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Old 10-27-2012, 11:09 AM
 
Location: NC
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Maybe it's time people move closer to the city.
People are moving to cities in the first time in years, faster than the suburbs. They're still going to be traffic problems
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:22 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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You're right, Ani, & the dung is about to hit the fan. They're about to have no choice but to deal with it. Remember the thread that I posted that showed that next year Iredell, Lincoln, & Cleveland counties all join metro planning groups. NCDOT created hellacious backups with resurfacing projects through Kings Mountain on I 85. A while ago I noticed that they had meter wires stretched across I 85 measuring traffic flow.
I agree, SB. Folks better be paying attention to what goes on in the General Assembly.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:52 PM
 
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Maybe it's time people move closer to the city.
Oh how I wish I lived closer to my kids' school. Problem is, I have a husband who was raised in boxes (NYC apartment living) and when we moved down here he wanted to over-compensate. Well, that's pretty much what we did....
I'm trying to convince my parents to buy a place in town so we have a crash pad
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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I understand everyone's point, I really do! You all have valid points!
But on the flip side, can anyone tell me any MID/large size city that does NOT have traffic problems???

I am from Houston, in which has one of the best freeway systems in the country, I believe. With most of the freeways being NO LESS than 4 lanes.
I-10 goes directly through the middle of Houston (from east to west)
I-45 goes through north houston down through Southeast houston
I-59 goes through northwest houston down through southwest houston
610 LOOP that goes around most of Houston inner city
Beltway 8 LOOP that goes around the city limits of Houston
288 runs from downtown through South houston
290 runs from near downtown through Northwest Houston

What am I trying to say? Houston has a freeway for EVERY side of town (northeast, southwest, south, west, southwest, etc etc etc), most are 4-5 lanes, and still has ALOT of traffic. Houston's metro population is not that much more than ATLANTA's metro population, yet the metro area of houston is about twice as large. So you do the comparison.

Traffic depends on MANY different factors. Not only freeway systems, but also the DRIVERS themselves. Lots of people dont drive well, and you would surprised how one person who applies BRAKES could have an effect lasting for MILES. That's not something you can control.
You also have accidents, stales, onlookers, bootleneckers, tail-riders , etc that also have a very large effect on traffic flow.

What am I trying to say. RELAX. Traffic is NOT an issue that is going to be resolved for ANY mid/large size city. its part of the package when you move to a city of decent size. Not big city in this country is ever gonna be free of traffic problems.
And I for one think Charlotte traffic is not all that bad, compared to Houston, Dallas, LA, Atl, Miami, etc.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:17 PM
 
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The NCDOT isn't going to put a high priority on widening I-77 between downtown & SC just so it is easier to commute to Ft. Mill & York county. It would be a huge expenditure for not that much benefit especially now that thru traffic can take I-485.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:53 PM
 
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The NCDOT isn't going to put a high priority on widening I-77 between downtown & SC just so it is easier to commute to Ft. Mill & York county. It would be a huge expenditure for not that much benefit especially now that thru traffic can take I-485.
I think most people in this thread are referring to 77 in the Lake Norman area.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:34 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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I agree, SB. Folks better be paying attention to what goes on in the General Assembly.
I was paying very close attention to NCDOT, Ani. A lot of projects were scheduled in Cleveland County. Some had been on the docket for 20 years or more. When Bev told them to find the money to finish 485, guess where a big chunk came from. . .yup, Cleveland County. . .Not someplace that has had money poured into it in the east. (This is like how NJDOT operates, except they ignore the countryside.) Well, now this is going to come home to roost.

They scheduled that roadwork done on I 85 during the day & had backups well into Gastonia some days (duh! there's people out here & a good number of folks commute up from Blacksburg.) Since we're going into the Gaston urban planning group next year, I suspect that the Gaston folks told them they'd better check things out. I don't suspect that the Gaston folks were pleased with the back ups during the construction or everytime there's an accident. The only other stretch of I 85 that is 2 lanes is that black hole between Petersburg & Henderson.
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:47 PM
 
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Maybe it's time people move closer to the city.
1. All the jobs aren't close in to the city; Ballantyne, University City, and suburban Lancaster and York counties are job centers in their own right.

2. You can't ignore the quality of the schools. The best ones are further out.
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Old 10-27-2012, 04:43 PM
 
Location: NC
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1. All the jobs aren't close in to the city; Ballantyne, University City, and suburban Lancaster and York counties are job centers in their own right.

2. You can't ignore the quality of the schools. The best ones are further out.
Two Charlotte companies just moved to York County...York County is probably going to get the most growth out of businesses in the near future in the Charlotte Metro because it's good schools, a hop and a skip away, plus low tax incentives
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:56 AM
 
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I think most people in this thread are referring to 77 in the Lake Norman area.
So What?

Furthermore you must not have read the topic.
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