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Foxx pushes capital improvement plan to Ballantyne residents

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Mayor Anthony Foxx met with around 100 Ballantyne residents Thursday night to talk about his $926 million capital improvement plan. 

The plan died this summer after city council said "no", but Foxx recently brought the idea back this fall. It calls for major changes, including six new police precincts, and installing streetcars to connect West to East Charlotte.

"Why would you spend money that way? To me it's senseless," said Ballantyne resident Patricia Hoekstra.

The streetcar project would cost $119 million dollars, and Foxx says it would benefit the entire city.

"It's not as mobile as a bus system, and it's literally a stupid idea," said resident Dennis Harris.

Foxx insists that his capital improvement plan is much more than the streetcar, that's why he's met with thousands of residents to go into greater detail.

"Once people see it, they'll understand what the program is trying to accomplish," Foxx said.

Another big topic at Thursday's meeting, Ballantyne breaking away from Charlotte. Several groups are pushing the idea.

I think it's an excellent idea, it puts pressure on elected officials ," Harris said.

"I don't agree with it, but obviously this is a democracy and people can have their opinions so I look forward to having an exchange about that," Foxx said.

Ballantyne resident Janice Robinson supports Foxx.

"I like his vision," she said.

For more on the capital improvement plan, click here.

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