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Posted 11 June 2013 - 09:55 AM

Depends what part you are talking about. 2 miles down 74 and in, those neighborhoods are thriving. The neighborhoods don't really start to go downhill until you get around the original coliseum. 

 

Plaza-Midwood and Elizabeth flank the sides of 74 closer to downtown and they're doing very, very well.

 

That's a good distance away from the old retail areas on Independence.  Behind the Coliseum is Grier Heights, that area is one of the worst crime areas in Charlotte.



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Posted 11 June 2013 - 09:59 AM

Well the expressway project was planned in the 80's. A lot of those companies had already planned to leave and invested little in maintaining their buildings because they knew they would be leaving. Many of them also planned to be bought out by the state, but that never happened.

 

NCDOT really fuged that area of town. It was an NCDOT project and not a city one.

 

The University area has some issues, but I think light rail may help it out some. There have also been a lot of corporate relocations out there in recent months and years, so the workforce there has expanded immensely. I'm hoping some of those abandoned buildings will be torn down and apartments or office space put in their place. I don't want any more discount stores there.



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Posted 11 June 2013 - 10:07 AM

The best thing the city could really do is bulldoze all the blighted retail areas, put up a brick wall, and sell that land to developers for residential / small scale retail development. Basically make all development have its backside to 74. As an expressway, 74 does not need to have retail that enters/exits directly.



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Posted 11 June 2013 - 10:11 AM

well not to individual businesses but there are plenty shopping center entrances from the freeway.

 

I heard that many of these entrances would actual be eliminated over time as well....as the businesses moved out of the strip malls (and that is continuing to happen).

 

great for traffic, but death to businesses for that area of town.



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Posted 11 June 2013 - 10:12 AM

You'll be waiting a really long time for that. Not only Independence lack the necessary density to get federal funding, the state is unlikely to fund any new rail projects in Charlotte for a while.

 

We'll see the Blue Line built out to the University area and the Streetcar constructed, but I doubt we'll see anything else in the near future.

Agreed.

 

I think the Blue Line will be built out the the University area and the Huntersville/Davidson area (i77 corridor) before anythign heads out Independence.