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View Poll Results: Which city is a more desireable place to work, live, and raise a family?
Charlotte, NC 117 74.05%
Cleveland, OH 41 25.95%
Voters: 158. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-02-2012, 08:16 AM
 
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Would like some informed feedback on a comparison between the Cleveland, Ohio metro area and the Charlotte, NC metro area. My points of interest are:
1) family-friendliness;
2) safety/crime;
3) affordability;
4) current and future economic outlook - particularly for white collar professionals;
5) overall weather;
6) quality education;
7) entertainment/arts/social climate;
8) diversity and tolerance;
9) aesthetics; and
10) overall mentality of the region (positive, negative)
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Old 04-02-2012, 02:37 PM
 
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I think that Charlotte wins here, in most categories. Charlotte does have some crime-ridden areas, though there didn't appear to be many. The overall mentality can be both progressive and traditional. Be warned that banking is a big industry that employs a large number of people that are white collar.

There are a lot of Ohioans there. They say it's because it's within a day's drive. About the biggest thing you would be giving up from Cleveland is being bordered by a large body of water and the seasonal lakeside recreational opportunities there.
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Old 04-02-2012, 02:45 PM
 
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I'm partial to Charlotte myself, although I will say that even though Cleveland's seen better days, it has the necessary ingredients to stage a relatively strong comeback a la Pittsburgh.
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:02 PM
 
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I'm partial to Charlotte myself, although I will say that even though Cleveland's seen better days, it has the necessary ingredients to stage a relatively strong comeback a la Pittsburgh.
For some reason, Pittsburgh got its act together REAL FAST on this one. I think Cleveland isn't pulling its act together. One thing is that Pittsburgh has all those good schools around there. Other than Case Western, I can't think of any real good ones in Cleveland (sure, there's the Cleveland Clinic, too).

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Old 04-02-2012, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Chicago(Northside)
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I think the winner is charlotte!
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Akron, soon to be CLE again!
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Take a good look into what is going on in Cleveland now days, we are finally getting are act together!
1) family-friendliness; I dont know of any place that wouldnt be family friendly
2) safety/crime; Every city had its good and bad areas
3) affordability; tied with Pittsburgh as the most affordable city in the county
4) current and future economic outlook - particularly for white collar professionals; BOOMING medical, biotech, programming industries, with a still strong and now expanding manufacturing (including corporate HQ jobs) and ever expanding banking/insurance industry
5) overall weather; spring summer and fall are great, and think what you want, we dont really get more than 5/6 snow storms a year now, and after this last winter, it doesnt even get cold here! haha
6) quality education; apart from the Cleveland city schools, top notch.
7) entertainment/arts/social climate; largest theater district after Broadway, world renound orchestra, world class art and science museums, rock&roll hall of fame, shopping from farmers markets to Gucci and Chanel... etc etc
8) diversity and tolerance; still ethnic neighborhoods, blacks, whites, hispanics. little italy, little moscow
9) aesthetics; dont know what to say here, depends what you like to look at, but the views of the cityscape from the lake are breathtaking
10) overall mentality of the region (positive, negative) things have never been looking brighter!
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:13 PM
 
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For some reason, Pittsburgh got its act together REAL FAST on this one. I think Cleveland isn't pulling its act together. One thing is that Pittsburgh has all those good schools around there. Other than Case Western, I can't think of any real good ones in Cleveland (sure, there's the Cleveland Clinic, too).

Other than Carnegie-Mellon, what other really good schools are in Pittsburgh?
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:15 PM
 
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I'll go with Cleveland.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:17 PM
 
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Other than Carnegie-Mellon, what other really good schools are in Pittsburgh?
University of Pittsburgh, Robert Morris and Duquesne.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:18 PM
 
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Other than Carnegie-Mellon, what other really good schools are in Pittsburgh?
Pitt and Duquesne, within "striking distance" of PSU...telepathic with the post above mine.
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