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Old 04-20-2008, 02:44 PM
 
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Is there anyone that has lived in both areas and could make a comparison for a twenty-something couple? We currently live in Federal Hill (downtown Baltimore), but may relocate to Charlotte in the Fall.
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Old 04-20-2008, 04:30 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Is there anyone that has lived in both areas and could make a comparison for a twenty-something couple? We currently live in Federal Hill (downtown Baltimore), but may relocate to Charlotte in the Fall.
If you're looking for general comparisons, you might want to open it up to comparing any Mid-Atlantic city (Philly,DC, etc. to Charlotte). If you're looking for specifics, what are they?
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Old 04-20-2008, 04:32 PM
 
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I was born and raised in Baltimore, close to the zoo, and Druid Hill area, Charlotte has its rough areas, but over all it is a good city to live in. I left Baltimore because it is to dangerous. I have resided in Charlotte for 5 years now, I am satisfied.

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Old 04-20-2008, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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My husband and I (both mid-20's) are leaving Baltimore this summer for good.
We haven't lived in Charlotte yet, but we have spent a few long weekends getting to know the city and deciding if it was for us. Compared to Baltimore there is about the same amount of entertainment, shopping, restaurants, etc... except in Charlotte you'll feel safer, more welcomed and have much more pride in where you live.
We couldn't be happier with our decision to move south and call Charlotte home.
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Old 04-20-2008, 06:11 PM
 
Location: South CLT
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Hello, I'm a newbie.

My husband and I are also thinking of relocating to NC - we currently reside in Baltimore. We are looking more toward Raleigh are though ... looking to actively start our search in 2009. Looking forward to the change - I'm really sick and tired of the crime in Baltimore - I know there is crime everywhere - but may not be as bad
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Old 04-20-2008, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Raleigh is a very spread out city with lots of traffic. If you want a big town with a small feel then Charlotte is definately a great place to live. I moved here 5 years ago and we love it.
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Old 04-20-2008, 07:39 PM
 
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I was born and raised in Baltimore and love it and miss it. I've lived in Charlotte for the last 9 years and love it here also. The cities are different but they both have their charm. If you are in your 20's and live in Federal Hill you'd probably prefer to live closer to uptown where all the nightlife and action is. But it still will be nothing like Federal Hill. First of all, nothing in Charlotte, particularly uptown is "old". Everything original has been removed and replaced with new. Not necessarily bad, just depends on what you like. Plus, it's changing, but uptown is small compared to Baltimore's downtown and isn't quite as lively at night. But that's changing. You'll still probably enjoy living in uptown Charlotte. Things are getting much more expensive in Charlotte, but housing should still be much more affordable than the desirable areas of Baltimore. But financially, that's about where the differences end. If you go on cost of living calculators, they suggest that Charlotte is much more affordable than Balto., but my experience says "no". Homes are less, but it ends there. Food costs a little more, the sales tax is higher, etc. Charlotte traffic is bad, but not compared to Balto. Think carefully before you make the move as there are no Berger Cookies in Charlotte.
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Old 04-20-2008, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Think carefully before you make the move as there are no Berger Cookies in Charlotte.
No Berger's Cookies?!?!?
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Old 04-20-2008, 08:13 PM
 
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Baltimore born and raised (but haven't lived there in a while), and recently moved to Charlotte. There are city neighborhoods like Guilford/Roland Park (Myers Park/Dilworth/Elizabeth would be the closest comparison, IMO) but safer and with better schools in Charlotte. If there are older, very urban (rowhouse) feeling neighborhoods like Fed Hill, Canton, Fells Point, etc in Charlotte, I haven't found them yet. Charlotte feels much newer, and with less concentrated pockets of poverty like you'll find in Baltimore.

Will be interested to see how the steamed crabs are down here.
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Old 04-20-2008, 08:55 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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First of all, nothing in Charlotte, particularly uptown is "old". Everything original has been removed and replaced with new. Not necessarily bad, just depends on what you like.
This is not true.
In your statement you said everything is being replaced with something new.
And below is a list of structures that are still standing and still being used today.

THE CHARLOTTE NATIONAL BANK BUILDING (http://www.cmhpf.org/S&RR/CharlotteNatlBank.html - broken link)
Mecklenburg County Courthouse (http://www.cmhpf.org/S&RR/MeckCoCthse.html - broken link)
Grace A. M. E. Zion Church (http://www.cmhpf.org/S&RR/GraceAME.html - broken link)
Historic Charlotte: Mecklenburg Investment Company Building -- Center City Walking Tour (http://www.historiccharlotte.org/ccwt25.htm - broken link)
John W. Sheppard House (http://www.cmhpf.org/S&RR/sheppard.html - broken link)
Ratcliffe Florist Shop (http://www.cmhpf.org/S&RR/ratcliffe.html - broken link)
Historic Charlotte: The Carolina Theatre -- Center City Walking Tour (http://www.historiccharlotte.org/ccwt18.htm - broken link)
First United Presbyterian Church (http://www.cmhpf.org/S&RR/1stUPC.html - broken link)
Historic Charlotte: North Carolina Medical College (1887 & 1907) -- Center City Walking Tour (http://www.historiccharlotte.org/ccwt5.htm - broken link)
THE LATTA ARCADE (http://www.cmhpf.org/S&RR/latta.html - broken link) one of my favorite places in uptown
First United Methodist Church
Dunhill Hotel (http://www.cmhpf.org/S&RR/mayfair.html - broken link)
Historic Charlotte: Oscar J. Thies Automobile Building -- Center City Walking Tour (http://www.historiccharlotte.org/ccwt13.htm - broken link)
The First Baptist Church
Berryhill House (http://www.cmhpf.org/S&RR/berryhill.html - broken link)
Historic Charlotte: St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church -- Center City Walking (http://www.historiccharlotte.org/ccwt24.htm - broken link)
Historic Charlotte: First National Bank Building -- Center City Walking Tour (http://www.historiccharlotte.org/ccwt20.htm - broken link)
Crowell- Berryhill Store (http://www.cmhpf.org/S&RR/crowell-berryhill.html - broken link)
Historic Charlotte: Old Settlers' Cemetery (1776 - 1867) -- Center City Walking Tour (http://www.historiccharlotte.org/ccwt4.htm - broken link)
Bagley-Mullen House (http://www.cmhpf.org/S&RR/bagley-mullen.html - broken link)
Former Charlotte Post Office
Historic Charlotte: Johnston Building -- Center City Walking Tour (http://www.historiccharlotte.org/ccwt21.htm - broken link)
Historic Charlotte: Ivey's Department Store -- Center City Walking Tour (http://www.historiccharlotte.org/ccwt19.htm - broken link)
Historic Charlotte: St. Peter's Episcopal Church -- Center City Walking Tour (http://www.historiccharlotte.org/ccwt15.htm - broken link)

There is plenty of historical structures uptown and thru the city. It may not be Baltimore but it is Charlotte North Carolina
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