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Old 01-04-2009, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Although I am not a fan of the whole underworld that was mentioned, I am sure that if someone was looking for "trouble" as it were, they could find it. While Charlotte appears to have this great wholesome image, I am willing to bet that debauchery could be found. (and it probably would not be hard to find)

*All* cities have some sort of underground of less-than-wholesome activities. Phooey, I know that there are some in towns, villages even. Maybe they are just better hidden?

I agree, we do need to keep that kind of behaviour below the surface and away from our children, but, I do not think that growth has anything to do with it. And, then, just as you stated, if things are not *wild* enough for someone, there is always a road trip available....
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Old 01-04-2009, 09:18 AM
 
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I recently spent the week in New Orleans for New Year's...not exactly looking for good clean fun. This was my first visit and as the week closed, I began to appreciate the slower pace of Charlotte. I think that Charlotteans do themselves an injustice when they want to defend claims that Charlotte is similar to Atlanta or other so-called "world class" cities. World class cities in America are usually full of debauchery, excess, low morals, and a host of other poor choice personality traits. Charlotte remains relatively clean in comparison to Atlanta, New Orleans, Nashville, or a few other similar sized southern cites. Our Bible Belt reputation is not a bad thing folks. New Orleans was full of billboards for area strip clubs, if you're not participating in some kind of vice you're probably not enjoying yourself in New Orleans and the fact that there is a disaster tour industry to capitalize on the devastation of Katrina just took the cake. As I left the city, I began to realize that we have to be honest with ourselves in Charlotte about growth. If we want to embrace exponential growth, we also have to embrace an influx of the underground explosion of strip clubs, massage parlors, bars, and sketchy people in general to the city. On the flight back to Charlotte I listened to a group of married gentlemen having traveled to New Orleans for a week of debauchery that Charlotte only has a hand full of strip clubs and that full nudity is not allowed. I said to myself they should appreciate this. Charlotte is currently fairly clean and safe compared to many other similar sized cities. The suburbanization of Charlotte aids in distributing the metro population and the white collar family oriented work force helps to steer the creation of the nightlife towards the more conservative run of the mill nightclubs. I think that pretentious ambition may be the death of what makes Charlotte unique. It remains only mildly tainted by some of the ills that affect most major cities. Unfortunately, I am afraid that this conversation may be a little late. The overwhelming desire by a few to become that edgy, posh, cosmopolitan city of the new south will eventually overtake people like me who prefer to only visit the cities with thrill seeker reputations. Am I the only person that feels this way?
Surprise, surprise!! Nashville and Atlanta are also in the so called "Bible Belt". I do not feel that people should surpress their desire to go out and have a good time, even if the Christian extreme right disapproves. There can be certain parts of a city that allow pornography, strip clubs, prostitution or whatever, but they should be allowed. I would rather have pervs in a designated area than intermingled with others. As a matter of fact, I would like to see Charlotte take a leading role in legalizing prostitution and keeping it legal and in a certain area designated for such activity.

I have been to New Orleans more times than I care to remember. I am tired of the place. I have only gone there with the purpose of partying. I don't think there is much else to do there culturally. New Orleans has always depended on sinful pleasure to support the city, ie. French Quarter. As far as someone making money by having tours for Catrina, big deal. I have visited Verdun and Normandy, France where tour groups make money "exploiting" the tremendous war dead there. What is the big deal? I want Charlotte to grow and be a great city, but I don't want it to be known for being the most boring place on earth.

Hamburg, Germany is a world class city. It has a red light district that makes Amsterdam look like kindergarten. It is isolated from the business and residential parts of town and fits in just fine. The district provides tons of tax money for the city. Hamburg is also much cleaner than Amsterdam.

Charlotte is not only a city of bankers. The needs of all citizens must be considered and seedy people need seedy clubs to attend. I would prefer seedy people to have these clubs to attend instead of having to go to places with class. People are different and do not fit a particular mold. That is why we have ethnic neighborhoods, restaurants, and clubs. There is no possible way a city with a diverse population can remain totally clean and safe all over. The best we can do is hope that the deviants stay in deviant areas.

I want Charlotte to grow and remain know as a clean city, but I want it to also be know as a fun place to visit with a variety of entertainment venues.

By the way, does anyone remember the sex clubs in Charlotte in the 70s, ie. Ces Bon Club, etc? Man, they were rampant. They were actually pretty nice clubs with expensive drinks that attracted both men and women. Ohh! The good ole days.
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