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Old 10-02-2012, 08:12 PM
 
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Coming from CA.

I like location and beauty of my neighborhood near Southpark, plethora of kids activities, taking Lynx to work uptown (park & ride about 4 miles from house), reasonable 23 minute commute if I do want to drive, walking around uptown during lunch, anything I want is less than 15 minutes away and most is within 5, fantastic parks (freedom/francis beatty), Harris YMCA, professional sports, Belk theater, airport, more.

I miss watching the sunset, being able to get to the beach in 20 minutes, weather (no humidity), Mexican food, seafood, 14,000 ft peaks, valleys and canyons.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:31 PM
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Location: Gaston County
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No, the state does not have money to burn. Aren't interstate projects funded from a common transportatio money pool for state highway projects? Really, have you ever been to Indianapolis, Nashville or Columbus? Other than the light rail, in my opinion, those cities have equal or better urban amenities with respect to parks, etc.....I'm really not following the logic.
A lot of money was/is thrown at Charlotte. A lot of planners have an interest in this city. Things get done. I find this interesting...I'm curious as to 'why,' when other cities/regions have been left for dead.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:48 PM
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Location: Gaston County
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To answer the OP, it isn't so much of what Charlotte is that attracts me; it's what Charlotte isn't (e.g. I no longer hear horns honk the second a traffic signal turns green, etc).

Likes:

- Parks. The park system here is fantastic; trails abound, bathrooms are usually well stocked/kept.

- Variety of shopping, plus the placement of shopping districts within the City - and there's always parking.

- The general vibe of fellow Charlotteans: when going out for drinks, everyone is in 'chill' mode; patrons aren't looking to start a fight.

- Architecture of older buildings/houses.

- Forces within the city that are redeveloping the City in responsible ways - including the walkability of newer development; mass transit, etc.

- Inclusion of certain cultures; close to home, I have a few Indian restaurants, a Thai restaurant, and several Mexican restaurants.

Dislikes:

- Miss the Southern influence in CLT: small pleasantries exchanged in conversation, mannerisms, culture, pace, etc. Likewise, the celebration of European cultures isn't as common in Charlotte, as it is in other areas. Finally, I miss the ocean ...
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I love the diversity of restaurants, the white collar job opportunities, the low cost of living, the weather, and the family friendliness. I don't love the Sunday traffic due to parked cars taking up a lane, the 2011 property re-evaluation shenanigans, the most humid of days, the inability to drive normally in the lightest of inclement weather, and the weekend center city ghost town effect. All in all, more pluses than minuses in my book.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:39 PM
 
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Charlotte has a ton of things going for it. I love that the people are so open and transplant friendly. It was many of the same amenities that Atlanta does without the crime or the traffic. I've lived here for almost 6 months and have yet to run into any traffic (work/live in uptown, ride horses in Waxhaw). Huge perk! The proximity to the mountains and beaches is great.

The only dislike I really have about Charlotte is its lack of its own culture/city pride. Charlotte's neighboring southern cities (Nashville/Birimingham/Atlanta) have such a pride and really showcase their roots. I'm not saying that CLT needs to have a southern culture, per se. I like that Charlotte is different than those cities, that its not "deep south," more progressive, open-minded. But it'd be great if the city's culture was more identifiable.
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:07 PM
 
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I lived in Charlotte for 36 years and truly hated to leave. I've lived in Durham for almost three years now and feel somewhat qualified to respond to a post (which is now closed) on what folks hate about Charlotte. I think that blueheronNC seems to have missed some of what I like very much about Charlotte. The museums for instance: how exceptitnal to have the Bechtler, the Mint and the Harvey Gatt Center all within a stones throw of one another. As for restaurants, I agree that, especially given their size, Durham and Chapel Hill are graced with an unusually large number of exceptional restaurants, but blurheron must have missed Carpe Diem, Fiamma, Lulu, Andrew Blairs, Good Food, Lang Van. This is not even metioning the great southerns cuisine specialists like Price's Chicken, Lupies and Dish nor the rich offering of Latino restaurants along Central Avenue.

I have to agree with blueheron about theater and music in Charlotte. It does not compare favorably with Durham/Chapel Hill.
You'll notice, BTW, that I don't mention Raleigh in my post: I don't go there. The traffic is difficult - similar to Charlotte's. Mainly, I don't go there because i don't have to. Durham and Chapel Hill are easy to navigate, distances are short and, with a few exceptions, everything I need is there.

All in all. I don't think that blueheron has investigated Charlotte enough. On the other hand, I have to admit that
Durham/Chapel Hill both possess a certain charm - due to their small town size and the universities - which Charlotte does
not have. And there is much more and better entertainment available here'
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Charlotte NC
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I lived in Charlotte for 36 years and truly hated to leave. I've lived in Durham for almost three years now and feel somewhat qualified to respond to a post (which is now closed) on what folks hate about Charlotte. I think that blueheronNC seems to have missed some of what I like very much about Charlotte. The museums for instance: how exceptitnal to have the Bechtler, the Mint and the Harvey Gatt Center all within a stones throw of one another. As for restaurants, I agree that, especially given their size, Durham and Chapel Hill are graced with an unusually large number of exceptional restaurants, but blurheron must have missed Carpe Diem, Fiamma, Lulu, Andrew Blairs, Good Food, Lang Van. This is not even metioning the great southerns cuisine specialists like Price's Chicken, Lupies and Dish nor the rich offering of Latino restaurants along Central Avenue.

I have to agree with blueheron about theater and music in Charlotte. It does not compare favorably with Durham/Chapel Hill.
You'll notice, BTW, that I don't mention Raleigh in my post: I don't go there. The traffic is difficult - similar to Charlotte's. Mainly, I don't go there because i don't have to. Durham and Chapel Hill are easy to navigate, distances are short and, with a few exceptions, everything I need is there.

All in all. I don't think that blueheron has investigated Charlotte enough. On the other hand, I have to admit that
Durham/Chapel Hill both possess a certain charm - due to their small town size and the universities - which Charlotte does
not have. And there is much more and better entertainment available here'
College towns always have better entertainment and better restaurants IMO. This is probably one of the things I DON'T like about Charlotte. I wish the University Area actually felt like a university. Too many chain restaurants IMO and no sidewalks...
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:17 AM
 
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The city is fine. I hate negative people that move here and gripe and moan but don't bother to get involved in any of the numerous opportunities available . In reality, these annoying people are not happy anywhere. They can live in any greatest city on earth and find faults and compain that "It's not like it is back home." I suppose the term "ugly Americans" doesn't only apply overseas.

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Old 01-14-2013, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Charlotte NC
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The city is fine. I hate negative people that come there and gripe and moan but don't get involved in anything. But, these people are not happy anywhere. But, that is just the way Americans are. They can live in any great city on earth and find faults and compain that it it's nothing like home.
Well, it's America... love it or leave it! lol...
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:07 AM
 
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Charlotte has a ton of things going for it. I love that the people are so open and transplant friendly. It was many of the same amenities that Atlanta does without the crime or the traffic. I've lived here for almost 6 months and have yet to run into any traffic (work/live in uptown, ride horses in Waxhaw). Huge perk! The proximity to the mountains and beaches is great.

The only dislike I really have about Charlotte is its lack of its own culture/city pride. Charlotte's neighboring southern cities (Nashville/Birimingham/Atlanta) have such a pride and really showcase their roots. I'm not saying that CLT needs to have a southern culture, per se. I like that Charlotte is different than those cities, that its not "deep south," more progressive, open-minded. But it'd be great if the city's culture was more identifiable.
Charlotte culture is still alive and well but unfortunately, it has been overpowered by the bombardment of outsiders, many of which have unfortunately inherited stereotypes about the south and the people. Locals have been ridiculed for decades for having different accents and characteristics evolving from our mostly conservative "Celtic" backgrounds. Unfortunately, locals have tried to placate newcomers by not waving as they drive by, knocking on their doors and welcoming them, bring a little welcome token, ie. a cake or dish, etc. Friendliness was part of the local culture that wasn't understood by those not familiar and therefore, generally unappreciated and/or criticized.

Charlotte has historically been a progressive (not meaning liberal) city. It has been a forerunner in banking, textiles, trucking, and manufacturing for many years. It is a city that was build by locals with their hard work ethic despite 50 years of financial punishment and oppressionfrom the federal government following the Civil War.

Charlotte has been one of the first southern cities to appear to have lost their culture generally due to its location and the populaton invasion from northern states. This has been the result of job opportunities, cost of living, geographical location and being halfway between southern Florida and New York. Fourty years ago, most northerners wouldn't consider moving to Nasheville with the country music thing, or Birmingham since it was in Alabama, Asheville because of the mountain peope, or any other southern city that wasn't on a beach.

I find that the pockets of natives that still take pride in their culture live in pockets of South Charlotte, ie. Myers Park, Dilworth, and many outlying communities, ie. the Pennincula at Cornelius where I live.

Local culture isn't gone, it just gets less and less noticable. People need to understand that although the area played an enormous role in defeating the Brits in the Revolutionary War, there were less than 2,000 people living here then. We don't have the old buildings and enhnic areas as cities like Philadelphia, NY, or Boston. Most sunbelt cities are relatively new in comparison.

I am happy to see that many of the prejudices towards the peole here is deminishing as newcomers see that the only real difference is in dialect. I feel that the great majority of newcomers in recent years are respectful and mostly a positive asset.
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