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^^ The uncc center city building looked a million times better in the renderings than it turned out IMO. I like this building and I think what might be the most impressive thing to me would the scale of this project with the modern features.

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Soooo....this Foxx announcement is kinda like the pope quitting.  Something doesn't feel right about this.  Foxx saying that he has accomplished all he set out to do seems like reconstructive history.  No CIP, potentially losing the airport, not able to get consensus with a 7 - 2 majority on city council, brick wall on the streetcar, those things hardly sound like accomplishments.

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Soooo....this Foxx announcement is kinda like the pope quitting.  Something doesn't feel right about this.  Foxx saying that he has accomplished all he set out to do seems like reconstructive history.  No CIP, potentially losing the airport, not able to get consensus with a 7 - 2 majority on city council, brick wall on the streetcar, those things hardly sound like accomplishments.

All I can think when I hear about him not running is "who has the pictures"? Something def. doesn't feel right. Of course, it could be as he says...just time to move on.

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Soooo....this Foxx announcement is kinda like the pope quitting.  Something doesn't feel right about this.  Foxx saying that he has accomplished all he set out to do seems like reconstructive history.  No CIP, potentially losing the airport, not able to get consensus with a 7 - 2 majority on city council, brick wall on the streetcar, those things hardly sound like accomplishments.

 

Regarding your first 3 sentences:

1. He's up for the Cabinet Position - likely he has it - no surprise then if he doesn't run for reelection

2. He's a politician - they all put a spin on everything - do you think he would leave saying he failed?

 

I agree with your summation of some of the marks against the history of his mayoral time here particularly the streetcar/CIP debacle, but I wouldn't blame him for the airport if (though I think it will) passes - that was hardly his sole doing.

 

Let's not forget he was instrumental in getting the DNC here.  He also had a very good first term that I think was well received.

 

I've got my problems with the Mayor (mainly the CIP/Streetcar debacle and the Panthers financing debacle) but I think he was overall a good mayor that did look out for the city's interest.  Personally I think he went wrong after winning the DNC bid (before we actually hosted it) and he got a little arrogant thus  the CIP/streetcar and Panthers.

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I look at this rather old picture all day trying to imagine what this will look like in even a year;

 

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http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3619/3560940082_cef02f67b0_o.jpg

 

 

 

And look at this picture and think about how far we've came in less than 8 years

 

Aerial_Uptown_Charlotte_2005-Nov-13.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/de/Aerial_Uptown_Charlotte_2005-Nov-13.jpg

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I look at this rather old picture all day trying to imagine what this will look like in even a year;

 

3560940082_cef02f67b0_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3619/3560940082_cef02f67b0_o.jpg

 

 

 

And look at this picture and think about how far we've came in less than 8 years

 

Aerial_Uptown_Charlotte_2005-Nov-13.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/de/Aerial_Uptown_Charlotte_2005-Nov-13.jpg

Anybody else ever pissed off by the skyline pictures featured prominently in the airport from the late 90s?

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Anybody else ever pissed off by the skyline pictures featured prominently in the airport from the late 90s?

 

 

The one in Concourse A is the only one I really paid attention to. And it was annoying; especially considering that concourse A is dead compared to the rest of the airport which gave the impression of podunk-ville. The other week I flew to Atlanta on Delta, noticed it had finally changed. But the postcards of Charlotte can be annoyingly dated....

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^There's also one in Concourse E (I believe). It's just as badly outdated... 

This is the one I always see, I fly in next Friday for 23 hours, so I'll see if its still in E. 

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The Observer just posted this article about Ron Carlee.  I was just mentioning his take on the panther renos a few mins ago but this article covers in brevity his opinion on multiple topics.... as I mentioned earlier I really like this guy so far.  Hopefully he can implement some of his ideologies.

 

http://obsdailyviews.blogspot.com/2013/04/ron-carlee-sleeping-well-thank-you.html

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http://m.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/power_city/2013/04/duke-energy-scores-best-corporate.html

Duke jumped 9 spots on a list of "best corporate citizens". Frankly I agree. From a laymens perspective (me) they always seem to represent themselves and the city in a very positive. Especially considering their industry. Now about that "Duke Energy Steetcar" line.... (-;

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Update on the "Metamorphosis" sculpture near 485/Arrowwood:  The head no longer splits and spins, it now just sits and spits.

 

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Original movement:

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So, I've been playing this city building game on my iPad called Megapolis. It's available on Android too. A new building appeared today, and it looks a whole lot like the Hearst Tower in Charlotte. Too much to dispute it in my opinion. Check out my city on Megapolis with one of Charlotte's gems about 2/3 the way across. As you can tell, I go for the high-rises in this game, even though they aren't accurately proportioned.

 

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Haha yeah that's it... And if you haven't played the new simcity, you definitely should try it, even though none of the buildings resemble ours.

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My wife just came home with something from "American Apparel". The bag has about 40 cities listed on it, including Brighton, New Orleans, Burlington, Tempe, Mannheim, Waikiki and Saskatoon. No Charlotte. Even though it was bought here. Ugh.

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My wife just came home with something from "American Apparel". The bag has about 40 cities listed on it, including Brighton, New Orleans, Burlington, Tempe, Mannheim, Waikiki and Saskatoon. No Charlotte. Even though it was bought here. Ugh.

That sounds like a fairly idiosyncratic list for 40 cities, wouldn't take it too personally. 

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That sounds like a fairly idiosyncratic list for 40 cities, wouldn't take it too personally.

But isn't Saskatoon, Saskatchewan like one of the most influential cities for style in North America?

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But isn't Saskatoon, Saskatchewan like one of the most influential cities for style in North America?

 

Indeed, a portion of the Nutana neighborhood in Saskatoon is the home to a very well regarded community of men's leisure-wear designers as well as six different children's shoe manufacturers. The cluster got its start from Saskatoon's 'midway' location on Canada's fur-trading route, while graduates of the internationally-known college of synthetic-fiber design at the Regina Institute of Technology (RIT) are responsible for most of the cutting-edge styles that Saskatoon is now know for.

 

The Saskatoon fashion center It is a design complex that Charlotte would do well to imitate.

 

EDIT: My mistake, RIT has changed its name to the Saskatchewan Institute for Applied Science and Technology. Sorry about the oversight, its been a while since I have been east of Moose Jaw.

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I think there might be a "Charlotte Churches" thread somewhere, but I didn't find it in a cursory search.  Anyway, I saw Re-Zoning signs for 2013-048 this weekend at the intersection of 521 and Lancaster Hwy.  Looked it up, and it's Elevation Church, going in with a 1,600 seat worship center, children's ministry, and 200,000 GSF 3-story office building.

http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/planning/Rezoning/RezoningPetitions/2013Petitions/Pages/2013-048.aspx

Drawings and site plan:

http://ww.charmeck.org/Planning/Rezoning/2013/040-049/2013-048%20site%20plan%20rev.pdf

 

This just a couple-three years after they built this at Blakeney:

http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles13/417017/projects/1279903/c940dcf639e78af067dc72a2f4e08722.jpg

 

Maybe they should have just bought Heritage USA a few years ago.

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I think there might be a "Charlotte Churches" thread somewhere, but I didn't find it in a cursory search. Anyway, I saw Re-Zoning signs for 2013-048 this weekend at the intersection of 521 and Lancaster Hwy. Looked it up, and it's Elevation Church, going in with a 1,600 seat worship center, children's ministry, and 200,000 GSF 3-story office building.

http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/planning/Rezoning/RezoningPetitions/2013Petitions/Pages/2013-048.aspx

Drawings and site plan:

http://ww.charmeck.org/Planning/Rezoning/2013/040-049/2013-048 site plan rev.pdf

This just a couple-three years after they built this at Blakeney:

http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles13/417017/projects/1279903/c940dcf639e78af067dc72a2f4e08722.jpg

Maybe they should have just bought Heritage USA a few years ago.

they also just got the old Palace Theater in Cornelius rezoned so they could start a church there. It will be used as performing arts Space through the week as well. They say they will do a five million dollar upgrade to the facility both inside and out. Edited by jednc

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So I've been watching the Gateway West construction daily, and wondering how they were handling the upper floors, and low and behold it is indeed to have a 5th floor above concrete meaning a total of 5 stories of wood construction.  I had always thought the max was 4, remember vaguely being taught that, did the code change or are they getting by the code with the small sections of structural steel they put in on the first wood floor?  I googled, only found a 2006 structuremag article noting that only Seattle and Portland (OR) had local exceptions to this code, and got back to work.

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