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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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    Ideas for Creating Culture, Temporary and Permanent, in Charlotte

    10th Annual Charlotte Film Festival: Wed. September 26 - Sun. September 30 "Charlotte Film Festival provides a cultural hub for established and emerging film-artists to showcase their works to the region's top producers, peers, investors and viewers. As a festival, we are committed to providing an environment that spotlights the next generation of local, regional, nationals and international independent filmmakers. The Charlotte Film Festival is a celebration of the most relevant independent movies available from around the world. " Location: Ayrsley Grand Cinemas, 9110 Kings Parade Blvd., Charlotte (Just off I-485 at S. Tryon Street / NC Hwy 49)
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    Charlotte area "ring cities"

    BOONE - Just a 2 hour drive and 101.8 miles from Charlotte via US 321-N -- Lovely for Leaf Peeping Season Elevation: 3,333 feet Est. Pop. 18,834 as of 07/01/2016 Home to 19,000 ASU Mountaineers! Pack a picnic and enjoy the view from Howards Knob Park. "Along the way, Boone reminds you, with its twisting, turning, and unpredictable roads, with each push forward moving you closer to the sun, that regardless of mist or dry skies, it's a place that still belongs to the earth. We are but merely borrowing it from the mountains." Doc Watson sculpture in downtown Boone, NC "College Town Travel: Boone, Home to Appalachian State University, it's a quaint mountain town full of surprises," by Jared Misner, 09/24/2018 Link: http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/October-2018/College-Town-Travel-Boone/
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    Charlotte Photo of the Day

    KJ keep on Inspiring!
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    Sports in Charlotte

    "Michael Jordan donates $2M for hurricane relief in NC," by Steve Reed, AP Sports Writer "The six-time NBA champion and Charlotte Hornets owner donated $2 million on Tuesday to assist residents of the Carolinas - $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation for the Carolinas Hurricane Florence Response Fund. "It just hits home," Jordan told the Associated Press in a telephone interview. "I know all of those places: Wilmington, Fayetteville, Myrtle Beach, New Bern, and Wallace, which is where my father is from. So quite naturally its hits home, and I felt like I had to act in a sense that this is my home. Jordan, 55, said he still has an aunt, cousins, and several buddies who live in coastal North Carolina. He also has a nephew who attends UNC Wilmington.'" Link: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article218610685.html N.B.: Wasn't sure whether to post this story here or in the Good News thread.
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Here are the US Census Bureau's pop. estimates as of July 1, 2017, for each cities Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), Combined Statistical Area (CSA), and rankings of their MSAs and CSAs: Charlotte MSA: 2,525, 305 MSA Rank: 22 Charlotte CSA: 2,684,121 CSA Rank: 20 Cincinnati MSA: 2,179,082 MSA Rank: 29 Cincinnati CSA: 2,238,265 CSA Rank: 28 Houston MSA: 6,892,427 MSA Rank: 5 Houston CSA: 7,093,190 CSA Rank: 9 Nashville MSA: 1,903,045 MSA Rank: 36 Nashville CSA: 2,027,489 CSA Rank: 31 Pittsburgh MSA: 2,233,367 MSA Rank: 26 Pittsburgh CSA: 2,623,639 CSA Rank: 21 Raleigh MSA: 1,335,079 MSA Rank: 43 Raleigh CSA: 2,199,459 CSA Rank: 29 San Antonio MSA: 2,473,974 MSA Rank: 24 N.B.: San Antonio was not designated a CSA by the US Census Bureau until 09/14/2018 (See OMB Bulletin No. 18-04 below) San Jose MSA: 1,998,463 MSA Rank: 35 San Jose/San Francisco CSA: 8,837,789 CSA Rank: 5 MSAs - Charlotte (#22), Cincinnati (#29), Houston (#5), Pittsburgh (#26), and San Antonio (#24) are top 30 MSAs. Nashville (#36), Raleigh (#43), and San Jose (#35) are not. CSAs - Charlotte (#20), Cincinnati (#28), Houston (#9), Pittsburgh (#21), San Jose/San Francisco (#5), and Raleigh (#29) are top 30 CSAs. Nashville (#31) is not. San Antonio was not been designated a CSA by the Census Bureau until 09/14/2018 (See OMB Bulletin 18-04 below). Links: https://www.census.gov/data/tables/2017/demo/popest/total-metro-and-micro-statistical-areas.html - US Census Bureau Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas Population Totals: 2010-2017, Cumulative Estimates of Resident Population Change and Rankings: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017 https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Bulletin-18-04.pdf - OMB Bulletin No. 18-04 dated September 14, 2018, Revised Delineations of Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Micropolitan Statistical Areas, and Combined Statistical Areas, and Guidance on Uses of the Delineations of These Areas.
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    Charlotte area population statistics

    According to the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the minimum commuting threshold for an outlying county (like Anson County) to qualify for inclusion within an MSA is 25%. If more than 25% of workers in a locality commute to a nearby metropolitan area, that county is considered to be closely linked to it. Links: https://cber.cba.ua.edu/rbriefs/news010501.html - OMB's standards for defining Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas http://statchatva.org/2014/03/19/a-closer-look-at-msas-and-commuting/ - A closer look at MSA' and Commuting, University of Virginia Demographics Research Group
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    Charlotte area population statistics

    Correct on both! Anson County, NC, was added to the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia NC-SC MSA; and Madison County, VA, was added to the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV MSA. See Charlotte MSA Code #16740 at p. 46; and see Washington MSA Code #47900 at p. 70 of the link below. The US Census Bureau pop. estimate for Anson County, NC, was 24,991 as of 07/01/2017. The Census Bureau's pop. est. for Madison County, VA, was 13,277 as of 07/01/2017. Adding Anson County, NC, to the Charlotte MSA, the estimated pop. of Charlotte's MSA as of 07/01/2017 was 2,550,296. Adding Madison County, VA, to the Washington MSA, the estimated pop. of Washington's MSA as of 07/01/2017 was 6,229,866. Rank order was not affected by the new delineations. Charlotte remained the nation's 22nd largest MSA; while Washington remained the 6th largest MSA. Links: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Bulletin-18-04.pdf - OMB Bulletin 18-04 dated 09/14/2018 Revised Delineations of Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Micropolitan Statistical Areas, Combined Statistical Areas, and Guidance on Uses of These Areas. https://www.census.gov/data/datasets/2017/demo/popest/counties-total.html - US Census Bureau County Pop. Totals and Components of Change 2010-2017.
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    Charlotte Off Topic

    On April 17, 1998, the San Francisco Chronicle lamented: "Why is BoA moving its headquarters from glorious San Francisco to 'soulless' Charlotte after its merger with NationsBank?" Now Charlotte may finally have an answer to the Chronicle's long-pending rhetorical question. Why, San Fran, BofA execs are leaving to keep 58 story penthouse pads from falling out of the sky onto their noggins! Or as Glinda the Good Witch might have sweetly said - "Oh rubbish, San Fran! You have no power here. Begone before somebody drops a house on you too!"
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    Charlotte Weather

    Dedicated to the indomitable Spirit of Wilmington, New Bern, Jacksonville, Washington, Fayetteville, Lumberton, Belhaven, all our historic & beautiful Tar Heel cities and towns. Annie Tee and Bayou Cadillac (Treme) - This City Won't Wash Away ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30UILsLO46Q ▶ 2:11 May 14, 2012 - Uploaded by Les Berenson MD Annie Tee and Bayou Cadillac (Treme) - This City Won't Wash Away. ... The tune is a Steve Earle classic ... This City Steve Earle This city won't wash away This city won't ever drown Blood in the water and hell to pay Sky tear open and pain rain down Doesn't matter 'cause come what may I ain't ever gonna leave this town This city won't wash away This city won't ever drown ... Songwriters: Stephen F. (fain) Earle / Steve Earle This City lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc
  10. Story in CBJ, "Is second office tower imminent at Lincoln Harris uptown site?" by Ashley Fahey, September 17, 2018. 650 South Tryon Site - "Filings submitted late last week to the city of Charlotte's development services indicate Lincoln Harris is seeking to build another office building at 650 S. Tryon Street, part of the 10-acre, two-block site it acquired in partnership with Goldman Sachs for $37.5 million a couple of years ago. Information filed with the project says Lincoln Harris intends to build 388,835 square feet of office space and 22,763 square feet of retail for this building, which would be the second after the 33-story, 850,000-square-foot building under construction today that's expected to deliver in early 2019. No details about building height or number of floors were included in the application." (emphasis added) 600 South Tryon Site - "Lincoln Harris' website has had a flyer out for 600 S. Tryon St. for several months that indicates a 16-story, 504,000-square-foot building is also being marketed by the developer. The company also has several plat requests filed with the city that would likely divide the two blocks it owns into several parcels." Link: https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2018/09/17/is-second-office-tower-imminent-at-lincoln-harris.html
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    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    @KJHburg said: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-13/wall-street-of-the-south-braces-for-reckoning-as-florence-hits This is flat out terrible reporting (or wishful thinking of NY centric bankers) Bloomberg is full of it! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * A number of the assertions in the Bloomberg story seem questionable. For example, the Bloomberg article states that “Growth obviously can have adverse consequences,” said Mansfield, former global chairman of the Urban Land Institute. “The amount of impervious cover has certainly increased in this community substantially.” However, the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute's own website does not support this conclusion. In fact, a UNC Urban Institute graph of developed acres per capita indicates that there has been a small decrease in the amount of developed acres per capita in Mecklenburg County. Developed acres per capita appears to have peaked on or about 2006 at 0.23 acres per person. Projections by the UNC Urban Institute for developed acres per capita show the following: 0.23 developed acres per capita as of 2006; 0.22 developed acres per capita as of 2020; and 0.21 developed acres per capita as of 2025. This study reflects an improvement in the environment over time. Link: http://ui.uncc.edu/data/county/mecklenburg - Mecklenburg County: Developed Acres per capita. Everyone in Charlotte is familiar with the tremendous success, both environmentally and aesthetically, of uncapping and restoration of Little Sugar Creek as it flows along the eastern side of Charlotte's CBD. Compared with my youth in Charlotte in the 60's, there is far more protected parkland along creek beds than in the past. Additions to Mecklenburg County's protected parklands include Nevin Park and Hornets Nest Park along Irwin Creek, Ramblelwood Park and Renaissance Park along Sugar Creek, McAlpine Creek Park, Reedy Creed Park & Nature Preserve, Park Road Park along Little Sugar Creek, etc. The Bloomberg story refers to a local urban and environmental expert, Mary Newsom, the Director of urban policy initiatives at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte’s Urban Institute, and paradoxically seeks to turn Ms. Newsom into a critic of the city's environmental legacy. However, Ms. Newsom (who is also the Chair of the Board of the Charlotte Museum of History off Shamrock Drive) is best known for a truly inspiring TED TALK which recaps Charlotte's impressive success in restoring Little Sugar Creek to a healthy and pristine river. It's a wonderful and uplifting story that can only be seen as a Win-Win for Charlotte and its environment. Link: https://keepingwatch.org/programming/creeks/little-sugar-creek - Keeping Watch 2017, "Little Sugar: The Creek the City Loved to Hate, Once loathed, Charlotte's Most Prominent Creek takes a new twist," by Mary Newsom. Totally agree with @Nick2 and @KJHburg that the Bloomberg story is grossly misleading and unfair inasmuch as it fails to present countervailing and easily accessible public information and data that shows a different story line, that is, that tremendous strides have been made in Charlotte towards remediating and restoring Charlotte's many beautiful creeks while also protecting the public from potential floods. Opened in 2010, the Uptown segment of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway brings people near the water. Photo: Nancy Pierce
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    Ideas for Creating Culture, Temporary and Permanent, in Charlotte

    From Charlotte Five, "5 of the coolest pieces of pubic art to notice in Charlotte parks," by Jillian Mueller, September 14, 2018 - Free The Shuffletown Hand - Artist: Pete Beeman Art in Shuffletown Sportsplex. Photo by Arts and Science Council, Location: Shuffletown Sportsplex, 9500 Bellhaven Blvd. Aquifer - Artist: Masayuki Nagase Art in Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Photo by Arts and Science Council, Location: Little Sugar Creek Greenway Jillian Mueller is a freelance writer, artist, and policy grad student at UNCC. Follow her on instagram @jillianfaithm. Website: www.jillianfaithm.com. Link to C5 story: https://www.charlottefive.com/category/thingstodo/
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    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    Despite the fact that Charlotte is the nation's 17th largest city, it's hardly a surprise that a lot of Americans can't spot it on a map and don't know the difference between Charlotte and Charlottesville, VA, or between Charlotte and Charleston, SC. Recently, the Charlotte Business Journal (CBJ) reported that at a meeting in NYC between local Charlotte recruiters and national site selection consultants, the following unflattering opinions about Charlotte were shared: "Charlotte lacks an identity, site-selection experts remain confused by how the economic development groups divide up responsibilities (including the Charlotte Chamber and the Charlotte Regional Partnership), Charlotte lacks the academic and research pedigree in higher education of its peer cities, the N.C. General Assembly doesn’t cooperate with Charlotte government, state incentives favor rural areas over cities, leadership is largely unknown and, in the words of one site-selection representative, Charlotte is 'a conservative, sleepy business community that shuts down after business hours.'" Unfortunately, the critical view of national site selection consultants that "Charlotte lacks the academic and research pedigree in higher education of its peer cities" was bolstered by another story written by Harrison Miller, an Intern at the Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) dated August 1, 2018. Mr. Miller reported that WalletHub looked at the average quality of higher-education institutions in the nations large metro areas, and found that the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia metropolitan area ranked 54th. Personal Note - I love Charlotte with all my heart and soul, but this sorry situation where Charlotte continues to be the nations largest city without a full medical school or accredited law school or top tier university has got to change. When it does, people across this great nation will know the difference between Charlotte and Charlottesville or between Charlotte and Charleston. Links: https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2018/08/01/how-does-north-carolina-rank-for-education.html Triangle Business Journal, "How does North Carolina rank for education?" by Harrison Miller, August 1, 2018. https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2018/08/21/city-leaders-hear-harsh-assessments-of-charlotte.html Charlotte Business Journal, (Subscriber only article), "City leaders hear harsh assessment of Charlotte from site selection consultants, prospects" by Erik Spanberg, August 21, 2018.
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    Good New Restaurants

    Charlotte Five, "Common Market is open in South End again and it's not the same - but the weirdness lives on," by Katie Toussaint, September 11, 2018. "I opened the door. I expected a wave of nostalgia to wash over me, but instead I was just floored by how enormous this new, two-level space at 235 W. Tremont St. next to Bang Bang Burgers felt. The cluttered aisles of snacks and drinks at the original Camden Road location (demolished for redevelopment) have given way to soaring ceilings, tall windows, walls awash with murals, a full-on bar, a maze of towering refrigerators leading to the deli window, and multiple seating areas (there’s a particularly cozy nook on the interior staircase landing." ... "Bring your dog to the huge patio and settle in among the decor that just doesn’t make sense: the workshop table with a tangle of metal, the rake, and (there it is!) the decorative bathtub with fronds growing in it." Exterior of the new space. Photo by Katie Toussaint Interior of the new space. Photo by Katie Toussaint Link: https://www.charlottefive.com/common-market-south-end-open/ N.B.: The most recent UP Forum Meetup was held Saturday evening (September 8th) at the new Common Market at 235 West Tremont Ave. Word has it that roughly a dozen UPers showed up and had a great meetup.
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    UP Fantasy Football League?

    KJ, the Billionaire owner of the newest NFL franchise - the San Antonio Burgers - celebrates the Burgers win over the Dallas Cowboys! Breaking News: Below a proposed rendering of BOA's new 850 story tower in Charlotte. BOA's new tower will also be the home of KJ Burgers, Inc., the corporate alter ego of KJ, the Billionaire owner of the San Antonio Burgers. Further, KJ Burgers, Inc. will have offices at the 2 mile high mark above Trade & Tryon with unmatched views of Mt. Mitchell, Raleigh, Wilmington, Atlanta and Hilton Head Island. Sponsors luv, luv, luv the San Antonio Burgers! hamburguesas de amor!! Hut! Hut! Hut! Go Burgers! Long live the Alamo City! Texas Forever!