I can never decide if Charlotte is a big small town or a small big city.
I always see people I know when I’m out at 7th Street Public Market, and it doesn’t feel weird when I wave hi to people when walking down the street.
But there are plenty of signs that Charlotte is firmly in big city status — in all the worst ways.
(1) Cocktail prices
When did a $14 cocktail become normal?
It now takes 20 minutes to get anywhere in Charlotte, no matter how close.
(3) Rent and home prices
We’ve got saltwater pools and dog spas – but even the tiniest apartments seem to be $1,200 a month.
(4) Rampant inequality
Eastover next to Grier Heights just isn’t right.
Does everyone need multiple Harris Teeter-anchored shopping centers within a few miles of their house?
We’ve been lucky to avoid the balkanization of a city like Atlanta, but Charlotte’s big enough to where people hold much more allegiance to their particular area of town than the city as a whole.
(7) Expensive lunches
I dream of a sandwich, chips and a drink for $7, but for some reason, I’m always paying $12 for lunch.
We’re big enough where not everyone knows their neighbors. It’s easy to live on the margins without a meaningful connection. Or anyone to hold us accountable.
67 homicides last year, but most of the city doesn’t seem to understand.
(10) You can’t see the stars
I tried to show my son the Big Dipper the other day. All I could see was the glare of streetlights. I miss the stars.