Charlotte, N.C., gets no respect

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.?

One thought on “Charlotte, N.C., gets no respect

  1. The “great state of Mecklenburg” attitude started centuries ago when Charlotte first started as a center of commerce. First came trading, then cotton, then transportation – then finally banking. I have no problem with growth, but I believe in preserving our heritage. Along the way, someone posed the notion that growth was best served by developing new looks, new feels and new experiences. History continues to be bulldozed.

    I heard a couple of years ago there is an effort to create a bona fide historical preservation commission in Charlotte. It’s 100 years too late for downtown, but perhaps some of the residential areas can be saved.

    Raleigh and Greensboro, along with many other towns and cities across the nation, recognize to a degree their heritage and have found ways to celebrate it. Before we move forward, we have to know where we have been.

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