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  1. Camperdown (Greenville News Building Site)

    The apartment building is UGLY. Faddish architecture isn't usually a good idea, and the boxy architecture fad since the '90s won't last forever.
  2. Piedmont & Northern Railroad

    How can you buy tickets for P&N trains, and where are they advertised? I checked its site on the Iowa Pacific main site and there was a mention of the Christmas trains, but nothing more.  I'd have jumped at the chance to take one of these trains!
  3. Mall history questions

    Great response, thanks. Yes, I also wondered why (1) there were 3 Belk stores within a few miles of each other for years (downtown, Augusta Road and McAlister Square) but (2) why the closest in-town "real" department store is at Haywood (Mast General Store doesn't count), while in-town neighborhoods' populations have increased significantly, particularly in the past 10 years.  There's a large underserved market in the zone between Haywood and Downtown for such a store.
  4. Mall history questions

    Yes, that site is well-known, but unfortunately it doesn't address my questions.  Thanks though.
  5. In case others are intrigued by mall history in Greenville, I thought that this thread might be useful. I have a few initial questions: 1. Why in the world did developers build Haywood and Greenville malls so close to each other and at almost the same times?  Why did they build both in particular when McAlister Square was thriving at the time and was nearby? I was around at the time, but I was too young to know anything other than "all of a sudden we have 2 malls next to each other." 2. When Haywood was built, did any of the downtown department stores consider staying downtown?  Why didn't they go to Greenville Mall; was Haywood announced at around the same time, so they chose the bigger mall? I just remember that they all closed at the same time, and downtown was left basically abandoned. I'm so glad that downtown finally seems to have the upper hand, after so many years.
  6. GSP International

    American and US Airways (separately) both had flights between GSP and LaGuardia about 10 years ago.  For someone who lives in Greenville and even moreso Spartanburg, it makes no sense to stick with GSP for regular trips to the Northeast.  They can fly out of GSP and be on a regional jet and have a choice of just a few flights a day (at most) or fly in the wrong direction to Atlanta and then connect, or connect in Charlotte and deal with the inconvenience of one more flight (GSP-CLT) that can get cancelled.  Or they can just drive up to Charlotte, be there in the same time it takes to fly, and have a choice of a lot more flights on regular planes, multiple Admirals Clubs and more reliability.
  7. GSP International

    GSP should focus as well on adding mainline "legacy" airline service.  Just having Delta, United and American mostly run puddle jumpers to their hubs isn't sufficient because (1) for a frequent traveler who wants to go to a non-hub destination, it's often just as fast, or faster to drive to Charlotte and take a flight from there and (2) the puddle jumpers aren't as reliable as mainline flights.  Let's say that someone wants to fly regularly from GSP to NYC.  The total travel time with driving to Charlotte and flying from there is about the same (or faster) as flying from GSP, and by driving to Charlotte, there's less risk of a flight being canceled between GSP and Charlotte.  I've had now 2 flights from GSP to "legacy" hubs cancelled in the past few months, resulting in delays of 8 hours and 16 hours, respectively.  With that level of unreliability, I'd rather just drive to Charlotte.
  8. Northpointe mixed use development.

    Do we need ANOTHER nice grocery store in or around downtown, with Publix downtown and now Harris Teeter at Lewis Plaza? Wouldn't this location work for a Target (with the demographics probably similar to what supported the Sears that I was dragged to as a kid, across the street)?
  9. It'll be terribly dated in 15 years.  Downtown should have consistent architecture, with buildings that complement one another.  Most of downtown's core does, but this does not.
  10. The State of Downtown Retail

    Downtown stores were PACKED this weekend.  Brooks Brothers, Mast General Store, etc. were all mobbed! One issue that I have with downtown is that the sidewalks, trees, outdoor dining, etc. were all set up when foot traffic downtown was far less than it is now.  Now that downtown is such a destination, it's difficult to walk at a decent pace, since there are swarms of people up and down Main. I'd guess that there's nothing that can be done about it other than to perhaps reduce the restaurants' outdoor areas along Main, though. And couldn't something be done about the loud motorcycles along Main?  They definitely detract from the nice ambiance.
  11. Augusta Road

    Is Saluda River staying in a redeveloped site, or is it moving somewhere else?
  12. Cute.  We don't need to panic, but we do need to reflect on what type of architecture will result in Charlotte remaining beautiful in 50 and 100 years. 2005-era boxes won't do it, just as 1970s-era cement junk didn't do it, either.  Remember how the Ivey's store at SouthPark was supposedly the most amazing, with-it store ever, until its 1970-era concrete grew out of style, for example?
  13. SouthPark Mall

    I'd think that Metropolitan/Midtown could expand and really become the center city retail destination. If downtown Greenville, SC has stores ranging from Brooks Brothers to Anthropologie and the like, I still don't see why Charlotte doesn't, but at least something near uptown would be about as good.
  14. Charlotte is one big glop of 2005-era architecture--and the Carolina Theater will be as well. That's all going to look incredibly dated in 20 years, just as 1970s-era architecture was horribly dated by the 1990s. I'd prefer that planners and developers build timeless architecture: neo-Classical, neo-Renaissance or even Colonial.  CPCC's campus near uptown is an excellent development, since its architecture will not really be dated and it fits in well with Charlotte's history.  It gets an A; the glass/brick boxes elsewhere all over town get a C.
  15. Charlotte Center City Streetcar Network

    Transit supporters really ought to tread with caution in Charlotte and be sure to build only rail lines that will generate a lot of ridership.  Anti-transit zealots are itching to find any transit line that has low ridership and/or doesn't have a good farebox recovery ratio.  So far the streetcar has a 0% farebox recovery ratio and low ridership.  (I know that it won't be free once Phase 2 opens, and ridership will increase then.)  I don't want to be giving the John Locke crowd any ammunition, but the streetcar could be it.  I also don't want public transportation to have a stigma of being for "those other people", but the streetcar could be that as well. I'd prefer to focus on the Blue Line, commuter rail and additional Piedmont trains.