What about using the ~15 acres Heritage Park for the soccer stadium? And building a residential building like Arbor House in the Bronx on half of the block bounded by South, West, Lenoir, and Dawson? And maybe a park/open space on the other half? Heritage Park: currently 122 units. Arbor House Bronx: 124 units. Would replace 40-year old units with more urban and energy-efficient units in the same convenient location.
Check out the "Above the Oaks" idea on Facebook. The idea would create physical landmarks that embody and combine multiple identities of our city: tree canopy, skyline, active lifestyle, public art. While it wouldn't necessary be a new branding of the city it terms of a logo or slogan, it could definitely create a new image or perception regionally and maybe even nationally.
There's two easy points here:
1) Yes, we need to stop this incessant sprawl that encourages massive amounts of driving. Oh, you moved to that neighborhood? Well, looks like you created the demand and you caused the need for more sprawl development. Its simple cause and effect.
2) 150,000 people shopping at a grocery store? Now, I've heard everything. Let's do an exercise: start at Falls of Neuse Rd & Spring Forest Rd (5.0 mi away)... we pass Fresh Market, Kroger, and Harris Teeter. Yes, seems verrrrrrry reasonable for someone to make this trip for some Doritos hmm?
FYI, I've been to a Publix. It's on par with Harris Teeter. Nothing special. You are really grasping at straws. Anything they put in this strip mall is going to generate traffic- unless you are advocating for an empty strip mall? If so, I could get on board with that!
I don't get the big fuss.
FONCitizen, why would a new grocery store all of a sudden make people drive MORE? And from 3 miles away??? Geez, get real. If it isn't closer than the store they currently use, then I don't believe that they would go out of their way to drive to it. And are you saying you would walk to a dentist office there, but you wouldn't walk to a grocery store there?? And what if people 3 miles away wanted to go a dentist there?
Take a step back, a grocery store is really not going to be as bad as you think.
My uneducated guess for the next expansion: add in Calgary to the mix for 2015. Then Charlotte & St. Louis to bring the total to 16 teams in 2016.
I'd like to see NASL expand into Charlotte as well. It would create a great rivalry between them and the RailHawks... and Atlanta as well. Nashville has also shown support for soccer based on TV ratings.
One of my dreams is for Charlotte to field a NASL team and for Richmond and Charleston to move up into NASL. Combined those with Carolina and Atlanta and the Southeast would be a soccer rivalry hotbed!
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