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When I think of "crappy" cities places like Detroit, LA, St Louis come to mind, not Charlotte. It's not a hotbed of activity, but it's pretty serene and clean. The city has lost some of it's southern charm due to how transient it is with the banking influence, but it's not unpleasant or rude as a whole.

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Now I live in VA, was raised in M.D. I have family in Wilmington and love visiting. It's so friendly with people when I visit (compared to D.C. and va)

I have never been to Charlotte and never seen a home Panthers game. Plan on finally making the trip this season. Anyways. ..

This is what was said to me by a coworker the other day. They said there was not a lot going on in the heart of the city even on mid Saturday when they were there. Another coworker that lived there for a few years agreed that it was "crappy". People were unfriendly and didn't like her because she was a Yankee (even though she is from wva and MD)

All I have heard of the city is that it's one of the fastest growing cities in the country and very pretty. Who is correct? Do their statements have merit?

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To each his own.  Some will like it, some will not.   I don't live in Charlotte (about an hour north) but its ok.  A little to much sprawl for me, but downtown isn't bad. 

 

I have traveled a lot, and as I get older, I find that the larger the city, the less I like it, generally speaking.  I love visiting the larger cities, but couldn't stand the idea of living in any of them. 

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I've lived in Charlotte since 1985.

 

I have seen it change a lot.  When I first came here, the "Old Guard" continually asked me, "You ain't from 'round here. Are ya."

 

When I explained that I was from Southern Indiana and NOT New York, I got slowly accepted.  Just about 1 out of every 4 cars had a bumper sticker that read; "We don't car HOW you did it in New York!"

 

Now that the banks have been shuffling in and out people over the years, Charlotte has grown into a more tolerant city.  (Yes, the old guard is still fighting the War of Northern Aggression.  AKA the Civil War.)  Charlotte is a mix of VERY old money and New money.  You have families who have ties since before the Civil War and then you have the new money in the form of NASCAR, PANTHERS, BOBCATS/HORNETS.  (Just like the East side of Lake Norman is different from the West side of Lake Norman.)

 

Believe it or not, traffic has even gotten better since 1985 too.  (Though it's beyond me why the city planners only plan for the now and not the future!)

 

In another 30 years, Charlotte may even move into the 21st Century!

 

The best thing to happen to Charlotte, was when it elected Harvey Gantt mayor many years ago. 

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The only "crappy" city I have been to in the US is Metairie, LA. I can find something I enjoy in every town I visit. I have lived from Wilmington, NC to Miami, FL with stops in Murrells Inlet, SC and Jacksonville, FL and I have enjoyed them all. I happen to love Charlotte.

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I did 18 years in Charlotte. Loved my time there. But I am beyond happy where I am now. I'll never move back. But if the only thing I can knock is that Charlotte is a bit dull ... yes me, mister asshole, then that says something about the city. :)

 

Now DURHAM ... THAT was a crappy city.

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I did 18 years in Charlotte. Loved my time there. But I am beyond happy where I am now. I'll never move back. But if the only thing I can knock is that Charlotte is a bit dull ... yes me, mister asshole, then that says something about the city. :)

 

Now DURHAM ... THAT was a crappy city.

 

Don't talk about Durham.  I grew up there.  Where else can you have a nice neighborhood right down the street from the projects on every side of town? nowhere, that's where!!! Downtown is only for jail,court, and crackheads and that's the way it should be. 

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Ever been to Atlanta?

Now that's a crappy city.

Charlotte is not that bad. There are a hell of a lot more cities that are worse than Charlotte, like 75% of the north east

lol what? atlanta? Much better than the town of nothingness known as Charlotte. Hardly a crappy city, have you ever lived there or are you just projecting?

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lol what? atlanta? Much better than the town of nothingness known as Charlotte. Hardly a crappy city, have you ever lived there or are you just projecting?


I have lived and own houses in both.

Thanks for playing.

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Where you live is much like college, it is what you make of it.

 

losers who let their space define them instead of vice versa tend to be the ones who whine the most about a city "having no personality".

 

 

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I moved to the area in 1990. My uncle had to blow through town on a business trip around then and I offered to give him a ride to the airport. Meet me at 5:00 uptown at this restaurant. It was closed and he luckily hailed me down as I was driving by.

 

The uptown area would simply shut down at 5:00 on a Friday. Part of the problem is that the population had been moving further and further out of town and developments like Hornets Stadium weren't downtown. There weren't the condos and lofts uptown that we have now.

 

Anyway much different now. We do have good restaurants but it isn't NYC or anything.

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Now I live in VA, was raised in M.D. I have family in Wilmington and love visiting. It's so friendly with people when I visit (compared to D.C. and va)

I have never been to Charlotte and never seen a home Panthers game. Plan on finally making the trip this season. Anyways. ..

This is what was said to me by a coworker the other day. They said there was not a lot going on in the heart of the city even on mid Saturday when they were there. Another coworker that lived there for a few years agreed that it was "crappy". People were unfriendly and didn't like her because she was a Yankee (even though she is from wva and MD)

All I have heard of the city is that it's one of the fastest growing cities in the country and very pretty. Who is correct? Do their statements have merit?

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Not sure why they would say they did not like her because she was a Yankee.....because about 80% of the people in Charlotte are from the Northeast.

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http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/02/13/4691085/uptown-dead-after-hours-just-try.html#.UwJbU_nw_As

 

Urban planner Michael Gallis, working late one afternoon in his uptown office, was stricken by an attack of the munchies.
 
So he pulled on his suit jacket, walked out his office door at 437 S. Tryon and ambled across the street to the Papers & Paberbacks newsstand in the Wachovia Center at 400 S. Tryon, where he expected to buy a Snickers bar. “I figured it would take about two minutes,” he said.
 
The newsstand and the restaurant in the Wachovia Center were closed.
 
The two-minute trip escalated into a 30-minute, 10-block trek as Gallis, becoming more determined with each step, desperately sought a candy bar after 5:30 p.m. in uptown Charlotte.
 

 

 

From 1993. There is an update in today's observer which I have not read.

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