Mailbag: Top 40 feedback letters on bikes, cat cafes, Panthers, soups, CMS, Blue Line and Crunkleton

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This is part of an ongoing series titled Mailbag, items readers submit via email or our feedback form. We get a ton of feedback, this is not close to everything (it’s about 2%), but it’s a good sample.

In response to: Details emerge on The Crunkleton, including 50-pound ice blocks and a true Old Fashioned

“THIS is an opening I can get excited about. I love the old school drink the Old Fashioned. But Charlotte bars are truly butchering it. I ordered one at a popular Plaza Midwood bar and got this crazy drink filled with all kinds of fruit and fizzy water. I asked the bartender what the heck she made and I swear this was her reply ‘Oh, that’s how we have to make an Old Fashioned for people around here to drink it. Did you want a real Old Fashioned?’ I look forward to Professor Crunkleton teaching Charlotte what a REAL Old Fashioned tastes like.” – R

“The ‘cocktail culture’ quote is a little out of touch …but when The Crunkleton opens, I also think it’s going to blow everything else out of the water.” – M

In response to: Mac Tabby Cat Café is now open just outside Uptown and for $12/hour you can hang out with adoptable cats

“What in the millennial hell.” – S

“So happy I could literally cry.” – K

“My throat would close in the first five minute.” – P

“They have these and other animal themed cafes in Tokyo. It seems odd to have one in Charlotte but hey if it does well, why not!” – K

In response to: 15 best sandwiches in Charlotte

“I went on a first date at Amelie’s and ordered the ‘Jambon et Fromage’…. and NAILED the pronunciation. We’ve been together almost a year now and she still jokes with me about busting out my French skills right at the beginning of a first date. Guess it worked…” – A

“Does the Agenda own a thesaurus? How often does Ted use the word ‘gorgeous?’ It’s my opinion that a straight middle aged man should reserve this word for describing his wife and the Grand Canyon; not so much a roast beef sandwich. Let’s crunch some numbers. A quick rough search on your blog for ‘gorgeous’ came back with about 216 pieces. Granted, some were Mailbag and real estate listings. While the use of the word appears to be systemic and widespread among the staff, 51 were authored by Ted. As a result, all I associate Ted with now is him skipping around Charlotte, describing things as gorgeous.” – N

In response to: If the CMS elementary school pairings work, these 5 could be next in line

“The problem with merging schools in the southern part of the county is that the newly-middle class McMansion dwellers in Ballantyne and similar areas didn’t move here just to see their kids go to school with, I mean, poor kids . While the majority of Charlotte natives over the age of 30 remember the stunning success of an integrated school system, these people left their northeastern s***hole townships and meth-addicted Ohio suburbs to create a utopia of 4,000 square foot homes lacking any semblance of character, restaurants that make olive garden look authentic, and schools without minorities. They are not going to accept a progressive and proven approach to a public school system.” – L

In response to: Elizabeth should be designated a historic district

“Historic districts should be used only for areas that have a real historic value to the city, simply being old should not qualify for historic preservation. And I like Elizabeth – the restaurants are great and…um…there’s a hospital and a Starbucks there. There is no defining architectural style like fourth ward. There is no historical basis for preservation. – A

In response to: Freezing? Warm yourself with the 15 most-loved soups in Charlotte, including a soup from Moosehead

“Remember when you wrote an article asking if Charlotte was basic or not? Broccoli Cheddar soup from PANERA coming in as the #1 most loved soup in the city should answer that question for you. Don’t forget that bread bowl, y’all!” – J

“How is Panera Bread’s pre-made, low-quality, bland bowl of broccoli infused disgrace anywhere near a list of the best soups in Charlotte? I can only see it competing with the likes of Campbell’s and the Roxbury floor at 1:55am.” – H

In response to: After a “horrible” New Year’s Eve, the $130 per ticket Southern Skyline Ball is being called the Fyre Festival of Charlotte

“A disturbing blend of a lunch break DMV line and B-grade high school house party… Attendance had more than doubled from the previous year, apparently with little concern on how that would affect the guest experience. – W

“Charlotte bars and hotels have never a thrown a great NYE party. pure $ grab. no added experience for places you can have much more fun at, on ANY other weekend throughout the year.” – J

“Worst experience on New Years I’ve ever had. The only people who had fun I’ve talked to got there when the event started. I wish I could get my money back, but they could care less.” – G

“Who planned this? Crabtoberfest?” – N

“Good God, all these whiny a**holes complaining about the New Year’s Eve party. ‘I was promised unlimited alcohol so I could get s***faced and make a fool of myself’. First world problems people. This is why everyone hates us millennials.” – J

In response to: Those brightly colored bikes will likely be littered around our city until October

“I get that having four of these different dockless bike shares may be a bit much at the moment. But I don’t consider these litter. The city is actually trying to take a step to make it somewhat more bike friendly, then we get up in arms about it. I have seen a lot of people enjoying these bikes, and I think even more will enjoy it when the weather gets warmer. I wish we would stop calling bikes litter when our city gets more congested with cars every day.” – M

“Amazing that frustrations over bikes are so high when cars are far more of a littering eye sore than bicycles could ever be, and are practically invisible to people’s eyes.” – M

“These bikes are great I have 3 in my garage.” – T

“This is why we can’t have nice things. – S

“Charlotte has now become cluttered with bikes laying on the ground, sidewalks and even sometimes on the curb of streets. Some users are just not mature and accountable enough to understand Mom & Dad are not here to pick up their crap!” – C

“Dockless bikeshare is still in its infancy. Kinks are being worked out. I think you were quite harsh in your assessment of the program, likening bikes to litter, rather than considering the opportunity they afford Charlotte citizens and visitors to travel in a healthier, less polluting, and more interactive way around your city. Research on bike share shows that the dockless systems are more equitable and more likely to reach low income neighborhoods than docking systems. They also come into cities like Charlotte at no to low cost to the city. Compare that to the very expensive docking systems that require super strong bikes with especially strong headsets, and that require corporate sponsorships and expensive membership plans to use.” – H

“The problem is not the bike shares themselves, but the fact that they are all clustered together near Uptown and South End.” – M

“These bikes are providing cheap, green, accessible transportation in a city that badly needs exactly that. I’m sorry if some irresponsible riders leave their bikes lying in inconvenient places, but I have for the most part only seen these rental bikes in convenient locations.” – A

“Simple solution, convert 1/4th of all parking spaces to bike racks. Problem solved.” – A

“Dock ‘em, but keep the price competition…. B-Cycle is way too pricey and the rules too strict. But these dockless bikes look trashy lying everywhere including yards and neighborhoods where they get abandoned. – C

Heaven forbid you have to walk a few blocks from your condo to reach the legit, successful, and ORGANIZED Charlotte B-cycle rack. This pilot is garbage and their bikes are garbage.” – F

“It’s like being a father and having to be careful about whether your son left his bike in the driveway except the city is your driveway and everyone is your child.” – A

In response to: What happens next with the Carolina Panthers, explained

Only two things I would correct. One, Jerry Richardson’s reason for selling the Panthers right now is not as much because of the sexual workplace harassment reports as it is about his health and his age and his current feelings towards the NFL. The timing makes it look as if the SI article prompted his decision to sell the team, but in his own words (to those of us who were with him in the room when the question was asked) it has a lot more to do with his just being tired of all the stress that is on him, the fact that he has been back in the hospital 4 times since his heart transplant and he’s not getting any younger, and his desire to spend the time he has left on this earth with his wife and family and enjoying life. And I for one believe him. The second thing I would point out is that you left out the biggest minority partner the Panthers have when you listed the ones that might be able and willing to buy the team, namely the two Wordsworth brothers, Jerry and Steve. They together are worth more than any of the others you mentioned put together by a large margin and could easily write a check tomorrow for $3 billion+… Quit talking to Felix Sabates, who won’t name his other supposed investors because he probably doesn’t have any, or at least not one that could write a $1.5 billion check. – A

“The Levines are worth maybe 1.5 billion, from what is out there publicly. That’s a lot of money, but it’ll take a good half of that to be the majority owner. I don’t know if that’s worth it to them – and it’s not all in the hands of a single person, which is an important distinction. The Belks are worse. They are worth 2 billion or so, but it’s spread across some 20 people. Then you have the Barbeys, in Greensboro. They have 6 billion or so, according to accounts, but they are half the Belks. That means they might be able to swing it, depending on how the numbers (or the money) stacks up. For individuals, there are a few who could do it, either on their own or with help. CD Spangler is worth maybe 4.5 billion. John Sall is worth a bit more than that. Jim Goodnight is worth about 10 billion. The big question: Do any of them want to own a football team, and if so, is it the Panthers?” – N

In response to: 38 points of interest within walking distance of the 11 new Blue Line stations opening March 16

Can I offer an observation on the choice of the weekend of Friday March 16th for the opening of the new Blue Line extension? It coincides with the start of the NCAA basketball tournament in Charlotte. So we will have the combination of lots visitors/first=time users in town for the game, and lots of curious users who want to check out the Blue Line extension. And national media/TV coverage for the tournament games. So why choose that weekend for the opening? Lots could go wrong (as Seattle experienced a few weeks ago), and it would likely get national media coverage.

For the Sugar Creek Stop in your new Blue line article you should also mention Bold Missy Brewery and the soon to open Divine Barrel. The are two good businesses that can drive the development of that area.

JW Clay station: The Wine Vault (Wine, beer and live music in killer patio), Boardwalk Billy’s (burgers, wings and seafood in a sports bar with a great patio overlooking the lake) Delish Cakery (made from scratch cupcakes, cheesecake and brownies and made-to-order custom cakes), Ciro’s (local family-owned Italian food), Uptown Cheapskate (clothing resale shop) – K

In response to: 10 local media minds to watch in 2018

“WFAE has hired a few folks for digital recently. Although it’s still quite small, they’ve really been doing some interesting things this past year, particularly on their website. Jennifer Lang is an incredibly passionate member of the public radio universe. If you want to talk digital media, you should get to know her. I can’t wait to see what she can do with a few more talented colleagues at her disposal.” – A

In response to: Inside the Dowd YMCA’s massive $29 million expansion, opening in 2018

Y’all forgot to mention they are destroying the 7 existing racketball courts. They were only going to replace them with 3 courts, but then a private donor and work within the Dowd Racketball family got the funds to add one more – so there will be 4 courts. Clearly doesn’t matter to the majority of the daily 3,000 visitors, but the Dowd is unlikely able to host large racketball tournaments anymore, such as the State Championship, with only 4 courts.” – A

In response to: 10 most anticipated openings coming to Charlotte in early 2018

“FREAKING OUT over Shake Shack. Brooks can have all the insider-y trendy customers, I’ll take Shake Shake over any Charlotte burger, right now.” – J

“I couldn’t be more curious about Tandur. Cheering for it, our Indian food scene needs a shot in the arm.” – H

“With the pace of construction at Graham Street Pub & Patio, you may also have them on your 2019 most-anticipated list, ;)” – R

“If only the owners of Lincoln’s had looked up the definition of ‘Haberdashery’ before choosing a name.” – J


In response to: Should Charlotte require people to bring their dogs inside during cold weather?

Depends on the breed and what is provided for the dog outside. If adequate shelter etc is provided some dogs are just happier outside. Even if we are freezing. – D

Wow 32° for dogs to come in, but 10° for 3 days for people to get access to warming stations…way to go Charlotte – E

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