So, it seemed fitting that the second meeting for the Charlotte Metro Young Planners would be held at the NC Music Factory and include a tour of the facility. Jessica and Kate really took this simple idea of getting together and talking shop to a new level with our tour. Let me confess that I believe I may not meet the definition of "young planner" as I careened into my 35th year this June, but there is not a category for "seasoned planner who is no where near retirement".
The evening began at VCGB, which is a New York style beer garden. I believe it stands for Very Cold German Beer. Their pilsner is one of my favorites on a hot summer day. Again, the planner and southerner in me asks...where in the hell are the trees on that patio? In the sultry south, we need shade or so says my dermatologist. I'm hoping that once the heat subsides, they'll think about adding some vegetation to break up all that concrete. One might ask why even go outside at all when there is a tray of shaved ice to keep your mug cold. If you intend to bring Fido, you'll need a spot on the "Seven Steps from the Sun" (or otherwise known as their patio). This building is also home to a Charlotte icon the JFG sign.
|photo courtesy of NC Music Factory|
Note: lack of trees
|Photo just to prove that it actually was a tour|
The visual experience alone is worth the $500 per table weekend night cost and the potential people when people are actually is shear bonus. Now, all I have to do is stop working for the public sector.
To round out the tour and the complex, we went by the office section which is home to the Creative Loafing, a couple of non-profits and a lawyer's office.