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  1. Wow, thanks for all of the feedback everyone. It was curious to me. Down the road, moving out of Atlanta might happen for me and the family. Charlotte covers a lot bases (including geography for several reasons for us). Because of this (and general regional city interest), I've tried to keep up somewhat with Charlotte and Belmont looked like a decent place.
  2. Why is Gaston county growth more modest relative to other bordering counties?
  3. The stock market and economy in general have been growing since 2010. time will tell if what happened this week is a short term correction or something larger.
  4. It's rare. Regarding DC being on the list 3 times - it's because of the nessecity of MD, DC and VA to have had to submit separate bids. This is a list of bids. The reality is that all of these bids offer more than one location (at least they should).
  5. That's not an amazing transformation. "Yeah, um sure I'll think about it" is not "Sure, we'll fund MARTA with % of the tax"
  6. Let me elaborate - I wasn't insinuating that more lanes are the answer, but it's ridiculous that the state would tie its hands. If limiting poorly planned sprawl is a byproduct, great, but at the same time, I don't see sprawl not happening. It's terrible because the only MARTA expansion is going to up 400 (good in itself) but Cobb still won't have any, among other areas and Cobb will soon have the Braves but no MARTA or any transit expansion to ease the massive pain that is coming.
  7. I totaly agree. People can't truly appreciate what a mess Atlanta is. It's great on paper, but not reality. I've lived in Atlanta for some time. I hope to move in out in the next year or so. I might be stuck here much longer, but hoping to leave. I work in Perimeter which is the absolute worst of everything in Atlanta. A train wreck. I've been trying to keep up with Charlotte news because that's the best option for us to move to. I have to admit that I'm concerned that Charlotte isn't doing enough to avoid Atlanta's fate, but at least your center of business is still in the core and hopefully your rail can expand. I also just read where the state gave a sweetheart deal to a private company for toll lanes and that in that deal, the state can't expand non toll lanes or do anything else on I77 for 50 years. That's mind blowing.
  8. I'm sure that you're right, but it's worth noting that Ritz is Marriott. That said there are many upscale and luxury brands that should take a look.
  9. The regional divide isn't the only problem. The state of GA has been dominated by anti-guv'ment extremism for years... unless it's corporate welfare....
  10. I work in the soul strangling suburban nightmare and it's a disaster and easily the worst traffic bottleneck in the metro as it has rapidly become one of the top employment centers of the region, but has the least urban infrastructure. Compounding the problem is that more people drive and try to get on 285 or GA 400 and for those us heading west on 285, we are blocked in by existing 285 traffic trying to get on GA 400. It's a mess on so many levels. I would wish that they weren't coming (and not thrilled of these "free" market moves that cost residents millions eitther). The executives are not going to take MARTA and its Perimeter locations amight be useful to some employees who live in the city, but not many. I wished it worked out better for you guys or that they simply stayed put rather than beg for money.
  11. The article notes that they could be. Why doesn't it say that they "are?" or that it's likely?
  12. Regarding various comments about hotel brands. The big hotels companies don't own most of their hotels. They are franchised. While the companies may look for locations. It's owners who mainly look for a location and negotiate for a brand that fits etc. It's a lot more complicated than Marriott picking and choosing with absolute control.
  13. I asked exactly because of the "exceptions." Shouldn't the biggest metro in the state have direct limited access east and west? Shouldn't 74 have been considered as that route long ago and been upgraded as such?
  14. I wasn't explicit in saying this since this is the Charlotte forum, but I meant a route through Charlotte.
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