these establishments with resources to advertise, promote their business to the masses.  Also the COC & CCCP should make parking in these areas free or discounted parking, use CATS transit, and better wayfinding signage to encourage more non-working visitors to the Overstreet Mall as a destination in Uptown.

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  5. On 12/21/2021 at 10:35 AM, QCxpat said:

    This morning, the U.S. Census Bureau released population estimates for the nation, states and Puerto Rico.

    The estimates are as of July 1, 2021.  Please see tables and a link below.

    Link:  https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2021/2021-population-estimates.html


    "The South, with a population of 127,225,329, was the most populous of the four regions (encompassing 38.3% of the total national population) and was the only region that had positive net domestic migration of 657,682 (the movement of people from one area to another within the United States) between 2020 and 2021.  The Northeast region, the least populous of the four regions with a population of 57,159,838 in 2021, experienced a population decrease of -365,795 residents due to natural decrease (-31,052) and negative net domestic migration (-389,638).  The West saw a gain in population (35,868) despite losing residents via negative net domestic migration (-144,941).  Growth in the West was due to natural increase (143,082) and positive net international migration (38,347).  Between 2020 and 2021, 33 states saw population increases and 17 states and the District of Columbia lost population, 11 of which had losses of over 10,000 people.  This is a historically large number of states to lose population in a year."


    Table 1.

    Top 10 Most Populous States: 2021
    Rank Geographic Area April 1, 2020
    (Estimates Base)
    July 1, 2020 July 1, 2021
    1 California 39,538,223 39,499,738 39,237,836
    2 Texas 29,145,505 29,217,653 29,527,941
    3 Florida 21,538,187 21,569,932 21,781,128
    4 New York 20,201,249 20,154,933 19,835,913
    5 Pennsylvania 13,002,700 12,989,625 12,964,056
    6 Illinois 12,812,508 12,785,245 12,671,469
    7 Ohio 11,799,448 11,790,587 11,780,017
    8 Georgia 10,711,908 10,725,800 10,799,566
    9 North Carolina 10,439,388 10,457,177 10,551,162
    10 Michigan 10,077,331 10,067,664 10,050,811


    Table 2. 

    Top 10 States in Numeric Growth, 2020 to 2021
    Rank Geographic Area April 1, 2020
    (Estimates Base)
    July 1, 2020 July 1, 2021 Numeric Growth
    1 Texas 29,145,505 29,217,653 29,527,941 310,288
    2 Florida 21,538,187 21,569,932 21,781,128 211,196
    3 Arizona 7,151,502 7,177,986 7,276,316 98,330
    4 North Carolina 10,439,388 10,457,177 10,551,162 93,985
    5 Georgia 10,711,908 10,725,800 10,799,566 73,766
    6 South Carolina 5,118,425 5,130,729 5,190,705 59,976
    7 Utah 3,271,616 3,281,684 3,337,975 56,291
    8 Tennessee 6,910,840 6,920,119 6,975,218 55,099
    9 Idaho 1,839,106 1,847,772 1,900,923 53,151
    10 Nevada 3,104,614 3,114,071 3,143,991 29,920


    Table 3.

    Top 10 States in Percent Growth, 2020 to 2021
    Rank Geographic Area April 1, 2020
    (Estimates Base)
    July 1, 2020 July 1, 2021 Percent Growth
    1 Idaho 1,839,106 1,847,772 1,900,923 2.9%
    2 Utah 3,271,616 3,281,684 3,337,975 1.7%
    3 Montana 1,084,225 1,086,193 1,104,271 1.7%
    4 Arizona 7,151,502 7,177,986 7,276,316 1.4%
    5 South Carolina 5,118,425 5,130,729 5,190,705 1.2%
    6 Delaware 989,948 991,886 1,003,384 1.2%
    7 Texas 29,145,505 29,217,653 29,527,941 1.1%
    8 Florida 21,538,187 21,569,932 21,781,128 1.0%
    9 Nevada 3,104,614 3,114,071 3,143,991 1.0%
    10 South Dakota 886,667 887,099 895,376 0.9%


    Table 4.

    Top 10 States (or Equivalent)in Numeric Decline, 2020 to 2021
    Rank Geographic Area April 1, 2020
    (Estimates Base)
    July 1, 2020 July 1, 2021 Numeric Decline
    1 New York 20,201,249 20,154,933 19,835,913 -319,020
    2 California 39,538,223 39,499,738 39,237,836 -261,902
    3 Illinois 12,812,508 12,785,245 12,671,469 -113,776
    4 Massachusetts 7,029,917 7,022,220 6,984,723 -37,497
    5 Louisiana 4,657,757 4,651,203 4,624,047 -27,156
    6 Pennsylvania 13,002,700 12,989,625 12,964,056 -25,569
    7 District of Columbia 689,545 690,093 670,050 -20,043
    8 Michigan 10,077,331 10,067,664 10,050,811 -16,853
    9 New Jersey 9,288,994 9,279,743 9,267,130 -12,613
    10 Ohio 11,799,448 11,790,587 11,780,017 -10,570


    Table 5.

    Top 10 States (or Equivalent) in Percent Decline, 2020 to 2021
    Rank Geographic Area April 1, 2020
    (Estimates Base)
    July 1, 2020 July 1, 2021 Percent Decline
    1 District of Columbia 689,545 690,093 670,050 -2.9%
    2 New York 20,201,249 20,154,933 19,835,913 -1.6%
    3 Illinois 12,812,508 12,785,245 12,671,469 -0.9%
    4 Hawaii 1,455,271 1,451,911 1,441,553 -0.7%
    5 California 39,538,223 39,499,738 39,237,836 -0.7%
    6 Louisiana 4,657,757 4,651,203 4,624,047 -0.6%
    7 Massachusetts 7,029,917 7,022,220 6,984,723 -0.5%
    8 North Dakota 779,094 778,962 774,948 -0.5%
    9 West Virginia 1,793,716 1,789,798 1,782,959 -0.4%
    10 Mississippi 2,961,279 2,956,870 2,949,965 -0.2%

    Last Revised: December 21, 2021

    How Does Your State Compare?


    North Carolina is now going faster than Georgia again. It's interesting to see how this translate throughout the 2020s.

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  6. On 12/20/2021 at 9:37 AM, KJHburg said:

    We went over 100 years without a medical school.  This was the first med school in Charlotte and it closed a few years later.  It is now the Settlers Place condos at N College and 6th. 


    and perhaps when Atrium Wake Forest starts pumping out doctors left and right then UNC will reevaluate.   I have followed this discussion for 20-30 years and there was talk years ago and jointly developed a full on med school here with UNC Charlotte but it again never happened.  


    Charlotte hasn't been over 3M residents until recently, so contextualizing the history of prior medical schools in the area in a non-sequitir.  Charlotte in 2021 is too big of a region for it not to have at least 2 medical schools and 2 teaching hospitals/Level 1 trauma center emergency rooms to handle catastrophic emergencies.

    Under current circumstances, Carolinas Medical Center-Main aka the hospital in Dilworth would be overwhelmed by a truly major catastrophic event.  There are actually public safety reasons for why there should be multiple places 

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  7. 9 hours ago, RANYC said:

    So this isn't really Brooklyn Redevelopment, this is the Brooklyn Redress? 

    Read up on the history of the Brooklyn neighborhood in Charlotte and you'll know what I meant.  Go ask an older long time black residents about the area called Brooklyn and they'll tell you a lot.  Charlotte owes its growing black residents population here a lot because of its history with that part of the city.  

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  8. 4 minutes ago, KJHburg said:

    It is basically where 3rd and 4th students from UNC come to Charlotte now at Novant.  They did this for many years at Atrium hospitals. It is just a local replacement.  It is not a full on medical school.   They needed another partner after Atrium Charlotte Meck Health Authority for the past 20 plus years asked them about opening a full fledge medical school here.  They never were interested.   But this is not a medical school.  It is where 3rd and 4th year students get real world experience.    But there is no Medical degree that will say Novant UNC in Charlotte.  However there will be a Medical degree that will see Atrium Wake Forest Charlotte.  

    Charlotte is too damn big to have just one medical school. There's practically no other metro in the US this size with only one medical school.  Once this oldheads who want to maintain status quo are gone from the UNC will be singing a different tune.  

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  9. On 12/18/2021 at 5:49 PM, KJHburg said:

    as a graduate of two UNC system institutions I say to UNC :  you had your chance and I don't see this happening.  The state would never approve it nor should they at this point.  UNC system was trying to protect their med school at Chapel Hill at all cost.   After multiple attempts to get them to open a branch in Charlotte all rebuffed.  Too little too late. Sorry Charlie! Bye Felicia! Well they can have it.   Bring on Wake Forest! 

    Novant and UNC Health have already signed on for this medical school to happen in November 2020.


    I've seen the site plans that have long been filed with the City of Charlotte Planning Department in late 2020.



    It looks like it's moving forward as scheduled


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  10. 7 hours ago, Reverie39 said:

    This is a minor point but I've been wondering for a while. How come Google Maps doesn't show the blue line (and now gold line) on their transit map? Stations are labeled but there's no actual colored line marking the transit path like there are in other cities. Even other relatively new light rails of similar caliber (Phoenix, Houston, St. Louis) are shown.

    I would contact CATS directly about this as they should know 

  11. Considering the history of this very area and the fact that Charlotte should be doing way more to foster its growing black-owned businesses and entrepreneur sector, this project should happen.  Yes, it should be a black owned company that does this project right.  Regardless of how long it takes it should be black-owned companies and actually have more black-owned contractors involved in this such as McFarland Construction, RJ Leeper, or Harmon Construction.

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  12. 5 hours ago, CLT2014 said:

    It all comes down to execution in Uptown to win market share and get people to spend time there outside of 8AM to 5PM for work. With the drop in foot traffic, we have seen people only want to be in Uptown when forced by their employers, but not so much on their own time. There IS competition in the city and metro area for people's time and dollars outside of special events at the stadiums or performing arts venues. The retail options and amenities need to be top notch in Uptown to bring the whole city together and entice people to the metro's hub by choice rather than just work (which will be 3 - 4 days a week only for many firms.... not the best group for retail to target).

    Legacy Union has done little to add interesting spaces or retail storefronts to compete with other options, even ones that don't have the inherit charm of historic architecture. 

    Blakeney Shopping Center -> varied storefronts and textures, different setbacks, different awnings, lighting options, spaces for outdoor dining, pots with plants, et... 


    Meanwhile in the heart of the city, Legacy Union put up this??? Completely flat facade, air conditioning vents / harsh metal everywhere, every retail spot looks the exact same, no shade, no sense of place, no pots w/ plants, no lighting options, et.... 

    If a suburban shopping center 15 miles outside of the city center can get something as basic as awnings and different textures.... certainly Legacy Union as a prime development in the very heart of the city could have done more to say "Hey, it is actually worth it to live and be Uptown. It IS more interesting than the suburbs....." Instead Legacy Union manages to make  Blakeney Village shopping center look "cool." Oh... and shocker... Blakeney has people at it on a Friday night at 5PM and the retail is full.

    Yep there needs to be paradigms shifts that reflects the attractiveness of Downtown San Francisco, Midtown Atlanta, Brickell part of Downtown Miami, Philadelphia City Center, and various parts of Washington with regards to become more 24 hour places. That means building more mixed use mid-rise and high-rise developments that includes residential and/or hotel components along with ground-level commercial uses (retail, restaurant, and or allows some after-hours gathering places including bar/lounges and smaller live music venues).  They can continue to attract major HQ offices within these developments, but they have got to mix things up a bit more, literally.

    This will activate the streetscape beyond the stretch of Uptown along North Tryon. This is how and what Charlotte needs to focus upon because that's what's going to bring in more people into Uptown who don't work there outside of the events at the BOA Stadium, Spectrum Center, etc.

  13. On 12/11/2021 at 9:28 AM, KJHburg said:

    It would be a long flight but a lot of people do like to get their with a few stops as possible.  On my long flights to Asia from US like from DFW to Hong Kong which is over 16 hours you have to get up and walk around a bit and I stood and talked to people in one of the galleys.  You watch a couple of movies and some tv shows and you are there (finally).   

    Correct me if I am wrong but the only city with service to Asia from the southeast is Atlanta.   For a region this size and populated there is room for one more.  

    Agreed, CLT is too big of an airport or the Greater Charlotte metropolitan region to rely upon ATL or DFW as a connection to Asia.

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  14. On 12/11/2021 at 9:20 AM, southslider said:

    Sure, the State may have more influence over Norfolk Southern, but the local transit agency faces the political consequences for pretending as if the Red Line were ever realistically probable. 

    No, they don't as the Dillon's Rule is the state not the localities have the ultimate decision to clear the right of way.  If the conservative-leaning ones in northern Mecklenburg County start that bs then they are looking for a political scapegoat. Anyone with smartphone access can Google this and repost this locally, and the higher education attainment and income levels here reaffirm this is not an excuse.  They should be taking their fight to Moore & Crew in the NCGA along with Governor Cooper with the North Carolina Railroad Commission negotiations with Norfolk-Southern over the Red Line.  

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  15. 3 hours ago, southslider said:

    True, BRT would have more frequency and cost less per rider, but sadly, North Towns only see the broken promise of commuter rail.

    Political will matters for successful transit. This is largely why prospects look so dim now for the Charlotte region.  Trust has been greatly exhausted, and at the very worst time, when many fear traveling in enclosed spaces with strangers.  It will take time to heal and prove credibility with an improved performance record, instead of rushing expansion plans.

    That's a state matter with the Red Line as they are the negotiators with Norfolk-Southern and it's usage of rights of way.  There's not much the much anyone can do except Governor Cooper mandating these negotiations resume over the railroad rights of way between Charlotte and Greensboro in exchange for the N-S  O-Line usage

  16. We'll have keep trying as ATL shouldn't be the only airport in this part of the world with direct non-stop Asian flights. CLT had much better logistics and positioning to be a huge east and south Asian business hub.  CLT will become better positioned a global air hub for 5 of the 6 inhabited continents (excluding South America because that's Miami). 

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