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Old 08-16-2013, 09:26 PM
 
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(This can be good or bad surprises by the way)-When you first came to visit and or live? For me it was how clean Uptown was. I don't think I have ever seen a downtown of Charlotte's size, so clean and kept up.
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:13 PM
 
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(This can be good or bad surprises by the way)-When you first came to visit and or live? For me it was how clean Uptown was. I don't think I have ever seen a downtown of Charlotte's size, so clean and kept up.
I agree with this. And Charlotte feels a lot larger than what I think most people expect.
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:27 AM
 
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I did not expect to see so much housing stock that looked alike. Charlotte is packed with single story brick ranch style homes built from the 1950s to early 1980s. Some of the sterotypes of Charlotte that I heard before moving here, did not pan out. Not everybody is into discussing auto racing. (In fact only one co-worker that I can remember payed any attention to it.)
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:17 AM
 
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Imho, Charlotte IS a big city in every stretch of the word! Not NYC, LA or Chicago big, but it is very much a big city! It amazes me that people says there is nothing to do in Charlotte and that it is boring, my question is where about in Charlotte do you live? If you live further out like in the Hickory Grove area, or in Mint Hill, then you should expect to be bored, but if you live in the inner ring neighborhoods around Uptown, then you should be able to find something to do! I have a girlfriend who lives off Beaties Ford Rd. and that area feels like a typical urban "hood" to me, not that anyone would care about that, but I thought I'd point that out! Sorry for the rant, I just felt I needed to say this!

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Old 08-17-2013, 08:50 AM
 
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What surprised me?

Good: The hustle and bustle of uptown/downtown and how much it's changed since I've moved back to NC. I guess what I mean is the after 5pm crowd, although not on the level of a big city, it's quite different than 15-20 years ago. On a broader note, most NC city's downtowns have changed significantly in the past 10-15 years.

Had no idea the area had so many golf courses...a welcomed surprise.

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The highway infrastructure, everything seems 20 years behind or what I would have expected to occur years ago when talked about...I-485 completion, I-85 and I-77 widening, and Independence Blvd upgrade.
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:54 AM
 
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What surprised me?

Good: The hustle and bustle of uptown/downtown and how much it's changed since I've moved back to NC. I guess what I mean is the after 5pm crowd, although not on the level of a big city, it's quite different than 15-20 years ago. On a broader note, most NC city's downtowns have changed significantly in the past 10-15 years.

Had no idea the area had so many golf courses...a welcomed surprise.

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The highway infrastructure, everything seems 20 years behind or what I would have expected to occur years ago when talked about...I-485 completion, I-85 and I-77 widening, and Independence Blvd upgrade.
As always, everything you said here, I agree with!
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Old 08-17-2013, 06:58 PM
 
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The highway infrastructure, everything seems 20 years behind or what I would have expected to occur years ago when talked about...I-485 completion, I-85 and I-77 widening, and Independence Blvd upgrade.
I do think infrastructure could be improved, but 20 years behind seems like a stretch.
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:14 PM
 
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I do think infrastructure could be improved, but 20 years behind seems like a stretch.
No, that's about right. They've been building 485 for over 20 years!!
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:30 PM
 
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No, that's about right. They've been building 485 for over 20 years!!
Yep.. We also initially proposed light rail in the late 80's!
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:16 PM
 
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For me it was the diversity in the nationalities and how many people who lived here that we're not born here. I am originally from Pittsburgh and the moved to DC for 17 years before moving to Charlotte. I though Charlotte would have been more like Pittsburgh where a lot of people that live there were born there. That definitely isn't true here. I have only met a few people that were originally from Charlotte. That was definitely the biggest surprise for me.
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