Wed 6/13/12

Charlotte, N.C.–University Place–large retail area, followed by multi-family housing; here are some detached houses.  A large pond with a fountain.  Here’s the other end of the pond, with small shops and townhomes overlooking a brick boardwalkPaddle boats for let; note there are several pictures of the boardwalk area.  Here’s a nice night shot.  A large Hilton Hotel.

Across the street is University Executive Park, featuring hotelsmedical offices, regular offices as well as garden apartments and stand-alone restaurants.  Nearby is Hampton Church Rd, a residential n’hood of crummy, small, older homes.  Heading back the other way, Ken Hoffman Dr., this looks like it could be the start of some new urbanism, but no dice as of 2012 from above.  Here’s the other entrance of what’s called the Grande Promenade shopping area.  Parking deck here.  Nearby is Carolinas Medical Center-University.  Here is the main entrance on the other side.

University of North Carolina-Charlotte–Here is the chancellor’s house.  An entrance signParking garageConstruction and other buildings.  If you zoom out, you can see a new hall is being built where this parking lot is/was (as of image date March ’08).  Trolly in front of a large (area-wise) 4-story hall.  Some drab older buildingsBotanical gardens (somewhere in the woods).  More parking garages near this roundabout.  New entrance being built.

Davidson, N.C.–Davidson Bay–new TND neighborhood I missed earlier.  Currently only has townhomes (which have attractive brick facades), but single-families are in the works.  Here is the back view in the alley.  A taller building is under construction here.  There is an older apt. complex tucked away on Lakeview Street.  Amour Street heads past an academy and into another TND n’hood, Lake Davidson Park.  Here are single-family waterfront homes. (Keep in mind this Davidson ordinance:  “New development along the lake shall retain 100% of the lake shoreline for public use. This area may be for the exclusive use of the residents of the neighborhood or dedicated to the Town for general public use.”  Cute tiny backyard with white-picket fence.  Sidewalk continues down to the beach!  Note the lovely mature trees and landscaping, especially these hydrangeas.

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