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Old 11-05-2008, 09:32 AM
 
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I would think that anyone moving to NC with a family would care about crime or schools. Raleigh has lower crime and better schools than Charlotte. Case closed.
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Old 11-05-2008, 01:52 PM
 
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I would think that anyone moving to NC with a family would care about crime or schools. Raleigh has lower crime and better schools than Charlotte. Case closed.
As a whole, this is true. Most of us here in Charlotte knows that crime is localized in certain areas of the city (poorer neighborhoods). Unfortunately, the lower performing schools are also in these poorer areas. Most newcomers to Charlotte are middle class and never run into either of these problems unless they decide to move into "the hood" LOL!!! At any rate, Charlotte has grown by nearly 300,000 people since the early 90's and violent crime/murders have actually gone down. Here is a link to how Charlotte's 4th and eighth graders stack up with other large cities.

Charlotte Leads in Math Test, And New York Places Second - New York Times

Comparing Charlotte's crime to Raleigh's only highlights the differences between "big city" and "big suburb". People in Forth Ward say it best.They say "if you are not interested in hearing a little loud music and seeing a few bums on the streets, don't move to the city. Move to the burbs. The city is just not for you. We are in the city because the city is what we want". That is exactly how I feel. I am in the city because the city is what I want. People who stereotype "big city" issues should really move to Raleigh. Once Raleigh fills up with these people in search of "the crimeless town", Raleigh is destined to get some of the "big city" problems that comes with a crowd. Wake county schools is already seeing some of these problems with student over crowding. As a matter of fact, the biggest gang related "Mall brawl" in state history just took place in Raleigh. Here is a link to that brawl:
Mall brawl gang-related, Raleigh police say :: WRAL.com

Wow!!! Nothing quite like this has ever happened in a Charlotte mall!!! My point is, crime is every where so let's not throw stones at Charlotte's crime rate shall we...
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:57 PM
 
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crime is every where so let's not throw stones at Charlotte's crime rate shall we...
It's tough not to be at least a little concerned about crime problems in Charlotte. Here is a comparison of Raleigh to Charlotte crime indexes from Moderator cut: linking to competitors sites is not allowed, link removed

A crime index of 8 for Charlotte on a scale of 1-10 is pretty high .

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Old 11-05-2008, 03:16 PM
 
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As a whole, this is true. Most of us here in Charlotte knows that crime is localized in certain areas of the city (poorer neighborhoods). Unfortunately, the lower performing schools are also in these poorer areas. Most newcomers to Charlotte are middle class and never run into either of these problems unless they decide to move into "the hood" LOL!!! At any rate, Charlotte has grown by nearly 300,000 people since the early 90's and violent crime/murders have actually gone down. Here is a link to how Charlotte's 4th and eighth graders stack up with other large cities.

Charlotte Leads in Math Test, And New York Places Second - New York Times

Comparing Charlotte's crime to Raleigh's only highlights the differences between "big city" and "big suburb". People in Forth Ward say it best.They say "if you are not interested in hearing a little loud music and seeing a few bums on the streets, don't move to the city. Move to the burbs. The city is just not for you. We are in the city because the city is what we want". That is exactly how I feel. I am in the city because the city is what I want. People who stereotype "big city" issues should really move to Raleigh. Once Raleigh fills up with these people in search of "the crimeless town", Raleigh is destined to get some of the "big city" problems that comes with a crowd. Wake county schools is already seeing some of these problems with student over crowding. As a matter of fact, the biggest gang related "Mall brawl" in state history just took place in Raleigh. Here is a link to that brawl:
Mall brawl gang-related, Raleigh police say :: WRAL.com

Wow!!! Nothing quite like this has ever happened in a Charlotte mall!!! My point is, crime is every where so let's not throw stones at Charlotte's crime rate shall we...
What about the Cities that are much larger and urban than Charlotte? They don't have as high of a crime index. I don't understand your logic. Raleigh has more homeless people DT than any other place in the state. That's not something to brag about... Charlotte also has more outlying suburbs. I wouldn't put Charlotte in the category of predominately urban at all. It's more sprawled out than Raleigh... DC makes Charlotte and Raleigh look like a low density mess. Do honestly believe Charlotte is urban.
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:35 AM
 
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Here are some things to do:

Concord Mills Mall(Nascar Speedpark)
Concord Mills NASCAR SpeedPark (http://www.nascarspeedpark.com/concord.html - broken link)
South Park Mall Simon Malls | More Choices €” SouthPark Information, SouthPark Gift Cards
Levine Museum Levine Museum of the New South
National Whitewater Center US National Whitewater Center //// TAKE IT OUTSIDE !!! \\ - Home
Discovery Place/IMAX DISCOVERY PLACE | igniting wonder since 1981 | CHARLOTTE NATURE MUSEUM | IMAX | Discovery Place with the Charlotte Observer IMAX Dome Theater and the Charlotte Nature Musuem are the things to do in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit the Discover (http://www.discoveryplace.org/home/discovery_place-imax.php - broken link)
Jillian's (South End) Home*-*Jillians Charlotte
Panthers Panthers.com - Schedule
Bobcats BOBCATS: 2008-09 BOBCATS SCHEDULE
Carowinds Carowinds | North and South Carolina's Themed Amusement Park

Here is a youtube video tour of Charlotte's urban side. Every video was shot within a 3 mile radius of uptown Charlotte. I hope this helps. Enjoy!!!


New Night life

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YouTube - urban charlotte (funny dancing drunk)

New Mass Transit

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New Urban Real Estate

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New Urban Restaurant (there is more than just this, I just haven't recorded them yet)

YouTube - urban charlotte

Here is the page to all of my videos of Urban Charlotte
YouTube - urbancharlotte's Channel

If you haven't done so, check out the videos on the city's official tourism website - Charlotte's Got A lot.There are six videos. Shopping, Culture, Family, Dining and Nightlife, Adventure and Romance. Here is that link. Enjoy!!!

http://www.charlottesgotalot.com/default.asp?id=2

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Old 11-06-2008, 10:50 AM
 
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Thanks for taking my post from another thread.
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:55 AM
 
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Thanks for taking my post from another thread.
Great minds think alike!!!
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Old 11-06-2008, 11:04 AM
 
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I would think that anyone moving to NC with a family would care about crime or schools. Raleigh has lower crime and better schools than Charlotte. Case closed.
At least in Charlotte we have neighborhood schools and our kids don't get bused all over creation like they do in Raleigh. Each city has it's share of award-winning, successful schools too.

While the crime in Raleigh IS lower, Raleigh also has half the population of Charlotte, so that would be expected.
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Old 11-06-2008, 11:13 AM
 
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Great minds think alike!!!
stealing vs.... nevermind.
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Old 11-06-2008, 11:38 AM
 
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At least in Charlotte we have neighborhood schools and our kids don't get bused all over creation like they do in Raleigh. Each city has it's share of award-winning, successful schools too.

While the crime in Raleigh IS lower, Raleigh also has half the population of Charlotte, so that would be expected.
That's based on crime rate, not numerical crime. There are cities smaller than Raleigh that has more numerical crime than Charlotte. Raleigh vs Charlotte crime rates are based on a percentage scale.

Raleigh still has a some neighborhood schools. All students in Raleigh aren't bussed, from their areas.

UrbanCharlotte, those are clearly quasi urban areas, very similar to Raleigh suburbs. Some of those vids are in the Greater Uptown area, so that is expected as well as the quasi urban areas in the Greater Downtown Raleigh areas. That's good infill, but nothing I would call urban from a true urbanites standpoint.

Isn't there something you can bring to the table, that's really unique to Charlotte's culture and history? You know something with substance. Most people want to know the cool things.
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