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Uptown condo parking cost

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I'm just wondering what the going rate for "extra" parking spaces are for uptown condo parking. Trademark is 20k for one space. The Arlington is 10K (I think). What's the cost elsewhere?

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230 S Tryon is expensive but you have to factor in 1 space per bedroom. TradeMark gives 2 spaces only for units over 450K. Avenue will probably be 1 per bedroom and I believe the park is the same. I would pay 10 but 20 is pretty rich.... i think the trademark building will have extra spaces in the lot though for guests - the lot will not sell parking for the day.

Courtside?

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For extra parking at my place in First Ward onstreet parking is free.

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Yeah if you can find a space... I've looked many a times to find a space there but resort to the decks... But I don't mind the walk... esp on a nice night

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230 S Tryon is expensive but you have to factor in 1 space per bedroom.  TradeMark gives 2 spaces only for units over 450K.  Avenue will probably be 1 per bedroom and I believe the park is the same.  I would pay 10 but 20 is pretty rich....  i think the trademark building will have extra spaces in the lot though for guests - the lot will not sell parking for the day. 

Courtside?

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I think Courtside is one space per bedroom, and extras were available for $10,000. But, I think there was only a very small supply of extras available.

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Isn't the purpose of living downtown to get rid of a car?  (Well at least one of them if you have two.)

I don't think this is really doable for most people in most cities. Very few cities allow for this. I lived in Chicago without a car and got along just fine, however I couldn't do the same in Charlotte, the biggest reason is that I work in the suburbs, haha! If I did work downtown it's possible to get rid of the car I suppose, but then you have to take the bus if you want to go anywhere, and there are some places the bus just doesn't go.

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I am experimenting with getting rid of my car...I have riden CATS a number of times in the past few weeks and have found it to be much more effective than I thought it would be. That being said there are still times one needs a car to do things such as a trip to buy bulky objects at Lowe's or Best Buy...for those I can walk 2 blocks down the street and rent a car from Enterprise for the day or weekend.

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I am experimenting with getting rid of my car...I have riden CATS a number of times in the past few weeks and have found it to be much more effective than I thought it would be. That being said there are still times one needs a car to do things such as a trip to buy bulky objects at Lowe's or Best Buy...for those I can walk 2 blocks down the street and rent a car from Enterprise for the day or weekend.

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Unfortunately for me, i don't work uptown, but i would love to have a walking commute. We chose to live uptown because we work on opposite sides of town, commutes are reverse of the traffic, the housing/neighborhoods are more interesting, home values have more upside, and weekend activities/nightlife are more accessible. So, in other words, our goals for living uptown were not to give up our car.

I think in a city like charlotte, it would be much easier if there are 2 people in the household to downsize to one car for a two+ person household than zero cars for a one person household. Good luck to you, u/l if you can do it.

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I am experimenting with getting rid of my car...I have riden CATS a number of times in the past few weeks and have found it to be much more effective than I thought it would be. That being said there are still times one needs a car to do things such as a trip to buy bulky objects at Lowe's or Best Buy...for those I can walk 2 blocks down the street and rent a car from Enterprise for the day or weekend.

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I see you've woken up =) A lot of people have this misconception that bus systems are inconvenient, unsafe, dirty, or ineffective, but the truth is that they've only ridden them a couple times - not nearly enough to get the hang of the system. Once you get the hang of it - and it never takes longer than a week or two, you'll be able to do quite well.

I'm a student living and I only live three miles from NCSU's campus, so it's not quite the same as someone who commutes to the suburbs, but I'm living car-free nevertheless. I can't say from experience about Charlotte, but I find that CAT here in Raleigh does a pretty good job on the whole. Of course there are some points that could make my travels more efficient, but doing so would probably have a negative effect on more people, so you have to keep the big picture in mind. With Charlotte being a bigger city than Raleigh, I can imagine that the bus service would be even better.

If I ever need to buy something big (which is once, maybe twice a year) I can always call a friend with an SUV and treat him to lunch for his troubles. Barring that, I can easily rent a truck from U-Haul, which is still way cheaper than having to own a car and pay insurance and fuel.

I live about a quarter mile walk from K-mart. I also have a bicycle, with a luggage rack over the back tire, and a crate strapped on top of it, so I can to the grocery store. I put fenders on it, so I can ride it even when it's wet, and a headlight/taillight so I can use it in the dark. It's a nice setup... some people may say it looks stupid, but who cares about that? "looks stupid" is so arbitrary - beauty is in the eye of the beholder =)

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The practicality of a bicycle as a means of transportation is often overlooked in this country. I grew up in a suburban environment on the side of a mountain in Asheville, so there was no way to actually GO anywhere of use by bike. My bicycle was a toy - I literally had no concept of it as a means of transportation until I studied abroad in Japan. There, everyone has a basket on their bike for running errands, and it seems that more people commute via bike than by automobile - so I got used to riding my bike pretty much everywhere I needed to go. I liked it so much that when I came back to the US, I decided to give it a try. I found that the distances are much longer, drivers pay less attention to you, and there aren't nearly as many bike racks - but even so, it still works surprisingly well for distances of less than 5 miles. My bicycle has become my primary mode of transportation, and I burn enough calories getting around that I don't have to watch what I eat at all. On top of that, it's just plain fun ;)

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