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    Greensboro Urban Loop (Painter Boulevard)

    "Overbuilding" the interchange now isn't really a bad idea... IMO, it's thinking forward to the growth that not just eastern Guilford County/western Alamance County has seen/is poised to see, but growth statewide. The other important thing to consider is that eventually...(maybe within our lifetimes), Hwy 29 will be a continuous limited access highway/freeway from Greensboro to DC, at least. It would essentially serve as an alternative to I-95 and help improve the driving time from Atlanta to DC, as well. As far as the other interchanges on Painter Blvd go, they all seem so sprawled out and expansive that they don't even really "stack". I guess considering the topography of the Piedmont and the available space on either side of the city, it'd cost more money to move the hills and construct spaghetti junctions vs using what's already there (or what's not for that matter).
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    Triad Off-Topic

    Whatever happened to the SkyBar on Elm St.? Heard it closed temporarily due to liquor license issues, but that was about 3 years ago now. The times that I've gone back to Greensboro and been by there, I've seen it's still vacant. What a waste for a huge entertainment venue that could be put to good use!
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    Friendly Center & The Shops at Friendly

    Greensboro won't pull upscale retailers anytime soon. All US cities who have these upscale retailers (boutiques, if you will) also boast huge metro populations >2.5 million, major US media/economic significance (pro sports teams, Fortune 500 companies, etc), thus $$$$$$$. Bottom line: not enough millionares live in this metro area to regularly spend $200 on jeans, $1000 on leather coats, etc. If anything, Greensboro or W-S will get a Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, bloomingdales, Saks, or Neiman... more likely one of the the former 2 than the latter 3 once the economic crisis resolves. I like the S at F for the shopping options they have. Hell, you can find Lacoste at Macys!
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    Downtown Greensboro Developments

    Love the design. Reminds me a lot of DC infill apts/condos.
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    Baltimore's Projects

    Absolutely - mass transit is definitely the preferred option.
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    Baltimore's Projects

    Yeah, I'm originally from NC and worked in Harris-Teeter for a while as a cashier. I loved the smell of ground coffee that fills its aisle! Hopefully we get it by 2011. I love the renderings, but Boston St. needs to be widened to at least 2 lanes in each direction from the tower down to I-895/95. With the residential component potentially housing DC commuters and the retail component drawing residents of Canton, as well as Fells Point, Patterson Park, Highlandtown, Dundalk, and possibly downtown, that entire stretch will be a big cluster#^@& if corridor upgrades aren't in order.
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    Baltimore's Projects

    Harris-Teeter and Target come to Canton!! http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bal-c...0,2286679.story
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    Greensboro's Downtown Greenway Loop

    Maybe what I said was misunderstood? My comment was just simply to state that there are bigger, more important issues in Greensboro today that I feel should be addressed.
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    Greensboro's Downtown Greenway Loop

    I'm glad to see that the loop traverses through areas south of Lee St. which should accompany revitalization well. My bone to pick is that there are blighted portions of the city and other things the money set aside for this project should have gone towards instead. I don't see the downtown greenway helping the image of the city too much, other than for bragging rights...? Where is Action Greensboro getting the funds? My suggestions: Study of ways to reduce crime and increase safety east of downtown Railyard Park South Elm St Revitalization Small (but important) road construction projects in key areas throughout the city Incentives for new and existing business/residential/commercial projects in the city core I could go on and on... lol
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    Greensboro Urban Loop (Painter Boulevard)

    Yes, but billboards are allowed in the city of Greensboro and that section of the loop is actually within the city limits.
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    Greensboro Urban Loop (Painter Boulevard)

    Hell... Painter Expressway, anyone? Signs would be so much clearer and less cluttery if they removed the Business I-85/40 signs!! The western/southwestern portion of the loop provides great access to Charlotte and points south and west for folks living in W, NW, and SW Guilford County. Once the I-785/840 multiplex is completed to US 29, those in northern and eastern Guilford and points north can enjoy these same benefits. I acutally commend the DOT for thinking ahead and making the new portion of the loop 7 to 10 lanes wide. The land through which the freeway traverses is highly populated. Is the freeway lit throughout? How is traffic at the old I-40/Wendover Avenue interchange? I personally think the interchange at new I-40 should have been designed as a SPUI...
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    Greensboro Urban Loop (Painter Boulevard)

    Newest Portion of Greensboro Urban Loop to Open Thursday February 21, 2008.... per GSO News and Record. Didn't the first portion of the loop open in late February of 2004?
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    Baltimore's Projects

    Does anyone know what the space in 100 E. Pratt Street beside Jos A. Bank will be? I could see wood paneling and an escalator above the plastic covering....?
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    Triad Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    While I was home for Christmas I had the chance to ride on the newly widened and redesigned Friendly Avenue between Holden Road and Westridge. It turned out really nice. The utility poles, however, are an eyesore.
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    Friendly Center & The Shops at Friendly

    From the CBL article... "The centers benefit from strong and growing demographics including more than 485,000 residents within a 15-mile radius and average household incomes within a one-mile radius of over $95,000." Those demographics are very impressive. I guess I didn't realize how affluent that area was.