Officials around Carowinds draw up plans to improve traffic and look of the area

Posted Monday, October 11, 2010 12:49 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Making aesthetic improvements to businesses and the I-77 interchange near Carowinds are the first phase of a 25-year plan. Proponents say a cleaner, more attractive area would lure people interested in making the area a destination, rather than just a stop off the interstate.

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Monday, October 11, 2010 4:22 PM

I really think they could do something spectacular here. Something more than just Carowinds, a tacky outlet mall, and some gas stations. This intersection (and the park) sit on the crossroads of North and South Carolina. Play into that! Make it a historical place of interest. Think about the four corners!

Monday, October 11, 2010 4:23 PM
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Keith2005 said:
Think about the four corners!

Come visit...ummm...The Line! There's only another hundred, give or take, just like it in the country. ;)

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Monday, October 11, 2010 4:32 PM
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Actually, Plaza Fiesta isn't an outlet mall. It's a latin themed mall, it seems to get really crowded, and it's really nice inside (though there were a lot of open shops up for rent).

I do think this is a great idea. I read about it last week. I'm sure the Carowinds folks are all for it, they're already saying they want to beef up Carowinds into a southern 'CP', which I take to mean they want it to become a multi-day destination. A hotel, the campground, shopping, and eating, all outside of Charlotte would really be nice.

Now if they'd just get rid of the Paladium and put an indoor waterpark there :).

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

Monday, October 11, 2010 4:56 PM
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Lord Gonchar said:

Come visit...ummm...The Line! There's only another hundred, give or take, just like it in the country. ;)

Well, consider the huge success that is South of the Border. ;)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 12:20 PM

I remember stopping at South of The Border years ago as a kid. It was quite the site and just absolutely full of people. Compared to what it used to be, it's a run down ghost town now. As corny as Pedro's is, it's still sad to see throwback roadside attractions like this one go downhill. Everything looks the same anymore. Once the Interstate to Myrtle Beach is finished, there will be even less visitors.

Carowinds would obviously benefit from a neighborhood overhaul. Unfortunately they are indirectly responsible for a lot of those issues. All the traffic and tourists leave behind run down roads and facilities, trash...etc. Also, a mall with half of the storefronts empty is rather depressing. There's a lot of room for improvement, and benefits to be had from it.


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