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I'm not sure, but it appears they have some kind of office/support space in Uptown on 4th street across from Abbeydale. Saw a sign in the window just appear this week.

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^To be removed with HOT lanes

I was surprised to see that the DOT does not have anything on the tables for any 77 widening or other work between the SC border and Exit 11. I currently work at 77 & Arrowood. 77 gets gridlocked often throughout the day, mainly happens near Tyvola which has a crazy amount of traffic and the ingress/egress is insufficient. I guess this is technically the wrong thread, but just throwing out the surprise. 

 

In other news, when are any of you main bloggers going to run for City Council so we can get some real traction going with improving the connectivity of our greenways & bike lanes!

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I was surprised to see that the DOT does not have anything on the tables for any 77 widening or other work between the SC border and Exit 11. I currently work at 77 & Arrowood. 77 gets gridlocked often throughout the day, mainly happens near Tyvola which has a crazy amount of traffic and the ingress/egress is insufficient. I guess this is technically the wrong thread, but just throwing out the surprise. 

 

 

From what I remember, most of the bridges have to be redone (minus Tyvola which was done a decade ago). 

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This makes me happy. I'm more excited about this than I am virtually any building project.

 

So no word on when it'll connect north to UNC Charlotte?

 

 

No, I live down in Montclaire so this was specifically a meeting with our neighborhood association regarding the line and it's affects on us, so they really only focused on the south portion.

 

Another thing I recall now, the city is also working to incorporate the Briar Creek Greenway with a connection point to Sugar Creek.  It'll connect right there at Park Rd where Lucky Lou's is, then head north up to the Mint Museum on Randolph.  I thought that was pretty awesome as well.

 

And yes, I'm with you Niner.  This is the most important project the city has going on for me and something I'll use likely more than the light rail day to day.  I can't wait.

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I agree with both you guys, a _connected_ trail network is going to be a critical element of Charlotte's growth and livability.

 

Having said that, as we have discussed before, we already have significant capacity issues on the rail trail and Sugar Creek Greenway (the old portion from East to Morehead). Unlike with highways bottlenecks there will limit trail use elsewhere.

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Couldn't find a good thread for this, so this will have to do. This sounds VERY promising and I hope it's done right.

WOAH!

Charlotte Nature Museum

Demolition of existing building. Development of new building with 2 tier structured parking. Upgrades to existing outdoor exhibits to include terrestrial, aviary and aquatic live animal exhibits; nature based learning areas and rain garden demonstration. The Charlotte nature museum site is part of the Freedom Park parcel currently with no delineated boundaries that isolate the museum from the park. Part of the focus of this effort will be to encourage visitors to access the museum from the greenway and park

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I like the scale of the nature Museum as it is... I would hate to see Freedom park junked up with more stuff than it already is.

As someone who's lived right on Freedom Park for the last 3 years and walks by the nature museum on a regular basis, I've never seen it busy and have never been more than slightly curious about what's inside, as it doesn't exactly look inviting from the park side. In fact I didn't even know it existed before moving to the neighborhood, and still can never really tell if its open or not. I think it could stand to be improved on quite a bit. I love Grant Park in Atlanta and how the zoo and cyclorama are accessed from within the park, and am picturing a smaller scale version of that. 

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We have a Nature Museum / Discovery Place membership--the Nature Museum is a great place to take the kids for a pleasant hour-long, as opposed to the more-tired multi-hour diversion that is Discovery Place. But I've felt that the museum itself--though not bad for what it is--could use a bit of investment. 

 

In other greenway news: I just noticed there's a new statue by the fountain on the greenway behind Hickory Tavern. It's a man with the letter "B" on him holding a pair of scissors, so I'm guessing it's a Belk?

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It is. That got installed maybe a week or two ago as the next piece of the "charlotte history trail" that includes the captain jack statue and many planned others.

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What if they extended the trail to Myers Park high school and give children the chance to walk there? It would just be an extension through Briar Creek.

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Awesome!!

 

6316 BIRMINGHAM DR
CHARLOTTE NC 28210

 

Little Sugar Creek - Phase E
New greenway construction consisting of 1.08 miles of 12' wide asphalt trail, 0.63 miles of 10' wide asphalt trail, 0.15 miles of 10-12' wide concrete trail, 30 LF of 10' wide boardwalk, 415 LF of 10' wide bridges, 520 LF associated retaining walls, 44 space parking area, clearing, drainage, erosion control, grading, and signage.
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Judging from the address, it will start at the north end of the Huntingtowne Farms segment and go north past Archdale toward Tyvola.

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Where will phase E be? Towards NoDa or past Park Road Shopping Center?

 

 

This is the leg that will run from the Huntingtown Farms greenway N to Tyvola. 

 

Edit:  What Toz said.

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