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Old 03-26-2010, 09:20 AM
 
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Hello Everyone,

Since I have been a member of this forum I can't help but notice all of the negative comments about East CLT lately. It seems like every other comment I read says something about how dangerous it is or how much crime there is on the eastside. I have lived in or around east CLT for most of my life and I just don't understand what all the hype is about. We have everything you need on the eastside. There are all kinds of unique shops and restaurants along the central av area. We have a huge diversity of people from every background and walk of life imaginable. I know it is not the suburbs of South CLT where the golf is good and a mcmansion is on every corner but it does have personality. Personally I rather enjoy the atmosphere on my side of town. It's kind of like a mini NY city in some parts. They say when you are around an environment all of the time you become numb to it. Maybe this has happened to me or do people just seem to exaggerate when it comes to the rep of the eastside? Enlighten me a little please.
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:24 AM
 
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I totally agree with you Native !! We've lived on the east side ever since we moved to CLT 2 yrs ago and love it! would not want to be anywhere else..
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:25 AM
 
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Do you, like, not watch the news or read the paper? People don't just cite the Eastside for no good reason.
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:56 AM
 
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I believe the negative comments are from media reporting stuff like gas station hold ups, drive by shootings, restaurant hold ups, etc. Seems there is more crime that either occurs or is reported on in that part of town. Also, aren't there some pretty dismal statistics out of some of the schools? That affects how folks view the area, as well - they want to move where the best schools are.
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Old 03-26-2010, 10:07 AM
 
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I lived in several neighborhoods in the 1980s in East Charlotte. Places such as Milton Rd, off Eastway Drive, behind the old Zayre/Colonial/Cinema Blue complex, and the Kilborne/Country Club area. At the time these, IMO, were safe decent places where there were no issues. Without exception I would not feel confortable venturing to any of them now and I certainly wouldn't walk through them in the evenings by myself now. You could once do this as I would jog in the evenings in the parks over there.

It's unfortunate as I found this part of Charlotte especially convenient to almost everything else in the city.
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Old 03-26-2010, 10:31 AM
 
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INTERIOR east Charlotte is all good, with the exception of a couple pockets. As you near Shamrock and The Plaza (near Shamrock) the area gets a little sketchier.

I live in interior east Charlotte. I jog. I walk. I live. And I love it. I love my neighbors, I love my 5 minute commute to uptown, I love my easy access to arterial roads, I love the lack of traffic, I love being able to bike to destinations uptown and along Central, I love the mature trees and established neighborhoods, I love the affordable property, I love the appreciation on my cheap properties, I love easy access to public transportation, I love being close to everything, I love my cheap taxes.

There are negatives too... like unsightly Monroe Road as you get past Firefighter Dr. It's hard to get in a district with three good schools (Elem., middle, high). I feel like the air quality gets bad here sometimes (thanks south Charlotte commuters! Thank God we can't smoke indoors though!). The worst part though is PERCEPTION... Truly the worst part of living on the east side is the (mistaken) impression that it's some kind of war zone. As I've remarked before though... it keeps my property taxes low!

In fact, living on the east side is so affordable we will be able to rent an apartment in south charlotte if we can't get in the magnet or montessori school of our choice! I've checked it out... MUCH cheaper than private school! After factoring my mortgage and rent from an additional apartment I'm still only at 66% of the monthly cost it would cost to float a 280-300000K mortgage. Add all the money I save on gas and I'm socking away a good chunk. For ME, living on the east side gives me and my family the best options right now. If I made a CEO's salary I might think differently.

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Old 03-26-2010, 10:56 AM
 
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INTERIOR east Charlotte is all good, with the exception of a couple pockets. As you near Shamrock and The Plaza (near Shamrock) the area gets a little sketchier.

I live in interior east Charlotte. I jog. I walk. I live. And I love it. I love my neighbors, I love my 5 minute commute to uptown, I love my easy access to arterial roads, I love the lack of traffic, I love being able to bike to destinations uptown and along Central, I love the mature trees and established neighborhoods, I love the affordable property, I love the appreciation on my cheap properties, I love easy access to public transportation, I love being close to everything, I love my cheap taxes.

There are negatives too... like unsightly Monroe Road as you get past Firefighter Dr. It's hard to get in a district with three good schools (Elem., middle, high). I feel like the air quality gets bad here sometimes (thanks south Charlotte commuters! Thank God we can't smoke indoors though!). The worst part though is PERCEPTION... Truly the worst part of living on the east side is the (mistaken) impression that it's some kind of war zone. As I've remarked before though... it keeps my property taxes low!

In fact, living on the east side is so affordable we will be able to rent an apartment in south charlotte if we can't get in the magnet or montessori school of our choice! I've checked it out... MUCH cheaper than private school! Where there's a will, there's a way...
Native Son...I'd rep you but I have to spread more around first. I could not agree more with your post. Yes, Monroe rd past firefighter does get kind of nasty looking. Call me crazy but I really don't mind having some of the sketchy areas around us. Not only does it keep me on my toes but it reminds me everyday that there is more to east CLT than peoples perceptions.
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:04 PM
 
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I have to agree with the Native's. I've lived in East Charlotte since '94 and there is no more crime here then in others parts. What about the First Union bigwig that killed his wife. Where did he live? Of course Eastland Mall is going downhill but what about the one in the north and it's only been open 3-4 years. It was the former ploice chief who was in denial that there wasn't crime or gangs in Charlotte so they dug in and seemed to be wining until of late. Is everyone going to tell me there aren't drug dealers setup in houses in Ballyntine? Give me a break. People wear blinders most of the time. Just because they pay big bucks for housing they assume they are immune. They ain't.
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Old 03-26-2010, 01:59 PM
 
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I have to agree with the Native's. I've lived in East Charlotte since '94 and there is no more crime here then in others parts. What about the First Union bigwig that killed his wife. Where did he live? Of course Eastland Mall is going downhill but what about the one in the north and it's only been open 3-4 years. It was the former ploice chief who was in denial that there wasn't crime or gangs in Charlotte so they dug in and seemed to be wining until of late. Is everyone going to tell me there aren't drug dealers setup in houses in Ballyntine? Give me a break. People wear blinders most of the time. Just because they pay big bucks for housing they assume they are immune. They ain't.
I agree with you that folks put on blinders and also that there are drug dealers in S. Charlotte. That is a fact and only logical if you think about it - cause dealers go where their clientele is, and kids in S. CLT typically have more disposable cash than kids in less affluent areas.

Also, I have heard folks say that there is a growing problem with heroin in South Charlotte (w/ teens!) I would like to see some firm info on that, but my point is . . . kids on drugs, no matter where they live, will steal to fund their habit and when they can't steal enough from mom and dadl, they will steal from whomever is around them, and that could be the family down the street (or some other kid at school).

Folks are unrealistic about what is going on around us. If you are in an area where you feel safe, then that is all that matters - not what others say about the area. People who pay attention are not as vulnerable to crime b/c they don't get themselves into situations where they are easily made the victim. I don't assume anywhere is safe but I do admit - I am not going to take chances by pushing my luck (as in - walking around after dark, unescorted) in neighborhoods wh/ historically have had higher crime rates. But then, I think people are fools and living in La La Land who make themselves vulnerable to crime ANYWHERE - especially if they think they are immune just b/c they live in a particular area of the city. Thugs can come into nice areas, and those "thugs" can also be that "nice kid" from the "nice family down the street" - it the kid is on drugs and needs cash.
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Old 03-26-2010, 02:37 PM
 
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I'm going to be honest, I love the eastside of Charlotte, especially the Central Avenue corridor. I love the diversity of that corridor, going from Plaza-Midwood to Eastland Mall. It's unfortunate about Eastland Mall, but I hope they revitalize that former mall into that International Mall ASAP! There are some sketchy areas along Central, but I still love that area.
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