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Old 01-07-2008, 10:00 AM
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I'm one of those people who are really disappointed in the unchecked growth in the area. I've lived in Charlotte all of my life and I still have trouble convincing myself that I saw what I saw when I saw it.

The rapid growth has brought money, surely. But it has also brought people who now own a boat but have no clue how to safely operate it. Take a look at Lake Norman. Why do you think there are so many lake cops out there now? I remember when you could take a sailboat out there on a Saturday and not get beat to death. Now, you'll get beat to death by the wake or just plain run over by smoe idiot who though it would be cool to drink an 18-pack and see how fast his boat will go.

South Charlotte has grown to the point where I don't even recognize even with the fact that I lived out there and for about 8 years.

I-485 is a parking lot from 4:30 until about 6 or 7pm. Who didn't see that one coming.

This is the kind of thing that makes me want to pull up the welcome mat. In 10 years the lakes around here will be so crowded it will be like putting 12 guys in a bathtub. The roads are going to suck more than they already do (unless you live in Ballantyne). And the schools are going to be in a state of chaos. Remember, we're running out of places to put trailers.
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Old 01-07-2008, 11:39 AM
Location: Windsor, Vero Beach, FL
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With the current housing situation the way it is, maybe things will slow down the flow of newcomers for the next few years.

Funny thing is, I just (this past Fall) moved to Columbus, Ohio. I have met very few people that want to move out of that area, but most of these people are college educated, white collar, with middle to upper incomes.

I never would have left the South - but it as a great job promotion with relocation expenses paid to move.

Hopefully one day I can move back and retire in my homestate of NC. I just hope that the area does not change to the point I have do desire to!
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Old 01-07-2008, 12:13 PM
Location: IN
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Originally Posted by carolinablue View Post
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maryland are VERY VERY much smaller than NC landwise so its obvious that those states would have a much higher population density. It's just something to consider. Rhode Island's stats did surprise me though.
Also, NC developments tend to have lower density because of the rapid population growth associated with suburban sprawl. Cities like NYC and Boston also have much higher population densities compared with a Charlotte or Raleigh/Durham.
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Old 01-08-2008, 12:08 AM
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"we will slide to the fate of Michigan as the jobs leave to the 'new paradise state' of lower taxes and as the herd goes off for more greener pastures."

does anyone else find that statement alittle..well sad. i mean come here for cheaper cost of living, bet climate, less hassel and get it built up to where is the same as the place you left so you take off to somewhere else. just seems wrong to me
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