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Old 04-30-2007, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Dilworth - Charlotte, NC.
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Hello Terry Mcdonald,
I wrote that "Exposť" since every so often there is a cynical comment posted here, regarding Charlotte not being "up to par" with Manhattan, or other iconic cities. Some people still have an asumption the south is "hillbilly central" and it's not. If more people took a trip to Levine Museum of the New South many of the outdated assumptions would be lost. Going to the Levine Museum is a great way to learn about your new hometown. The museum shows how the area evolved from an agricultural and oligarchic society during the Antebellum Era to the present day.
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Old 05-02-2007, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Matthews
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Hello Terry Mcdonald,
I wrote that "Exposť" since every so often there is a cynical comment posted here, regarding Charlotte not being "up to par" with Manhattan, or other iconic cities. Some people still have an asumption the south is "hillbilly central" and it's not. If more people took a trip to Levine Museum of the New South many of the outdated assumptions would be lost. Going to the Levine Museum is a great way to learn about your new hometown. The museum shows how the area evolved from an agricultural and oligarchic society during the Antebellum Era to the present day.
Anigirli, So right! I lived here for several years atleast, hearing the words "New south" and "Capital of the New South", and it wasnt' till I went to the Levine Museum of the New South that I understood the whole picture much much better... the end of Jim Crow laws + Industrialization (northern investment) = the New South... glad we are living here in the 21st century
terry
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Old 05-02-2007, 02:09 PM
 
Location: B-more to NC
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Anigirl.

I love reading your posts. But could you do me a favor and use a larger font. I'm no spring chicken and it takes time to locate the bifocals...LOL

Warden
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Old 05-02-2007, 02:49 PM
 
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Anigirl.

I love reading your posts. But could you do me a favor and use a larger font. I'm no spring chicken and it takes time to locate the bifocals...LOL

Warden
I second that emotion....LOL! Could we have the large font for us visually challenged!
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Old 05-02-2007, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Suburban Buffalo, NY
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South Park mall has all the highend Shopping.

Concord Mills is average shopping. There are mini specialty stores all over town. Good Luck.

I second, the locals hate to hear how things are done up north and will go as far as to tell you to go back north.
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Old 05-02-2007, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, home of the NY/NJ refugees
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"Locals" are mostly transplants too. I only know two people who are "natives." It's pretty much obnoxious to move anywhere and talk about how things are so great where you just came from, IMO.
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Old 05-02-2007, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Dilworth - Charlotte, NC.
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OK Warden & Marvinnative since you two asked in such a delightful manner, I will change my font from now on. It does not let me change the font size. Sowwy if it made your eye hurt! I am glad you enjoy reading my posts. Let me know if the font is BIG enough.

Concord Mills mall is an outlet mall, a mid-market shopping mall is NorthLake.
Not all of South Park Mall is filled with high-end stores like Hermes, Louis Viutton and Tiffany's. Just the wing where Nordies and Neinam's meet.
All the other stores are more akin to the Gap or J.Crew. That kind of store is be considered mid-market. When all of South Park is filled with stores like Prada, Valentino, Emanuel Ungaro, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Boucheron, Loewe, Robert Cavalli, and Chloe etc then it can truly be high-end.
Stores like Capitol, Civilian, Coplonís and Poole Shop in Phillips Place carry some of the cutting edge high-end designers in limited quantities. Sometimes I wish they had more selection of it.

I remember the stories an elderly neighbor told me about how before the turbulent late 1960's there was a little shopping row of dresshops and tailors in uptown Charlotte. There ladies would spend a whole afternoon shopping and being fitted for their suits and dresses/gowns. Would be great if Uptown Charlotte had a swanky botique row. With all the new multi-million dollar price tag condos poping up the demand can develop.
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Old 05-04-2007, 09:22 AM
 
Location: B-more to NC
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Anigirl,

I love the new font size. I just hate wearing my glasses. The first time I wore bifocals, I almost fell on my face trying to adjust between the two lenses while walking....LOL

Since, I am only required to wear them when I drive, It's difficult to use them (for me anyway) to read things. Thanks so much for the change.

Warden.
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Old 05-06-2007, 07:24 PM
 
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Hey everyone...thank you for your thoughtful responses. There's lots of info here for us to sift through!

As for my comment about "not as much culture, etc." as New York--it wasn't meant as an insult nor was it meant as a backhanded compliment. For everyone that has written about how Charlotte isn't New York and you don't want it to be--neither do we! To give you a little background on us, my fiancee: small town girl who grew up fishing with her Dad and swimming in the river by her house, came to the after college, does enjoy the "finer things in life" that are so easily found in city living (shopping, theater, sitting in outdoor cafes sipping froofy drinks with her friends). Me: more laid-back, think sports bar vs. nightclub, watch a game with a beer kind of guy who also happens to have a passion for golf and water sports! What we're looking for in moving down south is not another New York, but a happy medium of the friendliness of the small town she grew up in and a laid-back lifestyle that is still cultured with lots of fun activities to please us both. Add in the allure of affordable housing and we are so far sold on Charlotte!

Thanks again and I hope we didn't offend.
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:54 AM
 
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Hi!

There are lots of nice outdoor parks up there by Lake Norman; here is a good website:
http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Parks+By+District/North+District/home.htm (broken link)

Charlotte is mostly a banking town, but other opportunities here as well--my husband is in the IT industry.

There is tons of culture here, haven't yet to check them out, but enough to keep your brain sharp! Charlotte Observer online (newspaper) always has info on that sort of thing. Golf courses are very good here, but not sure where the reasonable priced ones are.

As far as Shopping, most of all of the high end stuff is at Southpark Mall in Charlotte, and she would probably like Birkdale Village in Huntersville...very nice! Northlake Mall isn't bad either (Macy's, other nice shops...ann taylor, jcrew, gap, sephora, vicki's secret, etc.).

There's also an amusement park here, if you have kids, or have kids that visit...Carowinds in Charlotte, and the Whitewater Rafting Park:
http://www.usnwc.org/

Man-made, but hey, it's better than nothin'.

Plus, there are some awesome state parks here for hiking. I've been to Crowders Mountain.

http://www.ils.unc.edu/parkproject/ncparks.html (broken link)

Wow! You guys sound a lot like me and my husband! He's more into the irish pub scene, laid-back restaurants, not the crazy nightclub scene, he's an ex-surfer, and I grew up on the coast fishing, boating and swimming. Plus my daughter loves the outdoors, so this is a great place to raise your children.

Have fun!!!
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