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  1. From The New York Times Op-Ed, Saturday, April 9, 2016 -- "My North Carolina State of Mind" by Allan Gurganus http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/09/opinion/my-north-carolina-state-of-mind.htm "Jesse Helms is dead now, but his spirit of bigotry isn't."
  2. From the Daily Kos: http://www.dailykos.com/ The Boss cancels NC concert due to new bigoted law, 'some things more important than a rock show' By Jen Hayden Friday Apr 08, 2016 · 3:56 PM EDT 81 39/ 42 Comments 1948 Shares Tweet Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have canceled their scheduled concert in North Carolina. The band is taking a stand against discrimination and North Carolina’s ridiculous new “bathroom” law. Follow ABC NewsVerified account‏@ABC NEW: Bruce Springsteen cancels upcoming performance in North Carolina due to new 'anti-LGBT' law. RETWEETS2,376 LIKES2,646 12:29 PM - 8 Apr 2016
  3. :41 THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER - BUSINESS - APRIL 4, 2016 "NC LGBT Law Prompts Lionsgate to Pull Production of New Hulu Show from Charlotte" BY KATHERINE PERALTA [email protected] http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article69837702.html
  4. Just for comparison's sake (NYC the largest city vis-a-vis Charlotte 17th largest). We already know the 07/01/2015 Census Bureau's pop. est. for Mecklenburg County which was 1,034,070. Mecklenburg County's 5-year growth rate was the 62nd fastest out of 3,143 counties / parishes / boroughs across the U.S. In May, we'll get the 07/01/2015 estimates for Charlotte proper. As ah59396 previously observed, there is the real possibility that Charlotte could leap ahead of Fort Worth to become the nation's 16th largest city. As of 07/01/2014 Charlotte was the nation's 17th largest city, but just 2,280 residents smaller than Fort Worth. Because Charlotte's 5-year growth rate of 9.6% is higher than Fort Worth's 5-year growth rate of 8.9%, the Queen City may move up one place in the rankings when the estimates are released in May. We'll see.
  5. New York City has passed the historic 8.5 M milestone. See Census Bureau's pop. estimates for NYC's 5 boroughs (counties) below at: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=bkmk As of 07/01/2015 the 5 counties comprising NYC estimated pops. were, as follows: (1) New York County, 1,644,518; (2) Kings (Brooklyn) County, 2,636,735; (3) Queens County, 2,339,150; (4) The Bronx, 1,455,444; and (5) Richmond (Staten Island) County, 474,558, making a grand total of 8,550,405. As the Census Bureau's est. pop. for NYC on 07/01/2014 was 8,491,079, NYC's one year growth from 2014 to 2015 was 59,326 residents. N.B.: The Census Bureau's population estimates program will release the 07/01/2015 estimates for all incorporated cities and towns in May, 2016.
  6. Sorry, I was using the terms (alpha, beta, gamma) generically. I am a lawyer by training, not a professional demographer. No intention to mislead. Thanks.
  7. What a magnificent & evocative photo. Looks as if the Queen City is reaching up from its red clay roots into a mesmerizing red clay sky.
  8. Strongly agree with your analysis that the sweet spot demographically is approx. 4,000/sq. mile. For example, booming Denver has a pop. density of 4,338/sq. mile. When we reach the 4,000+ density level, Charlotte will really take off. Demographers currently project that the QC should reach the historic milestone of 1M sometime between 2023 and 2025. Amazing!
  9. Fortunately, the QC is in the process of creating a splendid, signature skyline, certainly the best between Philadelphia and Atlanta. Historically, Charlotte passed Wilmington in the 1910 census to become North Carolina's largest city. However, Charlotte fell back to 2nd place in 1920 when the 2 towns of Winston and Salem were consolidated into one city with a slightly larger population than Charlotte's at that time. Charlotte re-took the lead as the state's largest city in the 1930 census and has held the #1 spot ever since. Currently, Charlotte is a member of a small club of cities (4 beta cities: Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Columbus, and Fort Worth; and 1 alpha city: San Francisco) whose populations are all within roughly 40,000 of each other. The Census Bureau's 2014 pop. figures for each are, as follows: Jacksonville, 853,382; San Francisco, 852,469; Indianapolis, 848,788; Columbus, 835,957; Fort Worth, 812,238; and Charlotte 809,958. Note that new Census Bureau estimates for incorporated municipalities will be released this coming May. The happy news is that demographers working in places as diverse as Wayne State University (Detroit) and at the United Nations anticipate that by 2020, Charlotte will likely have passed every city in this elite pack to become the nation's 12th largest city. Wow! that's something!
  10. Bingo! I think you're right. The built up central cores of all of the above cities were larger than Charlotte's core going back 50, 75, 100, and even 150+ years ago. It's remarkable that Charlotte has surpassed them all. Presently, Charlotte is the country's 17th largest city, 22nd largest MSA, and 21st largest CSA. The numerous cranes across Charlotte's skyline are a testament to the citiy's astonishing recent development. Exciting days for the Q.C. Charlotte actually is a historic city too. It was incorporated in 1768 and will be 250 years old in 2018. However, Charlotte remained rather small for much of its history and did not attain regional and national prominence until the late 1980's or early 1990's. As you say, it's a "new" or adolescent city in that regard.
  11. I'm flummoxed. Why is it that each of these southern or border cities is smaller in population than the QC, yet arguably better known? Figures below are pops. for the city, the MSA, and the CSA. Charlotte - 2014 city pop. 809,958; 2015 MSA 2,426,363; 2015 CSA 2,583,956. Birmingham - 2014 city pop. 212,247; 2015 MSA 1,145,647; 2015 CSA 1,319,238. Cincinnati - city pop. 298,165; 2015 MSA 2,157,719; 2015 CSA 2,216,735. Kansas City - city pop. 470,800; 2015 MSA 2,087,471; 2015 CSA 2,428,362. Louisville - 2014 city pop. 612,780; 2015 MSA 1,278,413; 2015 CSA 1,504,559. Memphis - 2014 city pop. 656,861; 2015 MSA 1,344,127; 2015 CSA 1,370,716. Nashville - 2014 city pop. 644,014; 2015 MSA 1,830,345; 2015 CSA 1,951,644. New Orleans - 2014 city pop. 384,320; 2015 MSA 1,262,888; 2015 CSA 1,493,205. Oklahoma City - 2014 city pop. 620,602; 2015 MSA 1,358,452; 2015 CSA 1,430,327. If you were to randomly ask non-Tar Heels to place the above cities somewhere on a map, my hunch is that the city that would present the most difficulty is the QC. Since Charlotte is bigger than any of the other cities in every category (i.e., city pop., MSA pop., and CSA pop.) why is she less well known? .
  12. Agree with your conclusion. According to recently released data from the Census Bureau regarding its population estimates for Micropolitan Statistical Areas (mSAs), the Albermarle Micro Area had a 07/01/2015 population of 60,714, which reflected a small gain from 2014 of 129 residents; while the Shelby Micro Area had a 07/01/2015 population of 96,879 which reflected a small loss of 1,204 residents from 2014. You can see population estimates with numerical and percentage changes for all of the mSAs at: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=bkmk.
  13. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: A combined statistical area (CSA) is composed of adjacent metropolitan (MSA) and micropolitan statistical areas (µSA) in the United States and Puerto Rico that can demonstrate economic or social linkage. The OMB defines a CSA as consisting of various combinations of adjacent metropolitan and micropolitan areas with economic ties measured by commuting patterns. These areas that combine retain their own designations as metropolitan or micropolitan statistical areas within the larger combined statistical area. The primary distinguishing factor between a CSA and an MSA is that the social and economic ties between the individual MSAs within a CSA are at lower levels than between the counties within an MSA. CSAs represent multiple metropolitan or micropolitan areas that have an employment interchange of 25. CSAs often represent regions with overlapping labor and media markets. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combined_statistical_area Combined statistical area (CSA) is defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget as a geographical area consisting of two or more adjacent Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA) with employment interchange of at least 15 percent. Combination is automatic if the employment interchange is 25 percent, and determined by local opinion if more than 15 but less than 25 percent. Combined Statistical Areas (CSAs) consist of two or more adjacent CBSAs that have substantial employment interchange. The CBSAs that combine to create a CSA retain separate identities within the larger CSA. Because CSAs represent groupings of metropolitan and/or micropolitan statistical areas, they should not be ranked or compared with individual metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas. From United States Census Bureau definition. See https://www.census.gov/geo/reference/gtc/gtc_cbsa.html For Census Bureau statistical purposes, Charlotte might not remain a CSA if the adjacent MSAs (ex. the Unifour) and adjacent micropolitan areas (Shelby and Albemarle) were merged into the Charlotte-Concord CSA. Then we'd be in the company of large MSAs that are not part of a CSA, such as, Phoenix, San Antonio, and San Diego. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combined_statistical_area for a complete list of the CSAs.
  14. You've made a very astute observation, i.e., the possibility that Charlotte would no longer even be treated as a CSA if the adjacent micropolitan areas (Cleveland, Stanley, Anson) were merged into the Charlotte MSA. As you know, prominent examples of large cities that are considered MSAs but not CSAs include Phoenix, San Diego, and San Antonio. Yes, it's possible that Charlotte would no longer be a CSA, but instead a larger MSA alone. That is a very sharp observation!
  15. Very much agree with your take on things. The data just released by the Census Bureau's population estimates program showed that, between 2014 and 2015, the Hickory-Lenoir CSA lost 2,989 residents (Total as of 07/01/2015 was 407,499), and that the Rocky Mount-Wilson-Roanoke Rapids CSA lost 7,748 residents (Total as of 07/01/2015 was 302,665). Both the Hickory-Lenoir CSA and Rocky Mount-Wilson-Roanoke Rapids CSA are geographically contiguous with the 2 larger CSAs. So I think you're right, it's only a matter of time before commuting for jobs from the 2 smaller CSAs reaches the 15% threshold required for their inclusion in the 2 larger CSAs (Charlotte and Raleigh) which are job magnets..
  16. Inclusion of the Unifour in the Charlotte-Concord CSA would occur once the Census Bureau makes a determination that the Unifour region meets the definitional threshold for a CSA, as set forth in federal regulations at 40 CFR 58.1. Combined statistical area (CSA) is defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget as a geographical area consisting of two or more adjacent Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA) with employment interchange of at least 15 percent. Combination is automatic if the employment interchange is 25 percent, and determined by local opinion if more than 15 but less than 25 percent. Somewhere else on the thread is a post that discusses the commuter interchange levels for each of the counties in the Unifour. Sorry I can't locate that post right now or I'd copy it here. As I recall, a couple of the counties in the Unifour are pretty close to the 15% commuter floor that could trigger inclusion in the Charlotte-Concord CSA, but none has reached the "employment interchange" (commuting) minimum yet.
  17. The Charlotte CSA should surpass the Pittsburg CSA within approximately 18 months of the Census Bureau's recent CSA estimates date (07/01/2015). As of 07/01/2015 Pittsburg's CSA had 2,648,605 residents with a negative growth rate of -0.5% over the past 5 years. Charlotte's CSA had 2,583,956 residents with a positive growth rate of 8.8% over the past 5 years. Charlotte's CSA should nose past Pittsburg's CSA within approximately 18 months (12/31/2016). At that time, the Charlotte CSA will have a small lead of just over 1,400 residents, and the Charlotte CSA should move up one place in the rankings to become the nation's 20th largest CSA.
  18. Census Bureau's 2015 Comparisons of the Queen City with its X-State rival, Raleigh: Charlotte Metropolitan Statistical Area - 2,426,363 Raleigh Metropolitan Statistical Area - 1,273,568 (or 1,152,795 fewer than Charlotte) Mecklenburg County - 1,034,070 Wake County - 1,024,198 (or 9,872 fewer than Mecklenburg) Charlotte-Concord, NC-SC, Combined Statistical Area - 2,583,956 Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC, Combined Stastical Area - 2,117,103 (or 466,853 fewer than Charlotte-Concord CSA) N.B.: When I attended Carolina in the mid-70's, Raleigh always seemed like Dullsville compared to the Q.C.
  19. Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller was a German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor. He is best known for his statement, First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. * * * * * * * Dearest Charlotte, may you rest in peace.
  20. Once there was a rising, welcoming, tolerant, and beautiful global city known as Charlotte. Rest in Peace (RIP)! The G.A. just sucker punched our home, our beloved Charlotte. #Take back our city. #Take back the QC.
  21. The G.A.'s action is heartbreaking, and, unfortunately, it will definitely hurt Charlotte's reputation outside the Bible Belt. I love Charlotte, but this is one of the sorriest and rank episodes in the history of the Tar Heel State.
  22. That's a good point. The hotel's projection along the curve on MLK is an appealing feature. I also like the robin's egg blue coloring on the stepped-out section; makes a nice juxtaposition against the cream colored brick or concrete and the vertical sliver of chocolate-colored stairwell. Have seen several articles in Charlotte Agenda that lament the overuse of "beige" in Charlotte, especially on residential apartment buildings, so it's nice to see the light blue coloring choice here. Also, as a guy whose enthralled with the QC, it's genuinely gratifying to see the metamorphosis of a former surface parking lot into a new hotel. I'll be in Charlotte in about a week and a half visiting my brother, and hope to see this building then.
  23. I was last in Charlotte just before X-mas, and didn't notice it then. This building has a handsome street presence. Thanks!
  24. What intersection is this? (Stonewall and ?) Also, what's the name of the project? Great photo! Thanks.
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