Tag Archives: Charlotte

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. Over the past several days, weContinue Reading

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 that those funds will build.  Consequently,Continue Reading

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 city. The last 5.7-mile segment will finish Interstate 485,Continue Reading

Occupy Wall Street protesters occupy Marshall Park

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 Gulf Coast city last week to the Democratic National Convention hosted in the Queen City this week. Tents have been pitched in Charlotte’s MarshallContinue Reading

Security checkpoints: They’re all over the place

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 out last night during a break in the rain for dinner and encountered the security, even when we went into a hotel sports bar for dinner. Henderson, who was inContinue Reading

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% Unemployment Rate: 10.5% Median Salary (for college grads):Continue Reading

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 Business Journals Inc. The Charlotte market lost 57,900 private-sectorContinue Reading