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I sincerely mean no offense to anyone who feels strongly about this topic but...I simply can't get worked up about whether "NC" is added after Charlotte or not in newspapers. There are other well known cities treated similarly (Tampa, Austin, Nashville, Portland, KC and Orlando are six prominent examples). More to the point, I think Charlotte is more frequently mis-located than any other top 25 city. It's definitely true that more people know Atlanta is in Georgia than know Charlotte is in North Carolina. Nothing represents our infamous inferiority complex more than caring about "NC" being printed after Charlotte...

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There is only one Atlanta, Miami, or New Orleans. 
There is Charlotte, Charlottesville, Charlottetown, Charlotte County FL. The Char is commonly confused with Charleston SC or Charleston WV. 
I agree that Charlotte is most likely synonymous with Charlotte, NC, but there are large swaths of people that probably think Charlotte is in SC or elsewhere, thus the NC is needed. 

^ Yeah you gotta remember… generally people don’t like thinking too hard so they stop processing names after Char unless there’s N.C. after it…

*sarcasm here but sadly I wouldn’t say it’s entirely untrue*
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7 hours ago, kayman said:

There's a couple places named  Atlanta and Miami, so that's not a strong enough reason. New Orleans is the only one of its name for a place.  Those other places are not even really close and it's border-line lazy on the AP's part to allow Charlotte to be confused with Charleston or Charlottesville.  They should drop the "N.C." or "North Carolina" from describing Charlotte. 

Well, Charlotte is no Atlanta, Miami or New Orleans. I love Charlotte, obviously, but it has came across to me as a place people have very little familiarity of. 

I feel like North Carolina has more awareness than Charlotte and Charlotte isn’t that well known. I know several other posters here live in DC, but anytime I mention Im from Charlotte, people later always mix it up with Charlottesville and Charleston. They are Educated, fairly high income, extremely well-traveled people.

When I say I’m from Charlotte, NC, people either have family from there or they say something like they love the tar heels and quite a few people have mentioned “oh, I know Charlotte. They have the Triangle Park”. I have heard New Yorkers in the finance world say “the epicenter of banking in the US is NYC. Oh, and then you have the weird guys who go to Charlotte, but otherwise, NY is .....” and New Yorkers are the only folk I’ve know to be familiar with Charlotte. In Commercial Real Estate, Charlotte has lots of companies in commercial lending and supporting businesses that service commercial mortgage backed securities. 
 

I’m always surprised at how much name recognition the Triangle Research Park has. I never heard of it growing up (born in 92)

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14 hours ago, AirNostrumMAD said:

I’m always surprised at how much name recognition the Triangle Research Park has. I never heard of it growing up (born in 92)

Is this blue font???  Because I have never heard of Triangle Research Park either, but I once worked for IBM at their Research Triangle Park (RTP) location :) 

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17 hours ago, AirNostrumMAD said:

Well, Charlotte is no Atlanta, Miami or New Orleans. I love Charlotte, obviously, but it has came across to me as a place people have very little familiarity of. 

I feel like North Carolina has more awareness than Charlotte and Charlotte isn’t that well known. I know several other posters here live in DC, but anytime I mention Im from Charlotte, people later always mix it up with Charlottesville and Charleston. They are Educated, fairly high income, extremely well-traveled people.

When I say I’m from Charlotte, NC, people either have family from there or they say something like they love the tar heels and quite a few people have mentioned “oh, I know Charlotte. They have the Triangle Park”. I have heard New Yorkers in the finance world say “the epicenter of banking in the US is NYC. Oh, and then you have the weird guys who go to Charlotte, but otherwise, NY is .....” and New Yorkers are the only folk I’ve know to be familiar with Charlotte. In Commercial Real Estate, Charlotte has lots of companies in commercial lending and supporting businesses that service commercial mortgage backed securities. 
 

I’m always surprised at how much name recognition the Triangle Research Park has. I never heard of it growing up (born in 92)

This. I meet people everyday who think that Raleigh is Charlotte. 

Atlanta and Miami are the 9th and 10th largest CSAs in the country, respectively, and are both home to nearly 7 million people...almost 2.5x larger than the Charlotte CSA. No one is thinking of Atlanta, TX when someone mentions Atlanta in passing, and no one automatically thinks of Miami, OH when one mentions Miami in passing. 

A big issue is that there is no identifying feature to Charlotte. Miami resonates with beaches, Art Deco buildings, and Latin culture. Atlanta resonates with Coca-Cola, the Olympics, etc. 

Look at this Swissair ad from I am guessing the late 1980s or early 1990s. Translated it says "What to say about our new destination Atlanta?"  The point I am trying to make with the ad is that 1) Swissair's marketing team recognized Atlanta as the home of Coca-Cola and created an ad touching on that; 2) Swissair assumed that their targeted audience would know that Atlanta is the home of Coca-Cola. 

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I struggle to wonder what image/symbol they would have used if they were creating an ad featuring Charlotte. 

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2 hours ago, LKN704 said:

This. I meet people everyday who think that Raleigh is Charlotte. 

Atlanta and Miami are the 9th and 10th largest CSAs in the country, respectively, and are both home to nearly 7 million people...almost 2.5x larger than the Charlotte CSA. No one is thinking of Atlanta, TX when someone mentions Atlanta in passing, and no one automatically thinks of Miami, OH when one mentions Miami in passing. 

A big issue is that there is no identifying feature to Charlotte. Miami resonates with beaches, Art Deco buildings, and Latin culture. Atlanta resonates with Coca-Cola, the Olympics, etc. 

Look at this Swissair ad from I am guessing the late 1980s or early 1990s. Translated it says "What to say about our new destination Atlanta?"  The point I am trying to make with the ad is that 1) Swissair's marketing team recognized Atlanta as the home of Coca-Cola and created an ad touching on that; 2) Swissair assumed that their targeted audience would know that Atlanta is the home of Coca-Cola. 

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I struggle to wonder what image/symbol they would have used if they were creating an ad featuring Charlotte. 

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1 hour ago, KJHburg said:

funny you said this but true.  I was in Fiji about 20 years ago and met an Aussie and I said I was from Charlotte and he said NASCAR!  

I have met people in Europe cant remember where now who knew of the Charlotte Hornets 

 

 

I travelled all over South America in the 70s and 80s.  Everyone knew about NASCAR and Charlotte.  It's something easily taken for granted.  

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this was on Jeopardy recently and the contestant missed the answer.      NC the Vale of Humility between 2 mountains of conceit.    Lets face it Charlotte and Raleigh people are geographically dumb!  

Raleigh was the answer to an $800 clue on “Jeopardy!” Oct. 14, 2021, under the category of “Geo Trios”: “North Carolina’s Research Triangle consists of 3 university cities: Durham, Chapel Hill & this home of N.C. State.”

""There were crickets after “Jeopardy!” players were asked to identify Raleigh as the home of N.C. State University.""

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11 hours ago, KJHburg said:

funny you said this but true.  I was in Fiji about 20 years ago and met an Aussie and I said I was from Charlotte and he said NASCAR!  

I have met people in Europe cant remember where now who knew of the Charlotte Hornets 

 

 

I was in Denver visiting a friend about 7 years ago and after his dad learned I was from Charlotte, he started talking about NASCAR and how he really wants to visit to go to the hall of fame and some of the team shops/garages. This kind of blew me away, since I grew up here and never really gave NASCAR a second thought.  I've been to a few races at the speedway, but I had always thought the hall of fame was a bit of a joke. To NASCAR fans, I guess it isn't. 

On the Hornets side: I listen to a number of Australian comedy podcasts and they've all brought up, at one time or another, having the Charlotte Hornets jackets/hats as kids and they know that MJ played for "North Carolina" (as they typically call it). The Hornets defined the 90's even across the world in Australia it seems.

15 hours ago, LKN704 said:

I struggle to wonder what image/symbol they would have used if they were creating an ad featuring Charlotte. 

So, yeah, I'd agree it would probably be NASCAR and/or the Hornets. And for some outlier/smaller communities it'd be the USNWC.

 

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1 hour ago, #1Son said:

@Popsickle, I was geeked over this post until I opened the link every photo in this article is credited as "Charlotte, NC or North Carolina" :(  

The article itself just references Charlotte, didn’t read the photo credits. 

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It's that so many people on here are jumping off buildings over two letters, NC.  

  Relax, breathe. Charlotte, NC is good y'all.  

  How could people NOT know about Charlotte? Some of you are too young to remember how huge the Hornets were. And I'm talking internationally as well. The NBA coming to town in 1988 is when we became a household name. And just 5 or 6yrs after that NFL. 

Lord knows probably 60-70% of Americans have at the very least had a connection through Charlotte-Douglas.  We have Fantasia, Dababy, Mandy Patinkin,  Michael Jordan, just to name a few celebrities. The Jonas bros have grandparents here. They are in/out of town at least a few times a year... We had the PTL scandal, I almost sat beside the late Tammy Faye at Central Church of God one Sunday actually. Almost ran over John Legend and his wife at the airport rushing to a gate when I was still a Flight Attendant.  We have Ric Flair, Mullet styled hair, and the Cabarrus County Fair!! 

I think it may just be habit with putting NC after Charlotte tbh. 

(This has been a source of pain for us die hard Charlottd lovers my entire adult life. 30+ yrs.) 

 

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I don't worry about the NC either anymore.  We are one of the fastest growing metro areas in the country so somehow people are finding us.  Maybe through our airport.  Maybe through sports or NASCAR but people find us and then they move here.  They stay.   People know North Carolina and then they explore the cities in the state and many move here.  

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Putting this here for what Twitter polls are worth: Nolan Gray on Twitter: "Battle of the boomtowns! Charlotte (6) versus Phoenix (3):" I suspect this is sort of a joke given that it's being sponsored by the Abolish Zoning Foundation.

The winner of this round goes up against the winner of this Nolan Gray on Twitter: "Alright Pennsylvanians, let's settle this once and for all. What's your best city? Pittsburgh (7) versus Philadelphia (2):" seed.

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^^^ Publicly shared on twitter?  come on that chart is junk LOL.  I  guess what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.  No complaints there! 

Yes Charlotte has had some well publicized incidents including a murder at uptown apartment complex that a tenant was running an Airbnb out of.  Plus major complaint at a house in Indian Trail that had wild parties and one up in the Coulwood area.   

 

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