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  1. UNCC ain't ever going to be in the ACC. A few years ago, I lived in Charlotte and made most of UNC (Chapel- Hill) home games. Almost made it to every game...would leave at 3pm (to avoid traffic) if a home game on week day. And they usually only play 1 HOME game a week and plenty on the weekends...sorry you guys aren't CBB junkies like me (sadly a Tar Heel fan and we are Gawd awful this year). @elrodvt lol, SEC basketball ain't much better than A10...it has gotten better though. I get the point but I knew plenty of ACC fanatics that did what I was doing with no problem from Charlotte . Again, that's the unique thing about this area, there a tom of schools within rather close proximity. Winston-Salem (Wake Forest) is much closer to Charlotte and you can avoid I-77 altogether. Rather go to a Wake Forest vs any ACC team than Vandy vs Any SEC team (asides from Kentucky). Just thought I'd chime in about the ACC thang, much like SEC football, it ain't normal and neither are most of the fans.
  2. Lol, you seem to malign anything Charlotte so what's your point? I do recall you mentioning that Burlington, VT had a more dynamic downtown than downtown Charlotte. Been to Burlington, VT and it's more akin to downtown Burlington, NC, Statesville or Salisbury (charming old towns)....either you are on some good hemp or out right delusional. NC ACC country is different animal and it's nothing for anyone to take a quick drive up/down I-85 (Charlotte to Raleigh) to attend a game in Winston-Salem (Wake Forest), Chapel Hill. etc...On a Monday, Tuesday might ,etc. The entire I-85 corridor in NC that is RDU, Triad and Triangle is essentially connected at the hip. Not to mention the litany of Black Colleges between the three metros with all sorts of quality sports. Nashville is a nice city but I wish people would give it a break...it's not all that. It's like the hype Charlotte and RDU got at one time....just totally overblown.
  3. My question is which "properly" managed system in the US would you put more faith in? Then here comes the catch-22, no two systems or operational dynamics (impediments) are alike and the super star manager in the so-called properly managed system will be dealt the same hand in this environment. Blaming CATS is easy and with easy internet solutions. Get the funding and hope for the best.
  4. 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/
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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).
  9. 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!).
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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