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  1. 14 hours ago, CarolinaDaydreamin said:

    GA has eaten our lunch. Atlanta's film studios rival any city in the world not names Los Angeles.

    Georgia has relatively similar diversity (not as good) but slightly better year round weather (especially near Savannah).

    The same things could be constructed in Charlotte and maybe Wilmington in addition to the Screen Gems Soundstage already there. It's all about investments into the film industry and soundstage campuses.  

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  2. Atlanta is basically controlled by the large developers who seem to only want traditional suburban with drive-up urbanism developments with few exceptions. When I lived and worked there the types of parking accommodating developments are the go- to their intown neighborhoods within the city limits like Edgewood Town Center, Uptown Atlanta formerly Lindberg Town Center, Lindberg Plaza, Atlantic Station, Glenwood, and Madison Yards.  These are in the very areas where true smart growth and new urbanism style developments could be done but those are relegated to random areas usually outside of the Atlanta city proper.  If it isn't Midtown or Downtown Atlanta then expect more of the same occurring under previous mayoral administrations,.

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  3. 23 hours ago, kermit said:

    Economic development consultants are steering firms away from Atlanta due to government instability related to the Buckhead separatist movement. It will take more than a year for the succession of Buckhead to shake out, hopefully this is an opportunity (along with Texas power grid failures) our ED folks are jumping on:


    I believe that Atlanta governmental instability it will result in more economic growth for Charlotte.  Charlotte is already on the upswing economically over Atlanta with the recent merger HQ and regional offices relocations coming here. Atlanta has been long overplaying its hand against Charlotte. 

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  4. On 11/29/2021 at 10:02 PM, DEnd said:

    LOL.  I'd say the 18 year timeframe is optimistic.  It's also not altogether a bad thing., it puts a clear place for growth to occur and pushes for concentration of development in one corridor.  Part of MARTA's problem is that Atlanta didn't push for denser development around it's stations. In someways I'd say the BLE opened too early, there is now less pressure to develop southend.  Likewise opening the silver line too early  would decrease station area demand resulting in lower densities around the stations, which makes the station areas more car oriented, ultimately reducing the value of building "high speed" transit.  

    Also trying to sneak something by your political adversaries is a great way to get something to fail.  If you believe in something then own it and argue stridently for it.  Trying to hide an agenda will only piss off the undecided voters which will end up with you (or your party) unelected.

    To the embolden, no it's not.  The NC GOP is as sneakier and more backhanded about other issues and have yet to reap political failures.  The majority of locals only care if transit is expansions are done and bettering their daily lives. Also the majority of the people in Mecklenburg County want and desire more transit investments to improve overall personal mobility from first-mile and last-mile connectivity. The people who care are locals within Mecklenburg County and they will know what this transit referendum is for and don't care how it's done in Raleigh with the NC GOP straightforward or not as long as it's done. 

    FYI, politics isn't about being right, wrong, or fair towards political adversaries, especially underhanded ones like the NC GOP.  It's about having potent messaging and getting that message to the people who will vote for and support this by turning out to the polls. Undecided voters aren't reliable to turnout nor worth wasting time upon when the core base supports the partisan group or an initiative referendum.  Thinking otherwise is very naive. 

  5. On 11/27/2021 at 8:50 AM, KJHburg said:

    Yes so there will be only one stretch not developed on this side of the Rail Trail but the city needs to complete it with some private donations even if just a saw paved path until that property is redeveloped where the Auto Bell sits. 

    Contact the Victoria Watlington about it!  The portion of the Rail Trail is within the Charlotte City Council District 3.  It's in Mecklenburg County Commission District 2  has Vilma Leakes.  Since the Greenways are apart of the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department purview, you should contact her about this so that the county will contact the city to make this happen quicker. We must make the existing elected officials to work for you not just say things online. Otherwise things won't get done. 

    Another poster said in a previous post on the subforum that there is an existing private entity that does the advocacy for green spaces and greenways.   

    As a former resident of Atlanta, PATH Foundation only has made strives at best piecemail level at best. Intown Charlotte in comparison to Intown Atlanta is much better covered by active greenways and trails. The Atlanta Beltline is still only 60% complete as the northwest portion is still not even designed nor the right-of-way is even reserved yet.   Meanwhile, by next fall (Fall 2022) you can bike or hike from the James K. Polk site in Pineville to NoDa via the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Although we must do more, that's very impressive for a region our size.  

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  6. 18 minutes ago, elrodvt said:

    Do you live there? It's certainly not what I observed until we moved 2 years ago.

    No I live in a neighborhood adjacent to Uptown though. However, I bike, travel by foot, or via LYNX Blue Line  through Uptown although the day on a regular most days a week.  Honestly, I travel around the city often via bike. Uptown is thriving as early as 7AM most days and late as 2AM most nights in those aforementioned areas. 

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  7. On 11/24/2021 at 9:38 PM, elrodvt said:

    "the city has a thriving central business district (Uptown).

    You agree with this?

    it's all relative I guess but it's sure not thriving from a "living there"  perspective (imho).

    Actually I totally agree. The heart of Uptown which is anything North/Northwest of the LYNX Blue Line is very busy 18-hours, 7 days a week. That's remarkably active for a city that had a practically undeveloped urban core about 2 decades ago. North Tryon and Church Streets are both very active on a street level 18 hours everyday.

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  8. 33 minutes ago, JacksonH said:

    With the lack of cooperation from the state legislature, indeed they must.  It's interesting watching those videos and seeing how in some cities build these rail transit systems get built up very quickly (Washington, DC may be the best example) while in others they lag.  If there is the will, it will get done.  Atlanta seems to be suffering a similar problem to Charlotte's.  There's been no expansion to MARTA in over two decades.

    All of the cities who have rapidly built regional rail since the 1970s with the exception of Washington are also not in the Southeast.  WMATA was rapidly built because it's the only mass transit system created via a US constituional law (National Capital Transportation Act of 1960 & the sequential Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Compact of 1966), so basically it's a direct result of an act of Congress. 

    This part of the US has a storied history of adversary towards cities and transit development because they are mostly black and non-white places. As a result of  blatant racism and xenophobia, these places are intentionally sabotaged and undermined when they do attempt to build regional rail transit systems.  That's exactly what happened tothe  Atlanta and Miami regional rail transit extensions. 

    Charlotte differs from Atlanta as MARTA regional rail system were proposed across portions of 5 counties; whereas, CATS LYNX Rail is mostly in 1 county, Mecklenburg like Miami with Miami MetroRail.   We can learn fem Miami by fully implementing a comprehensive plan that has a well written united development ordinance.   Where we dedicate towards more accommodations towards non-automobile oriented developments in key areas where high capacity transit routes are being proposed. 

    We can meet our goal of building our regional rail out over the next 2-3 decades but Charlotte's leadership must be strategic and have efforts shrouded or disguised as a statewide benefit. 

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  9. On 11/24/2021 at 9:58 AM, kermit said:

    ^If it takes 20 years to design and build the Silver Line can we really say it is alive?


    Huh? They put those timelines out to be that conservative to satisfy the b*tchiest and most delusional member of the Charlotte City Council i.e., Tariq Bohkari.  If the transit referendum is to occur in 2023 then it will be shovel ready right around 2028-29 as originally planned.  Some of you need to understand how politics are the reasoning behind the conservative figures.  You cannot let political adversaries (NCGOP) know what you're truly doing  to improve QOL unless you want them to sabotage your plans everytime. 

  10. 1 hour ago, KJHburg said:

    Too late on the Med school at UNCC but they should do a law school in conjunction with UNC Chapel Hill.   Otherwise I think Wake Forest will open a school here and end that.  The UNC system is being very shortsighted as it contends to this area but thank God Wake Forest is coming to town with their Medical school or we would still not have one. 

    The disposition at the UNC Board of Governors level is really the general dismissal of Charlotte because it is not Chapel Hill nor the Triangle. TPTB can control the Triangle all one has to do is look at the lower levels of ethnic and racial diversity of that area outside of small pockets as proof.  If UNC were to open a full fledged law school and medical school at UNCC then Charlotte would literally explode in the racial and ethnic diversity at an even more expediential fashion than it is already coming in now without either.  The gap in economic mobility would significantly close as more educational resources and vocational training options for those here will also increase.  Education is one economic sector Charlotte should capitalize upon.  As higher education helps those from the working class have more options and access to betterment and economic  mobility along bringing up the overall regional educational attainment level. 

    TPTB doesn't want Charlotte to turn into Houston overnight because that level of diversity of people, economic, higher education, and urban design landscapes would be make keeping things under the NCGA control would be nearly impossible.  The thing is we'll be looking similar to present-day Houston-levels of diversity and options in the next 2 decades regardless. 

    UNC is opening a de facto medical school with Novant Health at the Presbyterian Medical Center campus. However, it'll take a major push from UNCC leadership to evolve this into a full-fledged medical center. 

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  11. 42 minutes ago, Matthew.Brendan said:


    Miami has 20 buildings over 600’ and Charlotte has… 4

    Duke will make 5 and in a few years this site development will add 1 more. 

    Miami has something like 5 or 6 active or pending construction all 600’ + including a 1000’ Waldorf Astoria, and the rest actually appear to all be 700+. We can effectively ignore these as the real estate in Miami is as volatile as it gets although at least a couple of these I believe are under active construction. Anyway…

    Of the 20 existing 600+ footers in Miami, 6 are 700+. Charlotte has 2. 

    Stepping down a bit, if we look at buildings 200-500 feet tall, Miami has… well never mind, they start the count (just using Wiki here) at 400’ and there are apparently 98 buildings in Miami at least 400’ tall. Charlotte has, drumroll please…. 18. Ok we’ll include the Carillon at 394 just to pad that a bit and bring it up to 19. lol. 

    This is all in good fun, I have lived in Charlotte 16 years now and it’s been boom town the entire time. I’ve watched practically half of this city get built in that time, it truly is amazing. Especially because the pace and scope is only increasing. It’s truly fantastic living in Charlotte. I love it and I love cities in general. but Miami legit has the third “largest” skyline in this country after NYC and Chicago. 

    I'm not talking about height of buildings as that's irrelevant in the greater perspective of things of length and depth of a continuous skyline of a major city. 

    Miami has the largest and longest continuous skyline in the Southeast, Atlanta is #2, and Charlotte is #3.  The current Charlotte continuous skyline is approximately 6 miles in length from NorthEnd to SouthEnd.  Atlanta’s continuous skyline is approximately 9 miles from Buckhead to Downtown Atlanta, and Miami's continuous skyline along coastal barrier islands and along Biscayne Bay is nearly 20 miles in length from Hollywood to Downtown Miami. 

    FYI, DC has a long and dense skyline.  None of the buildings are even that tall about 400' but it's quite dense. That's what really matters as Charlotte is filling in quite well in the density category.

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  12. On 11/21/2021 at 10:06 PM, Crucial_Infra said:

    Skyline will look something like this in a few years. Please excuse my iPhone photoshopping skills. 


    That's an extremely impressive skyline.  The core of Uptown, Midtown, and SouthEnd of Charlotte is definitely rivals the Atlanta and Miami skylines these days and definitely in the future.  We're definitely home to the 3rd largest skyline in the Southeast US.

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  13. 33 minutes ago, RANYC said:

    I recall when the RFP to re-imagine and re-develop the CTC went out, and when White Point was selected.  I believe their plans at the time were largely office.  I wonder what's changed.  Surely, those plans are no longer on the table.  How far does $15 million actually go for a CTC re-development, or will the $15 million be a grant-incentive to a developer to get work underway to transform the site?

    It's a combo of office and hotel space with ground-level retail adjacent to the new large transit mobility hub facility. 

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  14. 3 hours ago, LKN704 said:

    Does the plan seriously call for the "BRT" (if we can call it that) to exit I-77 and travel down a backroad to reach Northlake Mall before reentering 77?

    It's BRT.  It fits the FTA definition of fixed guideway as a motorbus with its own lane(s) separated by bollards or concrete barrier from general purpose lanes. The addition of the mobility hub amenities such as benches, direct access to/from the managed express lanes,  covered areas, and dedicated park-and-ride lot confirms that the MetroRapid North will be true BRT.

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  15. I wouldn't say CATS is exactly unprepared. Short of the passage of the referendum occurring on this past November 2nd,  CATS wouldn't have been able to take advantage of the infrastructure bill until 2024 at the earliest.  It's going to be all about the politics and project design & development process lining up. Also the referendum isn't expected until 2023.

  16. 15 hours ago, kermit said:

    Yea, we are talking about the same org. I know several former employees, they may not be super objective, but they offer consistently pessimistic perspectives on the current state of the membership. But, like I said, I hope you are right about their continued lobbying power.

    I am honestly not sure the GOP understands the basics of contemporary economic growth. The state’s metro’s are responsible for the vast majority of economic output, but the GOP continues to parade around their anti-urban bonafides. They are just not a pro-business / pro growth party anymore.

    I know too knew a few former CRBA employees personally myself.  Money is what makes the world goes round still even in this current state of things.  They (the GOP) really don't care about anything but power.  However, they've learned that you can't be obvious in your obstructing things either.  This is all an image and money game how you shake things up & make things occur with the moronic-current leadership in the NCGA.

  17. 17 hours ago, Madison Parkitect said:

    The GOP absolutely does not care one bit about population growth in urban centers. The more the NC cities grow, the more their power shrinks. They have a vested interest in anti-growth.

    We all know they don't care about the population centers. However, they know not to repeat what happened to them in 2017-18 and chose to be blatant in their anti-urban behavior.  They know that corporations still care about imagery and they don't want to be the obvious cause of loss of economic growth for NC. 

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