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  1. NoDa (N Davidson St Arts District) Projects

    I don't trust you to make that judgement that you are untrustworthy, therefore I trust you. Love idea of covering rail yards. The predictable train paths mean you can have the support piers distributed between the tracks and sell the air rights. I tend to think these types of developments won't happen until the more easily redeveloped land near by is built up and diversified. But it is an excellent long range goal for the yards to be covered or mostly replaced.
  2. NoDa (N Davidson St Arts District) Projects

    Looks amazing. Far more density that I would have imagined at that spot, and I'm relieved after all that effort to keep those old warehouses that they remain standing in the redevelopment, and factor solar in, too! It is hard to expect much architectural interest in midrises, but these buildings appear to be varied and somewhat interesting in their façades. NoDa is the new Southend, and I just hope it retains as much of the legacy culture that it has had in the last 15-20y as possible. I still think it is was crazy that they crossover ped bridge was not put in to connect to the parking deck to be further south and leverage the elevators of the parking deck, but given that they did put it in a spot to seemingly explicitly support the redevelopment of this parcel, then it was a good that it got such a solid plan and density.
  3. Charlotte Bike Sharing

    They need to have an easier way to tattle on the last person who parked it badly. Those people are going to spoil a good thing. There is a way to report an issue with the bike after booking it, but not to easily report a problem otherwise. The official way is to call them, which is really not a very good way of dealing with the issue. Right at this very minute, there is a lime bike in the dead center of the sidewalk near me, and there is an entire cluster of the yellow (Ofo? ) bikes blocking the whole sidewalk down the other sidewalk. It's a PITA, and needs to be some sort of way to get the offenders to stop or else it is going to be cracked down by the city and we will lose the good thing.
  4. Charlotte Center City Streetcar Network

    100% agreed. I think it is how it evolved, but to me, they made a strategic error when they chose the Hawthorne path that still gets them stuck behind the railroad. I remember having a conversation really early with the PM on the project in the early planning stages, trying to suggest they consider extending down 5th or 7th to Pecan. The bridge over the railroad seemed doable considering the shorter span and the topography and would have removed a railroad crossing from the neighborhoods. Then they would be on the ground level to go under Independence. The answer was, of course, that their studies had shown the Hawthorne bridge was strong enough for the streetcar and that was that. But I think if they had known all along that they'd have to bear the huge cost of rebuilding that bridge, the streetcar team would have either considered other paths like Pecan or a train-only bridge either following Louise. But I think the real reason they needed to replace that bridge was more of a combination of factors mainly that the projects under the bridge also needed the bridge rebuilt. So while the cause for the rebuild was not purely the streetcar, they had the mechanism to pay for it within the streetcar project, so that was what they did. I liked the 5th > Caswell > Pecan, but honestly the way that density is forming at Hawthorne and Central, and the issues with redevelopment at 7th and Pecan, it was probably a better path for the transit line to follow.
  5. Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    charlottenc.gov/cats/about/boards/FTA Quarterly/FTA-Quarterly-Agenda-171214.pdf That is also confirmed in the FTA Quarterly. Pg 27
  6. Surrounding counties usually want to have some link to transit to seem like a hop and a skip away from the action, but it is a sliver of the people they draw with that connection that actually plan it into their lives. Charlotte has already focused too much on the suburbs for transit plans and needs to get back to the point that the core urban area needs transit in all key dense destinations before it will even matter if it is connected out to the exurbs. Finally got a chance to read the FTA quarterly. I'm excited about the extra blocks of no catenary wire for the streetcar, and that they seem to be on track for early Feb BLE!
  7. Charlotte Bike Sharing

    Actually, I suspect that 5th Street one may be a Presby Church employee, as closer to launch there was bike locked inside the church around that spot. Even if they are being distributed for convenience or visibility, I am happy for the change. I have been a loyal user of B-cycle over the years, but these really are better bikes and a better system.
  8. That rendering is missing the tent on the sidewalk on 8th. I don't mind the tower design being 'spicy' but I do assume it will be crappy EIFS stucco between those windows. But I am extremely happy that the structure of the sale was to make Market Street retail heavy. That part of the project will end up being a major benefit along the light rail, in addition to finally having population in this zone.
  9. Charlotte Bike Sharing

    No way are they sub-$100. There are solar panels, and a likely a high mAH lithium battery for the GPS/cellular radio on the lock. Then they wouldn't likely be picking the worst possible components, especially as each part is anti-theft. This indicates that the Limebikes are 40lbs but I have not found any reference to the actual landed cost of the bikes. I'd really guess it would be more like $1000 budget per bike, as they'd be building more to last rather than just be sold and let fall apart. Although it isn't as though B-cycle bikes have lasted, and apparently most bikes in the US are actually made by Battle FSD in China. http://www.greensboro.com/news/schools/green-machines-new-bike-share-program-gets-its-start-at/article_01057cb1-da17-57eb-8fea-d46ce4b4f023.html
  10. Charlotte Bike Sharing

    V Bikes seems to be the lowest number of bikes. Lime and Spin are much less heavy than the Bcycle bikes. But they seem to be steel bikes, so not necessarily light enough for any user to lift onto the bus rack.
  11. Charlotte Bike Sharing

    The main difference between these bikes and personal bikes is that they don't need to be tethered to an object like a pole or bike rack. As a result, there is more risk that they will be left in a more random location. To me, their presence is a welcome sight, because it breeds an awareness for the need for bike storage, so as the users of properties and neighborhoods are now more likely to arrive by bicycle or bike share, a good location is created for those bikes to be stored. The dutch and danish deal with this problem in spades, but to some how limit bike shares because of the clutter is insane considering how our society bends over backwards for ugly parking lots and car storage that swallows up far more land. There does need to be clear instructions for bike share users to not fail in this regard. There also should be an easy way to go in and mark that the previous user has done something incorrect or outside of the ideal to give a feedback loop to those people the next time they use it. For example, when the Lime Bike I walked 3 blocks toward turned out to be locked inside First Presby church, it should have been something I could indicate was bad behavior by that previous user. Or if it were hypothetically locked blocking my driveway or any other problem, it should be easier than a link for me to write an email for support.
  12. First Ward Urban Village and Parks

    Sure hope so. The city has a strange push-pull relationship with Levine, as he is the land holder and has ultimate power in the neighborhood. It is beyond absurd. I have developed such a strong emotion about this slimebag, it's not healthy. But his penalty from the city is that he no longer receives a discount on his property taxes, but now that that has already happened, there is now no new incentives or penalties for him other than just the opportunity cost of not making revenue on the deck.
  13. Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    The arms were down a long time at 8th and 9th St during the game. Every did trust the risk and turned around after a while instead of jumping the arms, but it is not a good idea to make that mistake especially during the NFL game because I'm sure it triggered some anger against the train that was unnecessary. Mistakes happen, but it did affect people negatively. It appeared the red lights were still on but the arms up when we came back through after the game. Albeit far less frustrating/ growing pains than what NoDa has dealt with, but it will be a welcome reprieve when it opens.
  14. Charlotte Bike Sharing

    I think until the general public stops actually littering with reckless abandon, a locked bicycle in what the terms and agreements require to be a reasonable public location outside of the flow of pedestrian or vehicle flow cannot be considered littering. Real litter is pervasive and constant. A bike is going to trigger a blogger but it shouldn't.
  15. Charlotte Bike Sharing

    It is awesome to have the competition because it is already vastly more like a business competition than a government type program. I have spoken to leadership of Bcycle about how terrible and hard to ride their bikes are, especially with the extremely heavy baskets that throw you off balance and the near total lack of braking power. The response was "the baskets are necessary for ad space", but I'm thinking they have giant freaking wheels that could get it if they were worried about sponsors. Or better yet, having a lower accident rate, unless that's not what CHS wants ( ) I rode Spin for the first time yesterday and the bike was a 100x better than Bcycle. Light weight basket, solid brakes, gears that change when you need it, and a far better experience for leaving it where I was going. I did have a problem with a Lime bike that was apparently locked inside the building at First Presby, but no clear way to flag the problem so they can sort it out and stop showing the bike as available. That type of hoarding is not ok, so I'm not sure why it's not an easy part of the app to let them know. Overall it was crazy easy to use, and I only had to walk a bit farther due to the screw up of the hoarded bike. Sadly for b-cycle, they won't be able to compete with their terrible bikes and limited destinations, so I will cancel my annual subscription if these new batch of bike-shares work better for me. Between these and Zipcar and the doubling of the Lynx mileage (I also used CATSPass for the first time last night to solve the problem of having to physically get a ticket when sometimes rushing to the train) it is really getting me thinking about going car-free again.