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Old 04-26-2007, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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A case for Charlotte:

Named #3 City of the Futrure by Financial Times group's FDI Magazine (international business) in the overall ranking. Sub catagories; Charlotte ranked #1 in economic potential, #1 in quality of life, #3 in best developement and investment promotion, and #5 in human resources. Cost of living is affordable.

Just Mecklinburg County alone (where Charlotte's located. Not including other suburban counties), employment grew by 17,000 jobs in the last 12 months.

$881.1 million in business projects have been announced during the first quarter of 2007. 2006's announced investments were $4.1 billion.

During the first quarter of 2007, 286 firms announced plans to build 6 million square feet of space and and create 3,071 jobs.

In uptown Charlotte, there are aprox. 8-10 condo towers and office towers going up now, ranging from 20-50 stories.

In suburban Charlotte, a $1.5 billion biotechnology campus is being constructed (N.C. Research Campus).

Charlotte already has one of the strongest economies in the nation and is the 2nd largest financial center in the nation (2nd only to NYC).
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:34 AM
 
Location: City of Angels
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Charlotte...is the 2nd largest financial center in the nation (2nd only to NYC).
Based on what? Number of jobs? Corporate headquarters?
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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LOL There are probably more financial centers in one block in Chicago then there is there is in all of Charlotte.
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Old 04-26-2007, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I am not sure, but Charlotte has many financial headquarters, meaning all of the money that bank has is viewed as "passing" through or based in Charlotte, IN the 90s and today alot of cities lost their headquarters to other cities, through mergers. Like Bank One was a Columbus based bank, then headquarters moved to Chicago, then merged with Chase and Chicago lost a headquarter.
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:18 PM
 
Location: In God
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Actually that is an allusion to the rise of Chicago. After the Civil War/Great Fire it grew very rapidly; so rapidly in fact that it became the second largest city (proper) in the United States within 50 years. (Rapidly may be an understatement; it may be the wrong word to describe Chicago's rise as a world city.) It would drop to third place after World War II.

They are both similar because they are located on swamps and they were incorporated the same year. The only reason that Houston is not as urban as Chicago is because of its location in the Southern USA. The south is very agricultural and stayed that way until the 1970's during the sun belt migration. I saw Chicago: City of the Century on PBS' American Experience and it describes Chicago's beginnings and its rise. I linked to the transcript but feel free to look at the rest of the site throughly.

One quote from part I: "Chicago was a fur trading post out on the rim until the 1830s. It had no church or schoolhouse. It did have a fort, Fort Dearborn, and three taverns. The Sauganash Hotel was the most raucous. It was run by Mark Beaubien, part French, part Indian. 'I play de fiddle like de debble,' he would say, 'an I keeps hotel like hell.'"

Notice it is rowdy like Houston. For comparison here is the history of Houston.

Two paragraphs read: "The first business opportunity for the city vaporized when a businessman's uncle,[attribution needed] who was considering relocating his carriage making business, witnessed violence in a Texas saloon.[citation needed] He left the state never to return.

Lawlessness, diseases, and financial difficulties prompted Houstonians to put an end to their problems. And so, they wanted to make a Chamber of Commerce just for the city. A bill had been introduced on November 26, 1838 in Congress that would establish this entity. President Mirabeau B. Lamar signed the act into law on January 28, 1840. This move could not have come sooner; some creditors had already cut off some Houston businessmen, and there were numerous yellow fever outbreaks, including an 1839 outbreak that killed about 12 percent of its population."

In modern times, they are the biggest cities in the U.S. and they have some of the tallest skyscrapers (a Chicago invention) in the country. They both share some personality traits covered here.
Well I apologize as you referring to it as an allusion to the rise of Chicago. They do have a lot of parallels, but I just feel that Houston has so much of its own personality that it shouldn't be compared as the new anything. But you are right, though.
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:24 PM
 
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Dallas is way ahead of a lot of international cities - I would look for it to move even higher given the current in-town boom and its RE prices relative to other cities ahead of it.

12 Dallas/Fort Worth 268 Boston 413 2.4%
13 Buenos Aires 245 Sao Paulo 411 4.1%
14 Hong Kong 244 Hong Kong 407 3.5%
15 San Francisco/ Oakland 242 Dallas/Fort Worth 384 2.4%
16 Atlanta 236 Shanghai 360 6.5%
17 Houston 235 Seoul 349 3.2%
18 Miami 231 Atlanta 347 2.6%
19 Sao Paulo 225 San Francisco/ Oakland 346 2.4%
20 Seoul 218 Houston 339 2.5%
21 Toronto 209 Miami 331 2.4%
22 Detroit 203 Toronto 327 3.0%
23 Madrid 188 Moscow 325 4.0%
24 Seattle 186 Mumbai (Bombay) 300 6.0%
25 Moscow 181 Madrid 299 3.2%
26 Sydney 172 Detroit 287 2.3%
27 Pheonix 156 Istanbul 287 5.2%
28 Minneapolis 155 Seattle 269 2.5%
29 San Diego 153 Beijing 259 6.6%
30 Rio de Janiero 141 Metro Manila 257 5.9%
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:27 PM
 
Location: In God
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Dallas is way ahead of a lot of international cities - I would look for it to move even higher given the current in-town boom and its RE prices relative to other cities ahead of it.

12 Dallas/Fort Worth 268 Boston 413 2.4%
13 Buenos Aires 245 Sao Paulo 411 4.1%
14 Hong Kong 244 Hong Kong 407 3.5%
15 San Francisco/ Oakland 242 Dallas/Fort Worth 384 2.4%
16 Atlanta 236 Shanghai 360 6.5%
17 Houston 235 Seoul 349 3.2%
18 Miami 231 Atlanta 347 2.6%
19 Sao Paulo 225 San Francisco/ Oakland 346 2.4%
20 Seoul 218 Houston 339 2.5%
21 Toronto 209 Miami 331 2.4%
22 Detroit 203 Toronto 327 3.0%
23 Madrid 188 Moscow 325 4.0%
24 Seattle 186 Mumbai (Bombay) 300 6.0%
25 Moscow 181 Madrid 299 3.2%
26 Sydney 172 Detroit 287 2.3%
27 Pheonix 156 Istanbul 287 5.2%
28 Minneapolis 155 Seattle 269 2.5%
29 San Diego 153 Beijing 259 6.6%
30 Rio de Janiero 141 Metro Manila 257 5.9%
Well I see you have the list with Dallas and Fort Worth on it, but can I see the one with just Dallas????
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:30 PM
 
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Fort Worth is to Dallas as Galveston is to Houston.
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:40 PM
 
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Fort Worth is to Dallas as Galveston is to Houston.
...would that be Swahili for "I have no list with just Dallas on it"?...

Yeah, and who outside of the southern U.S. has heard of Galveston, Texas? Houston alone carries the second most Fortune 500 companies in the nation. Dallas shares with Fort Worth; thus, it seems like half of Dallas' popularity owes thanks to the major city of Fort Worth, Texas.

Galveston adds a mere 57,000 to the Houston metro. Fort Worth adds over half a million.

So Galveston is to Houston as Fort Worth is to Dallas? Yeah...right.
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:42 PM
 
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Dallas just passed up Houston in Fortune 500 companies.
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