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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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    Charlotte area population statistics

    100 Most Populous U.S. Cities Ranked by Pop. Density U.S. Census Bureau Pop. Ests. as of 07/01/2017 Pop. Rank is indicated within parentheses at end of each line Rank Pop. Density/sq. mi. City 1 28,708 New York City, NY (1) 2 18,854 San Francisco, CA (13) 3 18,300 Jersey City, NJ (75) 4 14,171 Boston, MA (21) 5 12,875 Miami, FL (43) 6 12,309 Santa Ana, CA (57) 7 11,949 Chicago, IL (3) 8 11,811 Newark, NJ (70) 9 11,782 Philadelphia, PA (6) 10 11,351 Washington, D.C. (20) 11 11,160 Hialeah, FL (94) 12 9,332 Long Beach, CA (39) 13 8,645 Seattle, WA (18) 14 8,534 Los Angeles, CA (2) 15 7,821 Minneapolis, MN (46) 16 7,607 Oakland, CA (45) 17 7,556 Baltimore, MD (30) 18 7,061 Anaheim, CA (55) 19 6,404 Buffalo, NY (81) 20 6,191 Milwaukee, WI (31) 21 5,900 St. Paul, MN (63) 22 5,832 San Jose, CA (10) 23 5,787 Honolulu, HI (56) 24 5,461 Pittsburgh (65) 25 5,450 Chula Vista, CA (76) 26 5,141 Sacramento, CA (35) 27 5,033 Stockton, CA (61) 28 4,981 St. Louis, MO (62) 29 4,962 Cleveland, OH (51) 30 4,852 Detroit, MI (23) 31 4,845 Portland (26) 32 4,762 Las Vegas, NV (28) 33 4,644 Fresno, CA (34) 34 4,596 Denver, CO (19) 35 4,593 Norfolk, VA (88) 36 4,371 San Diego, CA (8) 37 4,262 St. Petersburg, FL (79) 38 4,231 Irvine, CA (73) 39 4,173 Garland, TX (95) 40 4,147 Glendale, AZ (87) 41 4,138 Arlington, TX (48) 42 4,033 Riverside, CA (58) 43 4,022 Columbus, OH (14) 44 3,993 Plano, TX (69) 45 3,945 Dallas, TX (9) 46 3,901 Chandler, AZ (84) 47 3,867 Cincinnati, OH (66) 48 3,789 Richmond, VA (97) 49 3,644 Atlanta, GA (38) 50 3,633 Houston, TX (4) 51 3,597 Mesa, AZ (36) 52 3,585 Irving, TX (93) 53 3,563 Gilbert, AZ (91) 54 3,426 Toledo, OH (74) 55 3,398 Tampa, FL (52) 56 3,388 Omaha, NB (40) 57 3,314 Madison, WI (82) 58 3,280 San Antonio, TX (7) 59 3,204 Raleigh, NC (41) 60 3,141 Phoenix, AZ (5) 61 3,065 Lincoln, NB (71) 62 3,033 Fremont, CA (96) 63 2,984 Albuquerque, NM (32) 64 2,964 Austin, TX (11) 65 2,889 Henderson, NV (64) 66 2,806 Charlotte , NC (17) 67 2,764 Boise City, ID (98) 68 2,664 Orlando, FL (72) 69 2,656 El Paso, TX (22) 70 2,623 Baton Rouge, LA (99) 71 2,544 Bakersfield, CA (53) 72 2,535 Fort Worth, TX (15) 73 2,504 Laredo, TX (80) 74 2,479 North Las Vegas, NV (90) 75 2,460 Des Moines, IA (100) 76 2,432 Wichita, KS (50) 77 2,427 Durham, NC (77) 78 2,404 Fort Wayne, IN (78) 79 2,388 Indianapolis, IN (16) 80 2,388 Aurora, CO (54) 81 2,384 Colorado Springs, CO (42) 82 2,356 Louisville, KY (29) 83 2,321 New Orleans, LA (49) 84 2,290 Reno, NV (86) 85 2,260 Tucson, AZ (33) 86 2,258 Greensboro, NC (68) 87 2,055 Memphis, TN (25) 88 2,034 Tulsa, OK (47) 89 1,988 Lubbock, TX (83) 90 1,865 Corpus Christi, TX 59) 91 1,846 Winston-Salem, NC (89) 92 1,841 Virginia Beach, VA (44) 93 1,553 Kansas City, MO (37) 94 1,403 Nashville, TN (24) 95 1,359 Scottsdale, AZ (85) 96 1,193 Jacksonville, FL (12) 97 1,135 Lexington, KY (60) 98 1,062 Oklahoma City, OK (27) 99 710 Chesapeake, VA (92) 100 173 Anchorage, AK (67) 12 Most Populous N.C. Cities Ranked by Pop. Density 2017 U.S. Census Bureau Pop. Ests. for N.C. Cities with 90,000+ residents Pop. Rank is indicated within parentheses at end of each line Rank Pop. Density/sq. mi. City 1 3,600 Greenville (10) 2 3,204 Raleigh (2) 3 2,904 Wilmington (8) 4 2,846 Cary (7) 5 2,806 Charlotte (1) 6 2,427 Durham (4) 7 2,258 Greensboro (3) 8 2,073 High Point (9) 9 2,047 Asheville (12) 10 1,846 Winston-Salem (5) 11 1,527 Concord (11) 12 1,439 Fayetteville (6) Source: U.S. Census Bureau Pop. Estimates Program Pop. Ests. as of 07/01/2017 were released in May 2018.
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    Carowinds

    In this CBJ story written by Ken Elkins (01/16/2019), Steve Jackson, Director of Construction and Maintenance at Carowinds, talks about the spring opening of Carowinds Copperhead Strike roller coaster. Excerpt: "The 16-passenger roller coaster “trains,” or coaster cars, are modeled after 1930s coupes." "Mack Rides GmbH & Co. KG of Waldkirch, Germany, made Copperhead Strike and shipped it through the Port of Charleston in South Carolina. The trains are still at the port, awaiting their truck rides to Carowinds for tests and then live runs around the 3,255 feet of track." "It’s the 14th roller coaster for Carowinds; only four parks in the world have more coasters." “Everything’s on schedule,” Jackson assures us as he describes the technical side of how Copperhead is a double-launch roller coaster, powered by two sets of powerful electro-magnets called LSMs. With two bursts of speed, the coaster cars are launched to 50 mph through five inversions and a ride that flashes by in two minutes, 24 seconds." Image of Copperhead Strike roller coaster - CharlotteObserver.com Carowinds Spring 2019 opening - Saturday, March 23, 2019, 10 AM - 10 PM. Link to CBJ story: https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2019/01/16/photos-moonshine-rural-settings-set-the-scene-for.html
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    Panthers New Team HQ and Facility

    Interesting interview with Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper in Charlotte Business Journal, by Erik Spanberg, 01/15/2019. Discusses new indoor practice bubble, MLS expansion to Charlotte, upgrades at BOA stadium, such as, doubling the size of the Panthers cafeteria & improvements to weight room. City govt. appears to be poised to commit $100M+ to renovations. Link: https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2019/01/15/carolina-panthers-owner-on-his-first-year-in-the.html
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    The State of Higher Education in Charlotte

    N.C.'s 25 Largest 4-Year accredited Colleges and Universities Comparison of Total 2018 Enrollment - Size of Endowment - Graduation Rates (1) N.C. State University. Founded: 1887 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 35,479 Endowment: 1.5 Billion (2018) Grad. Rate: 79% (2) UNC Chapel Hill. Founded 1789 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 30,011 Endowment: $3.9 Billion (2016) Grad. Rate: 91% (3) UNC Charlotte. Founded: 1946 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 29,710 Endowment: $202.8 Million (2018) Grad. Rate: 54% (4) East Carolina University. Founded: 1907 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 28,718 Endowment: $219 Million (2018) Grad. Rate: 61% (5) UNC Greensboro. Founded: 1891 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 20,106 Endowment: $251.8 Million (2014) Grad. Rate: 53% (6) Appalachian State University. Founded: 1899 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 19,108 Endowment: $88.74 Million (2018) Grad. Rate: 74% (7) UNC Wilmington. Founded: 1947 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 16,747 Endowment: $98.11 Million (2015) Grad. Rate: 72% (8) Duke University. Founded: 1838 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 16,294 Endowment: $8.5 Billion (2018) Grad. Rate: 95% (9) N.C. A&T State University. Founded: 1891 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 12,142 Endowment: $55.2 Million (2017) Grad. Rate: 44% (10) Western Carolina University. Founded: 1889 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 11,639 Endowment: $66 Million (2016) Grad. Rate: 57% (11) Wake Forest University. Founded: 1834 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 8,402 Endowment: $1.14 Billion (2016) Grad. Rate: 88% (12) N.C. Central University. Founded: 1910 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 8,207 Endowment: $17.2 Million (2011) Grad. Rate: 42% (13) Elon University. Founded: 1889 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 6,991 Endowment: $202.9 Million (2016) Grad. Rate: 84% (14) Campbell University. Founded: 1887 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 6,451 Endowment: $124.6 Million (2016) Grad. Rate: 52% (15) Fayetteville State University. Founded: 1867 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 6,314 Endowment: $19 Million (2014) Grad. Rate: 32% (16) UNC Pembroke. Founded: 1887 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment; 6,252 Endowment: Data not available. Grad. Rate: 38% (17) High Point University. Founded: 1924 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 5,200 Endowment: $65 Million (2018) Grad. Rate: 64% (18) Winston-Salem State University. Founded: 1892 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 5,190 Endowment: $42.3 Million (2015) Grad. Rate: 38% (19) UNC Asheville. Founded: 1927 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 3,852 Endowment: $40.5 Million (2016) Grad. Rate: 62% (20) Wingate University. Founded: 1896 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 3,689 Endowment: $90 Million (2018) Grad. Rate: 54% (21) Gardner-Webb University. Founded: 1905 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 3,611 Endowment: $61.3 Million (2017) Grad. Rate: 44% (22) University of Mount Olive. Founded: 1951 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 3,209 Endowment: $38 Million (2018) Grad. Rate: 44% (23) Lenoir-Rhyne University. Founded: 1891 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 2,700 Endowment: $106 Million (2017) Grad. Rate: 43% (24) Queens University of Charlotte. Founded: 1857 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 2,536 Endowment: $100 Million (2016) Grad. Rate: 53% (25) Johnson & Wales University. Founded: 2004 Fall 2018 Total Enrollment: 2,255 JWU-Charlotte is a branch campus of JWU-Providence, RI. JWU's Endowment: $263.8 Million (2015) Grad. Rate: 49% Sources: Wikipedia, CBJ Lists of NC Colleges, and 2019 World Almanac
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    The State of Higher Education in Charlotte

    Controversy over the removal of "Silent Sam" pedestal at UNC Chapel Hill leads Chancellor to principled resignation at end of the academic year. Links: https://www.unc.edu/posts/2019/01/14/folt-resignation-orders-confederate-monument-pedestal-removed/ urnals.com/charlotte/news/2019/01/15/unc-chancellor-carol-folt-resigning-amid-silent.html https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/01/15/chapel-hill-chancellors-departure-comes-tensions-unc-continue-boiling-over
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    "In 1992, Paris public transport operator RATP ( Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) introduced a new logo featuring a silhouette of a girl looking up, which symbolizes the Seine river passing through Paris, represented in the shape of a circle. Nowadays, it can be seen on all metro trains, buses, tickets, and Paris city maps." Link: http://metromap.fr/en - The New Paris Metro Map
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    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    William O'Connor's story in The Daily Beast (01/12/2019) about his recent Southern road trip and stay in Charlotte is a real delight. Photo of Charlotte - Getty Mr. O'Connor, who grew up in New England and lives in D.C., talks with local historian, Tom Hanchett, and tries to answer "the big question that has long faced Charlotte ... can it become more than just a city to which people have to move for work? Can it be a city where people want to live - or even just visit?" O'Connor says that "The appeal of Charlotte, outside of summertime when the city's proximity to a plethora of ourdoors activities ups its allure, comes down mainly to three areas: urbanism, history, and food." O'Connor concludes that Charlotte "wasn't the typical Southern city" (like Charleston, Savannah, Asheville) but that Charlotte has "delights enough to make you stop and stay a spell." O'Connor, a travel writer, also says: "My visit to the Queen City left me sufficiently enchanted to make Charlotte the second selection for our new series on underrated destinations, Its Still a Big World." I spotted just one factual error. O'Connor raves about Uptown's cityscape and Romare Bearden Park. O'Connor states that Romare Bearden Park has a magnificent sculpture by the artist. However, "Spiral Odyssey" was designed by renown African-American sculptor, Richard Hunt, not by Romare Bearden. "Spiral Odyssey" is pictured below - Link: https://www.thedailybeast.com/charlotte-north-carolina-is-so-20th-century-and-thats-its-charm?ref=scroll
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    From today's CBJ (01/08/2019) - $23 Billion Impact on State's Economy, by Jen Wilson, CBJ. "... Charlotte Douglas International Airport contributed $23 billion to the state economy in 2017, according to figures released yesterday afternoon by the N.C. Department of Transportation. In addition, CLT puts $1.1 billion into state and local tax coffers while providing 132,330 jobs, and $5.7 billion in personal income, according to the report, titled "North Carolina: The State of Aviation." https://www.ncdot.gov/divisions/aviation/Documents/state-of-aviation.pdf - NCDOT: The State of Aviation https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2019/01/08/cbj-morning-buzz-clt-drives-23b-impact-in-nc-local.html
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    2019 Predictions

    Fwiw, BOA owns Merrill Lynch. Merrill Lynch Wealth Management is an American wealth management division under the auspices of Bank of America. Along with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the investment banking arm, both firms engage in prime brokerage and security dealings. The firm is headquartered in New York City, and occupies the entire 34 stories of 250 Vesey Street, part of the Brookfield Place complex, in Manhattan. Merrill Lynch employs over 15,000 financial advisors and manages $2.2 trillion in client assets. The firm has its origins in Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. which, prior to 2009, was publicly owned and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MER. Merrill Lynch & Co. agreed to be acquired by Bank of America on September 14, 2008, at the height of the 2008 Financial Crisis. The acquisition was completed in January 2009 and Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. was merged into Bank of America Corporation in October 2013, although certain Bank of America subsidiaries continue to carry the Merrill Lynch name, including the broker-dealer Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith. Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merrill_Lynch
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    UP Fantasy Football League?

    Picture from the past season of some young KJ Burgers' fans enjoying a little half-time snack courtesy of the club's sponsor - In N Out Burgers. yum yum eat em up!
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    Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    The bar code on the NC Quick Pass should face towards the inside of your car. The NC Quick Pass adheres to the interior of your windshield just to the left or right of your rear view mirror just like a transponder. Here's a nice little video (just 46 sec.) showing how to install the NC Quick Pass sticker.
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    Charlotte Photo of the Day

    Close - The Interstate Tower at 121 West Trade Street is 462 ft./140.8 m. tall and 32 stories. Including Legacy Union 1 (still under construction) the Interstate Tower is Charlotte's 11th tallest building. There is only one building in Raleigh that is taller than Charlotte's Interstate Tower - the PNC Plaza building which is 538 ft./164 m. tall and 32 stories. Images of both buildings below. Image of PNC Plaza in Raleigh - Tallest building in North Carolina outside of Charlotte Image of Interstate Tower in Charlotte - 11th tallest building in the Queen City
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    History of Charlotte

    Great post @KJHburg Here's a related story by Chuck McShane that appeared in the December 2014 issue of Charlotte Magazine, confirming your thesis that in the depths of the Great Depression, Charlotte (not Nashville) was the center of country music. Link; http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/January-2015/The-Story-of-Charlotte-Part-9-Radio-Signals/
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    Charlotte area population statistics

    For the 1st time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates show that the pop. of the South [124,753,948] is now larger than the combined pop. of the Northeast and Midwest [124,419,823]. Net in favor of the South = 334,125 SOUTH - Est. Pop. 124,753,948 - As defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, the South consists of 16 states and D.C. The South includes Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. NORTHEAST - Est. Pop. 56,111,079 - The Northeast consists of 9 states including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. MIDWEST - Est. Pop. 68,308,744 - The Midwest consists of 12 states including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Northeast 56,111,079 + Midwest 68,308,744 = Combined Pop. 124,419,823 South = 124,753,948 - Northeast + Midwest 124,419,823 = 334,125 net in favor of the South Census Bureau pop. estimates are as of 07/01/2018. Link; https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-kits/2018/pop-estimates-national-state.html - Census Bureau 2018 National and State Population Estimates
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    Charlotte area population statistics

    The US Census Bureau releases population estimates on a flow basis throughout the year, as follows: Dec. 2018 - National and State population March 2019 - County population; and Metropolitan and Micropolitan statistical area population May 2019 - City and town population Immediately prior to the release of the State Pop. data, there is a 48 hour media embargo period during which members of the media may view the pop. ests. and interview Census Bureau officials. The embargoed information may not be published, broadcast, posted online, distributed via wire and distribution services, or shared with a non-embargo member until the public release date and time. Last year, the US Census Bureau released its State Pop. estimates on December 20, 2017. The estimates were as of 07/01/2017. Public release of the new State Pop. estimates, as of 07/01/2018, should be later this week - Thursday 12/20/2018 at 12:01 a.m. EST.