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    Carolina Panthers

    Looks like we are well on our way to my projected win total: 19
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    Charlotte Weather

    Stay safe out there folks. Don't assume you're in the clear until this thing is long gone.
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    The Bad News Report

    It’s a bit of a shock. People just have no clue. I’ll be like “yeah, Charlotte! You know, the Hornets? The Panthers? Franklin Graham?!?” And they’ll be like “ohhh, I’ve always wanted to go to Charleston, it’s so pretty on the ocean”. what. The. Hell.
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    The Bad News Report

    To be fair, it says leadership is unknown. I doubt they are referring to Charlotte as some geographic oddity like Bielefeld (which doesn’t exist). But more so from a cultural and economic sense. Like, what is Charlotte known for nationally? We know what Charlotte is known for, but what sticks out to people in say, Minneapolis or Colorado Springs when you say Charlotte? Nice place to live? NASCAR? Banking? Can Newton?! I don’t know. Everyone where I am lumps Charlotte in as flyover, which really surprised me a bit.
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    The Bad News Report

    Right, but 9th busiest by traffic means most of those gurus only see Charlotte from through the window at Charlotte Douglas. Aren't we like 23rd in O&D? I think how Charlotte is perceived isn't necessarily fair, but that the perception absolutely matters and needs to be addressed by city leaders. There is also a lot of truth to it, which hurts. From an education standpoint, I always felt I landed somewhere in the "maybe slightly above average" category in Charlotte. I feel like an ignorant troglodyte out here in Seattle. That said, criticism is a good thing and needs to be accepted and developed. Reacting by telling these consultant groups they are wrong and their report is "garbage" is probably not the best approach. Need to prove em wrong with action.
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    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    Oh yeah the prices are definitely going to cool. The spike has been nuts. I don’t foresee a 2007 level bubble burst though, moreso a slight dip then plateau. It’s a lot harder to buy a house now than in the mid-2000’s. So you don’t have people with minimal incomes buying ARM’s that skyrocket and force them to foreclose. At least not to the degree of 2006. Speculative condo building is usually a bad sign. I do think Seattle is in for a small pop in the condo/townhome market. I have no evidence to back that up, just purely my observation. But much like Seattle, if people keep coming to Charlotte and good jobs are present, housing prices will continue to stay strong. Price growth will just slow as interest rates keep creeping up.
  7. That’s fair. Time heals all. But I think it will be challenging for Charlotte to promote itself as both a “progressive city of the new south” while also hosting Trump’s 2020 party. None of you are fools. Politics are as contentious as ever. It’s “us or them” to the highest order. We can argue all day about who is at fault for that. However at surface level, hosting the 2020 RNC just further cements Charlotte as a conservative southern city. On a national level.
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    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    So I’m a little biased here, but I’d argue the opposite. SF and Seattle are very dense and also bound by a number of geographic features that limit new construction. Exceptionally high demand coupled with high wages and low inventory of SFH leads to bonkers prices. I also don’t believe Charlotte is in a “bubble” as purchasing isn’t currently driven by speculation. That said, I’d argue it’s more susceptible to market fluctuations because it can continue to grow outwards through new construction , like Houston or Atlanta. Unless you know something I don’t, haha.
  9. Nationally it’s a real bad look for the city. I get that some won’t agree with that and I respect your feelings. I also understand the significant positive economic impact. Not to be discounted. However if we’re talking purely national perception, it’s a bad look.
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    Charlotte economy...

    Tons of people doing that in Seattle right now. Houses they bought for $300k in the late 2000's and selling them now for $850k. Jumping ship to Arizona, Oregon and Spokane/Idaho. I think there are many who would go.
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    Charlotte economy...

    I actually think Raleigh has got a really damn good shot at it. Initially I had them way down the list but it's surged into my top five with Metro DC, Toronto, Boston and Atlanta.
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    Charlotte economy...

    The news out here in Seattle was talking about top destinations for HQ2 to go yesterday, in regards to health of housing market. It factored in everything from COL to schools to parks/greenways, etc. Consider how BRUTAL the housing market is here and the fact that real estate costs and homelessness dominate the local news cycle (and the blame generally is thrown on Amazon), it's easy to understand why it's a point of focus. Raleigh was the winner. FWIW.
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    Charlotte area population statistics

    Respectfully I’ll have to disagree with you here. You make it sound like it’s a toss up of pros and cons between Ardrey Kell and West Charlotte. That’s just not true. Those may have been good schools at one point in their history, but I wouldn’t want my kid to go there. I mean, look at this. Which school do you think is which?
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    Charlotte area population statistics

    I’d agree as well. It’s improving. However I’d argue for the long term, Charlotte MUST do everything in its power to improve CMS if it wants sustainable urban growth. What they have now simply is no where near good enough. And it seriously concerns me for its future.
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    Charlotte area population statistics

    @kermit I think you make some fair points. And I definitely don’t think you’re picking on me! out of curiosity. Do you have kids? If so, would you be comfortable with them attending Garringer? Harding? West Charlotte?