Mark Washburn

Let Cintra keep I-77, and other things unsaid

Work continues apace to turn the I-77 median into toll lanes. A tollway bankruptcy in Texas last week raised new questions about the Lake Norman project.
Work continues apace to turn the I-77 median into toll lanes. A tollway bankruptcy in Texas last week raised new questions about the Lake Norman project. mhames@charlotteobserver.com

It is time once again, loyal readers, to identify the 20 things you never hear said in Charlotte.

▪  I just can’t decide. They all seem so presidential.

▪  Surely this bankruptcy thing will make the state come to its senses on the I-77 toll deal.

▪  I’ve never seen a colder February.

▪  What Matthews needs is another strip mall.

▪  Charlotte Agenda sure was tough on that restaurant.

▪  I love to find candidate signs popping up on my lawn.

▪  I hope they don’t tear down that beautiful old Charlotte Observer building.

▪  Pardon me. I’m a tourist from out of town. Where’s the NASCAR Hall of Fame?

▪  It sure is hard in Charlotte these days to find an apartment.

▪  Charlotte drivers are so friendly. They all honk and wave.

▪  I’m getting tired of seeing Michael Jordan all over town.

▪  Uptown parking prices are so reasonable.

▪  I know when and where to vote early.

▪  I rode the streetcar to work today.

▪  I made it from Lake Norman to uptown in 20 minutes, just like the Realtor said.

▪  They need to build something along South Boulevard.

▪  Please tell me more about that craft beer.

▪  Now, let’s talk about that Super Bowl.

▪  We need more foresight at Charlotte Douglas International. They’ve got construction projects planned for only the next 25 years.

▪  Trump could never win here.

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