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  posted on 11/3/2007 at 03:42 PM
I grew up in Wisconsin, my wife in Mississipp,i we live in Minneapolis. My wife wants to be back south, but we can not move to MS because... well to many reasons to name, especially with 2 children.

Now she is bothering to move to Charlotte, NC. Weve been there and liked it, I know a number of people here live in the area. Is it a nice place to relocate a family?

 

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North Carolina is a good compromise, Good weather with warm summers and warm winters, but enouh variations to get a feel of all four seasons. All the good acts hit Charlotte ever couple of years if not every tour every other.

The people of the area are all some what friendly,and there is a good selection of churches and eating opportunities. The area is growing economically so investment wise, unless you just pick a lemon and trash it, you should be able to profit from buying a home every 10 years.

I live south on 85 and hour in Spartanburg and love the area.

 

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  posted on 11/3/2007 at 07:09 PM
I have a friend that just moved there from New York. He seems to love it. Its a nice change for him from the rat race of New York. Its defintely a quality of life issue. Its nice for him not to have to ride the urine soaked subway in 95 degree heat. Unfortunately, I am still doing that.
 

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I've lived in Charlotte for about 11 years now. I've never warmed up to this place and I don't see anything special here. I moved for career reasons that hold less firm now, and I have given serious thought to moving recently.

I'm a Yankee, growing up in north Jersey, going away to Rochester NY for college, and moving to Cincinnati following that. Career twists and turns had me move briefly to Wilmington DE and Orlando for a while, but the bulk of 16 years following college were spent in Cincinnati. I wasn't sure about Cincy for the first few months, but then as now: I consider it to be one of the finest cities in the country to live. If I move, it will be back to Cincy.

Charlotte on the other hand is not even a city to my mind. Sure, they have a downtown (uptown in the local parlance), an airport, a business infrastructure (banking), and a fair number of people living in and around it. But to me, a "city" denotes a place with history, character, and people with roots and a real love for the place. I find very little of that here.

The town itself can be better described as a series of subdivisions connected by shopping centers. The road system stinks, with not enough limited access roads, and surface streets that clog unmercifully at rush hour. They did not plan well for growth and continue to do a poor job of this. The concept of zoning seems virtually forgotten, and anything gets built next to just about anything else if the right money is behind it. The aforementioned road problem is a political hot potato that neither the locals or the state wants to come to grips with. I have yet to see a park in this town that even remotely compares to the kind of park systems found in northern cities. Most of what they call parks here would barely rate as open fields in the better cities up north.

The state is nothing to brag about. Sure; it has some natural beauty with ocean to the east an mountains to the west. But it's become a haven for illegals, as we have some of the loosest documentation requirements in the country for getting a drivers license. The politics that rule the state are Democrats, with a power base that is more focused in the eastern part of the state. Charlotte and Mecklenburg County is the largest tax base in the state, but we constantly get the shaft from Raleigh. Road funding is a big problem, with our needs unmet and our dollars going to other parts of the state with far less population. They have been trying to build a circle freeway around the city for over 12 years now. Just yesterday, the news came out that Raleigh is pushing back completion dates till 2018!!

The Charlotte city fathers, in cahoots with business interests, show their disdane for the taxpayer regularly. They all but ran the NBA Hornets out of town some years back when the owner asked for a new arena. As soon as he left, they went begging the NBA for a new franchise with - you guessed it - a promise to build a new arena with tax money. The voters showed their disapproval by a resounding "no" on a ballot referendum concerning the use of tax monies for this project. The pols shoved it down our throats anyway, and gave billionaire Bob Johnson a new arena, with all sorts of other income inducements, to start a team here.

NASCAR was contemplating a Hall of Fame a few years back. The city fathers went into overdrive (pun intended) to ensure it was built here. We're building the building and guaranteeing their revenue - all with tax payer money.

But the biggest boondoogle is a light rail system they are foisting on us now. In a community with suburbs stretching as far as the eye can see, and highways jamed to the boiling point every day, the politicians are taking hundreds of millions - eventually 9 billion if the plan is completed - and building a rail system instead of the roads which everyone needs. 2% of the local population uses public transportation, with the rest using cars. But we're supposed to trust their vision of "smart growth", in which they want people to return to a more urban-based life style along rail lines. And they're not just hoping that you will see the wisdom of their plan and choose to live this way. They are using our tax money to intice business and urban-residential developers to build along those lines. So much for the free market...

Music-wise, I'm not sure what you get in Minneapolis, but don't expect much here. There are one or two clubs, and one or two larger venues, that occassionally have decent shows. But my experience is that the northern cities are better in this regard.

Since you have kids, I'll mention the school system. If you have enough to afford a private alternative, you can find some decent options. But the public schools are a real mixed bag, with a nightmare busing system. The problem is that they system is far too large to be managed. By NC state law, there are a fixed number of school districts and new ones can only be added by the state legislature. Parents have been in revolt in recent years, demanding improvements. Many believe the huge Charlotte disctict should be divided to smaller portions, serving each part of town better and being more accountable to the parents there. When a convoy of incensed parents descended upon Raleigh a few years ago to complain, the response they got was "get real, we're never going to change your district". That's the kind of contempt the state politicians have for the taxpayers here. And when have you ever seen sounthern states rate well in education? If I had kids, I'd never bring them to the south for public education.

Crime is a big problem here, although the chamber of commerce does everything it can to sweep it under the rug.

Taxes should be a consideration: we are the higest taxed county in the highest taxed state in the south. And as mentioned above, the money seems to be going more to some politician's wet dream of developement than serving the immediate needs of the taxpayers.

On the less important side: the standards of what comprises "good" food here are abysmal. True enough; some better, higher-end restaurants have come to town in recent years. But the average is still low compared to most other decent cities.

I'm sure some love it here, and bravo to them, but I have to wonder where else they have lived. To me this place is a far cry from a decent city. I've always heard Minneapolis rated very well. If I were you, I'd stay there if you like it. While the weather may seem like a great inducement, just flip around you're thinking. Most people stay in with the a/c here in the suffocating summer heat and humidity. In my neighborhood - filled with families - you never see a kid outside past about June 1 till October. Too 'effing hot! Is that any different than a few winter months indoors when it's cold?

 

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I've lived in Charlotte for about 11 years now. I've never warmed up to this place and I don't see anything special here. I moved for career reasons that hold less firm now, and I have given serious thought to moving recently.

I'm a Yankee, growing up in north Jersey, going away to Rochester NY for college, and moving to Cincinnati following that. Career twists and turns had me move briefly to Wilmington DE and Orlando for a while, but the bulk of 16 years following college were spent in Cincinnati. I wasn't sure about Cincy for the first few months, but then as now: I consider it to be one of the finest cities in the country to live. If I move, it will be back to Cincy.

Charlotte on the other hand is not even a city to my mind. Sure, they have a downtown (uptown in the local parlance), an airport, a business infrastructure (banking), and a fair number of people living in and around it. But to me, a "city" denotes a place with history, character, and people with roots and a real love for the place. I find very little of that here.

The town itself can be better described as a series of subdivisions connected by shopping centers. The road system stinks, with not enough limited access roads, and surface streets that clog unmercifully at rush hour. They did not plan well for growth and continue to do a poor job of this. The concept of zoning seems virtually forgotten, and anything gets built next to just about anything else if the right money is behind it. The aforementioned road problem is a political hot potato that neither the locals or the state wants to come to grips with. I have yet to see a park in this town that even remotely compares to the kind of park systems found in northern cities. Most of what they call parks here would barely rate as open fields in the better cities up north.

The state is nothing to brag about. Sure; it has some natural beauty with ocean to the east an mountains to the west. But it's become a haven for illegals, as we have some of the loosest documentation requirements in the country for getting a drivers license. The politics that rule the state are Democrats, with a power base that is more focused in the eastern part of the state. Charlotte and Mecklenburg County is the largest tax base in the state, but we constantly get the shaft from Raleigh. Road funding is a big problem, with our needs unmet and our dollars going to other parts of the state with far less population. They have been trying to build a circle freeway around the city for over 12 years now. Just yesterday, the news came out that Raleigh is pushing back completion dates till 2018!!

The Charlotte city fathers, in cahoots with business interests, show their disdane for the taxpayer regularly. They all but ran the NBA Hornets out of town some years back when the owner asked for a new arena. As soon as he left, they went begging the NBA for a new franchise with - you guessed it - a promise to build a new arena with tax money. The voters showed their disapproval by a resounding "no" on a ballot referendum concerning the use of tax monies for this project. The pols shoved it down our throats anyway, and gave billionaire Bob Johnson a new arena, with all sorts of other income inducements, to start a team here.

NASCAR was contemplating a Hall of Fame a few years back. The city fathers went into overdrive (pun intended) to ensure it was built here. We're building the building and guaranteeing their revenue - all with tax payer money.

But the biggest boondoogle is a light rail system they are foisting on us now. In a community with suburbs stretching as far as the eye can see, and highways jamed to the boiling point every day, the politicians are taking hundreds of millions - eventually 9 billion if the plan is completed - and building a rail system instead of the roads which everyone needs. 2% of the local population uses public transportation, with the rest using cars. But we're supposed to trust their vision of "smart growth", in which they want people to return to a more urban-based life style along rail lines. And they're not just hoping that you will see the wisdom of their plan and choose to live this way. They are using our tax money to intice business and urban-residential developers to build along those lines. So much for the free market...

Music-wise, I'm not sure what you get in Minneapolis, but don't expect much here. There are one or two clubs, and one or two larger venues, that occassionally have decent shows. But my experience is that the northern cities are better in this regard.

Since you have kids, I'll mention the school system. If you have enough to afford a private alternative, you can find some decent options. But the public schools are a real mixed bag, with a nightmare busing system. The problem is that they system is far too large to be managed. By NC state law, there are a fixed number of school districts and new ones can only be added by the state legislature. Parents have been in revolt in recent years, demanding improvements. Many believe the huge Charlotte disctict should be divided to smaller portions, serving each part of town better and being more accountable to the parents there. When a convoy of incensed parents descended upon Raleigh a few years ago to complain, the response they got was "get real, we're never going to change your district". That's the kind of contempt the state politicians have for the taxpayers here. And when have you ever seen sounthern states rate well in education? If I had kids, I'd never bring them to the south for public education.

Crime is a big problem here, although the chamber of commerce does everything it can to sweep it under the rug.

Taxes should be a consideration: we are the higest taxed county in the highest taxed state in the south. And as mentioned above, the money seems to be going more to some politician's wet dream of developement than serving the immediate needs of the taxpayers.

On the less important side: the standards of what comprises "good" food here are abysmal. True enough; some better, higher-end restaurants have come to town in recent years. But the average is still low compared to most other decent cities.

I'm sure some love it here, and bravo to them, but I have to wonder where else they have lived. To me this place is a far cry from a decent city. I've always heard Minneapolis rated very well. If I were you, I'd stay there if you like it. While the weather may seem like a great inducement, just flip around you're thinking. Most people stay in with the a/c here in the suffocating summer heat and humidity. In my neighborhood - filled with families - you never see a kid outside past about June 1 till October. Too 'effing hot! Is that any different than a few winter months indoors when it's cold?



Good points, What part of NJ are ya from

 

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  posted on 11/3/2007 at 11:02 PM
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Good points, What part of NJ are ya from

I grew up in Nutley.

I know my comments were farily harsh on Charlotte. To be honest, if I were coming from some of the crowded northeast cities, Charlotte is probably an improvement. I would never want to live in north Jersey, or near NYC again, unless I had mega-bucks and could live nicely in Manhatten with a second house in the country somewhere.

My personal experiences tell me that the midwestern cities are the best places to live. They have the best combination of things that make a place feel like a city, but are not so large or expensive as to be difficult to live in. Most of the southern cities have sprung up in the last 30-40 years as the northest migration has taken place, and most just were not planned for the growth they have encountered. Agree or not; our grandfather's generation had a much better vision of how to plan a city, and those older cities have worked out many of their road systems, parks, and have the history to make a place feel like a proper city. Your mileage may vary...

 

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  posted on 11/3/2007 at 11:48 PM
One word for ya Fugirich;LEAVE The only thing that sucks about this town is people with your type of negative attitude contaminating it...

 

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  posted on 11/4/2007 at 12:12 AM
Perhaps OldSchool would like to share other cities you've lived in as a basis for comparison?

While you're at it, tell me how I'm factually wrong about the road problems, state funding for those roads, or the endless misuse of taxpayer money to intice sports teams, the NASCAR hall of fame, the light rail system, etc. Maybe you can prove I am wrong about the overall poor education rankings of southern states versus the north, the uproar in recent years by the parents of Charlotte school students, or the mess of a bus system those students are forced to use. If I'm wrong about us being the highest taxed county in the highest taxed state in the south, please correct me. (if so, maybe you can help me understand why so many businesses and individuals are leaving and going to SC to avoid NC & Charlotte taxes)

Or maybe you'd like to debate facts on crime. Here's a few that might surprise you:

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Charlotte: More Dangerous than LA?
Posted by Citizen Servatius at 7/24/2007 9:52 PM

Crime in Charlotte is down, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department announced Wednesday. But notice no one seems too eager to specify beyond that. Down compared to what? Compared to where?

According to the Charlotte Observer, local law enforcement made a dent in all categories of crime except murder and theft from motor vehicles this year.

But numbers can be deceiving. Charlotte's violent crime rate may be down, but our violent crime rate is still high. In 2006 in Charlotte, there were 1,092 incidents of violent crime per 100,000 people. The violent crime rate in Los Angeles was 788 incidents per 100,000 people. In New York, it was 638.3.

Then there are property crimes like burglary. It's down 6.8 percent, the police say. That sounds like great news until you consider that according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report, in 2006 our burglary rate was more than double Raleigh's. More than double.

Raleigh's burglary rate was 875 burglaries per 100,000 people. Charlotte-Mecklenburg's rate was 1,968 per 100,000 people. To put that in perspective, Los Angeles had a burglary rate of 527.

Across most crimes, particularly property crimes, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's crime rates rank us above, alongside or approaching those of some of the most crime-plagued cities in the nation.

Auto theft here is down 20.3 percent, the police reported. That's good news, but again, down compared to where? At 1,036 auto thefts per 100,000 people, Charlotte's rate was more than three times Raleigh's rate of 295 according to the 2006 UCR. Here's how Charlotte stacked up to other cities with high-crime reputations:

Population Car Thefts Rate Per 100,000 population
Char-Meck 699,398 7,150 1036
Raleigh 348,345 1,006 295
New York 8,165,001 15,936 195
Los Angeles 3,879,455 25,389 656
Atlanta 485,408 5,878 1224
Miami 392,934 3,879 994
Chicago 2,857,796 21,828 764
Philadelphia 1,464,576 11,657 798.4
Washington, DC 581,530 7,057 1216
Nashville 560,813 3,021 539

Property crime in particular is a problem here.

Population Prop. Crimes Rate Per 100,000 population
Char-Meck 699,398 48,886 7084
Raleigh 348,345 12,650 3270
New York 8,165,001 153,436 1880
Los Angeles 3,879,455 105,459 2725
Atlanta 485,408 32,231 6714
Miami 392,934 20,288 5202
Chicago 2,857,796 129,718 4551
Philadelphia 1,464,576 62,612 4288
Washington, DC 581,530 26,004 4483
Nashville 560,813 32,625 5825


Still feeling strong about Charlotte, OldSchool?

I think the people here are great, but then again I tend to believe that if you give someone a chance, people can be great everywhere. Plenty of people love this town, and I say "wonderful - I'm glad you're happy here". I respect their opinion even if I don't share it. I tried to keep the bulk of my comments to factual issues, thinking that those would be most useful to the person originating the thread. Please don't focus on your perception of my "attitude", as that brings the discussion down to useless opinions.

[Edited on 11/4/2007 by Fujirich]

 

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  posted on 11/4/2007 at 11:09 AM
M-UNIT come on down to South Carolina. Here is a house close to the beach that we can make a deal on.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2007 at 11:27 AM
Hey DanB, how about giving me ballpark figure on that house? I'm trying to convince my wife how much more we would get for our money a bit further south. We're in the Chicago area.

Something like that, in a decent are with good schools, low crime rate, low unemployment, etc., I wanna say 300K - 400K easy.

Conversely, I had a brief relationship with a realty company in Macon, GA. When I saw what my budget could get me down there, I almost starting putting apps in at Mercer.

So, give me a rough figure on that house if ya can. I'm building my case.

I've got a 20-year-old who's trying to establish his own place in the world - so far, so good. As soon as I'm convinced he's on solid ground, I'm seriously considering a Southern move.

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  posted on 11/4/2007 at 11:35 AM
M-Unit everything that fujirich said about Charlotte is essentially true. However, I tend concur with Oldschool. The growth and overdevelopment have ruined "a place with history, character, and people with roots and a real love for the place." And the ever increasing minority of "natives" tend to blame the yankee, raisin, and mid-western transplants (with opinions, attitudes and manners [or lack of] exhibited by fujirich instead of the greedy developers and politicians who truely are responsible. Some Char-Mech schools are pretty bad. All are way overcrowded. Hopefully, M-Unit you can afford to put your kids in one of the many private "Christian" schools here and enjoy flaunting your wealth and running around with the status seeking neuvo-riche. Then you'll fit in quite well.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2007 at 11:40 AM

Droogie, you're thinking of leaving beautiful Gurnee? And the wonderful UIC campus so near to what's left of Maxwell St.? (I say writing from San Francisco )

 

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Droogie, you're thinking of leaving beautiful Gurnee? And the wonderful UIC campus so near to what's left of Maxwell St.? (I say writing from San Francisco )



I rent in Gurnee - buying a house here is not even a remote possibility. A one-bedroom condo near UIC is about a half-million dollars - 1.2M for a 3-bedroom single-family. Even if I had that kind of purchasing power, I wouldn't use it there.

Maxwell street has now been completely gentrified. The entire area has been leveled and rebuilt - with the exception of I think three front walls of buildings, which were kept for their historical/architectural significance. It's certainly very nice - it's the hot spot in Chicago to move to right now. It lacks any sort of character at all, however. It's like you stepped out of Chicago and into a little resort town or the retail/dining strip of an upscale amusement park. Everything is brand new, overpriced, and looks exactly the same.

You can still find the real-deal Maxwell Street Polish, hot dogs, and pork chop sandwiches, however. Both Jim's Original and the Express Grill have relocated to Union Street, just North Of Maxwell. Union street serves as sort of a frontage road to the Dan Ryan expressway for a few blocks there.

So, the Maxwell Street of the Blues Brothers is completely gone.

Oh, by the way, at the corner where Jim's Original used to stand, you now have a Jamba Juice (smoothies, for those who haven't seen 'em), and the spot formerly occupied by Nate's Deli - the scene of Aretha's "Think" in the Blues Brothers - is now student housing for UIC .

 

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  posted on 11/4/2007 at 12:25 PM
I empathize with ya Droog, I think you know I was typing with tongue in cheek, as I realize the economics of Chicagoland. The gentrification of the Maxwell St. area really depressed & disgusted me. I was there in May of '06 & was completely bummed. Next thing you know they'll f--- up Greektown

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  posted on 11/4/2007 at 12:43 PM
Ya - I got that. Most of my response for for other interested parties. I think Greek town is relatively safe, though, there's a lot of money there - there wasn't in the Maxwell street area.

The main strip of Greek Town will hold on for a while, I think, but the area just west is totally up for grabs. Which IMO is a good thing. That area has been in need of of an upgrade for a long time, and I think presents a good opportunity for those who want/need to be near the loop but can't quite foot the downtown price tags.

 

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Hey DanB, how about giving me ballpark figure on that house? I'm trying to convince my wife how much more we would get for our money a bit further south. We're in the Chicago area.


TopDroog,

This house is all brick, 4bed, two baths and 2590 heated sq. ft. for $369,900.
http://www.yourhomeatthebeach.com/listing--719531.html

Here is another one, a bit smaller 2020 sf 3 and 2 for 329,000
http://www.screalestatepartners.com/Listing/VirtualTour.aspx?ListingID=1122 554

 

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Ah. Well, your answer doesn't support my premise as I thought it would, but thanks for the the info all the same. I assume we're talking about a prime area here?

 

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M-Unit everything that fujirich said about Charlotte is essentially true. However, I tend concur with Oldschool. The growth and overdevelopment have ruined "a place with history, character, and people with roots and a real love for the place." And the ever increasing minority of "natives" tend to blame the yankee, raisin, and mid-western transplants (with opinions, attitudes and manners [or lack of] exhibited by fujirich instead of the greedy developers and politicians who truely are responsible. Some Char-Mech schools are pretty bad. All are way overcrowded. Hopefully, M-Unit you can afford to put your kids in one of the many private "Christian" schools here and enjoy flaunting your wealth and running around with the status seeking neuvo-riche. Then you'll fit in quite well.


Private Christian schooling is something we will definitly be looking into. We have not looked at how the Public Schools rate yet, but we will.

Thanx for for all the input everyone, I have learned more than I expected to.

Nice house DanB, a little more than we are looking for. Us like TopDroog are hoping to upgrade laterally with our sale by moving out of our market, which is completly out of control.

 

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A "Christian" school in Charlotte historically means your child doesn't have to attend school with blacks.

 

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I love it here. I wouldn't leave here for anything. Great people, great quality of life.


 

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  posted on 11/4/2007 at 07:26 PM
Well Fugirich,I'm not going to debate the facts with you.Some of the things you posted are true.You say "Please don't focus on your perception of my "attitude", as that brings the discussion down to useless opinions."However,to me,attitude is a huge factor in this discussion.My attitude effects every single aspect of my life.For example,if I hadn't been in a bad mood & had a bad attitude last night,I wouldn't have made that somewhat obnoxious quote I directed towards you.Your attitude towards Charlotte is obviously very negative,you just plain don't like this place,& that's fine,it's your business,however,you cited all the negative points that you could find about the city & didn't mention the positive things about living here.By the way,I grew up on Long Island,lived there for 20 years,spent about 1/2 year in South Fl,& have been here in Charlotte for a little over 16 years.I like it here.The weather is good,its a beautiful city,hardly any graffiti,broken down cars & refuse on the roads,ect.The economy is relatively very strong,the carreer oppurtunities are great,the people are friendly.Most of the problems you mentioned are results of the incredible growth we have seen for about 30 years now,but this also gives the place a great energy & vitality.Maybe the schools aren't the greatest,but my neice went through the public school system here & is currently in her 2nd year at Duke University,doing real well competing with smart kids from all over the country.The tremendous amount of people from all over the country/world who have & continue to flock here gives the place to me a huge sense of personality & character,where else can you see a bunch of rednecks construction workers on lunch get served at a pizza place by some guidos from Brooklyn?
guido-"Hey,how yas doin'?"
redneck-"Been worse I reckon,how'r y'all?"
guido-"FAGETABOUTIT!"
It cracks me up man!You said if given the chance,people can be great everywhere Fugirich.Well,I think the same can be said of a place.Life is what you make of it.It's all about my attitude.Just my opinion,but I choose to focus more on the positives then the negatives

 

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  posted on 11/4/2007 at 07:45 PM
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Private Christian schooling is something we will definitly be looking into.


A "Christian" school in Charlotte historically means your child doesn't have to attend school with blacks.


Most of the christians schools in these parts are integrated, not sure where your coming from Charlesinator. Maybe in Ohio you can see that as an out, cause most Catholics are white. The baptist schools around here have multi- ethnic teachers and students.

We have a house with 2200 square feet down the road from us for sale for 160 K droog, Also have several colleges in Spartanburg as well as history and a small attempt at culture.

We have USC-S, SMC(methodist), Wofford, Convese and a community college in Spartanburg and Furman in Greenville not too far away.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2007 at 07:48 PM
I moved to Charlotte in 1970 and except for 3 years (1980-1983) lived here until Labor Day weekend. Until the last couple of years, I loved living in Charlotte, particularly the music scene. But during the last couple of years, I have not enjoyed it. Rezoning was displacing me so I made the decision to move to Salisbury which is about 45 miles northeast of Charlotte. My job requires my traveling and I have easy access to all of my accounts from this location.

Is my new hometown perfect?? No.

Do they have crime?? Yes, but not as much as Charlotte...the population is not as large.

Do I enjoy walking in the neighborhood and people sitting on their front porch speaking? Yes, very much...unless you are in an older neighborhood of Charlotte, the homes do not have front porches and people would probably think twice about sitting out there....more and more drive by shootings in Charlotte.

The crime and greed that seems to have overshadowed the city that I've always loved is the reason for my move. I would suggest your checking some of the smaller towns in the area before making your final decision. No matter which direction from which you commute to downtown, you will have traffic woes. WBT110AM has the best traffic reports every 10 minutes.

If you decide to move "Southbound", welcome!!

 

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  posted on 11/4/2007 at 07:58 PM
I agree with you OldSchool: attitude can make the difference in everything. And honestly, I don't think Charlotte is a bad place to live - certainly better than many US cities - and if I thought it was really awful I would have left long ago.

Instead of just echoing the chamber of commerce-type lines, like: "Charlotte is a world-class city", I chose to point up the concerns that do exist. There's a balance to everything, and as you mentioned well, the city is filled with positives. I look at some of the negatives however and shake my head, because for a city this size these should not be as bad as they are. Crime is an issue that simply does not get addressed to the degree it should here, and those running the city and police should be ashamed of the stats.

When you're looking to buy something or invest, your research and decisions are best aided by learning the good and the bad. If I've brought some balance to that process for M-UNIT, then I hope I've helped.

 

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