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  1. GSP International

    Everything in the old US Airways terminal at LGA and in CLT is once you go through security, and the security lines at GSP are atrocious, so seems like a good move to me. Is GSP getting a real TSA pre-check security line back? Will there be a shorter ID-check line for frequent fliers? And surely the airport is getting check-in kiosks back? It's a great looking airport, and the rental car location is terrific, but the lack of standard things for frequent fliers, such as a real TSA pre-check line, and no kiosks, is an incentive to head to CLT.
  2. GSP International

    The PRT system looks great. It would be nice to have some type of public transportation to the airport, and just have it continue around the airport grounds (like the Airtrain to JFK), perhaps as a next phase (although that would be unlikely).
  3. Greenville County Square redevelopment

    Apology accepted.
  4. Greenville County Square redevelopment

    ausrutherford should not have made a libelous statement (that I "do not understand" something, when in fact I do, and very well). He has a habit of constantly accusing people of not understanding things, when the issue is that his posts do notreflect well-thought and informative statements. His habit is called "projection": reflecting your own issues on others. There is already plenty of "affordable" (aka "low-income") housing around the County Square site, and we should be thrilled that finally we have non-low-income housing being built downtown in the past 10-15 years, perhaps for the first time since around 1900.
  5. Greenville County Square redevelopment

    Again, you don't understand. Both the Greenville News and I clearly and repeatedly stated that the area could be "in part" affordable housing. So simply repeating back to me what the Greenville News and I clearly stated serves no purpose. So what is the purpose of your post then, other than to show that your reading comprehension skills are poor? Further, no reputable proponent of affordable housing has ever stated that the goal is to give people more disposable income; the goal is almost always to ensure that people with low incomes have access to jobs in high-rent areas. Again, again, again: you don't understand.
  6. Greenville County Square redevelopment

    Excuse you? I most certainly understand affordable housing. The Greenville News article clearly stated that the goal would be to have people who work downtown be able to live near downtown. I've lived in an apartment building before that, as per government requirements, was 80/20 (80% market-rate, where I lived, and 20% below-market rate, which was the affordable housing component). Have you? You're the one with the comprehension issue, so don't project your own lack of understanding on others. Having a high density of residents with disposable incomes nearby is key to any commercial area's success. Greenville's downtown has that on its east side, but not on its west side, and so downtown Greenville has done well recently despite being in an iffy demographic area. It is critical for the future growth of downtown to continue to expand its population base of people with disposable incomes. If it does, then additional attractive stores and restaurants will come downtown, and employers will continue to locate there. If it does not, then they will not. Greenville is small enough that for the government to insist that a large block of developable land downtown be used for affordable housing (in part or in whole) on the basis of providing access to downtownis silly, anyhow; if County Square is developed to add affordable housing, what would be a 10-minute commute downtown (which is minimal) for people who live in low-income areas near downtown already would be maybe 5 minutes. The minimal time savings for affordable housing residents' commutes to downtown would have little if any impact on their access to downtown. A better approach would be to let the market decide what gets built at County Square, without any government interference whatsoever, and if accessibility for low-income people to downtown is deemed insufficient, the government could actually invest in public transportation. We've seen the mess that Charlotte has made at the Eastland Mall site due to idiotic government social engineering and lack of business sense. Greenville must not make that same mistake.
  7. Greenville County Square redevelopment

    Today's Greenville News reports that the county is hiring a consultant to evaluate space needs at the County Square site, and that portions of the site that won't be needed due to a more compact government building being developed can be sold for at least $18MM. That's good, but the government is also saying that the site should be used for low-income housing. That's exactly what the site should NOT be used for (since downtown needs lots of people with incomes to thrive, not lots of people without incomes), and the government should not squander taxpayers' money by offloading the site at less than fair market value.
  8. NC Civil Rights

    Do you not even have a basic comprehension of the point of my posts? (That was a rhetorical question; of course you don't.) Your thinking is as sloppy as your grammar. And, in case it's not clear to you (as you don't seem to pick up on things quickly), I would not have supported McCrory's or the legislature's actions. If Charlotte wants to do its own thing, so be it.
  9. NC Civil Rights

    Yes, I certainly get it, despite your inability to spell or use correct grammar. You, to the contrary, certainly do not "get it"; I am bemoaning the fact that the Democratic Party's perceived abdication of responsibility for the interests of "middle America" has led to takeover by a GOP that I find too extreme. Now why are you disagreeing with complaints about the GOP's radicalism? Christians are certainly considered "the fringe" in Manhattan, Cambridge, MA and many other areas. Atheists are considered "the fringe" in the Bible Belt. Should either group be considered "the fringe"? As I've stated, no, but they are, like it or not.
  10. NC Civil Rights

    I specifically stated that I do not consider atheists to be "the fringe". Why is that a problem for you?
  11. NC Civil Rights

    Minorities are certainly not "the fringe". Nor are women.Atheists are considered "the fringe" in the Bible Belt. I don't view them as "the fringe" as they're a growing part of the US population and nearly the plurality of the Democratic base, but they're considered "the fringe" in the Bible Belt. If a Democrat considers criminals and the indolent as "normal" (see SgtCampsalot's post), then that shows how "out there" today's Democratic Party is and why it cannot win elections at the state level. My point is that the Democratic Party doesn't (or doesn't appear to) stand up for the broad center of the US electorate anymore--definitely not middle and lower-middle class families who work and play by the rules--and so the result is what we have a GOP that is too "out there" as well for my taste but is left dominant at the state level.
  12. NC Civil Rights

    Why don't Democrats just start caring about normal, hard-working people, instead of caring only about criminals, the indolent, atheistsand all sorts of fringe groups? Then Democrats might actually start winning elections at the state level, and we wouldn't have to worry about aright-wing GOP running things.
  13. The State of Downtown Retail

    Like how- requiring landlords to rent spaces at below-market rents to mom & pop retailers, perhaps? Those are all very good locations and are likely having turnover in part because rents are rising so much, which indicates a lot of demand. I have confidence that private-sector landlords and private-sector tenants will be able to handle filling retail spaces in good locations much better than government bureaucrats can.
  14. Haywood Mall Retail

    I'd say that with a Cheesecake Factory and an Apple Store, Haywood is certainly prolonging its viability. Both should more than offset at least one underperforming anchor, Sears, and the emergence of retail clusters downtown and elsewhere.
  15. The State of Downtown Retail

    I was thinking that the first block of South Main (immediately south of Brooks Brothers, down to McBee) hasn't really seen the influx of higher-end stores that the rest of downtown has; it's more like downtown was in 1992. I wonder if higher rents will result in changes there (in addition to one or two restaurants closing lately), or if the buildings on that block are too old for national chain retailers (which seem to go to new spaces downtown, not old ones)?