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Old 11-25-2008, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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The OP brings up an interesting point. I have relatives in the NY metro area that trumpet all the culture, etc it has, but they live way out in the burbs and rarely experience it. Though the sheer amount of arts and culture in Charlotte may be substantially less than in NY or Chicago, it is way more accessible.
So true! When I was young(er) and single and lived in Manhattan, I definitely could say I experienced "The City". And if someone had told me on my wedding day in 1993 that within five years I would be living in Charlotte (if I even knew at that time where exactly Charlotte was located) I would have laughed at them. Oh but add kids, and financial responsibilities to the mix (and Comfort Food, like your friends, NOT going into "The City" quite so often anymore) and here we are, ten years later Now it's the reverse -- can't imagine going back north. Even if I could imagine it I'm not sure we could afford it. Anyway, back to the OP, best of luck whatever you decide!
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Old 11-26-2008, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Okay, I'm not saying that those stereotypes are true across the board but... I have seen WAY MORE confederate flags than I have ever seen before, some of the women do have big hair (I just wish I knew how to do mine like that, sometimes it looks really good lol!), and after being surrounded by stupid expensive Thai and French food it does seem like there's a whole lotta fried Chicken around here. As far as racists go, in Chicago people wouldn't admit they were racists whereas here people are more open about it if they are but I prefer that, at least I know what I'm dealing with. Now I don't think those things represent typical southerners but they are more common in the south than in Chicago so it is natural for us Chicagoans to notice it.

And anyways, the OP wasn't concerned that she wouldn't like Southerners, she was concerned that southerners are prejudiced against outsiders. In general I haven't encountered that while out and about, but on these boards I think it is undeniable that natives posting here have AT LEAST as many stereotypes about northerners as northerners do about them.

This can be very disconcerting for someone from Chicago that is used to people from all over living in their city and still maintaining their original culture. There, there is not this idea that you have to "become a Chicagoan" or "embrace the culture," while Chicago has a very distinct culture it is accepted that its culture largely came from people moving there and NOT forgetting about where they came from.
DNaomi is exactly correct. I have lived here since Dec. of 1988. Please PM me if you would like a little more info.
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Old 11-30-2008, 04:28 PM
 
Location: S. Charlotte
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Thanks to everyone for your responses! We are still waiting to get further clarification on my husband's opportunity as well as a timeline b/c I am concerned about being "rushed" into relocating anywhere :-). It's funny b/c I've been talking about moving for a while, with North Carolina and California being on the top of my list, but now that it is suddenly a potential, I am questioning everything. I'll continue to lurk on this site. It's got some great info. I'm especially going to search out the jobs threads. The economy has me spooked about moving. Plus we had a realtor give us a rough estimate of our current house, and the number was not pretty!
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Old 11-30-2008, 04:37 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Good luck! Housing values are just not very bright right now - everywhere (of course, some areas more discouraging than others). The thing is . . . remember, wherever you move, you will get more for your money so I guess if you lose out on one end . . . perhaps you will still be okay on the buying end.
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Old 11-30-2008, 05:14 PM
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Location: Upstairs closet
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To get back to your orig question, I would opine that 90% of the folks that pick on Yankees do it in pure fun and friendship. I know I talk about Yankees all the time, all in jest.

I lived in West Des Moines for six years, took heat from being from South, all, again, in good fun.

The only people that would really mean hateful things toward Yankees are folks you would not want to/don't need to interact with anyway.

Be a good citizen and good neighbor and your friendship will be cherished by all.

LLN

PS. Those that say damnYankee are a different breed!!!
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Huntersville
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I'm buying in Kings Mountain & as you said, everyone is polite, in fact some people who've seen me around stop me & talk with me in the stores. If people are not too eager to be my friend, that's OK, too. Do you think that all Yankees are needy? I'll make enough friends, thank you.
Not sure what I said that got you huffy, but perhaps I should have explained a bit more.

I've lived in CC for almost 7 years now (but not in KM, out in Boiling Springs area). I would say that, in that area at least, maybe 90% of the people living there are born and raised there. They have deep roots and established relationships with their churches, have lots of families around, etc. In fact, churches are the center of the social life in this area.

On the other hand, in most areas of Charlotte, 70-80% of the people are from other places, so they are much more amenable to meeting new people and therefore someone from outside would have an easier time (IMO) to meet people.

Kings Mountain seems, to me, to be on the front edge of the Charlotte urban area, so things may be different. Boiling Springs, being on the western edge of CC, doesn't have a lot of people that commute to Charlotte and therefore probably has fewer transplants than KM does.

I hope you enjoy KM. I think it is an area that has tons of potential, especially with Moss Lake nearby and with its easy access to Charlotte.
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