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Old 02-04-2010, 09:30 AM
 
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^ Fair enough, I'll give you some comparisons (I have lived in both Charlotte and Winston-Salem). Disclaimer: The following is mostly based on my own personal opinions and experiences, so it may not mean squat to you.

- Charlotte is a lot bigger, and more spread out than Winston-Salem. For me, this is a big win for Winston. In Charlotte you can pretty much automatically subtract an hour (or more) from each day for dealing with traffic and distance. That's an hour you could be spending with your family, or doing hobbies, or getting more work done, or whatever else you'd prefer to be doing besides driving around. Same is true for trips to the grocery store, or the mall, or the movies, or wherever else you may need to go.

- Winston-Salem has much more historic charm than Charlotte. It has an identity, whereas (to me) Charlotte does not. It's like Charlotte always wanted to become the next Atlanta, as opposed to being comfortable with what it is.

- The Arts are more prominent in Winston-Salem (relative to other things).

- Winston-Salem doesn't have major professional sports teams, with their ridiculously high ticket prices, half-empty arenas, and thug-like "role models". We do have great sports competitions here though, if you're truly a sports fan. Things like ACC sports, Davis Cup tennis, and minor league baseball.

- I find the people of Winston-Salem to be friendlier and less pretentious overall than Charlotte people. Sort of the "old money" vs. "new money" thing. We know Winston-Salem is a great place to live, and we don't have an overwhelming and obnoxious need to justify its worth to anyone else.


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Old 02-04-2010, 11:33 AM
 
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As you know, Charlotte is not a bad place to live. I enjoyed my time there, and I admit my prior post is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, yet it does ring true for me. Thing is, it's all a matter of your personal situation. For me, I prefer Winston but I could easily live in Charlotte again and not mind at all. Both cities have their pros and cons, and trying to argue that one is "better" is pointless. Charlotte is a more fast lane, bigger city kind of place. Winston-Salem is a bit slower, but offers excellent quality of life. No need to praise one at the expense of the other, as I believe most could call themselves lucky to live in either place.

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