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Old 05-23-2009, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Morgantown, WV and Charlotte, NC
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Although Charlotte is not a world class city, it is my hometown and I love her for that reason. I don't know if things happen for a reason, as so many people say, but Charlotte is a place where a young person no matter what color/sex/creed or whatever can get themselves together education-wise and move on to bigger and better things. I think some of the cities mentioned are job centered, but also friendly to a particular demographic (family or professional singles).
Personally, my theory is that every young person who can should try to start off their careers in the biggest, baddest city they can comfortably work in and that is conducive to their career interests because: 1) it will make the next generation more understanding of different cultures and a more cohesive nation in the long run, 2) your earning potential will skyrocket and 3) later in life you can afford to move your career to a smaller city and capitalize on the cost of living in the new city.
I agree with the others. If you don't like where you are then do whatever you have to in order to move and see the world. Life is too short to waste, and in the end as I often say to myself, if I am not happy with how my life turns out then I would rather it be from my own doing then circumstances or blaming where I am geographically for my misfortune. Have a nice day.
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Old 05-23-2009, 07:37 AM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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I really enjoy Charlotte but all other cities seem miles ahead of Charlotte. To compare Charlotte with cities like Atlanta, Tampa, Denver, Las Vegas...it's crazy. Yea 10-15 years down the road Charlotte might reach full potential, but for now..... You often see ATL - DC - LA - CHICAGO - NYC as the world class cites of america, you never will see Charlotte in this category, doesnt even look right. Limited features are a turnoff as well such as light rail; lame nightlife; diversity; arts & cultural scene. I know that Im not the only one that feels like this...I hear people complain all the time at my workplace...
You have a strange idea of a great city. Denver is the only one you mentioned that I would even consider living in. Well, I didn't choose to live in Charlotte either. We moved into Union County. What person in his right mind would want to live under such conditions.
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Old 05-23-2009, 08:35 AM
 
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I really enjoy Charlotte but all other cities seem miles ahead of Charlotte. To compare Charlotte with cities like Atlanta, Tampa, Denver, Las Vegas...it's crazy. Yea 10-15 years down the road Charlotte might reach full potential, but for now..... You often see ATL - DC - LA - CHICAGO - NYC as the world class cites of america, you never will see Charlotte in this category, doesnt even look right. Limited features are a turnoff as well such as light rail; lame nightlife; diversity; arts & cultural scene. I know that Im not the only one that feels like this...I hear people complain all the time at my workplace...


Trying to figure out why someone would say that Charlotte is 10-15 years behind Atlanta, Tampa, Denver, Las Vegas? Is it because we don't have Busch Gardens, gambling casinos, or Rocky Mountains? I can think of
nothing else. Do you think that maybe tall mountains will grow in the next 10-15 years? How are these cities so far advanced from Charlotte?

I hope you realize that you are comparing Charlote with a metro of 2 million with cities where the smallest metro is almost 5 million (Atl, DC, LA, Chicago, NYC).

Finally, are you saying that you are unable to fulfill your lust for nightlife due to Charlotte's lack of venues? Have you ever been to the mint museum or attended a live performance?

I can see people wanting more, as I do, yet I can't understand how people move here or even live here and ***** and complain yet chose to stay.

As far as Charlotte being a world class city, it is in the banking, transportation, and sports arena. We are big world wide in banking, we have an international airport links Charlotte with many large foreign cities, and many people in Europe follow American football. Charlotte may not be world class to the extent of NYC, but we are to a much lesser degree. I can think of other large cities that wouldn't be "world class" if there hadn't been popular TV shows filmed there. That is probably the best possible mode to project the image of an American city worldwide.

I see many flaws with Charlotte, but I see many aspects where it kicks Tampa's, Miami's, Atlanta's, DC's, and Denvers ass. I thouroughly examined cities all over the U.S. before deciding to move here. It seems to be the top choiced of thousands from outside the state. Bottom line, who cares if it is world class?

I don't know how old you are or how many places you have visited overseas, but I can tell you from experience that Americans are big whinners. No matter where they go they complain and whine. Normally, those that complain most, do less anyway.
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Old 05-23-2009, 08:37 AM
 
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and besides which we have already roasted this topic beyond edible.
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Old 05-23-2009, 08:40 AM
 
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I'd go to any of the cities you mentioned to play golf or go to a resort or spa. In fact, I have been to resorts/spas in every one of the cities you mentioned above. See - that's the thing w/ discussions like this. What I may find as something very enticing about a city may be something another person would not care about - or even notice.
That pretty much sums it short and sweet. It is pretty easy to see which of the subscribers to this thread are the ones that are a nightmare to sit beside in a bar or other place. You know, the ones you have to listen to them criticize this area and talk about how it is where they come from. I always ask, "wonder why 50,000 people a year don't go there?" I also can't fathom how people from places like Chicago don't understand that Charlotte will not have all the things that there are in Chicago as Charlotte is one fifth the size. I guess it boils down the poor educational systems around the US and the lack of emphasis on logic.

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Old 05-23-2009, 09:50 AM
 
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As far as Charlotte being a world class city, it is in the banking, transportation, and sports arena
99.9% of the time I completely agree with you.

But our roads s*ck. We need more.
A beltline has been on the books since the 70s and is still not complete and is already too small.
The 77N interchange into 485 is ridiculous merging 7 lanes into 2.
The City Center peeps just want to fund downtown, but what about the suburbs?
I just do not want to live downtown with two kids, I need a yard and a big garage.

BUT I'll agree on the airport.
Being a hub we are expensive, but very convenient.
I love the daily Lufthansa flights to Munich making anywhere in Europe just a hop.

Personally I could care less if Charlotte is considered 'world class'.
Give that to Raleigh and let Charlotte's growth slow a bit.
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Old 05-23-2009, 10:04 AM
 
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Charlotte may not be world-class, YET!, but it has everything that I want and keeps me occupied when I go down to visit. I'm pretty sure it will achieve those goals in the next 10-15 years once it has fully matured, but for now, I'm content with what the QC has to offer right now.
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Old 05-23-2009, 10:16 AM
 
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99.9% of the time I completely agree with you.

But our roads s*ck. We need more.
A beltline has been on the books since the 70s and is still not complete and is already too small.
The 77N interchange into 485 is ridiculous merging 7 lanes into 2.
The City Center peeps just want to fund downtown, but what about the suburbs?
I just do not want to live downtown with two kids, I need a yard and a big garage.

BUT I'll agree on the airport.
Being a hub we are expensive, but very convenient.
I love the daily Lufthansa flights to Munich making anywhere in Europe just a hop.

Personally I could care less if Charlotte is considered 'world class'.
Give that to Raleigh and let Charlotte's growth slow a bit.

And, I agree with what you have written here. When I spoke of transportation, I was referring to the international airport. There are lots of potholes around. I guess we are lucky that we don't have more snow or extreme cold weather. I-285 is a bit of a joke. I guess lots of the blame can be given to Raleigh.
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Old 05-23-2009, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I really enjoy Charlotte but all other cities seem miles ahead of Charlotte. To compare Charlotte with cities like Atlanta, Tampa, Denver, Las Vegas...it's crazy. Yea 10-15 years down the road Charlotte might reach full potential, but for now..... You often see ATL - DC - LA - CHICAGO - NYC as the world class cites of america, you never will see Charlotte in this category, doesnt even look right. Limited features are a turnoff as well such as light rail; lame nightlife; diversity; arts & cultural scene. I know that Im not the only one that feels like this...I hear people complain all the time at my workplace...
dscott... can you please stop posting this stupidity.. (the Moderators are most likely going to erase this, and give me negative reps, but I really dont care..)
Do you really think that the folks who move here are under the impression that this is considered a world class city??? I moved from Boston, do you think I moved here because I thought Charlotte was in the same category as Boston?
So, enough with all these ridiculous Posts... I think you are just trying to start trouble.
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:01 AM
 
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I really enjoy Charlotte but all other cities seem miles ahead of Charlotte. To compare Charlotte with cities like Atlanta, Tampa, Denver, Las Vegas...it's crazy. Yea 10-15 years down the road Charlotte might reach full potential, but for now..... You often see ATL - DC - LA - CHICAGO - NYC as the world class cites of america, you never will see Charlotte in this category, doesnt even look right. Limited features are a turnoff as well such as light rail; lame nightlife; diversity; arts & cultural scene. I know that Im not the only one that feels like this...I hear people complain all the time at my workplace...
Charlotte is not world-class, and neither is Atlanta.

The US has one world-class city that compares with London, Paris and Tokyo: New York.

It has several cities that compare with the second tier of world cities such as Munich, Rome, Madrid, etc, and they are: LA, SF, DC, CHI, Boston and Philadelphia.

All other US cities are basically suburban-centric and not world-class. Most Americans want suburban centric.
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