New neighbor?

Microsoft Word - The Place to Shop and Dine in the Triad 4.doc

If you live anywhere around me in the southeastern part of Forsyth County, you gotta be excited about the possibility of a development called the Union Cross Towne Center. The map above gives you an idea of where exactly it will be…right behind the Food Lion where many of us shop now. Take note of the newly built interchange over 40. And if you REALLY want to see how it would look, I highly recommend checking out this link where the developer has posted a Windows Media video that gives you an idea of how it might look once it’s built. Here’s the “official” write-up:

Union Cross Town Centre will be a mixed-use development consisting of retail, restaurants, hotel and a residential component.  The 85 acre site is located in Kernersville, North Carolina, midway between Winston Salem, Greensboro and High Point in ‘The Heart of the Triad’. The site provides 3,500 feet of frontage on Interstate 40 with over 70,000 cars per day.  Five natural water features, courtyards with seating and a well landscaped streetscape will enhance the pedestrian amenities of the project. Union Cross Towne Centre will serve a market that has had an increase of 13,000+ housing units within a five mile radius of the site in less than two years. The extensive growth in this market is spurred in part by the largest Dell Computer Manufacturing facility in the world and the east coast FedEx Air Cargo Hub that will open soon.  Ancillary businesses continue to enter the market creating hundreds of new jobs. A new Center Point Interchange for the Union Cross Exit on I-40 will be constructed by NCDOT.

  • 244,000 sq. feet of retail on first level/100,000 sq. feet of apartments & office on 2nd Floor
  • Multiple Restaurants Sites/1 Hotel Site/Multi-Plex Cinema/Drug Store and Bank Site
  • Up to 200 Villas/Town Homes


Looks like a great plan…and a smartly designed development. And it definitely would not hurt my property value. But at the same time, don’t get your hopes up for seeing any of this anytime soon. I have to believe that the sinking economy will continue to push back the completion date for this project…if it’s ever built at all. But then again, that’s just my opinion. I don’t have any first-hand knowledge of the timeline. Just an educated guess on my part. If you guys know anything more than I do, drop us a comment.

What do you think?



Published in: on November 21, 2008 at 7:05 am  Comments (2)  

Blog Vacation Notice


[Awesome Pic Courtesy of ‘Stuck In Customs’]

Just wanted to let you know that my blog will go dark for a few days. I’ll be in New York City this week at a conference for work. And after my conference is over, Tanya is joining me in the Big Apple this weekend. So hopefully, I’ll have lots of pictures and stories to share with you guys when I get back. Have a great week!

By the way, if you’re wondering how the picture above was taken and why it looks so fantastic, you should look into HDR photography. It’s done basically taking the same picture with different exposures and combining all those exposures to produce the end product. It’s awesome. Here’s a tutorial here. And you can see lots more examples at the HDR Flickr pool and even more here. 


Published in: on November 12, 2008 at 7:48 am  Leave a Comment  

Veteran’s Day.



Too often we overlook Veteran’s Day in the hustle and bustle of pre-holiday November. Don’t do it this year. Find a veteran in your family or a friend’s family and let them know how much you appreciate their service to our country.  And take time out to say a prayer and thanks for the men and women serving right now as you read this in your comfortable chair. It’s worth your time.



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This is really good news for me since Thursday nights usually mean band practice. “Lost” spent last season on Thursdays, but for season five it’s back to its old Wednesday stomping grounds. Its 2-hour season premiere launches Jan. 21 at 9 p.m., then the series settles into the 9 p.m. Wednesday slot currently held by “Private Practice.”


Read all of James Hibberd’s Hollywood Reporter story on the matter here.


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Word of the Day: Bokeh


A bokeh kind of love…, originally uploaded by Jai Yung.

Bokeh (derived from Japanese boke ぼけ, a noun form of bokeru ぼける, “become blurred or fuzzy”) is a photographic term referring to the appearance of out-of-focus areas in an image produced by a camera lens using a shallow depth of field.[1] Different lens bokeh produces different aesthetic qualities in out-of-focus backgrounds, which are often used to reduce distractions and emphasize the primary subject.

Jai Yung

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This is wacky.

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