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TOP TEN BIGGEST CHARLOTTE BETS (subjective ranking) 10. Panthers winning a Super Bowl 9. Legacy Union Parking Deck Capacity 8. Charlotte Coliseum 7. Independence Blvd 6. Levineland 5.

Dr. Graves in the Geography Dept. at UNC Charlotte has a fascinating grasp of Charlotte's history and geographic site and situation that eventually played into the city growing. IIRC, while at its inc

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1 hour ago, Rufus said:

Dr. Graves in the Geography Dept. at UNC Charlotte has a fascinating grasp of Charlotte's history and geographic site and situation that eventually played into the city growing. IIRC, while at its inception having poor navigable waterways hindered the state and the city, it ended up playing in our favor through train and truck routes between the major ports, and across the Appalachian. It also helped that these waterways went on to help spur the manufacturing industry that made the Charlotte to Greensboro corridor so massive...especially in textiles. That played favorably as the city began to densify and modernize. 

And then you have Glass-Steagall and the Riegle-Neal Interstate Banking Act that really pushed Nationsbank and Wachovia to be what they were. And if you really look into it, geography played a part in those developments too. 

So it was almost like the city took a bet on its entire existence and geography, and rather than look at its present state in the 1700s, it saw moments in history that it took advantage of to be the city it is today. 

Bill is great!  He was one of my advisors for the Urban-Regional Analysis / Location Analysis program (Masters in Geography) at UNCC.  He and Heather Smith (also a professor in the department) authored "Charlotte, NC: The Global Evolution of the New South City."  Highly recommend.

https://www.amazon.com/Charlotte-NC-Global-Evolution-South/dp/0820343080

 

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1 hour ago, AP3 said:

Bill is great!  He was one of my advisors for the Urban-Regional Analysis / Location Analysis program (Masters in Geography) at UNCC.  He and Heather Smith (also a professor in the department) authored "Charlotte, NC: The Global Evolution of the New South City."  Highly recommend.

https://www.amazon.com/Charlotte-NC-Global-Evolution-South/dp/0820343080

 

Ha! Along with Tink Moore (RIP), all three were integral in my Geography degree and Urban Studies minor. They played massive roles in my life and development as an urban planner. 

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On 12/15/2020 at 8:27 AM, kermit said:

Perhaps second on the list was the decision of the 'local planters' to pay the Charlotte and South Carolina railroad to terminate in Charlotte (rather than Gastonia, Belmont or Monroe) back in the early 1850s. This was a truly existential decision https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte_and_South_Carolina_Railroad  The story is best told in Sorting Out the New South City by Hanchett.

 

Hmm.  So if the terminus had been in Belmont, all those skyscrapers would be near the banks of the Catawba River and this would be a riverfront city?  Well darnit!

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