Charlotte

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    JLF’s Jon Pritchett in the Charlotte Observer: There’s Hope For Charlotte’s Future In Banking, Finance

    Writing in the Charlotte Observer, our Jon Pritchett analyzes Charlotte’s role in the finance industry. He says the city still has a strong future despite national bank consolidation. Among his thoughts: Charlotte may not ever go back to leading the nation in the number of giant banks headquartered downtown, but…
    Donna Martinez, May 25, 2017
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    Update: Charlotte won’t back stadium proposal

    Charlotte was supposed to vote late tomorrow afternoon on a proposal to fund 25% of a new soccer stadium.  While the county voted this morning to proceed, the Charlotte mayor just released this statement: We are canceling the City Council Friday 4 p.m. meeting scheduled to discuss the MLS deal.
    Julie Tisdale, January 26, 2017
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    Mecklenburg Commissioners just voted for a terrible deal

    This morning, Mecklenburg County Commissioners voted 5-4 to spend millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money to subsidize a very wealthy family’s pursuit of a potentially extremely lucrative professional soccer team.  The county won’t own the team, so those profits won’t go to the county.  But they will own the stadium…
    Julie Tisdale, January 26, 2017
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    Charlotte’s I-485 opens today!

    From the Charlotte Observer: After 27 years of construction, the last piece of Charlotte’s outerbelt will be finished and open for traffic on Friday, June 5, the N.C. Department of Transportation said Wednesday. That means a motorist can soon drive an entire 67-mile circle around the…
    Sarah Curry, June 5, 2015
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    Occupy Wall Street protesters occupy Marshall Park

    Occupy protesters have pitched their tents at Charlotte’s Marshall Park for the DNC. (CJ photo by Barry Smith) Charlotte is 575 miles north of Tampa, according to Google Maps. And a number of Occupy Wall Street protesters made the trek from the Republican National Convention held in the Florida…
    Barry Smith, September 4, 2012
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    Security checkpoints: They’re all over the place

    A sign outside the Marriott City Center in Charlotte exemplifies how strict security is for the Democratic National Convention. (CJ photo by Barry Smith) Security is tight. Police, guards and deputies are everywhere in downtown Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention. Rick Henderson, CJ’s managing editor, and I ventured…
    Barry Smith, September 4, 2012
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    Greensboro, Charlotte make list of most overpriced cities

    In a Forbes list of America’s Most Overpriced Cities, Greensboro and Charlotte ranked 13th and 20th respectively.  The ranking is based on four factors: housing affordability, cost of living, median salaries for college graduates, and unemployment rate. #13. Greensboro, N.C. MSA: Greensboro-High Point, NC Housing Affordability: 75.8%…
    Terry Stoops, February 2, 2012
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    Staggering private-sector job loss in Charlotte

    According to an article in the Charlotte Business Journal, The nation’s 100 biggest labor markets have fewer private-sector jobs today than they did three years ago, according to an analysis by The Business Journals, the online division of the Charlotte Business Journal’s parent company, American City…
    Terry Stoops, June 7, 2011