(1) That something finally happens at the big hole at Quail Hollow.

You’ve noticed, right? That 19-acre property at Park and Gleneagles roads that has been empty for more than a decade? The Harris Land Company started construction in 2004 on an upscale development, but that fell through.

(2) That we find a better way to connect uptown and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Does I-277 give anyone else heart palpitations? Just visualize Exit 3A heading into NoDa for a sec. Wouldn’t it be nice to cap it or something, to make it easier to get from uptown to South End or NoDa?

(3) The return of the ACC football championship.

The Atlantic Coast Conference pulled the 2016 football title game from Charlotte due to House Bill 2. The game would have been Dec. 3 at Bank of America Stadium, likely bringing tens of thousands of fans, plus millions of dollars for Charlotte’s economy.

(4) More public parking in Plaza Midwood.

That public lot behind Snug Harbor is forever full on weekends, we always fear getting towed at Bistro La Bon and the reverse angle parking by The Common Market is just too much for some of us to handle.

(5) The addition of a Chinese restaurant in NoDa.

We have Crêpe Cellar Kitchen & Pub, Haberdish, Davidson Street Public House, Cabo Fish Taco and more. How about some Chinese? (Tyler, our sales guru, fought hard to have this one included.)

(6) A more spacious parking deck at the Metropolitan.

As we’ve discussed, the parking deck in the Metropolitan is NARROW and the drivers here behave like they’re on the set of “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.”

(7) More independent coffee shops for South End.

At last, we have the new Central Coffee. And Nova’s Bakery, HEX and Not Just Coffee. But have you seen how many apartment buildings are going up? Maybe just one more coffee shop.

(8) The introduction of these chains to Charlotte: Zara, In-N-Out, Wawa, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Pret a Manger and Roly Poly.

Guilty pleasures.

(9) That the city finds some money and actually starts working on the Silver Line.

In 2016, the Charlotte Area Transit System created a route for the Silver Line, a proposed light-rail line that would travel along and near Independence Boulevard from uptown to Matthews. But the Silver Line could cost at least $1 billion, and CATS doesn’t yet have a funding source, or a schedule for the project.

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(10) That Charlotte lands a major league soccer team.

According to Bob Morgan, CEO of the Charlotte Chamber, soccer is one way Charlotte leaders are trying to boost the city’s cultural appeal. Building adequate facilities to support the sport, like going through with the $24.8 million renovation of Memorial Stadium, could be a step in the right direction.

(11) That politicians stop caring so much about what bathrooms we use.

HB2 has done a number on this city, causing toilets to become a symbol for North Carolina’s biggest political controversy.

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(12) That Sabor opens an uptown location.

Perhaps inside the convention center, conveniently located adjacent to our office building.

(13) More events that shut down the streets.

Such as Open Streets 704, which blocked off three miles of streets from West End to South End last year so people could walk, jog or bike along the route while enjoying street performances, food trucks and more. Two more Open Streets 704 events are expected in 2017.

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(14) That Charlotte young professionals lose the label “Millennials.”

What can we say, we hate the M-word.

(15) That a vertical mural gets painted on the Madison clock tower.

There’s so much delicious blank space under that huge clock on The Madison condos uptown.

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(16) That Jamie Lynch wins “Top Chef.”

Our very own Charlotte chef, Jamie Lynch of 5Church, continues in the “Top Chef” TV competition. The next Season 14 episode is Jan.5 on Bravo.

(17) That acts of kindness continue.

We saw some good examples in 2016. From Sam White’s #25KindDays Instagram campaign, to assistant city manager Hyong Yi again handing out 100 love notes on Tryon Street.

It doesn’t take long to do something kind.

Photos: David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer, CATS, Pat Cotham, Open Streets 704

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