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  1. The Bad News Report

    Emily Harris at Charlotte Agenda has 5 smart ideas for what to do about Charlotte "beige." Idea No. 3. Fresh Building Shapes. A crazy donut-square like 325 Kent in Williamsburg, Brooklyn 325 Kent in Williamsburg, Brooklyn – this is also the cover image of the story, via 325kent.com. Link to the Agenda story: https://www.charlotteagenda.com/111176/charlotte-apartments-bland-2018-developers-steal-5-ideas-cities/
  2. The Good News Report

    Park National Corp. in Newark, Ohio, has agreed to buy Charlotte-based bank New Dominion. The merger means Charlotte will soon be down to one bank headquarters (BOA). Link to Charlotte Observer story (click open in new tab): http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/banking/article196111549.html Excerpts from the Observer (01/23/2018): "In the past year, three Charlotte-based banks – Capital Bank Financial, Park Sterling and Carolina Premier – have been acquired by other banks. That leaves Bank of America, the nation’s No. 2 U.S. bank with about $2.3 trillion in assets, as the only bank still headquartered in the city. Wells Fargo is based in San Francisco but has its biggest employee base in Charlotte after buying Wachovia in 2008." "'Local decision-making will continue to stay here,' New Dominion CEO Blaine Jackson, who joined the bank in 2011 as chief financial officer, said in an interview. These recent deals are a sign that outside banks, such as Park National, want to take advantage of Charlotte’s strong market, Jackson said. 'They (Park National) love the metro strategy,' he said, 'and the growth opportunities that Charlotte can afford.'” N.B.: Wasn’t sure if this story belonged in “good news report” or “bad news report,” but put it in good news b/c CEO said that local decision making will stay in Charlotte, and the acquiring bank made glowing statements regarding Charlotte as a growth opportunity.
  3. The Good News Report

    Growth of STEM jobs in Charlotte is 3rd highest among the 53 Million plus US metros. Excerpts from Forbes Magazine story, below: "The third tech turning, now in its infancy, promises greater dispersion to other markets, some with strong tech backgrounds, some with far less. In the last two years, according to numbers for the country’s 53 largest metros compiled by Praxis Strategy Group’s Mark Schill based on federal data and EMSI’s fourth-quarter 2017 data set, the STEM growth leader has been Orlando, at 8%, three times the national average. Next are San Francisco and Charlotte (each at 7%); Grand Rapids, Michigan (6%); and then Salt Lake City, Tampa, Seattle, Raleigh, Miami and Las Vegas (5%)". "Charlotte, another new high-flier, also takes advantage of lower costs, a revived downtown area and ties to the financial service industries. The real estate firm CBRE named the city its top "momentum market" in 2016 based on its tech-talent growth rate from 2010 to 2015 (74.7%). It was followed by Nashville, with a 67.9% rate; both outpaced the Bay Area, at 61.5%." Metros with the Most STEM job growth: 3. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia MSA. 2015 jobs: 60,493. 2017 jobs: 64,543 9. Raleigh MSA. 2015 jobs: 53,957. 2017 jobs: 56,522. Link to Forbes article (click open link in new tab): https://www.forbes.com/sites/joelkotkin/2018/01/11/techs-new-hotbeds-cities-with-fastest-growth-in-stem-jobs-are-far-from-silicon-valley/#39a02568bed1
  4. Amazon HQ2

    Agree with @kermit that Raleigh and Charlotte should try to cooperate, but it seems doubtful that the historic rivalry and animosity between the 2 will end anytime soon. One of the finest recent academic works about Charlotte contains the following put-down made by the Raleigh News and Observer: "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 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." See Graves, Wm. and Smith, Heather A., eds., Charlotte, NC, The Global Evolution of a New South City ("Searching For Respect: From 'New South' to 'World Class' at the Crossroads of the Carolinas" @ p. 25), (Athens, Univ. of Georgia Press, 2010). Link: https://books.google.com/books/about/Charlotte_NC.html?id=Ji5mow2MXY0C&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button#v=onepage&q&f=false Don’t think this old lovers’ quarrel is going away anytime soon.
  5. Amazon HQ2

    Andrew Dunn, Editor-in-Chief at Charlotte Agenda, says that "Charlotte's leaders owe us answers on Amazon miss." Link to Agenda story: https://www.charlotteagenda.com/114654/charlottes-leaders-owe-us-answers-amazon-miss/
  6. Learning from Other Places

    It's a really beautiful building and reminds me of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis (elegant and iconic). Would love for Charlotte to have such an exquisite and memorable building. Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gateway_Arch The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot (192 m) monument in St. Louis in the U.S. state of Missouri. Clad in stainless steel and built in the form of a weighted catenary arch, it is the world's tallest arch, the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, and Missouri's tallest accessible building.
  7. Amazon HQ2

    The Charlotte UP board has a deep and very impressive bench of gifted and talented members. The A Team: @ricky_davis_fan_21 (Visionary, Dreamer, Artist) , @KJHburg (Historian, Archivist, Artist), @kermit (Polymath and Ethicist), @ah59396 (Philosopher and Folk Humorist), @Cadi40 (Incurable Cockeyed Optimist), and @CLTranspo (Environmentalist, Sustainability and Transit Expert). And many, many others! With a little crowd-fund sourcing, it's possible our "A Team" could've made us real contenders. Just interesting to contemplate, what if.
  8. Amazon HQ2

    Heartily agree with @KJHburg regarding Apple and Charlotte. Curiously, Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP) and the numerous civic, urban planning, artistic , environmental and community organizations that contributed to the Charlotte Center City 2020 Vision Plan almost appear to have foreshadowed Amazon's decision about Charlotte. Specifically, Chapter 3 of the Center City 2020 Vision Plan concerns the development of an "Applied Innovation Corridor" beginning in South End, extending through Uptown and "North End", and linking onward to the UNCC campus. The 2020 Vision Plan recommended that Charlotte incentivize small start-ups rather than pursuing large mature tech corporations like Amazon. The 2020 Vision Plan stated, in part: "In particular, Center City should be poised to accommodate the needs of fast-growing young companies in Charlotte, rather than focusing on attracting mature large corporations from elsewhere. These small start-ups with growth potential are the seeds of a home-grown strategy key to innovative economies." (Charlotte Center City 2020 Vision Plan, Chapter 3: Transformative Strategies, Applied Innovation Corridor Recommendations, p. 47) See link to the Center City 2020 Vision Plan (click open link in new tab): https://www.dropbox.com/s/0bc9olj9x94nvkl/2020 Vision Plan.pdf?dl=0
  9. The Good News Report

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 15, 2018) Forbes Magazine article entitled "Where African Americans Are Doing the Best Economically 2018" finds Charlotte the nation's 6th best metro area out of 53 Million Plus metros. The top 10 cities: Tied for 1st place: Washington, DC, median household income $69,246 and 48.3% home ownership rate; Tied for 1st place: Atlanta, median household income $48,161 and 44.7% home ownership rate; 3rd place: Austin, median household income $49,871 and 42.5% home ownership rate; 4th place: Baltimore, median household income $53,231 and 44.6% home ownership rate; 5th place: Raleigh, median household income $49,433 and 41.3% home ownership rate; 6th place: Charlotte, median household income: $42,108 and 41.6% home ownership rate; 7th place: San Antonio, median household income $46,754 and 44.3% home ownership rate; 8th place: Houston, median household income $47,588 and 41.4% home ownership rate; 9th place: Miami, median household income $40,239 and 45.0% home ownership rate; 10th place: Richmond. median household income $43,265 and 48.6% home ownership rate. Link to Forbes article at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/joelkotkin/2018/01/15/the-cities-where-african-americans-are-doing-the-best-economically-2018/#2e18d2651abe
  10. History of Charlotte

    @KJHburg Your 2 recent posts (a brisk walk down Tryon on 01/06, and a visit to the Levine Museum of the New South on 01/07) filled me with a sense of pride and happiness about the City we love and cherish, Charlotte. The photos capture visually, artistically, and spiritually what Hugh Newell Jacobsen conveys in words:
  11. History of Charlotte

  12. Charlotte Photo of the Day

    With enormous gratitude to @KJHburg for his magnificent photos which inspire UPers day-after-day. Tremendous work! Tremendous art! Link: https://www.google.com/search?q=gratitude+symbol&oq=gratitude+symbol&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.3590j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 (Gratitude symbol)
  13. The Good News Report

    On the 1st day of 2018, let's proudly say of Charlotte what Lewis Mumford once said regarding the mission of a city: The "... supreme office of the city in history" is to augment, to the highest degree possible "... the illumination of consciousness, the stamp of purpose, the color of love" and "... magnification of all the dimensions of life." How lucky we are to call the Queen City home! Quotation: Mumford, Lewis, The City in History, Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects, Chapter 18: Retrospect and Prospect, Harcourt, Inc. @1961. Photo Credit: (Right click open link in new tab ) https://www.google.com/search?q=images+of+charlotte&oq=images+of+charlotte&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.3383j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 (Images of Charlotte) https://www.google.com/search?q=happy+new+year's+images&oq=Happy+new+year's&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l5.10239j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 (Happy New Year's Images)
  14. History of Charlotte

    Incorporated as "Charlotte Town" on November 7, 1768, the Queen City crosses a historic milestone in 2018 -- the 250th Anniversary of her founding. Happy 2018 and Happy 250th Anniversary, Charlotte! Links: http://www.cmhpf.org/educhargrowth.htm (The Growth of Charlotte: A History by Dr. Thomas W. Hanchett, The Courthouse Village, 1760s - 1800s) http://www.cmstory.org/timeline (History Timeline -- The Charlotte Mecklenburg Story, 1768 - Charlotte Incorporated)
  15. Charlotte area population statistics

    The US Census Bureau just released the 2017 State Population estimates as of 07/01/2017. North Carolina's 2017 est. pop. was 10,273,419. NC's numerical increase from 2016 - 2017 was 116,730. NC's pop. increased by 737,698 from 2010 to 2017 (7.7% change). State Rank: 9th largest state. South Carolina's 2017 est. pop. was 5,024,369. SC's numerical increase from 2016 - 2017 was 64,547. SC's pop. increased by 398,988 from 2010 to 2017 (8.6% change). State Rank: 23rd largest state. US Census Bureau Data Links: https://www.census.gov/data/datasets/2017/demo/popest/nation-total.html https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2017/estimates-idaho.html