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  1. I heartily agree. My main preference is United, but to Europe I fly Lufthansa when possible - for their service and the efficiency of connections (United adds a stop). There are other carriers with more luxury, but I'll take consistency and efficiency any day. If only each recent experience on US Airways wasn't so dreadful I would choose them and get fewer stops. As it is I have gone as far as changing planned vacation schedules and paying more for a Lufhansa seat, or adding a connection in ORD or even IAD (not a very nice connection airport) to avoid US. Oh, and Munich's airport is gr
  2. They're not right on the line, but you could also recommend one of the cluster of hotels on Arrowwood just east of I77. The Arrowwood bus connects to the blue line. The negative is the connection, but on the positive side they're probably about the same price as the ones on Woodlawn, but are much newer and nicer.
  3. Very reasonable. It's the kind of place that changes its menu periodically, but will make dishes from the previous menu for a semi-regular as long as they have ingredients on hand. The place is great. Be sure to try the pastas made in-house. They have been in business here for ~2 years now I think. I was recently in Italy, and from my experience it's the closest to true regional Italian cooking that one can get in Charlotte.
  4. Surprising, yes. Not only height <=1.5 stories, but also home size (>700 sq ft, IIRC), and racially discriminitory restrictions on who can reside in these houses (non-white permitted only as dosmestic employee!). I was pretty shocked to read that when I moved to the area. I'm happy to say tha my home is within the deed restrictions in size (>700ft, <=1.5 stories), but we flagrantly violate by being a beige family.
  5. We're already there. Pennies have been made from copper plated zinc for 20 years or so.
  6. Agreed on Ru San. Fine, but their fish is not excellent. Just ok. My current favorite fish is at 'i' on East. Their sashimi plate is outstanding.
  7. Based on some video footage I just saw, this is a single section of one of the new decks by Nordstrom. Report indicated one injury.
  8. Totally agreed on that. I took some out of town folks on and they got turned around at two different stations. And on the ticketing issues. I'm torn about the passes. I'd like to have hop on/off ease and support the system at the same time, but the monthly pass just isn't justified. I'd like to have a multi-ride bus+train option for convenience, even if it's at full-fare cost.
  9. And that only goes so far for me. In my observations as an average joe business & leisure traveler (read: not dividend miles preferred, but a regular traveller), I get MUCH better service on United than US Airways. In most cases I would rather fly through ORD or even to stay on United than take a nonstop on US Airways. The last round trip I took didn't give me a choice due to the destination, so I took US. Two nastydirty planes (this was not over the holidays, just a normal weekday flight), and the best service we experienced was "curt" and "dismissive". Example: Gate agent here in CLT s
  10. I think they do - perhaps not this week, but eventually. They have printed timetables available, and provide schedules on the web site with the same level of detail as are provided for the bus. In fact, for the rail/bus integration to work as intended, the bus and train must be somewhat synchronized (designed to reduce wait time for intermodal connections).
  11. Here's my report - We boarded at East/West headed south just after 10 am, expecting the northbound trains to be full and southbound light. Wrong. Southbound was standing-room only and remained so through 485. All the park and ride lots we passed on the way south were wide open. Few cars. At the 485 station we could see pulling in that the parking deck was full and there looked to be a line of people waiting to board. The platform was a bit confused. Most of the people weren't going to 485 as a destination today, so most wanted to just immediately re-board. Because the platform isn
  12. ^Yes, Red Star and then Patou. Both of those really had other problems, but the dynamics of that space weren't helping, that's for sure. Parking is not obvious for people familiar only with flat, open parking lots, and there hasn't been enough going on in the immediate vicinity for there to be a general draw. Low foot traffic, large restaurant to fill. All of that spelled trouble for the location. What I've heard about 310 Main makes it sound like it could be a good fit for the neighborhood in general, but if their patrons get confused about parking they'll be in trouble. At least until this
  13. Not to mention all of the jobs Met Midtown is bringing. And it would be great to have it on one of the major corridors in the plan, but at least workers and shoppers can choose between three bus lines and a greenway to get there.
  14. ^ I think you'll be pleased with their stuff. In my experience Target and EQ3 (and Ikea) quality are about the same. By Design stuff is perhaps a bit better (some of it much better, but that's their very pricey stuff). West Elm merch I've purchased has been very good quality - much nicer than Target/EQ3. Perhaps not quite as nice as Crate and Barrel, but less expensive.
  15. I would recommend Situl too. It is better than Maharani on Kings in my opinion. They have very good dal makhani, and their biryani is more interesting than other places in my opinion. I have never been disappointed with Situl. Agreed on Copper - definitely worth a trip, but it's more fusion than pure Indian.
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