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Couple moving from Washington DC area to Charlotte, Nationís capital too segregated, neighborhood segregation, no cultural diversity, searching for diverse Charlotte neighborhoods

 
Old 07-24-2007, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Sterling, VA
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My husband and I will be relocating to Charlotte from Sterling, VA (Northern VA/DC Metro area) before the end of the year. We've only lived here for about a year but something that has been especially disheartening about "the nation's capital" is that it is very (for lack of a better word) segregated.

Of course most people that live and work in the DC Metro area have migrated here from somewhere else because of the great job market here. However, somehow all those people most have received some type of news bulletin about where they should live to be "among there own." We didn't receive such a bulletin...nor were we interested in one. While we love the area we're in and love our home most of the time when we venture out into the community we don't feel that love resonating from the people.

Trust me, I am not trying to be insensitive but I know this may come across as less than politically correct. Basically, there are high concentrations of races/ethnicities/nationalities/etc. in certain areas. Most people from this area probably know what I'm talking about.

I've read through quite a few of the threads posted here (though admittedly not all of them) and I still have a major question about the Charlotte metro area. Are there particular areas of town that are genuinely diverse? Someone, please point us in the right areas/communities to consider when we visit.

Thanks in advance for your replies.
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Old 07-24-2007, 10:07 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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The whole city is diverse. This city divided by your finances verses race.
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Old 07-24-2007, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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My husband and I are ALSO moving from Sterling to Charlotte by the end of the year! Maybe we can help each other!

I know exactly what you mean about this area. We live in Cascades, which is a completely segregated area compared to the rest of Sterling, if you ask me.

I would disagree only slightly with what the above poster said, in that yes, the city is diverse, and yes, it is segregated by finances mostly, but there ARE areas of Charlotte that have a different cultural feel than the others and it's not entirely dependent upon income.

That said, I would say the majority of Charlotte is extremely diverse.

Good luck with your move! Feel free to pm me...
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Old 07-24-2007, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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My husband and I will be relocating to Charlotte from Sterling, VA (Northern VA/DC Metro area) before the end of the year. We've only lived here for about a year but something that has been especially disheartening about "the nation's capital" is that it is very (for lack of a better word) segregated.

Of course most people that live and work in the DC Metro area have migrated here from somewhere else because of the great job market here. However, somehow all those people most have received some type of news bulletin about where they should live to be "among there own." We didn't receive such a bulletin...nor were we interested in one. While we love the area we're in and love our home most of the time when we venture out into the community we don't feel that love resonating from the people.

Trust me, I am not trying to be insensitive but I know this may come across as less than politically correct. Basically, there are high concentrations of races/ethnicities/nationalities/etc. in certain areas. Most people from this area probably know what I'm talking about.

I've read through quite a few of the threads posted here (though admittedly not all of them) and I still have a major question about the Charlotte metro area. Are there particular areas of town that are genuinely diverse? Someone, please point us in the right areas/communities to consider when we visit.

Thanks in advance for your replies.

A similar discussion was held on the Raleigh board recently - you may want to read it to see what some of us in NC think

Basically in Charlotte people only segregate themselves by income level. Welcome home, I hope you love it!

Where do the Affluent Blacks Live?
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Old 07-24-2007, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Cornelius
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A similar discussion was held on the Raleigh board recently - you may want to read it to see what some of us in NC think

Basically in Charlotte people only segregate themselves by income level. Welcome home, I hope you love it!

Where do the Affluent Blacks Live?
excellent thread and thanks for sharing!

OP, I think the one thing you will learn from the Raleigh thread is that Charlotte is only segregated by green. The amount of money you make controls where you can afford to live, and the more that is the nicer your neighborhood will be and most likely the more diverse it will be.

On the flip side, the lower your income, the less nice your neighborhood will be and will likely be less diverse and way more segregated. Lower income families in Charlotte tend to segregate themselves and that is why in the poorer areas you will have pockets of all black, all asian, or Latino.

You will not find this segregation with nicer parts of Charlotte, which dominate the the city.
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Old 07-25-2007, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Welcome to Charlotte!

My wife and I moved down here from Annapolis and totally know what you mean about the DC area. I grew up in Prince Georges County and did not remember it being that way but when I returned from college, you noticed certain ethnic groups had definately set up boundaries in some neighborhoods.

Charlotte is definately not like that at all. Carolinians are very friendly and inclusive and with 50,000-80,000 people a year moving here from places like New York, California, Northern VA, Texas and the Mid West, this place is extremely diverse.
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