Michael Lowrey


Posts by Michael Lowrey (page 12)

  • Your 2016 SCASDP grant applications

    The Small Community Air Service Development Program is a small federal grant program to encourage, as the name suggests, more flights to smaller cities. It’s pretty much pork, but of the leaner sort, as it requires local communities to put up some of their own money. Still, this program is…
    Michael Lowrey, July 6, 2016
  • When effective regulation is necessary

    Meet Naegleria fowleri, aka the brain-eating amoeba. Said amoeba is very much in the news following the death of Lauren Seitz, a recent high school graduate from Westerville, OH who contact the disease while rafting at the National Whitewater Center outside Charlotte. Naegleria fowleri is commonly found in warm, fresh…
    Michael Lowrey, July 2, 2016
  • Pointless stadium project of the moment

    Rebuilding Charlotte’s ancient Memorial Stadium as a soccer stadium. As the Charlotte Observer reports, the estimated cost is $22 million for a facility that would hold 10,870. I saw “hold” because about a third of the “seating” capacity would be on a big grass berm. The report doesn’t layout…
    Michael Lowrey, June 30, 2016
  • Charlotte picks CLT taxi winners and losers. Again.

    Despite all that has happened out at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and in Charlotte city politics in the wake of Patrick Cannon pleading guilty to accepting bribes, it’s still full steam ahead with Charlotte City Council handing out a limited number of permits to select taxi companies to pick up…
    Michael Lowrey, June 28, 2016
  • Happy Panama Canal expansion opening day!

    Make no mistake, this is a game changer in transportation, as larger container vessels will now be able to make use of the Panama Canal. Per the Charlotte Observer: “It’s a big deal for the industry and anyone who’s doing importing and exporting,” said Paul Cozza, executive director at…
    Michael Lowrey, June 26, 2016
  • Another case of minor league baseball seeking public money for a new stadium

    The city of the moment that’s being asked to pony up a lot of money for a new minor league baseball stadium is Fayetteville. Per the Fayetteville Observer: If Fayetteville can find the money to pay for it, the city most likely will make a deal to build…
    Michael Lowrey, June 23, 2016
  • Crystal Eschert and Charlotte’s inconsistent social media policy

    From a Charlotte Observer editorial: When the city of Charlotte fired Fire Department investigator Crystal Eschert in late 2014 for a pair of inflammatory Facebook posts, this editorial board suspected she was actually being punished for earlier concerns she raised about the safety of a CFD building on…
    Michael Lowrey, June 21, 2016
  • An update on the battle for control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport

    Per the Charlotte Observer: The Federal Aviation Administration this month updated its policy on disputed management changes at public airports, a move that affirms the city’s control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport. In a document published June 6, the FAA says it will accept an application for a management change…
    Michael Lowrey, June 20, 2016