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I just saw where there bookies in Las Vegas are betting 10:1 that the meet will not happen :)

dude. its gonna happen. if its me by myself, it will happen.

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I have no reason (at this time) not to be there, so (for now) count me in.

I've met a few of you already, so I really do at least try to get to these meets.

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LOL, will ill behaved 15 year old children be attending this event?

Probably, which is why I will not, LOL!

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Any reports from the meet?

where were all of you guys? thanks to drummy and nostyle for showing up- we had an adventurous time to say the least- from public urination to almost being hit by a train, to illegal trespassing, roof climbing and racial profiling ..... pics coming soon.

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we had an adventurous time to say the least- from public urination to almost being hit by a train, to illegal trespassing, roof climbing and racial profiling .....

LOL, in retrospect, I guess we DID do all that, huh...

Okay, my pics...

Before it even got going, I couldn't help but capture this moment...

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We started off in the Business District, but decided to wander over to First Ward:

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It's amazing that as much as has already been done, this area continues to grow:

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We headed west to Fourth Ward, Uptown's biggest collection of grandios historic homes and modern condos:

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Still a good deal of construction here too:

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Lots and lots of condos:

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Under construction, CityView Towers:

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Kitty corner to CityView Towers is the Charlotte Cotton Mills:

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Again, an abundance of condos in Fourth Ward:

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The restored sections of the Cotton Mills. Fifth and Poplar can also be seen in the distance:

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Oh, now here we go...a part of Charlotte I bet most of you have never seen...SILOS!

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That's right, folks, fully operational silos. Right next door, more condos (are you shocked), aptly named 'the Silos':

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A nice, long train happened to come by, affording me the time to take this rare Charlotte skyline:

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Okay, enough grit...we all know Charlotte is nothing but cookie-cutter sprawl, so back to the tour...;)

A Fourth Ward grocery store (I thought only real cities had these?!):

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Okay, we're now getting near Gateway Village. And I bet that a bunch of you don't know a darn thing about Gateway Village. To get a nice 'canyon' view of Trade Street near Gateway, we all jumped up on an overpass to get these shots (by the way, that's Johnson & Wales under construction on the left):

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Here's the prominade at Gateway Village:

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We went to the top of Gateway's parking deck, where we found an amazing view of everything. Here's one pic, showing off Fourth Ward's condo-filled density:

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(those surface lots in the foreground are slated to become the multi-modal transportation station eventually)

Back down on Trade Street, here's a shot of Johnson & Wales, looking back at Bank of America Tower:

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Another shot, this one from Doubletree Hotel looking towards Gateway:

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And lastly, as we headed back into the business district, one shot of some lesser-seen towers, from a lesser-seen angle:

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SouthEnd then gave us an awesome driving tour of South, East, and North Charlotte. Thanks again to him for that. I saw lots of things that I'd never seen before. It was a great time.

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Metro, I cut and pasted this thread. It's exactly what you'll find 'elsewhere', but I don't have the time to personalize each post. :)

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Very nice photos. I should have joined you guys. Next time lets make it adults only and I will come for sure!

what does that mean?

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