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Old 12-16-2008, 05:25 PM
 
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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!

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Old 12-16-2008, 07:45 PM
 
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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.
That's actually a good comparison, I didn't think of that one.
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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.
Right. And both cities have similar sized metros (roughly 2,000,000)
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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!
I think both cities make for a good comparison.

Both cities are about the same politically, although people in Indy seem to be more politically apathetic, if anything.

Indy does have a better "urban" vibe, and its central city is more dense and has more established neighborhoods. Both cities have nice skylines and great downtowns. Indy probably has one of the best, if not the best downtown of any mid-sized city in America. However, like other Northern cities, Indy struggles with urban decay and crime issues. The housing stock in Indy is older and is highly varied, from apartment buildings to cottages to bungalows to mansions. I suppose the suburban parts of both cities would be identical.

Indy is on the flatter side, while Charlotte has a bit more varied terrain. Indy obviously is much colder in the winter and gets more snow. (Does it snow in Charlotte?)

Both cities are growing at an impressive pace with healthy economies, and I believe Charlotte may be growing a bit faster than Indy at this point. If I had to choose between the two, I would go with Charlotte for no other reason in that it has better weather.
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Old 12-16-2008, 07:47 PM
 
Location: West Hollywood
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You bring up a good point. Here are cities that I always felt resembled each other:

Charlotte, NC
Indianapolis, IN
Jacksonville, FL
Columbus, OH

They all have relatively the same population, have very similar looking skylines, and are all very homey, friendly cities. What do you think?
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Old 12-16-2008, 08:31 PM
 
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I think those are very good comparisons. I don't know much about Columbus but from what it looks like it does seem that Columbus fits the mold, huge city proper, smaller metro. I think maybe Oklahoma City too. Are you familiar with Charlotte. Fill free to post pictures.
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Rio Grande Valley/Tone City
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I would give Indy a nod over Charlotte. Charlotte has a better skyline ,and light rail, but, I still give Indy the win. Indy has a great downtown, but, I wouldn't say it has the best downtown of cities in the 2 million range. San Diego and San Antonio have better downtowns.

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That's actually a good comparison, I didn't think of that one.

Right. And both cities have similar sized metros (roughly 2,000,000)

I think both cities make for a good comparison.

Both cities are about the same politically, although people in Indy seem to be more politically apathetic, if anything.

Indy does have a better "urban" vibe, and its central city is more dense and has more established neighborhoods. Both cities have nice skylines and great downtowns. Indy probably has one of the best, if not the best downtown of any mid-sized city in America. However, like other Northern cities, Indy struggles with urban decay and crime issues. The housing stock in Indy is older and is highly varied, from apartment buildings to cottages to bungalows to mansions. I suppose the suburban parts of both cities would be identical.

Indy is on the flatter side, while Charlotte has a bit more varied terrain. Indy obviously is much colder in the winter and gets more snow. (Does it snow in Charlotte?)

Both cities are growing at an impressive pace with healthy economies, and I believe Charlotte may be growing a bit faster than Indy at this point. If I had to choose between the two, I would go with Charlotte for no other reason in that it has better weather.
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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Indianapolis. Nice town.
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:59 PM
 
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Indianapolis. Nice town.
Would you mind stating why?
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Old 12-17-2008, 06:45 AM
 
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I've only been to Indianapolis, so I can't say anything. I do love Indy though, I'm sure I would love Charlotte aswell.
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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I've never thought about it before, but come to think of it there are a lot of similarities between the two. They feel about the same size, and both have that 'clean and orderly' feel to them. Charlotte is hillier, though.
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:28 AM
 
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Wow, if Charlotte is hillier then Indy must not have any hills. I wouldn't consider Charlotte hilly, not to say it isn't. I hope to see Indy one day, especially for the race.
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