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Old 12-19-2008, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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Charlotte, because it isn't in Indiana. (No, I don't live in Indiana, either, I just don't care for the place.)
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:13 AM
 
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Charlotte and Indianapolis are similar in elevation as well.
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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I'd have to say Indianapolis...IMHO...I generally prefer older, more "historic" cities.
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:04 PM
 
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Charlotte was established 1755. What's not historic about that?
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in the universe
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The problem with history is that a lot of cities have not been able to hold on to their's as much as other cities have (ie. tearing down buildings or just not caring). Another thing is that it also depends on what happened there as well. Most of your popular historic cities had a significant occurrence.

Sometimes those reasons go together and sometimes not.
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Closer than you think!
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Charlotte by far!!
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Old 12-04-2009, 09:50 AM
 
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I am from Indianapolis, but have to give it to Charlotte. It is in a fast-growing region of the country, has developed a great skyline, North Carolina was a good place to find a job until recently, North Carolina at least has the research triangle, and North Caroliina is one of the more 'educated' states.


Indianapolis and the state of Indiana as a whole is not as bad off economically as the rest of the Great Lakes region, but its definately not North Carolina. Indy is a city with mere POTENTIAL, but it seems to be squandered. Indy needs to be much more agressive in urban redevlopement (although its downtown is nice), needs to build more buildings downtown (its skyline hasnt changed since 1991 when the Chase Tower was completed) the leadership is very shortsighted and uncreative, needs highrise condoes scattered throughout the city, and Indy is just....bland. I just feel Indy, although coming around and being a good place to raise a family, needs to do much more to be competitive with other cities in jobs, things to do for singles, and other things to make it more progressive and competitive.
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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As a Charlottean I have always heard that we are very similiar to Indianapolis. Seeing that in Charlotte we have NASCAR and in Indianapolis there is the coveted Indianapolis 500. Both have huge city proper population but the Metro and Combined Statistical areas are not as huige compared to other huge cities in the U.S. So what do yall think? Can Charlotte compare to Indianapolis and vice versa? Is Charlotte more progressive that Indianapolis? Is Indianapolis more urban than Charlotte? Tell me what you think. Feel free to offer cities you feel more comparable to each city and your reasons why. Please be respectful!
From what I have seen I think you are correct in thinking that both of these cities are very similar. They are about the same size, are into auto racing, are very sprawling, and just seem to have a very similar layout.

I think Indy has a better downtown and a few more historic urban areas adjacent to it. Charlotte has had more recent growth and the city has a newer feeling to it. I don't think Indy has any wealthy neighborhoods as close to downtown as you will find in SE Charlotte, although I could be wrong about that. I much prefer the scenery surrounding Charlotte and also like the fact that they are implementing light rail.

Other cities that I think compare nicely are Columbus and Sacramento. These cities also have similar populations, layout, and sprawling character outside of the central core.

Columbus stands out because of the vibrancy surrounding Ohio State and it also has the best historic urban neighborhoods of this group. The downside is that it has the weakest downtown and it has no light rail.

Sacramento stands out because of its proximity to all the great scenery in Northern California, it has light rail, a park along the river in the city core, and it has some pretty good pedestrian friendly neighborhoods adjacent to downtown. Sacramento's downtown is not as good as Indy's or Charlotte’s, but I like the fact that there are few empty lots and the surrounding neighborhoods blend nicely into downtown. Sacramento’s core is probably the most pedestrian friendly of this group and has better urban neighborhoods than Indy or Charlotte.

I feel that Austin might also be comparible, but I don't know enough about the place to comment.
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:41 AM
 
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From what I have seen I think you are correct in thinking that both of these cities are very similar. They are about the same size, are into auto racing, are very sprawling, and just seem to have a very similar layout.

I think Indy has a better downtown and a few more historic urban areas adjacent to it. Charlotte has had more recent growth and the city has a newer feeling to it. I don't think Indy has any wealthy neighborhoods as close to downtown as you will find in SE Charlotte, although I could be wrong about that. I much prefer the scenery surrounding Charlotte and also like the fact that they are implementing light rail.

Other cities that I think compare nicely are Columbus and Sacramento. These cities also have similar populations, layout, and sprawling character outside of the central core.

Columbus stands out because of the vibrancy surrounding Ohio State and it also has the best historic urban neighborhoods of this group. The downside is that it has the weakest downtown and it has no light rail.

Sacramento stands out because of its proximity to all the great scenery in Northern California, it has light rail, a park along the river in the city core, and it has some pretty good pedestrian friendly neighborhoods adjacent to downtown. Sacramento's downtown is not as good as Indy's or Charlotte’s, but I like the fact that there are few empty lots and the surrounding neighborhoods blend nicely into downtown. Sacramento’s core is probably the most pedestrian friendly of this group.

A feel that Austin might also be comparible, but I don't know enough about the place to comment.
I seem to follow the same train of thought of you here. I wish I knew how to add a poll when I first created this thread months ago. I feel Charlotte, Columbus, Sacramento, Indianapolis, Austin, Jacksonville, Memphis, Nashville, among others are very similiar. Huge municipal populations and moderately medium MSA populations. I think it will be interesting how they develop and grow to become more major or minor national and global players.
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:23 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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The problem with history is that a lot of cities have not been able to hold on to their's as much as other cities have (ie. tearing down buildings or just not caring). Another thing is that it also depends on what happened there as well. Most of your popular historic cities had a significant occurrence.

Sometimes those reasons go together and sometimes not.
That is very true IMHO I think that most cities in NC do a good job of not destroying their historical building except Charlotte. Cities like Greensboro Winston-Salem and even lil ol' High Point, Im not sure about Raleigh though.

BTW there has been a lot of threads going on about Indy VS Charlotte I made on and another just got closed b/c it was exactly like mine
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