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Old 05-29-2012, 10:59 AM
 
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I love Charlotte as a city. I would like nothing better than to put down roots here, but the economy has me discouraged and unfortunately I've reached a point where I can no longer stay here. I can either live in Charlotte but work a miserable dead-end job that has me trapped and barely financially affloat or move somewhere else and make a better life for myself.
Go ahead and make your move and perhaps the door will open for you to return in the future.
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Charlotte NC
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IMO, most of it has to do with some transplants coming to Charlotte hoping for rainbows, pots of gold and unicorns dancing in fields of flowers and then discovering that it's no different than anywhere else. The problems they were hoping to leave behind also packed their bags here and moved with them. Add to that the different climate, the fact that most natives aren't impressed they moved here from wherever & whatever and have no interested in their customs, and it ends up making for some very sour dispositions.

This doesn't apply to all transplants but only the ones who do a lot of complaining about the area and the people.
I'm a transplant and I know a ton of people from my childhood in PA who moved here. Not sure why but I haven't heard any of them complain about Charlotte. Now there are definitely some NY's who complain but I've lived in NYC and people don't hold their tongue when they don't like something but it doesn't mean they hate Charlotte.

I think there are a just as many natives as transplants who are negative. Some want Charlotte to return to the good ole days while the transplants want it to be a northern city.

Unfortunately there is a portion of people in any city who are just mad at life.
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:56 PM
 
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Having read comments to many papers over the years in many areas I have found most people are motivated to write by anger or dissatisfaction. People are much less inclined to write when we they happy about something.
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:46 PM
 
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There were some references in this thread about stagnant job growth in Charlotte..that may have been true in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 collapse but truth be told Charlotte is growing again, look at Ballantyne, three or four new skyscrapers going up, and a handful of companies announced they would be moving in soon. Now how many parts of the country can boast on that? Sure that doesn't mean opportunities for everybody, but hey, some growth is better than none.
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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There were some references in this thread about stagnant job growth in Charlotte..that may have been true in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 collapse but truth be told Charlotte is growing again, look at Ballantyne, three or four new skyscrapers going up, and a handful of companies announced they would be moving in soon. Now how many parts of the country can boast on that? Sure that doesn't mean opportunities for everybody, but hey, some growth is better than none.
Dude, Charlotte's unemployment rate is STILL higher than the national average (which is itself not great).

I am glad to see any movement in a positive direction, but Charlotte is still a tough place to get a job in many fields. Sure, some growth is great, and I hope it continues, but Charlotte has a long way to go in its recovery.

Not being negative, just keepin' it real for folks thinking of coming here so they'll understand what they are potentially facing.
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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I love Charlotte as a city. I would like nothing better than to put down roots here, but the economy has me discouraged and unfortunately I've reached a point where I can no longer stay here. I can either live in Charlotte but work a miserable dead-end job that has me trapped and barely financially affloat or move somewhere else and make a better life for myself.
Totally understand as a new grad. Gotta go where work, scratch that, GOOD work is.

Charlotte is a great city (I'm paying big bucks to experience it for myself next week) but not the place to be if you need a job.
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:42 PM
 
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Reading the comment section on the Charlotte Observer website implies to me that a lot of people in this city are so pessimistic about EVERYTHING!! There is always negativity regarding the development of the city and the future of Charlotte. As a native of NY, I see Charlotte moving forward with a bright future.
Probably because you are from NY
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Charlotte NC
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Probably because you are from NY
LOL... that's probably true. It's a good thing though...

who likes party poopers? I sure don't.
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:44 AM
 
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Reading the comment section on the Charlotte Observer website implies to me that a lot of people in this city are so pessimistic about EVERYTHING!! There is always negativity regarding the development of the city and the future of Charlotte. As a native of NY, I see Charlotte moving forward with a bright future.
A lot of those commenters on the CO message boards are a bunch of morons who want to be negative on everything! A lot them long for the good 'ole days when Charlotte was a bumpkin town and only a certain group of people ran things! I don't even waste my time going on there b/c I don't need a bunch of negative people bringing me down, I'm too much of an optimist! I'm glad that you see the positive aspects of Charlotte and not let a bunch of people with too much time on their hands ruin it for you!
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:19 AM
 
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"Look at Ballantyne, three or four new skyscrapers going up". Skyscrapers?
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