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Old 02-05-2013, 09:16 AM
 
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....thoughts -- pros/cons.

...any other "crazy" ideas for Charlotte -- i.e. space needles, giant ferris wheels, 2040 Olympics, Uptown Belk flagship store?

From the fantasical to the mundane...what are your idea(s) / fantasy projects for the QC?
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:44 AM
 
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I would like:

A museum based on natural sciences.

An observation deck, on top of one of our skyscrapers. It would be a nice view, and I hear you can see the Appalachian Mountains from some of the tall buildings uptown, on a clear day. Maybe they could open the top floor of the Vue to the public.

More light rail in Charlotte. I would like to see a line out to the airport, and one through the southeast area of Charlotte. Spurs from the blue line that also connect to Southpark, Pineville, and Ballantyne. I also hope high-speed rail gets built in to Charlotte soon, and is eventually upgraded to even higher speeds.

A MLB team, but in about two decades. Same with a MLS team.

Google deploys their fiber-optic internet and tv service here. I would switch from Time Warner, and never look back. Also, their driver-less cars as well.

As far as major sporting events goes, I think we should try to host the PAN American Games. We are about the same size as Indianapolis was in 1987, and it could be a stepping stone to hosting the Olympics in the far future.

That's all I got for now.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:47 AM
 
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Lightbulb A river runs through it.

My dream for Charlotte metro is parks along the Catawba, similar to the miles of beautiful public areas that line both banks of the Colorado river in Austin, Texas.

It will never happen, but you did say fantasy/crazy ideas.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:00 PM
 
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...every great thing starts with a "crazy" idea...some things are genuinely batty but most are not.

"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work."

When you visit places like Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Paris, London, Berlin, St. Petersburg, etc., etc. -- what sets some cities apart from the mediocre is vision and leaders who had the audacity to think "big". Although I disagree with him on most things, Pat McCrory was one such leader. Hugh McColl is another. Charlotte has "big" thinkers and our skyline, airport, light rail corridor, etc., -- frankly pretty stunning accomplishments for an MSA our size -- is a manifestation of "big" thinking.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:01 PM
 
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My dream for Charlotte metro is parks along the Catawba, similar to the miles of beautiful public areas that line both banks of the Colorado river in Austin, Texas.

It will never happen, but you did say fantasy/crazy ideas.
It only "never happens" when we say "never" my friend. Great idea!
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:11 PM
 
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There was once a private proposal to build a very tall observation tower in Charlotte. I remember that a presentation was made to the city council. They were going to pay for it by selling shares to the local population. Unfortunately the plan ended up disappearing.

I'd like to see an attraction downtown, like maybe a world class ferris wheel (like the London Eye) what would appeal to all instead just sports. Charlotte's downtown is saturated with professional sports venues which have very limited appeal.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:12 PM
 
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There was once a private proposal to build a very tall observation tower in Charlotte. I remember that a presentation was made to the city council. They were going to pay for it by selling shares to the local population. Unfortunately the plan ended up disappearing.

I'd like to see an attraction downtown, like maybe a world class ferris wheel (like the London Eye) what would appeal to all instead just sports. Charlotte's downtown is saturated with professional sports venues which have very limited appeal.
Urban retail is viable, can be profitable and has fairly broad appeal.... I agree with Third Strike -- was hoping Duke Energy would have had an observation deck.

I think something interesting could go where the 210 Trade Tower was supposed to go at Epicenter. Maybe that's where the Charlotte Eye goes?

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Old 02-05-2013, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Charlotte NC
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if the local bars actually stocked Guinness for St. Patty's day. a tall order, I know, but I'm holding on to hope. crazier things have happened.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:21 PM
 
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I really like a lot of the ideas above
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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if the local bars actually stocked Guinness for St. Patty's day. a tall order, I know, but I'm holding on to hope. crazier things have happened.
Huh?

Dixie's Tavern
http://www.blackfinncharlotte.com/pd...erage_menu.pdf

I'd drop dead from shock if Ri Ra and Fitzgerald's don't have it. There is also that place where Stool Pigeons used to be that has a metric ton of drafts.

http://www.edstavern.com/beerlist.pdf
Dilworth Neighborhood Grille has it.
http://www.duckworthsgrillandbar.com...Ballantyne.pdf

Given that a craphole like Whooli's Grill has Guiness now, I think that most everywhere has it. Nothing to do with Charlotte, but they even have it at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh (I was the only one buying it). It's gone mainstream for better or worse.
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