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    • By KJHburg
      My 2019 Predictions someone has to get this started......
      1.       Lowes will open a new tech office in Charlotte near uptown or SouthEnd
      2.       More corporate relocations of various sizes mainly from the tri-state area of NY NJ CT
      3.       Apartment boom continues but at slower pace and spreads out to suburbs and northeast towards UNCC
      4.       More developments announced along BLE towards the university area including office developments closer in
      5.       Another major office tower will be announced in SouthEnd excluding the Spectrum and Portman proposals.
      6.       Legacy 3 will be announced (office hotel or residential to be determined)
      7.       The 77 toll express lanes will finally open and much to everyone surprise people will actually use them
      8.       Airport continues to grow with additional domestic and international service
      9.       Housing market continues to chug along price increases slow but affordable homes under $250K remain red hot.
      10.   More townhome developments are announced all over town
      11.   More tilt up warehouses tilt up all over the region
      12.   Rea Farms Village attracts major office tenant in Providence 485 market
      13.   Ballantyne development starts up again with 1-2 new buildings
      14.   SouthPark Mall lures a few new to market retailers
      15.   Eastland site finally gets going with some development work
      16.   Levine land holdings further sit idle but another parcel is sold off to be developed by someone else
      17.   North Tryon corridor gets going with some BIG bang announcements
      18.   Publix on N Tryon gets underway as apart of the 10 Tryon development
      19.   Capitol Towers 3 in SouthPark attracts new to market tenant
      20.   Surrounding counties especially Union, Cabarrus, Gaston and York heat up even more
      21.   Some BIG job announcements are announced elsewhere in NC
      22.   Record low unemployment in 2019 across the state
      23.   Charlotte attracts another big event for a future year
      24.   More QuikTrips are built around the region and Krispy Kreme finally admits its HQ is in Charlotte
      25.   KJ is spotted more around town at Superica, Sabor, Krispy Kreme and Ruth’s Chris and Chuys.  He buys new camera too. 
       
    • By Scribe
      The search for this thread was prompted by the big announcement that Crescent Communities is being acquired by Sumitomo Forestry America, a subsidiary of a Japanese firm.
      There are many sides to this transaction:
      Sumitomo Forestry America will pump more capital and is more vertically integrated now to handle future expansion and also sees huge potential in Charlotte. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/latest-news/article209961859.html in June of 2009 Crescent Resources filed for bankruptcy protection -- in June of 2010 they emerged https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/stories/2010/06/14/story2.html Rebranded in 2013 to Crescent Communities. Is Crescent -- being intimately acquainted with the market -- trying to cash out as this development cycle is ending? Or worse -- Crescent sees similarities to 2008 in the economy in general and is cashing out? Lets try to stick in the "market analysis" and stay away from "doom and gloom" - "sky is falling" realm.
       
      I tried to find an existing thread for this, but the one I found is archived and not open for new posts... and it is from the "Great Recession" days.
       
       
    • By Cadi40
      I couldn't find a thread for the River District so I made one. I happen to be really excited about the River District, Most U.S. Major cities are on a river. Charlotte is near a river but not on it and I think River District will fill that hole, Most cities that have a river have lots of shopping and dining options along the river. 
       
       
    • By Scribe
      Since we have a Charlotte Greenways thread, I figured we should dedicate a thread to parks in general.
      So, in 2nd Ward topic @kermit brought up the ParkScore by the Trust for Public Land: http://parkscore.tpl.org/city.php?city=Charlotte
      I initially replied there, but this subject should be discussed in depth - and I could not find a thread that was dedicated to Parks overall (not just greenways). In my reply I compare it to Seattle - http://parkscore.tpl.org/city.php?city=Seattle
      The CharMeck Parks and Recreation website has details on all existing parks: https://www.mecknc.gov/ParkandRec/Parks/Pages/default.aspx
       
    • By Neo
      [DOWNTOWN]
      Old Charlotte Observer Site
      https://api.ibeamsystems.com/api/cameras/6a0926d114/large/latest/?timestamped=true
      300 South Tryon
      https://oxblue.com/open/spectrum/tryon
      500 East Morehead
      http://oxblue.com/open/balfourbeatty/500emorehead
      WCNC Uptown Camera
      http://bit.ly/1EUryOq
      WBTV Charlotte Tower Cam:
      http://bit.ly/18bxd2Q
      Mecklenburg County Air Quality cam:
      http://bit.ly/qcxjgu

      Fountains at New Bern Station
      http://bit.ly/VpybvM

      Gateway West Apartments
      http://bit.ly/SuujZO
      Charlotte Knights:
      http://bit.ly/Q82NnY
      http://bit.ly/XsPm4u
      Downtown [Weatherbug]
      http://bit.ly/1iHqa3E
      1616 Camden
      http://bit.ly/1uBq0NJ
      300 South Tryon
      http://bit.ly/1DuOwew
       
      [METRO]
      Capital Towers
      http://bit.ly/1vaYTgd
      Langtree at the Lake
      http://bit.ly/VFAH75
      Silos at South End
      http://bit.ly/XsI9y8
      Circle at Piedmont
      http://bit.ly/N4bPMG

      1225 S Church (Phase 2)
      http://bit.ly/q13xeG

      330 W Tremont
      http://bit.ly/GOdPMq

      Lowes Motor Speedway:
      http://bit.ly/RqH4H6
      SkyHouse
      http://bit.ly/1jY0uiG
      Carowinds [Fury 325]
      http://bit.ly/1uwUXs8
       
      [ARCHIVED]

      Charlotte-Douglas International Airport
      http://bit.ly/qfnAq8

      Gastonia:
      http://bit.ly/qNbjZ5

      Lowes Motor Speedway:
      http://bit.ly/o3cQg3

      University of North Carolina at Charlotte:
      http://bit.ly/r6Xsa6
      http://bit.ly/otiia7

      UNCC Football Stadium
      http://bit.ly/qPiQNk

      Downtown from East:
      http://bit.ly/obTo0t

      Romare Bearden Park:
      http://bit.ly/KsXcAM

      Whole Foods
      http://bit.ly/nSbaIm

      UNCC-EPIC:
      http://bit.ly/pQCFms

      Aloft Ballantyne:
      http://bit.ly/oaDlYI

      Garrison at Graham:
      http://bit.ly/ruCxc7

      101 Tremont:
      http://bit.ly/nNkJRS

      Charlotte Observer/Wachovia Arts Complex:
      http://bit.ly/nIGQls

      210 Trade/Epicenter:
      http://bit.ly/pjfozW

      Avenue:
      http://bit.ly/oSMhys

      Catalyst:
      http://bit.ly/pbVilc

      Royal Court:
      http://bit.ly/p7HhPZ

      1225 S. Church (apartments):
      http://bit.ly/ngniyS

      Ballantyne Everett:
      http://bit.ly/pt9n2w