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    Born and raised in Charlotte — lifelong love affair with the Queen City. Demography. Architecture. Parks and Trails. Hiking - primordial cliffs and raptors at Crowders Mtn. are amazing. Arts & museums (art, history, science). Books, esp., Southern urban history (not an oxymoron). Favorite quotation: “When you look at a city, it’s like reading the hopes, aspirations and pride of everyone who built it,” by Architect, Hugh Newell Jacobsen.

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  1. Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    Clayton Sealey's newest must-read story: "Charlotte needs a new, non-crappy slogan that reminds us to work to be great," Charlotte Five, April 12, 2018. Excerpts: "Full of piss and vinegar, we think we can take over the world, but we get no support from the NCGA. Thanks to their obsession with the rural parts of the state, Eastern NC gets our roads, Asheboro got our zoo, and we don’t get our share. Charlotte accounts for more than one-third of the State’s Gross Domestic Product, but you‘d never know it based on how the state 'shares the wealth.'" "What makes Charlotte unique isn‘t the extent of its offerings. We are the Queen City, the crown jewel of ”The New South.“ We are a city adept to transition. We‘ve gone from gold, to textiles, to banking. We survived a banking crisis that should have completely sunk us, and came out of ”The Great Recession“ diversified economically and ready to compete. We were the first mid tier city in the South to develop a light rail system. We are a city that simply “wants it” more than anyone." "Its been about a decade since “Charlotte‘s Got a Lot“ debuted, and it’s time Charlotte gets a new slogan that doesn’t just tell others that we think we are great, but reminds us that to be great, we have to work diligently toward our ultimate goals. Reminds everybody that we are the Queen City, and while we might have some deficiencies we will try like hell to be great anyways." Link to the full story at Charlotte Five: https://www.charlottefive.com/charlotte-slogan/
  2. Clayton Sealey has conceived a masterful design that could save the 1927 Builders Building at 312 West Trade Street and revitalize the entire block on which it stands, i.e., First Presbyterian's "Port Chop Lot." Here's his proposal: Rendering by Clatyon Sealy First Presbyterian “Pork Chop Lot” "On the corner of Poplar and Trade sits one of the largest undeveloped and most underutilized parking lots in the city. The block, spanning about 2.25 acres, is lucky enough to feature two historic buildings: The Builders Building (1926) and Bagley-Mullen House (1890)." "The bulk of the land is owned by First Presbyterian Church. Peg Robarchek, the Director of Communications for the church, said the church is seeking input from neighborhood partners on what to do with the property." “We hope this property will be significant in transforming center city Charlotte,” she said. “We’re an urban church and we recognize that how we serve our neighborhood will evolve as Charlotte continues to change.” "My vision for the land would be a development oriented in such a way that The Builders Building and the Bagley-Mullen House would go untouched." – 200+ units worth of residential, 30-50 units set aside for mixed income. – 350,000 square feet of office space in an 15-17 floor building. – A three-floor base at the corner of Poplar and Trade that would include updated community space for the church, and retail that focuses on the Uptown community-at-large. – Community roof space for church events and public events. – An integrated parking deck that would include free parking to the church on weekends and after business hours. "Uptown is on the verge of greatness, and will continue to get even better as we lose each surface parking lot." Links: (1) https://www.charlottefive.com/uptown-charlotte-parking-lot-fixes/ -- "Two Parking Lots are Holding Uptown Back. Here's How I'd Fix It" by Clayton Sealey, Charlotte Five, June 14, 2017. (2) http://www.cmhpf.org/S&Rs Alphabetical Order/surveys&rbuildersbuilding.htm -- Survey and Research Report on the Builders Building, Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, 08/09/2004. (3) https://www.charlotteagenda.com/27072/should-this-1920s-uptown-building-be-saved/ -- "Should This 1920s Uptown Building be Saved" by Andrew Dunn, Charlotte Agenda, 11/20/2015.
  3. Lewis Mumford, American historian, winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, particularly noted for his study of cities and urban architecture, observed: "...the green matrix is essential to the culture of cities. Where this setting has been defaced, despoiled, or obliterated, the deterioration of the city must follow, for the relationship is symbiotic. ... What is vital is the preservation of the green matrix in which urban communities, big and small, are set: above all the necessity to prevent the uncontrolled growth of urban tissue from effacing this matrix and upsetting the ecological pattern of city and country. ... This failure is particularly vexing in relatively underdeveloped regions, like the Tennessee Valley and adjacent areas in North Carolina, where all the errors and absurdities that have produced the massive dissociated conurbations of the past are now being fatuously repeated." See Mumford, Lewis, The City in History, Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects (New York, Harcourt, Inc., 1961), Graphic Section IV, 58: Green Matrix. Central Park, The Green Lung of New York City
  4. History of Charlotte

    Tomorrow, Friday, March 16, 2018, is another Red Letter day for Charlotte as it celebrates the opening of the 9.3 mile LYNX Blue Line Extension from the 7th Street Station in Center City north to the UNC-Charlotte campus. Link: http://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/long-awaited-lynx-blue-line-extension-opens-friday/715948577 -- Long Awaited Blue Line Extension Opens Friday," by John Paul, WSOC-TV, March 15, 2018. Photo Credit: https://lightrail.uncc.edu/ -- "UNC-Charlotte: Light Rail Connects Us" Historically, the rails have been the key transformative catalyst underlying Charlotte's emergence from back country village in the mid-19th century to one of the nation's leading commercial and financial centers in the early 21st century. Here's a sample of what historians have said about the impact of railroads on the City of Charlotte's growth and development: "More than any other event, the arrival of the railroad in 1852 set Charlotte on its way to being the largest city in the Carolinas. When the Charlotte and South Carolina completed its track up from Columbia in that year, it was one of the first railways in the western half of North Carolina. Suddenly Charlotte had the advantage over the half-dozen similar sized villages in the region. In 1854, the State of North Carolina began work on a state-owned railroad from Raleigh and Goldsboro to Charlotte, in part to connect the eastern cities with the railroad to Columbia. This North Carolina Railroad, passing through Greensboro and Salisbury, made Charlotte an important railroad junction. It also made the city for the first time truly a part of North Carolina, for it was finally as easy to go east to Raleigh as it had been to go south down the river valleys to Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina." ... "Up to the year 1852, the cotton raised in the vicinity of Charlotte ... not consumed immediately through the aid of the old fashioned loom, wheel and cards was forced to seek a market ... by being hauled to Fayetteville, Camden, Cheraw, or Charleston by wagons. When the completion of the Charlotte and Columbia Railroad took place in 1852, for the first time in the history of Charlotte she had an outlet -- a highway to the sea." Link: http://www.cmhpf.org/educhargrowth.htm -- The Growth of Charlotte: A History by Dr. Thomas W. Hanchett, see "The Railroad Center, 1850s - 1870s" "On October 28, 1852, thousands of people line the railroad's path, just a block and a half east of the Square. The first train from Chester, 15 cars long and full of people and freight, arrives at the new depot in the early morning. Then, around lunchtime, a second train from Winnsboro brings more. The passengers join the crowds celebrating in the streets. By the time the final train from Columbia arrives in the early afternoon, 20,000 people surround the new depot as a brass band plays. Local politicians give speeches and lead the crowds south from the new railroad depot to a huge barbecue on the grounds of the town's girls school. Fireworks fill the sky as night closes in, and the 'young gentlemen and ladies' of town head to a dance. It is, the newspapers say, 'the most brilliant and glorious day that the history of Charlotte has furnished in seventy odd years." Link: http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/August-2014/The-Story-of-Charlotte-Part-4-Whistles-to-War/ -- Charlotte Magazine, "The Story of Charlotte, Part 4: Whistles to War" by Chuck McShane, published July 23, 2014. Charlotte's is the only city in the Carolinas with either a light rail or a streetcar system. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_light_rail_systems_by_ridership. The dedication of the LYNX Blue Line extension, in the year that marks the 250th anniversary of Charlotte's founding in 1768, heralds Charlotte's Emergence as a global city. Link: https://www.brookings.edu/on-the-record/greater-charlotte-in-the-global-economy-benchmarking-the-regions-global-competitiveness-assets/ Additional links: (1) http://www.carolana.com/NC/Transportation/railroads/nc_rrs_charlotte_sc.html -- The old Charlotte and South Carolina Railroad (2) https://www.ncrr.com/nc-rail-map/ -- NC Rail Maps (3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_city -- Global City - Wikipedia
  5. History of Charlotte

    Charlotte has been called the "City without a past," a "Potemkin Village with a drawl," and "a bland bankers' paradise". People can't seem to find Charlotte on a map. Jerry Richardson, former NFL player and principal owner of the Carolina Panthers, said about his efforts to beat Baltimore, St. Louis, and Memphis for the team that would become the Carolina Panthers: "If you want to know the truth of the matter, people we are talking to really don't know where Charlotte is. They can't get Charlotte straight from Charleston." Folks constantly confuse the Queen City with Charleston, SC, or Charlottesville, VA, as in the following astonishing remark made by an eminent historian originally from Chicago who received his Ph.D. at UNC-Chapel Hill: “I didn’t know much about Charlotte. Like most people, I knew it was a beautiful city on the South Carolina coast [wrong, Charleston] where the University of Virginia was [twice wrong Charlottesville, VA].” Why don't most people know where Charlotte is? Why is Charlotte, arguably, the least well-known of America's 25 largest cities? One possible explanation -- Charlotte has saved very little of her cultural and architectural heritage. Here's a partial inventory of Charlotte's demolished properties: First Ward the imposing residence of the A.M.E. Zion bishop G.W. Clinton on North Myers Street Hotel Alexander on North McDowell where Louis Armstrong stayed when he played in Charlotte Second Ward the wood-frame Myers Street Elementary School, Charlotte's first Black public school opened in 1882 Second Ward High School, the city's only Black high school for many decades Charlotte's Black YMCA the Carnegie Library, the first public library for Blacks in North Carolina the 1926 Wilder Building at 237 South Tryon, demolished in 1983, a 10-story Neoclassical skyscraper C.C. Hook's 1913 Masonic Temple, demolished in 1987, with its enormous stone globes balanced on pylons flanking the entrance, an outstanding example of Egyptian Revival style architecture the 1942 Federal Reserve Bank, demolished in 1997, at 401 South Tryon, a crisply detailed blend of Art Deco and Neoclassical influences, which was an important factor in Charlotte's growth after the Second World War into a major banking center Urban Renewal demolished 1,480 structures, displacing 1,007 families, in Second Ward from 1960-1967. Not a single new residential unit was built to replace the 1,480 structures demolished. Third Ward the Piedmont and Northern depot and freight station the Charlotte Supply Building at West First and Mint streets, a well-preserved warehouse building (the company was an important supplier of textile machinery to the region) the 1924 Hotel Charlotte designed by architect William L. Stoddard, a 10-story Neoclassical structure with elegant terra cotta trim the Victor Cotton Mill which opened in 1884 near the intersection of Clarkson and Westbrook Streets Good Samaritan Hospital built in the 1880s and reputedly the first privately funded Black hospital in the United States Fourth Ward the Independence Building built in 1909 and demolished in 1981; it was NC's first skyscraper. Several hundred Victorian and Queen Anne style homes once stood in Fourth Ward. About 40 of those houses have been retained. By the end of the 1970s, Charlotte had created "acres of grass and parking" just as "... public officials slowly realized that there were not enough developers waiting in line for the glut of vacant Center City parcels, even at low prices." Recently, @ricky_davis_fan_21 wrote a marvelous story for CharlotteFive entitled "The 22 Major Development Questions Charlotte faces in 2018". He graciously invited his readers to submit additional questions. Well, I'm hoping that he'll write a follow-up story about how a so-called "bland bankers' paradise with no unique character, no true soul, and no sense of place at all" managed to make a course correction so that most Americans finally knew how to find Charlotte on a map. Links: (1) http://www.ugapress.org/index.php/books/charlotte_nc -- Graves, Wm. and Smith, Heather A., Eds., Charlotte, NC, The Global Evolution of a New South City, University of Georgia Press, 2010, (Chapter by Matthew D. Lassiter “Searching for Respect: From New South to World Class at the Crossroads of the Carolinas”). (2) http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/April-2015/The-Story-of-Charlotte-Part-12-Blotting-Out-the-Sun/ -- "The Story of Charlotte, Part 12: Blotting Out the Sun" by Chuck McShane, Charlotte Magazine, April, 2015. (3) http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/mark-washburn/article56274945.html -- "Charlotte historian Tom Hanchett's next chapter," The Charlotte Observer, 01/23/2016 (4) https://www.charlottefive.com/development-questions-charlotte/ -- "The 22 Major Development Questions Charlotte Faces in 2018" by Clayton Sealey, CharlotteFive on 12/18/2017
  6. Charlotte Photo of the Day

    This is a little long and I apologize for that, but here's the written assessment of our regional historians concerning Charlotte's willingness to abandon its history: "While urban renewal (5 stages in Charlotte from 1960 - 1967) and other housing programs seemed promising for improving the living conditions of the poor in Charlotte, they were ultimately flawed in structure." ... "Urban renewal projects, rather than truly improving housing and living conditions for the poor, essentially accomplished a white agenda. Black slums were razed and replaced with government buildings and other public facilities, pushing the black population into less central areas of the city. The declaration of 'blight' was also very subjective, and while housing in these areas was surely very poor, there may have been other options besides complete destruction." ... "The clearance of this slum (Brooklyn - Second Ward) displaced over 1,000 families and did not include a single unit of replacement housing. With this very first urban renewal effort, officials in Charlotte demonstrated their disinterest in truly improving conditions for the city's poor blacks. With no new low-income housing available and little relocation assistance, many of the displaced black families were forced to take up residence in other slums to the northwest of the city." "Almost all traces of this community (Brooklyn - Second Ward) were destroyed through urban renewal clearance and private demolition in the 1960s." Links; (1) http://www.torightthesewrongs.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Richards-Elise-Residential-Segregation-in-Charlotte-NC.pdf -- "Residential Segregation in Charlotte, N.C.” by Elise C. Richards, Duke University, 12/14/2002, pp. 12, 26. (2) http://www.cmhpf.org/educationneighhistcentercity.htm -- The Center City: The Business District and the Original Four Wards, by Dr. Thomas W. Hanchett. (Dr. Hanchett is Consultant Historian at the Levine Museum of the New South in Center City Charlotte.) "In the tradition of the Civil Rights era, when business leaders in the New South emphasized the direct links between racial progress and economic prosperity, the Charlotte Chamber promises international migrants that they will find a multicultural metropolitan area that embraces diverse ideas, opinions, business operations and residents. As a global metropolis with a small-town feel, Charlotte means many things to many people -- Southern hospitality, the second largest banking center in the country, a city of trees, home of major-league sports teams, a 'can do' city filled with big dreams and friendly neighbors. This enthusiastic willingness to abandon history altogether - to become whatever anyone with sufficient dollars or dreams wants it to be - is the secret of Charlotte's successes and the simultaneous source of its failures...." "By the 1980's and 1990's Charlotte appeared to have transcended these gothic and mythic images of Southern exceptionalism by veering all the way to the other extreme, leading to a pervasive anxiety that the New South / Sun Belt project had succeeded too well in creating a bland bankers' paradise with no unique character, no true soul, no sense of place at all. Charlotte is 'the city without a past,' in the conventional wisdom cited by a local columnist; 'Potemkin Village with a drawl,' in a sarcastic New York Times assessment; 'a nice place to live,' according to a self-deprecating local joke, ' but you wouldn't want to visit there.' 'Charlotte is overwhelmingly ... average,' charged the Raleigh News and Observer in 1987. 'It is a fine, rich, upstanding city. It just isn't much of a fine, rich, upstanding Southern city. It has all of the quaint Southern appeal of Des Moines. And then the ultimate insult from the cross-state rival, pinpointing the greatest fear of all: ' Charlotte's raging inferiority complex, as witnessed by its overwhelming need to boost its image, comes about because nobody else pays much attention to it." Link: (1) https://ui.uncc.edu/story/new-book-charlotte-nc-global-evolution-new-south-city -- Graves, Wm. and Smith, Heather A., Eds., Charlotte, NC: The Global Evolution of a New South City, University of Georgia Press, 2010, (Chapter by Matthew D. Lassiter, "Searching for Respect: From New South to World Class at the Crossroads of the Carolinas”).
  7. Misc. Uptown Projects/News

    Sort of like the twin Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, designed by Mr. Pelli (now 91 years of age). Charlotte would have iconic landmarks for sure. Link: http://pcparch.com/ -- Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
  8. Misc. Uptown Projects/News

    Currently, there are 19 towers in the USA that are at least 1,000 feet / 305 meters tall. Floor-wise, these towers range from 52 floors to 108 floors. 8 of these buildings are in NYC; 5 are in Chicago; 2 in Los Angeles; 1 in San Francisco; 1 in Philadelphia; 1 in Atlanta; and 1 in Houston. BOAC in Charlotte is the 37th tallest building in the USA. It is 871 feet / 265 meters and 60 floors tall. BOAC is the tallest building between Philadelphia and Atlanta. I'm sure a new 1,000+ foot skyscraper along North Tryon Street would make BOA's Cathy Bessant's (the North Tryon Vision Plan's Chair's) day. Links: (1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_in_the_United_States (2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_in_Charlotte,_North_Carolina
  9. Misc. Uptown Projects/News

    EMPLOYMENT -- CHARLOTTE'S MAJOR FINANCIAL SERVICES COMPANIES Wells Fargo Company 23,000 Bank of America Corporate 15,000 TIAA 4,000 LPL Financial Services 2,850 BB&T Corp 2,065 Allstate Insurance Co 2,000 MetLife Inc 1,500 Vanguard Group Inc, 1,300 Barings 1,001+ Ally Financial 850 Sun Trust 500 Regions 210+ Links: (1) https://charlottechamber.com/clientuploads/Data/FinancialServices.pdf -- Charlotte Chamber, Financial Services (2) https://www.glassdoor.com/Overview/Working-at-Barings-EI_IE1404140.11,18.htm -- Glassdoor, Barings, Charlotte, NC (3) http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/banking/article154130684.html -- Regions Bank to Base Trading Operation in Charlotte, Add Jobs, Charlotte Observer, 06/05/2017 (4) http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/banking/article173540551.html -- Sun Trust Bank to Keep Expanding in Charlotte, Exec Says, Charlotte Observer, 06/15/2017
  10. The Good News Report

    To Celebrate the Impending Opening of the LYNX Blue Line Extension -- 9 Days and Counting 'til March 16, 2018 "Happy Days Are Here Again" (1930) performed by pianist, composer and band leader, Jack Hylton, from YouTube. In 1852 when the Charlotte and South Carolina Railroad first arrived, a local newspaper noted: "Our people seem to be inspired with new life and new energies amounting almost to intoxication." And, historian Thomas W. Hanchett observed: "More than any other event, the arrival of the railroad in 1852 set Charlotte on its way to being the largest city in the Carolinas. ... Heretofore, nothing had distinguished Charlotte economically from other towns in the southern Piedmont There had been no greater reason for farmers to congregate for business here than in Lincolnton or Monroe or Concord." Well, today, Charlotte is again distinguished by having the only light rail and streetcar systems in the Carolinas. Links: (1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW-0kbIcf1E -- YouTube, Jack Hylton - Happy Days Are Here Again (1930) (2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte_and_South_Carolina_Railroad -- Charlotte and South Carolina Railroad (3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynx_Blue_Line -- LYNX Blue Line Extension and Photo Credit (4) http://www.cmhpf.org/Morrill Book/CH4.htm -- A History of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County -- Chapter 4, Gold and Railroads, by Dr. Dan L. Morrill, UNC Charlotte. Dr. Morrill is currently Consulting Director of Charlotte’s Historic Landmarks Commission. (5) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_light_rail_systems_by_ridership -- List of US light rail systems
  11. Crescent Stonewall Station

    Clayton Sealey's latest story (03/06/2018) at CharlotteFive analyzes Charlotte's new draft Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and its impact on "The Great Wall of Charlotte" a/k/a Novel Stonewall Station. "Design Guidelines! One of the items I really like about TOD-A is the inclusion of sensible design guidelines. The TOD-A outlines how buildings should be massed and designed near a transit station. The document includes guidelines for primary frontages, secondary frontages, boulevard frontages and main street frontages. This is a big win for those of us that complain about the flat featureless ”beige“ boxes going up on every corner. While the color beige isn’t addressed per se, the material that generally results in beige surfaces, EIFS (fake stucco), is limited to only being allowed on 20 percent of a building’s facade." An example of the design standard "The guidelines promote durable high quality materials, architectural variety and interesting facades. If a building is longer than usual, it is expected to be unique, broken up into shorter segments, with varying rooflines and perhaps changes in materials. This would keep the I-277 facing side of Novel Stonewall Station, dubbed by locals as “The Great Wall of Charlotte” from ever happening again within a quarter mile of a transit station. The guidelines might also prevent the huge featureless parapet along the Stonewall facing elevation." Link to the full story: https://www.charlottefive.com/transit-zoning/ "What the city's proposed development rules mean for parking woes and all the 'beige box' construction," by Clayton Sealey at CharlotteFive, on 03/06/2018.
  12. Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    From US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (see link below): Mecklenburg County Projected Population 2010 - 2060 2010 923,326 2016 1,054,835 2020 1,129,894 2030 1,326,892 2040 1,537,391 2050 1,761,634 2060 1,999,802 Change 2010 - 2060 = 1,076,476 residents. Percent Change: 116.6% Wake County Projected Population 2010 - 2060 2010 906,949 2016 1,046,791 2020 1,129,400 Wake County merely 494 residents smaller than Mecklenburg County 2030 1,345,140 Wake County now largest in NC 2040 1,574,070 " 2050 1,816,314 " 2060 2,071,937 " Change 2010 - 2060 = 1,164,988. Percent Change: 128.5% * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * From the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Population Growth and Projections (see link below): Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) 2018 - 2.54M 2021 - 2.66M 2024 - 2.78M 2027 - 2.90M 2030 - 3.02M 2033 - 3.14M 2035 - 3.21M * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * From LawnStarter (see link below): Charlotte Area's Population to Approach 3 Million by 2030 "Just 15 years from now, in 2030, the population of the Charlotte, NC, metro area will rival that of the Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL, area." "A LawnStarter analysis of projections for North Carolina and South Carolina shows that the 2030 population of the 10-county Charlotte metro area will nudge toward 3 million, up nearly 24 percent from the 2014 headcount." "If the projected 2030 population of 2,943,334 were applied to the present day, Charlotte would be the 18th largest metro area in the U.S., pushing Tampa-St. Petersburg to the No. 19 spot. Based on 2014 population estimates, the Charlotte region now sits at No. 22 among the country’s biggest metro areas." "Our analysis indicates that Mecklenburg County, NC, is projected to lead the 10-county pack with a 2014-30 growth rate of 33.9 percent, followed by York County, SC, at 30.7 percent and Cabarrus County, NC, at 23.4 percent." "From 2014 to 2030, the Charlotte area is expected to add more than 563,000 residents, according to our analysis. That would be like plopping the current population of Albuquerque, NM, into the Charlotte area." "Chuck McShane, director of research at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, says the region’s economic engine is propelling the population growth." “Charlotte has been a magnet for job growth in recent years, attracting many major headquarters relocations. This has brought many people to the area, which in turn spurs more businesses to support these newcomers,” McShane says." "On top of that, the Charlotte area boasts a lower-than-average cost of living, along with attractive housing options such as urban apartments and suburban homes, he says." “People like it here,” McShane says, “and the word has gotten out.” County 2014 Population 2030 Population Increase/Decrease Cabarrus 192,103 236,992 23.37% Chester 32,337 32,400 0.19% Gaston 211,127 228,637 8.29% Lancaster 83,160 95,300 14.60% Iredell 166,675 196,282 17.76% Lincoln 79,829 85,818 7.50% Mecklenburg 1,012,539 1,355,271 33.85% Rowan 138,630 138,404 -0.16% Union 218,568 253,530 16.00% York 245,346 320,700 30.71% Total 2,380,314 2,943,334 23.65% Sources: http://demography.cpc.unc.edu/2013/10/14/population-growth-population-aging-in-north-carolina-counties/ http://www.sccommunityprofiles.org/census/proj_c2010.html http://quickfacts.census.gov/ * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Links; (1) http://proximityone.com/demographics2060.htm -- Demographic Trends 2010 - 2060 (2) https://www.ncleg.net/documentsites/committees/house2015-172/2-22-16_Meeting/Demographic_Trends_through_2035.pdf -- NC Demographic Trends Through 2035, UNC Carolina Population Center Demography (3) https://charlottechamber.com/clientuploads/Data/Demographics/RegionalPopulationDashboard.pdf -- Charlotte Chamber, Population Growth and Projections, Charlotte Region (4) https://www.lawnstarter.com/charlotte-nc-lawn-care/charlotte-population-in-2030 -- Charlotte Area's Population to Approach 3 Million by 2030
  13. Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    Mecklenburg County: 524 sq. miles (land) 2016 Pop. 1,054,835 Density: 2,013/sq. mile (777 sq. km) % growth from 2010-2016 = 14.7% Wake County: 835 sq. miles (land) 2016 Pop. 1,046,791 Density: 1,253/sq. mile (484/sq. km) % growth from 2010-2016 = 16.2% Mecklenburg County had 8,044 more residents than Wake County as of 07/01/2016. However, Wake County's growth rate was 1.5% higher than Mecklenburg County's for the period from 2010 to 2016. Note that Wake County is 311 sq. miles (37.25%) larger geographically than Mecklenburg County. Links: (1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mecklenburg_County,_North_Carolina -- Mecklenburg County, NC (2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wake_County,_North_Carolina -- Wake County, NC (3) https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=bkmk -- Census Bureau's American Fact Finder, Annual Estimates of Resident Population April, 2010 to July 1, 2016 (all 100 NC counties)
  14. Charlotte Photo of the Day

    "In 1925 C.C. Coddington built what was then known as the Coddington Building to house his flagship Buick Dealership. Designed by the renowned industrial architect Albert Kahn, aka "The Man who Built Detroit," it was often described as one of the most stately and impressive buildings in the city, and was a showcase of 1920s neoclassicism." ... "Today the building sits, seemingly waiting for its appointment with the wrecking ball, an endangered species. It's a completely undeserved fate for a building that could offer the city so much." "Do something inspiring with Polk and wrap it in high-rise residential and an 800-1,200 space parking deck that will serve retail, office, residential spaces and Gateway Station. This block deserves more than just another mid-rise apartment building...." ... "With a building like Polk, there is an opportunity to create what is unavailable in 95 percent of the space uptown -- Historic office space, in a prime location, perfect for creative agencies, catering companies, coworking space, artist lofts, and more." Here's how Clayton Sealey has reimagined the Coddington Building (a/k/a James K. Polk Building) at 500 West Trade and Graham Streets. Rendering of what the building could be, by Clayton Sealey "Wake up, Charlotte: There is a consequence to demolishing your history! You can't just rebuild a 1925 Albert Kahn designed icon of the American Automotive industry." Links: (1) https://www.charlottefive.com/shame-james-k-polk-building-wasting-away-uptown-heres-become/ -- "It's a shame the James K. Polk building is wasting away in uptown. Here's what it should become," by Clayton Sealey at Charlotte Five, August 29, 2016. (2) http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article198473859.html -- "Save the Polk Building's Historic Facade; few remain," by David Erdman at Charlotte Observer, Special to the Observer Editorial Board, February 5, 2018.
  15. Charlotte Photo of the Day

    While we're celebrating Charlotte's amazing metamorphosis as a rising Global City, let's do whatever we can to try and not lose another important piece of Charlotte's historic fabric, i.e., The Diehl Law Firm Bldg. formerly The Query-Spivey-McGee Hardware and Feed Store Building. 600 South College Street Now the headquarters for law firm James, McElroy, and Diehl, a livery stable stood on this spot sometime around 1902. In 1905, it was expanded and stories were added, but by 1908 portions of the building had been destroyed by a fire. As the twentieth century passed, the building changed ownership and purpose many times: it was by turns a car dealership, a seed and feed, and even a Piggly Wiggly grocery store. One business, however, left an indelible mark on the city: Query, Spivey, and McGee. A hardware and seed-and-feed store, it opened in 1944 and continued there for forty years. Pender McElroy, a partner in the law firm that occupies this historic uptown building, used to shop at the hardware store that was located here from 1944 to 1984. The checkerboard sign still remains. In 1985, the building became the first historic building in uptown to be repurposed. Under the direction of the late real estate developer David Rogers, the structure underwent a massive face-lift and renovation, transforming from raw industrial to posh office space. Pender McElroy, of James, McElroy, and Diehl, beams when he talks about one of the building’s remaining elements. “It’s the old checkerboard Purina Chow sign,” he says. “Everybody remembers that.” McElroy thinks the sign would make a great piece of art. “I just haven’t quite figured out what to do with it yet.” "...to step into the Query, Spivey and McGee building is to travel back at least fifty years to an old-fashioned store, and without much effort; it almost seems there is a smell of hay, horses and leather in the air." Links: http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/February-2012/Old-Masters-A-Look-at-Charlottes-Historic-Buildings/index.php?cparticle=1&siarticle=0#artanc -- "Old Masters: A Look at Charlotte's Historic Buildings," Charlotte Magazine, February, 2012. http://cmhpf.org/S&Rs Alphabetical Order/surveys&rquery.htm -- "William H. Huffman, "Query-Spivey-McGee Building: Survey and Research Report" (Charlotte: Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Properties Commission, 1983). Here's a list of some of the historic landmarks Charlotte has already lost in Second Ward: The 1926 Wilder Building at 237 South Tryon, demolished in 1983, was a 10 story Neoclassical skyscraper. It was long the home of WBT, one of the most important early radio stations and later television stations in the Southeast. C.C. Hook's 1913 Masonic Temple (demolished 1987) with its enormous stone globes balanced on pylons flanking the entrance, an outstanding example of Egyptian Revival style architecture. The 1942 Federal Reserve Bank (demolished 1997) at 401 S. Tryon, a crisply detailed blend of Art Deco and Neoclassical influences, was an important factor in Charlotte's growth after the Second World War into a major banking center. Myers Street School, Charlotte's first Black public school which opened in 1882 (2nd Ward). Charlotte's Black YMCA and Carnegie Library, the first public library for Blacks in North Carolina (2nd Ward). Homes of wealthy whites once lined Trade, Tryon, and part of College in 2nd Ward. Not a single mansion remains. Between 1960 and 1967, urban renewal leveled "Brooklyn" (2nd Ward), displaced over 1,000 families, and did not include a single unit of replacement housing. Links: (1) http://www.cmhpf.org/educationneighhistcentercity.htm -- "The Center City: The Business District and the Original Four Wards," by Dr. Thomas W. Hanchett (2) http://www.torightthesewrongs.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Richards-Elise-Residential-Segregation-in-Charlotte-NC.pdf -- "Residential Segregation in Charlotte, N.C., by Elise C. Richards, Duke University, December 14, 2002. N.B.: Special thanks to @tarhoosier who first posted the Duke Univ. academic study with link above.