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  1. People who aren't afraid of a very Diverse city aren't crossing the street because the bus transit has a lot of Black people...lol. Stop framing it as though these sorts of incidents are exclusive to Charlotte. Charlotte ain't this quaint little ole Huckleberry town anymore. Just last night in New Orleans: Last night on Canal St: https://www.wdsu.com/article/nopd-at-least-10-people-shot-along-canal-street/30064186 Maybe they should shut down Canal St. In a REAL urban city, this stuff is status quo, especially in entertainment districts/areas. Either get over your fear or do something else with your time....welcome to the big leagues. The stats don't bear out this unwarranted fear as thousands of people frequent the Epi each week without incident. Here's how a sunbelt city used to dealing with entertainment address the issue: https://www.wkrn.com/news/crime-tracker/violent-crime-on-the-rise-in-downtown-nashville/
  2. Lol, If that's was the case, Bourbon St wouldn't exist! Are y'all talking about the same Epicentre I frequent when in town? I was just there two weeks ago, no problem. Some of these perspectives align with what a lot of people in Raleigh/Cary think about downtown Durham. Total exaggeration and culture fear, especially when it's not watered down lilly White. So, it's a little rough around the edges, Good! You don't have to go there, everything doesn't have to be watered down to the point of khaki-nation. Charlotte has plenty of other options to hangout. Back to the other poster's point as to why that type of thought leadership historically gutted the city decades ago. I guess it' wash, rinse, repeat.
  3. It's all CATS fault! They had an opportunity to purchase a state-of-the-art AI neural inference machine with a nascent telepathic dual processing algorithm that could intercept/capture fragile (human) decision-making which in essence would mitigate or avoid such incidents. Essentially wiping out those massive 1-3 minute delays between stations. It was only half a mill. #Do Better CATS
  4. I saw that and some were within minutes off schedule, little to NO overall value to conclude anything. That last sentence sums it up for me, shut 'em all down then. This forum is becoming a cult of urbanplanet No(KNOW)-Nothing "experts"....# DO BETTER. There a few positions opening in DC where that factless perspective means a lot to a certain person. Don't believe the data, believe me.
  5. Excuse me if the data is already out there, but what metric and/or data are you basing this on in comparison to other or similar systems? Not anecdotes but real data like on-time rates, etc. Seems pointless and reckless to malign and spew negative info without data points. I enjoy this forum but a lot of folks zoom-in on photos to beotch about a wrong colored bolt on a 20 story building under construction ( a bit carried away at times).
  6. Do you actually ride the metro everyday for work (rush hour) like I did while living in DC (for years)? Most times from the end of the line (Orange/Vienna and Blue/Largo) to Downtown (L'Enfant Plaza and Metro Center)). I know a few people in DC (family) who work downtown and drive everyday from Largo/Bowie area (it's a mixed bag of results). It's also about options and even DC metro can be quite unreliable at times. Especially having to ride from downtown to end of the line each day (crammed trains, etc...sometimes having to wait for the next train). A lot of people don't own cars or have their own form of transportation in Charlotte. I think you're focused on "ME" instead of providing multi-faceted long term solutions. Shat like this winning thesis conclusion, 20 minute frequencies is such crap. Not if yo ass ain't got no choice....20 minutes ain't that long. And riding the train from Largo to downtown DC can take anywhere from 1-1:30 hours based on parking the car, etc. I guess Charlotte should have waited to become of a city of 4+ million (big city), then decide to retro control growth. The other thing is (when you get seat on the train (riding) or waiting, you can actually do real shat!).
  7. Mediocre? You gotta be kidding me. It's probably the greatest achievement of any mid-size (low density) relatively conservative non-"world-class" southern metro ever. Supported by a southern Republican mayor at the time to boot. It's astonishing anything got built in my opinion. I'm not sure what the disdain is for LRT in Charlotte and what metric you're using to compare operations against, but seems some folks are cherry picking problems and creating false perceptions about overall day-to-day operations. When in fact, these problems are rather normal for any rail system.. You have a hard-on for Denver, we get it, I use to live there and some of your hype is way over the top about that place. Can Charlotte support MLB? Absolutely.....carry on.
  8. Huh? I rode DC metro for years (rush and non-rush hour). Numbers up there look pretty good to me. Never ever ever paid attention to schedule in DC, always off.
  9. Again, not making excuses for CATs however I was a commuter on DC metro for years (rush hour and lived at the end of the Orange, Red and Blue lines from downtown). The stories I could tell would blow your mind. Try being stuck in some of those tunnels for 5, 10, 20 minutes and inch worming during single tracking. Or everybody getting booted off the train for overcrowding (conductor could not close the doors, train will not move) then, the train operator closes the door and hauls ass during peak summer (I'm in a suit pn the platform sweating like the third day of boot camp). II could go on and on...In my personal experiences, public transit is a choice, not necessarily a convenience. I think some of y'all are cherry picking instances that all too common across the board with many rail transit systems. Meaning most times it works fine (or ok enough) if you accept the premise that Murphy's Law is in full effect at all times.
  10. Does the regular Joe/Jane even care or have any clue as to what was built when? It's just another tall building, really. Tall buildings project a "big" city image but ground/street level activity or activity clusters is what most people focus on....stuff to do in the city.
  11. Not certain about other rail transit systems (and have ridden CATS rail), but the Metro in DC was unreliable when I use to commute everyday for work. I'm not certain as to what magic wand you want them to wave but this seems to pretty common with most rail transit systems in this country. I do think there's a lot of negative hyperbole regarding public transit (definitely could be better but surely not as bad as made out to be), it's a sacrifice in most cases plus in DC, Fed Gov employees are subsidized to commute, so grin and bear it (parking really isn't a good option) I think people are so accustomed to the convenience of a car so expectations are out of whack with reality. Train is gonna be late (a lot), all sorts of unforeseen mechanical and weather related issues, etc. Rail is a pro and con situation everywhere.
  12. Why? It's akin to publicly providing a certified birth certificate and the majority of one party totally dismissing it. Hell no, this is politics...the show must go on...it's way of the world now. The truth is what you wanna believe and hanging out with like-minded people to keep you convinced that it really is the truth.
  13. Wait a minute? You're correlating that incident with the CIAA? I go every year with most of friends who also have advanced degrees from HBCU's and other institutions of higher learning. Attend all sorts of events (fashion shows, exhibits, arts and crafts), even some of the games and a party here or there. Tens of thousands of people pouring money into Charlotte and yes I usually tip at 20+% regardless of service (in general) but definitely during the CIAA event because of the asinine stereotypes. Do some of ya'll even know what it's about or just buy into the get rid of the Black people no matter what. And any incident sensationalized to bolster your ridiculous position. It's not as though crime ceases to exist uptown during most other events or any other random weekend, even shootings. It's seems very convenient to align it with the CIAA... The CIAA is headquartered in Charlotte, it will be back after a short run in Baltimore. My advice is peruse the internet for local MAGA events and hit 'em up that week/weekend. I have really come to believe that White people don't think other White people are dangerous. #Sad. It's just frustrating to actually KNOW that the entire slant of the CIAA being dangerous is pure bullshat.
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