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  1. Yeah. It's a little pricey, and they're still working out some kinks, but we had a good meal. That strip is developing a nice density of good/interesting places to eat and drink.
  2. First Charter is having some financial problems right now. The company delayed its annual report because of complications with its most recent acquisition. It would be an odd moment for them to announce a big move. Also, I'd be interested if anyone can name a bank of comparable size with a downtown office tower in a U.S. city.
  3. This is true, and they've said they would like an uptown presence. I don't know anything more than that, but (unlike First Charter) it's a bank that does the kind of corporate business that could justify the relative expense of uptown offices.
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    The Vue

    Alright, so it was a little bit of hyperbole. Maybe in this respect, we're on par with Atlanta. But Charlotte Bobcats Arena is still a good place to have quiet conversation, even when there's a basketball game in progress.
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    The Vue

    Ah, interesting, thanks. As for the atmosphere, I completely agree. It's the least noisy NBA crowd I've ever seen -- even when the game is close. I can't imagine anyone who has attended games at other NBA venues characterizing this as a typical NBA atmosphere.
  6. crispin

    The T

    For the record, the introduction of Charlie Card-style systems in many cities have significantly increased transit ridership. New York would be an easy example. I hope it does the same in Boston, once they get the initial kinks resolved.
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    The Vue

    At the Bobcats game tonight, they were advertising something called The Vue Club... Coming Soon. The spelling seemed too strange for it not to be related, particularly because the Vue is also sponsoring some other stuff at the arena. Does anyone know what this is? It also seems like a strange place to sell condos...
  8. Yeah, that's what I meant. There's obviously New York, and there are some such buildings in urban areas such as Boston and Chicago and Philadelphia, but it's a pretty short list, and certainly doesn't seem to be the trend in the New South. On the other hand, Novare certainly is a step in the direction of mass-produced high-rises, even if they are gussied up. (Lordy how the gods of modernism must cringe at the geegaws on those boxes, or on Furman's for that matter) so let's hope the trend continues...
  9. And of course, sadly, that wouldn't be marketable in America, at least this part of America. Our urban housing is statement housing, not practical housing. McMansions in the sky, to borrow a theme from another thread. And our version of affordable is Novare -- for employees of banks!
  10. The worst part for Levine, as I've written elsewhere on this board, is that he could easily miss out on this entire cycle of development. His land is on the wrong side of Uptown. It's always made more sense to infill the parking lots between the skyscrapers and the ritzy neighborhoods. And now we've got a decade of development in the pipeline and not a single piece -- maybe not even that UNCC building that still needs parking -- is going to be on his land. Too bad for him, too bad for us.
  11. But oh, how I hate that landbanking Levine...
  12. Afraid not. It's privately held; the Fortune 500 is a list of public companies. Also, NASCAR just isn't that big in financial terms. Most of the money from, say, the television contract flows to the racetrack owners. The Frances own the largest one, International Speedway Corp -- that's where most of their money comes from. But ISC reported 2005 revenues of only $740 million. The company ranked last in the Fortune 1000 pulled in almost twice as much revenue -- about $1.4 billion.
  13. These will stand on the block where the Duke building is being knocked down and, according to the article, will be built independent of the park, excepting the Packard site.
  14. Posts like this give me hope for Charlotte. Since the city has decided to be shaped by developers, it's nice to meet a developer who harbors a respect for people and context. I like Elizabeth Village. Of course it's not a retail project -- and our retailers value modern spaces more than charm -- and there are no worthwhile buildings on your parcel -- so I'll be interested to see what emerges. My personal dream would be a modern tribute to the house-turned-store. Thanks again for taking the time to interact with us dreamers and critics and junkies.
  15. As respects the Renwick, this may be true, but mortgage companies certainly do make and close residential mortgage loans on properties under construction.
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