The people who hate on Charlotte are typically:
1. Jealous Triangle residents trying to pretend Raleigh has 10% of Charlotte's swag, and
2. Brooklyn Bully
I was actually a Triangle resident (Cary) for 8 years back in my childhood. The place is absolutely gorgeous. Moved to Memphis in 2003 and have missed it ever since. However, I agree that the Raleigh/Durham area does not have swag. Charlotte is much more of a city, whereas Raleigh is kind of a downtown surrounded by suburbs and research parks. From what I've heard (keep in mind I lived there as a child so I wouldn't know) the nightlife in Raleigh is nonexistent.