The beginning of an article in the New York Daily News:
Charlotte, home of the Democratic National Convention, is the Rodney Dangerfield of American cities.
It gets no respect.
North Carolina’s most populous city boasts two major sports teams, a burgeoning arts scene and top-class restaurants.
The second largest banking center in the U.S., Charlotte’s downtown is an oasis of gleaming skyscrapers and immaculately kept greenspaces.
Yet, it has long been overshadowed by the college-rich cities of Greensboro and Raleigh — and battled insults since the days of George Washington.
Now, I am not as old as George Washington. I have only lived in this wonderful state for 44 years, including time in Raleigh, Greensboro and Monroe, which has become a suburb of Charlotte. But I can’t remember a time in which Charlotte was overshadowed. Insulted, absolutely. Maybe a little whiny, for sure. Like the whole issue of whether news stories about Charlotte need to include the N.C. after the city’s name. Here’s former Charlotte (N.C.) Observer columnist Tommy Tomlinson’s take:
“Many people used to confuse Charlotte with Charleston, S.C., or Charleston, W.Va., or Charlottesville, Va., but no more,” Tommy wrote, “The people who still confuse us with them are people who probably don’t care about the nuances of the AP Stylebook. Or, for that matter, reading.”
What else do you need to know about the attitude of people in Charlotte, N.C.?