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The only pendant score is the ParkScore! They claim to measure peoples access to park space, but completely ignore the park space that is right next to a large chunk of the population with HOA maintained amenities.

It is not about inflating anyone's score, it's about solving an actual problem, not making up a problem just so you can throw around some number and demand funding.  If the score actually included HOA amenities, that map would look drastically different and point out the actual problem areas that you are talking about. Allow the city to focus its efforts on those areas.

Instead we have a map that shows that one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the entire city is in "Very High Need" of a park -- talk about a broken system.

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‘Word on the street’ is that Johnson and Wales U is struggling with declining enrollments.

There is ‘some’ risk of shutdown according to generally reliable sources.

 

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6 minutes ago, kermit said:

‘Word on the street’ is that Johnson and Wales U is struggling with declining enrollments.

There is ‘some’ risk of shutdown according to generally reliable sources.

 

Unlikely. Johnson & Wales’ enrollment numbers have been stagnant for a while, but the numbers are pretty much on par for the size of the Charlotte campus and its offerings. 

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On 3/10/2019 at 2:54 PM, Scribe said:

The only pendant score is the ParkScore! They claim to measure peoples access to park space, but completely ignore the park space that is right next to a large chunk of the population with HOA maintained amenities.

It is not about inflating anyone's score, it's about solving an actual problem, not making up a problem just so you can throw around some number and demand funding.  If the score actually included HOA amenities, that map would look drastically different and point out the actual problem areas that you are talking about. Allow the city to focus its efforts on those areas.

Instead we have a map that shows that one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the entire city is in "Very High Need" of a park -- talk about a broken system.

I agree it's not about the score specifically. It's about the County's approach to park construction. They treat them like another misc. land use along a highway. They are all primarily drive-to destinations. Part of it, though, has to do with how neighborhoods get constructed. We don't have neighborhoods expanded as extensions of the adjacent one anymore. They all have to be exclusive sounding enclaves for some reason. Although the city requires street connections, developers do everything they can to get out of those where possible.

But think about all the parks in neighborhoods... Latta, North Charlotte, Independence, etc. These were all built in conjunction with unbuildable space in neighborhoods, and they were set up that way from the beginning. The best cities have pre-planned parks in the center of neighborhoods. We don't have that, and the only way to have that in a way that is meaningful would be to buy land in the middle of neighborhoods, which would mean buying out some people's houses to build a park.

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12 hours ago, Spartan said:

These were all built in conjunction with unbuildable space in neighborhoods, and they were set up that way from the beginning. The best cities have pre-planned parks in the center of neighborhoods. We don't have that

While I agree with your underlying point, I will have to disagree with the fact that the city does not have "unbuildable" land.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-19/charlotte-shows-how-to-beat-flooding

Charlotte is praised for buying out the flood prone land, and most of our greenways fall on that land. I think we just need to double down on it.

Just like my proposal with the Independence Park merging with Memorial Stadium all the way into the Little Sugar Creek Greenway.  This allows for the merged mega-park to be accessed from the greenway (bikes, scooters, pedestrians), from the streetcar (Hawthorne) and future Silver Line.

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By unbuildable, I meant for homes, not parks :) 

Latta Park is a glorified drainage ditch. A good one, to be sure, but let's just acknowledge what it is. Today, spaces like that are in the back yards of a row of houses, not a centerpiece of neighborhood design.

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17 minutes ago, Spartan said:

By unbuildable, I meant for homes, not parks :) 

Latta Park is a glorified drainage ditch. A good one, to be sure, but let's just acknowledge what it is. Today, spaces like that are in the back yards of a row of houses, not a centerpiece of neighborhood design.

Latta Park had a lake in the original Dilworth development. The trolley came from downtown to East then turned on East to Park and went downhill to the lake. When one drives east on East and the street goes from a generous sized multi lane pavement to the narrower version of same then one knows that at that point was the end of the trolley tracks. Two tracks for coming and going and width also for horse drawn vehicles circa 1890. A dam at the lower end provided the lake. The attraction was to entice city residents to the new suburb for weekend pleasure and coax a home site sale from them in addition to the band stand and concerts, boat rentals, trolley fares and so on. Later the risk of the lake (pond) and the malarial issue and slack homesite sales spelled the end of the Latta Lake.

http://www.cmhpf.org/essays/greenspace1.html

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13 hours ago, Scribe said:

While I agree with your underlying point, I will have to disagree with the fact that the city does not have "unbuildable" land.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-19/charlotte-shows-how-to-beat-flooding

Charlotte is praised for buying out the flood prone land, and most of our greenways fall on that land. I think we just need to double down on it.

Just like my proposal with the Independence Park merging with Memorial Stadium all the way into the Little Sugar Creek Greenway.  This allows for the merged mega-park to be accessed from the greenway (bikes, scooters, pedestrians), from the streetcar (Hawthorne) and future Silver Line.

Short of removing the roads (Charlottetowne and S Kings) these parks do all connect. The tunnels are very accessible under those roads. Ideally there would be a paved path from the edge of Independence to the tunnel path but otherwise it’s easy to access. 

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39 minutes ago, J-Rob said:

Do any Wells folks know how much of the WF 401k management team is based in Charlotte?  Charlotte seems preferable as an HQ location to Des Moines, Iowa.  Just saying...

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-wells-fargo-retirements-principal-fin/principal-financial-close-to-wells-fargo-retirement-unit-acquisition-sources-idUSKCN1QY111

CIC out on Harris holds a most of these retirement positions for Wells.  Quite a few folks out there. 

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The Charlotte Coca-Cola Bottling Co. sign has been removed from the brick at 223 N. Graham. Hard losing Polk and now this. We have lost so much character in that area in just a few weeks.

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2 minutes ago, cjolley92 said:

The Charlotte Coca-Cola Bottling Co. sign has been removed from the brick at 223 N. Graham. Hard losing Polk and now this. We have lost so much character in that area in just a few weeks.

Why did they get rid of it?

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1 hour ago, J-Rob said:

Do any Wells folks know how much of the WF 401k management team is based in Charlotte?  Charlotte seems preferable as an HQ location to Des Moines, Iowa.  Just saying...

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-wells-fargo-retirements-principal-fin/principal-financial-close-to-wells-fargo-retirement-unit-acquisition-sources-idUSKCN1QY111

I would be SHOCKED to see Principal leave Des Moines, especially now that they are the only F500 remaining in Iowa. Des Moines is a major insurance capital, so it has the existing networks comparable to Hartford that make it a unique center for the industry. 

That being said...the division HQ could certainly survive here, which would continue to say a lot about WF's place in town...even if this division would be under Principal. 

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7 hours ago, CLT2014 said:

Why did they get rid of it?

I'm not sure, but the company changed its name on January 1st to  "Coca-Cola Consolidated". Maybe it's related to that?

https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/01/02/1679599/0/en/Coca-Cola-Bottling-Co-Consolidated-Announces-Company-Name-Change.html

Hopefully, they put a new sign up.

 

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Interesting. That wasn't an original ad, though, was it? I always thought it was a replica.

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5 minutes ago, j-man said:

Forgive me. Can’t think of the name but this is the police station...

 

Correct it is the uptown police station. 

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Very popular vantage for pics of the city. Great advertising for them, but I hate to see how big and prominate it will at that angle.

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