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Old 10-07-2010, 06:48 AM
 
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I am looking at Charlotte & Dallas to start my new chapter in life. I will be graduating from graduate school soon. I am from Atlanta & don't want to move back. I will like to know:
1. Where are the nice parts to live in town? In comparison to Buckhead, Midtown or Highland areas in Atlanta
2. Is there a young professional population(30-40s)?
3. How diverse is Charlotte?
4. Are there many lounges/jazz clubs etc? NOT dance clubs(can't stand those anymore)
5. Is there a LA fitness here & where? Safe jogging trails?
6. How do you compare Charlotte to Atlanta?

Thanks for your input!
Now I think Charlotte is hot...Dallas is hell in summer.
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Old 10-07-2010, 09:11 AM
 
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There are actually quite a few jaz clubs in Charlotte. I am starting to wonder if peoples experiences are different according to there ethnicity. My wife and I are both African american and we know of 4 jazz clubs downtown(house of jazz is our favorite), along with about4 poetry and Jazz clubs in NoDA(wineup is our favorite) and also there are a couple of jazz and poetry spots in University near the lake. There is also a very nice young professional atmosphere(african-american definitely) here. We have no problem finding something to do.
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:19 AM
 
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There are actually quite a few jaz clubs in Charlotte. I am starting to wonder if peoples experiences are different according to there ethnicity. My wife and I are both African american and we know of 4 jazz clubs downtown(house of jazz is our favorite), along with about4 poetry and Jazz clubs in NoDA(wineup is our favorite) and also there are a couple of jazz and poetry spots in University near the lake. There is also a very nice young professional atmosphere(african-american definitely) here. We have no problem finding something to do.
I'm glad you pointed this out. In Charlotte for young professionals NoDa Southend, Dilworth, and Elizabeth/Midtown would probably be the best spots. Check out Spirit square for great local performances. Charlotte is definitely not Dallas and can't be compared to the area really, but if you're used to Atlanta the vibe won't be too different.
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:05 PM
 
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What is your graduate degree in?
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:24 PM
 
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Now I think Charlotte is hot...Dallas is hell in summer.
You can say that again. I lived in Dallas for 17 years and summer temperatures are often in the 100's.

Atlanta and Charlotte are hot in summer. Dallas is Hades itself.

Dallas will have the better economy. Charlotte will be prettier with more trees.

Dallas is not close to any wild places like forests. Charlotte is.

Dallas is the third largest retail area in the U.S. Not sure where Charlotte is on the list.
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:33 PM
 
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There are actually quite a few jaz clubs in Charlotte. I am starting to wonder if peoples experiences are different according to there ethnicity. My wife and I are both African american and we know of 4 jazz clubs downtown(house of jazz is our favorite), along with about4 poetry and Jazz clubs in NoDA(wineup is our favorite) and also there are a couple of jazz and poetry spots in University near the lake. There is also a very nice young professional atmosphere(african-american definitely) here. We have no problem finding something to do.
I went to wineup on a Wednesday -the place is a dump

House of Blues is hardly ever open (it would be nice if this place was open Mon to Sun.
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:34 PM
 
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There are actually quite a few jaz clubs in Charlotte. I am starting to wonder if peoples experiences are different according to there ethnicity. My wife and I are both African american and we know of 4 jazz clubs downtown(house of jazz is our favorite), along with about4 poetry and Jazz clubs in NoDA(wineup is our favorite) and also there are a couple of jazz and poetry spots in University near the lake. There is also a very nice young professional atmosphere(african-american definitely) here. We have no problem finding something to do.
What is quite a few? Can you name 6 please?
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Old 10-07-2010, 07:30 PM
 
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Sorry, but mrdkb is right.....both places dont qualify...
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Old 10-08-2010, 11:39 AM
 
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What is quite a few? Can you name 6 please?
Apparently 4 is quite a few...but 2 of the 4 are hardly open
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Old 10-08-2010, 01:51 PM
 
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I am looking at Charlotte & Dallas to start my new chapter in life. I will be graduating from graduate school soon. I am from Atlanta & don't want to move back. I will like to know:
1. Where are the nice parts to live in town? In comparison to Buckhead, Midtown or Highland areas in Atlanta
2. Is there a young professional population(30-40s)?
3. How diverse is Charlotte?
4. Are there many lounges/jazz clubs etc? NOT dance clubs(can't stand those anymore)
5. Is there a LA fitness here & where? Safe jogging trails?
6. How do you compare Charlotte to Atlanta?

Thanks for your input!
1. Dilworth, Southend, NoDa, Southpark, Myers Park, Ballantyne, Providence, Ayersley, Arboretum, and Elizabeth

2. There is definitely a sizeable young professional population here, especially in the first three neighborhoods on the list

3. Charlotte is very diverse. It's not Atlanta in that regard. But neither is it the capital of the KKK or Lagos. However, if you walk into Concord Mills or Southpark Mall it would be hard for you to say the area isn't diverse.

4. There are jazz lounges and jazz clubs. I would recommend hitting up the coffee shops. Back in the day I went Lava Java for there jazz nights. Also, spoken word poetry is big here but its mostly underground.

5. Like someone else said, not too many LA fitness but the YMCA is big here and they have great facilities. The one in NoDa in particular. Several running/biking trails. There is an excellent biking trail on Tyvola and Myers Park has got to be one of the most bicycler area in the city.

6. IMO, Charlotte is very comparable to Atlanta. They are both bigger Piedmont metros with relatively ok economies during this recession. Atlanta of course is bigger. If you take Atlanta and shrink it to 1/3 of its size, you would have Charlotte.

All that said, this is not Dallas. Dallas would probably give you that big city feel you're used to but Charlotte is a beast in its own right.
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