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Old 03-16-2009, 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted by stlterp View Post
According to some posters on here, crime is out of control here in Charlotte as well. My take, after having been here a year, is that crime in Charlotte is a bit more spread out than in St. Louis.

In both cities, the truly violent, person-on-person crime is fairly contained, and most are unlikely to be victims. There are always random acts, but fairly rare outside of select areas.

The difference seems to be in the brazen home invasion type of crime. While things seem to be quieter now, those kind of incidents were happening in upscale suburbs for a while...something you didn't hear about in similar areas of STL like Ladue, Frontenac, Chesterfield, etc. It has gotten better, but part of the difference may be that St. Louis County (separate entity from the city) did a better job of keeping repeat offenders in jail than Meck has done.

I do agree, in general, that CLT is a more positive and forward looking community that STL. It's a different feeling here for sure.

Thank you, as well, for your input!

Agreed. StL, there are pockets to avoid. Chesterfield, Frontenac, etc, no problems at all in terms of crime. St. Charles, where I'm located, I rarely concern myself with crime. What annoys me, is that in entering the city of StL, I am careful. I've been robbed twice, once at gunpoint, years ago when I made deliveries (job) throughout all parts of the city, including the East Side. Once I got mugged I started tracking crime, stats, etc. Every year StL is near (or at) the top. Crime index on city-data has East StL at the top (by far). I guess I've lost respect for StL through the years. I hear great things about Charlotte and I look forward to living in a city I'm proud of.

You said it perfectly in your last comment "CLT is a more positive and forward looking community." That is exactly what I want!
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Old 03-16-2009, 07:26 PM
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It'll be interesting to see what happens in CLT with the economic issues. Places like STL got a bodyblow with the disintegration of middle-class manufacturing jobs...hopefully we won't see the same kind of phenomenon in CLT with a hollowing out of the center core of the city for a few decades, before revitilization takes hold. I do think the dynamics here are quite different, though CLT certainly has its own issues to deal with. The unemployment rate is already shockingly high, and seemingly headed higher.
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Old 03-16-2009, 08:19 PM
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Originally Posted by stlandy View Post
Thanks so much for the great input!
I live in St. Charles, just north of StL. St. Charles has a population of about 70,000, feels more populated that 70k though because of the close proximty to StL. I'm surprised KC has more to offer and feels larger than Charlotte. I assumed the exact opposite. What Im worried about (as you said) is the undeveloped areas. It's hard to pinpoint a developed area vs. undeveloped online. Mint Hill seems this way (undeveloped). Any ideas?
Others have given you some really good comparisons. I think I need to clarify a bit - b/c when I said undeveloped, I meant - room for expansion and growth, and I don't think that was clear. It is not nearly as dense as what I experienced in KCMO or STL metro areas. Sorry that I was not very succinct with that description.

Three of my DH's brothers have moved to St. Charles since 2000 and to me, that area seems like a city and not a burb. The burbs here are truly burbs. Even the bedroom communities are not as large as St. Charles. However - the "feel" of the area - as far as conveniences - is similar to areas of St. Charles.

What I feel Charlotte lacks in comparing it to KCMO would be a museum on the level of the Nelson Atkins and the whole Power & Light district, Bartle Hall and the new Sports Complex - well - wish I could say there was a spot in CLT to compare it to, but Epicentre just isn't nearly the same experience. And then there is Union Station . . . and the casinos, both in KCMO and STL - I miss the boats! And of course, the Plaza . . .

But I am a WNC native - love the Blue Ridge mountains and I missed being nearby the mountains when I was in the midwest! So there are trade-offs but some really nice things in this region that can't be duplicated elsewhere.

We had to head to Lake of the Ozarks (4.5 hour drive from my house in KS) and now we are nearby lakes, so that is also a big plus for living here.

So I believe it all depends on what you enjoy doing where you live now as to what you would think Charlotte provides. The cost of living really is not much different - at least, that has been my experience.
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