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    The Good News Report

    I've always thought of the two as Illinois and Pennsylvania of the South. IL centralized around Chicago, PA around Pittsburgh and Philly. However much closer together and more similar than those two. Atlanta is fairly well connected from Birmingham, Chattanooga, Greenville and Nashville fairly close, not as isolated as you'd think. Atlanta and Charlotte will continue to grow into each other. In some ways Atlanta /Charlotte/Raleigh are the same engine, a southern megalopolis, in the same way Boston/NYC/Philly/DC all stoke growth for each other. State borders simply cut the lines of demarkation within a similar region (both politically and socially). NC will outgrow GA bc it has more undeveloped Urban/suburban areas between them but i think they will be fairly similar in growth going forward. Savannah will probably outgrow Wilmington as it gets deeper cuts in the port (also has a close relationship with JAX port), and obviously ATL has the biggest airport in the world, so the tourism #s in GA are technically higher I would imagine.
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    The Good News Report

    #14 is even MORE surprising.
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    5 Guys' fault. They should have had a non compete clause on their lease.
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    Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    As it was mentioned earlier, GA will have almost the entire Atlanta metro equipped with Peach Pass Toll Lanes and the lanes will continue to expand up 85, feasibly up to Charlotte someday. The Peach Pass in GA is partnered with the NC Quick Pass. I am a big fan of these lanes in congested areas around ATL. GA has funded these lanes with a State Toll Authority, and NC should have created a similar authority to partner in the expansion with the state. NC launched toll lanes so poorly AND PUBLICLY, that future toll lanes in the state and region will have serious headwinds. Overall tolls are the way of the future in extremely high growth areas and NC needs to focus more on urban highways and urban to suburban and less on highways to nowhere in the middle of nowhere. As a random aside, I really wish US 74 from Asheville to Wilmington as a limited access highway would continue to be a focus, even if it meant as a tollway similar to the Florida turnpike.
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    Legacy Union (former Charlotte Observer redevelopment)

    We don't even know if that stadium is in the long term plans for that site to link up the promenade and the East gate entrance. That promenade is solid.
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    The RailYard SouthEnd

    I hope the next street renamed in CLT is Bland st. lol.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    Atlanta only has those 3 plus Shanghai to Asia and probably won't have additional locations anytime soon.
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    More boring than Arlington?! What u smokin? or
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    Buckhead is certainly not boring.
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    CATS Long Term Transit Plan - Silver, Red, Airport Lines

    Inter- actually is referring to outside of the state. I think what you are inferring is INTRA- (staying within one state), which much of their funding does in fact do.
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    Grand Bohemian Hotel – 15 Floors – 254 Rooms – Boutique Hotel

    I actually can take this one. My grandfather owned property that was sold to the development group ( part of which is behind the Carillon building), I believe near the current First Citizens lot. I have heard Swissotel was looking to rapidly expand in the late 80s, including an Atlanta property that was built around 1990, which is now the Westin next to Lenox Mall, until it ran into money issues and was acquired by Swiss Airlines. Randomly that hotel was Starwood's first ever managed hotel around 2004. The company had multiple cities planned, including multiple in Florida. Basically the company ran out of $ to continue expansion.
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    Legacy Union (former Charlotte Observer redevelopment)

    Those damn 1999 scene kids...
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    Sounds like we need to be ready to add more gates...
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    Grand Bohemian Hotel – 15 Floors – 254 Rooms – Boutique Hotel

    That canyon of Parking decks is just as bad if not worse.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    Yes, too many US to Canada airports. They would rather be as difficult as possible at the border for incoming Americans.