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Charlotte area "ring cities"


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1 minute ago, A2. said:

I’m definitely a fan of Salisbury. Seemingly far, but not really. Plus it’s got a great downtown and Main Street that still gives me a great vibe of times gone by. 

Not far once the widening of I-85 is complete I think next year from Kannapolis south of Salisbury.  Southern Rowan county is really starting to grow now.    Kannapolis is  city on the rise with a complete new downtown with ballpark, older buildings mixed with new apartments and a brewery.  

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Plus the housing is markedly cheaper and full of character. I love the Victorian and Old Queen Anne style homes that litter that town. I just saw a sweet house sale for $140k that was simply stunning just off of Main Street with wrap around porch and all the bells and whistles. Granted it might have needed a little work but it was 2600 square feet and a $140k!

$140k!!!!! 

 

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^Nice shots KOTQC! Seeing the train reminds me that Spencer isn’t far up the street either. I did a small run on a Steamer way back when at the Transportation Museum. A ton of train enthusiasts flocked to that town from all over just for the opportunity to ride and step back in time. Small town America for sure, but just another reason why CharlotteUSA has a ton to offer within a quick trip up the road. 

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1 hour ago, rockhilljames said:

How great would it be if all these towns were connected by rail? I remember taking the train from Harrisburg to Philadelphia and going through these really neat towns between them.

Hub and spoke transit baby! Game Changer!!!  :tw_glasses:

 

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As a native of Matthews I actually have not been to downtown Mint-Hill (short of driving up Lawyers Rd sometimes) in probably about 15 years. So, having just come from a dental appointment down there, I have to say it is a shame how development has gone in that area. Everything is exactly what you would see in the South Charlotte suburbs, save for a brief stretch out trail alongside that nice townhome community - next to the strip mall... 

I know it's a lot to ask,,, Granted, it would always been tricky since its main Street, Matthews-Mint Hill Rd, is a highway strip, and the entire area is very rural/dispersed in nature, but I always had hope the old town areas would give way to good town development. Maybe one day down by Bain School Rd or Wilgrove

 

 

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17 minutes ago, SgtCampsalot said:

As a native of Matthews I actually have not been to downtown Mint-Hill (short of driving up Lawyers Rd sometimes) in probably about 15 years. So, having just come from a dental appointment down there, I have to say it is a shame how development has gone in that area. Everything is exactly what you would see in the South Charlotte suburbs, save for a brief stretch out trail alongside that nice townhome community - next to the strip mall... 

I know it's a lot to ask,,, Granted, it would always been tricky since its main Street, Matthews-Mint Hill Rd, is a highway strip, and the entire area is very rural/dispersed in nature, but I always had hope the old town areas would give way to good town development. Maybe one day down by Bain School Rd or Wilgrove

 

 

It IS a lot to ask.  The only planning that happens in our outlying areas is who gets what piece of the pie.  It's the same all around Charlotte, except for maybe Davidson.  Even Davidson is having some real battles with developers.  Actually, it's the same all over The US unless the area surrounding a city is protected already by State or National parks.  We're very short-sighted in this country.

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