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Old 11-04-2012, 07:09 AM
 
Location: on the High Seas
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It seems to me that many members of the Charlotte forum are unhappy with this city
for example many people have said it has no class or there are not enough good restaurants
or you will never be able to handle the heat in the summer or the taxes are the highest in the country,
or that Charlotte is a dead end city with no jobs .

Can this all be true ?
Are the negative opinions on this forum about Charlotte the opinions of everyone down here ?

where are the people who love Charlotte ?

Are there any good things about Charlotte ?
Could you guys please make a list of what you like about Charlotte and why you want to live here ?

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Old 11-04-2012, 07:15 AM
 
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Great weather.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:19 AM
 
Location: on the High Seas
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Great weather.
that's it just the weather ? there must be some other reasons you like living in Charlotte .
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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That's about it.

Certainly when you've lived/visited other places. There is no real baseball, the museums change their exhibits annually and are quite small; (in fairness, the area is pretty small to support a decent museum), the original architecture is gone (they tear down city buildings after they are 10 years old, usually), unless you like to drive for your entertainment or are really the outdoorsy type, there is not much to do. Initially, there seems to be a lot to do, but, after a few years, it really gets old.

Jobs are hard to come by and the pay scale is abysmal. Of course, there are no unions, so, this is a right to work state, which means that you have (literally) no rights. They can (and sometimes do) fire you for no reason.

People will say that the proximity to the mountains & the ocean are benefits. In Chicago, you have the immediate proximity to the lake and within a couple of hours, Wisconsin. Ok, maybe the Wisconsin hills are not quite Appalachia, but, unless you are a huge fan of mountains, it really should not matter that much; skiing is still available. From a landscape perspective, there is pretty much nothing here that is not available within the same amount of time (or close, depending upon where you are) in the Chicago-area.

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Old 11-04-2012, 07:46 AM
 
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Originally Posted by chicagobears View Post
It' seems to me that many members of the Charlotte forum are unhappy with this city
for example many people have said it has no class or there are not enough good restaurants
or you will never be able to handle the heat in the summer or the taxes are the highest in the country,
or that Charlotte is a dead end city with no jobs .

Can this all be true ?
Are the negative opinions on this forum about Charlotte the opinions of everyone down here ?

where are the people who love Charlotte ?

Are there any good things about Charlotte ?
Could you guys please make a list of what you like about Charlotte and why you want to live here ?
I guess I'm one of the naysayers that are still left in Charlotte. Charlotte is great for affordable housing and raising families. PERIOD. Yes there is plenty of humidity in the summertime and Yes North Carolina will tax the #$%@ out of you, even your vehicle. And also due the financial fiasco, yes the bottom is still falling out in the banking sector. I know I work in banking. We have executives jumping ship left and right leaving and moving on to better opportunities(in other states). Charlotte basically got *screwed* for relying on just one industry for this city. But I will say the city is now trying to diversify the workforce by recruiting companies.....But again, little bit too late.... I will admit, my opinion may be skewed because I love the LA/Orange County/San Diego area.(that's where family is). It just kills me that people say that Charlotte is great for singles/nightlife., when its not...Compared to the LA area.....Im sorry its just not...If you're planning on moving here, I strongly suggest that you visit.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:53 AM
 
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that's it just the weather ? there must be some other reasons you like living in Charlotte .
It's a nice enough place to live, but I don't love it here, so I'm just trying to say the positive things you are looking for. The weather is absolutely what has kept me from leaving so far. I'm by no means miserable here, nor do I think it's some awful place to live, so don't read into it any more than that. The weather is amazing.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:14 AM
 
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The things I like about Charlotte:

Weather
Great place for kids
Things aren't spread out (I'm from the DC area and most things are spread out)
Low cost housing
Friendly people
sports teams (I like the fact that there are minor league teams - hockey,baseball)
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:39 AM
 
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Originally Posted by chicagobears View Post
It seems to me that many members of the Charlotte forum are unhappy with this city
for example many people have said it has no class or there are not enough good restaurants
or you will never be able to handle the heat in the summer or the taxes are the highest in the country,
or that Charlotte is a dead end city with no jobs .

Can this all be true ?
Are the negative opinions on this forum about Charlotte the opinions of everyone down here ?

where are the people who love Charlotte ?

Are there any good things about Charlotte ?
Could you guys please make a list of what you like about Charlotte and why you want to live here ?
If you think that 2.2 MM people living in the Charlotte Metro think so terribly about Charlotte yet continue to work, live and play here then I'd advise you to step away from the internet

These forums are notorious for bringing out the bearish sorts. These are obviously opinions held by the minority, and the only place for such dimly held views are anonymous message boards. As a "newbie" here you don't yet have the insight to know who among your pool are prone to negativity and histrionics. Stick around for a while and form your own opinion.

But really, when it comes to a city or locale or culture or people, it doesn't matter what a million people feel if it's not how YOU feel. If you like a place, who cares who hates it? If you hate a place would it matter if 10MM people felt otherwise? Choose your own adventure, listen to your own song. Don't rely on subjective musings to form your opinion for you.
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Wouldn't you like to know?
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Last Night went to a halloween party with people from Michigan, NJ,NY, Mecklenburg Cty natives, Alabama, & Ohio...

We are all friends and had a kick arse time....needed advil this morning for obvious reasons...


I tend to suspect that if you are miserable, that will not change no matter where you live.

I love the friends that I've made and all the other benefits of NC are a bonus...thats how I look at things...
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Old 11-04-2012, 02:01 PM
 
Location: In a George Strait Song
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Why I like Charlotte:

My husband's job is here.

Otherwise, I would rather live in Raleigh, Charleston, Asheville, Wilmington, or Marietta.
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