Mailbag: 20 top feedback letters on burgers, dating, diverse neighborhoods and bankers

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In response to: We’re hearing that Shake Shack may be coming to Park Road Shopping Center

“OMG!!!! MY fave burger place in the world!” – J

“It is the most overhyped and underwhelming burger you’ll eat. When it came to DC when I lived there…we wrapped around the building for it and I was like, “For real? This is it?” Go to Rusty’s Deli on Park Road if you want a good burger in Charlotte.” – S

“I will be on biggest loser if this happens” – A

In response to: In a surprising twist, politics aren’t a huge dating deal breaker in Charlotte – height and smoking are

“From my observation, if you are a 30 something in Charlotte and you say you voted for Trump you’re not getting a date. But that could have more to do with where I hang out.” – A

“For the numerous applicants that informed Charlotte Agenda that height is a deal breaker, most of you will be single and miserable for the rest of your life due to your perfectionism. I understand not wanting to settle, but none of us are perfect in this life. To the men, not all women are Brooklyn Decker’s height. To the women, there is only one Luke Kuechly. I am a single man and women have encouraged me to lie on dating profiles about my height. They have told me that I am too short for most women. I am 5-foot-8-inches tall. Now that I think about it, all those women who told me to lie are still single and cannot maintain a relationship….¯\_(ツ)_/¯” – G

“The line, ‘It’s about confidence. If it doesn’t bother them, it doesn’t bother me.’ You hear this a lot but it’s mostly BS and an easy out for dating. The most confident people are usually so confident because they’ve been showered with praise their entire lives, probably because they fit the generic tall/fit/good looking criteria.” – W

In response to: My favorite pizza and ice cream date nights under $20

$1 slice night at Carmella’s on Montford is Tuesday. Followed by gelato at Va Da Vie in the Park Road Shopping Center. That is our bargain date every week! – J

In response to: Diverse neighborhoods do exist in Charlotte. Meet one of them.

“Wanted to thank you for the story on diverse neighborhoods in Charlotte. This has been on my mind so much this past year. I live in Grove Park off of Harris Blvd. We are diverse, have a wonderful strong neighborhood association, lots of trees, several small lakes. I work a lot on education equity issues, and I’ve studied the Opportunity Charlotte Task Force Report. I attend many community town halls and meetings about education and affordable housing. The notion of lifting up our existing diverse neighborhoods seems to fall through the cracks. I can’t figure out why decision makers aren’t working harder to celebrate, elevate, and nurture neighborhoods that have some kind of social and economic balance. I am so pleased to see you reflecting back to the City some acknowledgement that such sectors exist and exemplify what the Task Force hopes to see. Like the person you quoted, diversity is what I what for myself, and I want planners and decision makers to help me preserve it from a downward tipping point or gentrification.” – F

“You should also check out the Plaza Shamrock neighborhood if you’re looking for diversity. (We’ve lived in our house off Shamrock Drive for 19 years and since then we’ve had white, black, San Salvadorian, Laotian, young, old – original families, renters, and owners’ neighbors… trashed places and beautiful properties too.) Our hood is currently on the uptick… lots of homes being completely redone.” – C

In response to: $7.25, 8-inch, torpedo-like Uptown cheesesteak delights bankers, construction workers and me

“Have you tried the Mushroom Cheesesteak sub at Portofino’s on Park Rd? Good stuff.” – J

In response to: It’s not just your grandmother that scammers in Charlotte are targeting – it’s you, too

“Scammer alert: I actually witnessed a scam. A friend of mine received a phone call – I only ‘heard’ her side of the conversation and she really didn’t say much. The call ended and she suddenly got up and said she’d be right back. I knew something was not right but she rushed out before I could ask her. 20 min later she returned and I knew something bad had happened but she hesitated to tell me. I just started asking questions and she finally told me she had just wired a large sum to someone and it sounded to me like a bribe – I asked more questions and then told her to call and cancel the wire – call her attorney and the police. My friend said they knew stuff previous addresses – info on her children etc. so she felt it was legit ( and very scary) I told her it was all info anyone could google on her and that it was a scam. She was able to cancel the wire and she filed a report. My friend is in her 50s, intelligent and has a recognizable name ( and a trust fund). I am so glad I was visiting her at the time, she had been ill and either the medication she was taking made her vulnerable or how the caller told her things about her life convinced her she needed to do what they told her. I had been in the financial industry so we were alerted to all the scams and this one was a classic, but one she was not familiar with. There is a lot of public info on all of us – more than we probably ever thought. Be careful” – T

In response to: When you’ve eaten too much Toast and Original Pancake House, go with this classy French breakfast

“We have Famous Toastery aka toast in Davidson but I prefer Cafe Monte ANY day. Their food is consistently excellent and different from typical breakfast fare in CLT.” – J

In response to: Bankers shouldn’t apologize for being rich and all wearing blue, non-iron shirts from Brooks Brothers

“Wow Ted, I saw you with your son this weekend at Sycamore and thought, maybe you weren’t as big a douche as I had previously thought. Now that you’ve decided to call me unintelligent for not being a banker (I’m an Architect, btw, good luck getting any banker to pass our rigorous examinations or know a fraction of what we have to on a daily basis) my intuition has been confirmed. I like your publication most of the time, but I’m not going to read anymore if you continue to write complete BS like this. The whole thing smacks of your intense white male privilege, and your ignorance towards any life experience other than your own. When the overconfident finance bros of this country, including a ton of people here in Charlotte, tanked the economy a decade ago, many of us lost our jobs in our hard earned professions because work dried up in construction and building. We have every reason to dislike the kind of obnoxious overspending and preening that comes at the expense of many working people, let alone highly educated professionals like myself. Grow up.” – K

“While I typically get the impression that the Agenda skews left on the political/social spectrum and would have expected a stance closer to ‘Occupy Wall Street’, I very much appreciated your candid and forthright position on the ridiculous derision of banking by people who don’t understand it. As an investment banker, my bias here is undeniable. Regardless, your assessment of the positive economic impact yet unwarranted disparagement of banking was a refreshing counter to occasional eye roll or sideways remark I get from strangers that ask about my job. As an addendum, I’d point out that Charlotte’s financial institutions also directly create numerous ancillary jobs in accounting, legal, admin, and IT fields that provide for thousands of families in the area. Take it a step further and you can include thousands of hourly workers in construction, restaurants, and janitorial services whose jobs have benefited from the financial industry here. Thanks again for going to bat for the people that provide mortgages, car loans, 401Ks, pensions, debit and credit cards, etc (not to mention all the goods and services provided by private equity-owned companies).” – W

“Can you be self-aware for just 10 seconds? And realize that the way your wrote this article perpetuates the misogynistic belief that (young) women can’t be bankers.” – S

“Bankers are more than just ‘bros,’ bro.” – L

“My husband used to work for one of the major banks in Charlotte and quit for various reasons – maybe it was the new money culture of his coworkers who spent all their money on stupid flashy shit (like buying a Burberry coat and cuffing the sleeves so EVERYBODY can see the Burberry design on the inside- you know what I’m talking about). But mostly, and let me let you in on this little secret, because if it was going on at this Bank, I am sure it was going on at the other major ones in town too – the banking culture is FILLED TO THE BRIM with drug use (and I’m talking cocaine, prescription drug abuse), alcoholism, and going out with your bros every night after work to do these things instead of going home and seeing your kids. So you can SHUT UP.” – M

“Thank GOD someone is finally sticking up for the underdogs, the male bankers, bless their hearts. Do you know how many lives were ruined/negatively affected by the financial collapse and bailouts of big banks? Maybe that’s why people have i’ll feelings towards them, or maybe because most of them are annoying, entitled, fratty douche bags.” – K

“Thank you for an article that’s not anti-banking! One of the things that drove me to Charlotte after college was the young professionals crowd, not a bunch of hipsters trying to make a go of it with startups and no true salary. What’s wrong with wanting corporate success? My fiancé and I both work for one of “the banks” and couldn’t be happier!” – C

“Banking is not a cool job. Bankers make money. That’s about it. Generally – banks do more harm than good on the general public. People are taken advantage of daily. No job that plays into screwing people will ever be a cool job.” – D

“You should try perfecting your magic tricks rather than writing pointless articles on the Agenda. With enough abracadabra maybe your writing career would disappear?” – L

“Thank you for publishing your banker article! I was starting to get a little frustrated with the expose feel and slight bitterness that I was getting from some of the bank aimed articles on the Agenda. As someone who works for one of the banks, the things that you mentioned are so true. We are not mediocre workers that are handed promotions just because. We work hard and are rewarded for it financially and through great benefits. I am so happy to work for this industry, and I’m happy that you published a positive outlook for us.” – A

“People don’t directly hate bankers, they hate banks who scuttled people’s careers and life goals while getting bailed out by our own tax dollars. People don’t directly hate bankers, they hate that no-one in the baking industry has been held accountable for money mongering behavior that cost people homes and lives without having to offer financial restitution. People don’t directly hate bankers, they hate looking at young people making small fortunes and living high on the hog while continuing to lobby for the rights to repeat the behavior that so severely impacted their lives before. People hate banks. Because of banks, people couldn’t get home loans for almost a decade. Because of banks, people lost their entire retirement portfolio. Because of banks, people fell into such financial turmoil (not brought upon themselves) that they took their own lives.” – R

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