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Raleigh a 10 Best, CLT Not So Much

Kiplinger’s latest Ten Best Cities to Live and Work is out and Charlotte is no where to be found. Raleigh, however, comes in at number 10.

Even more interesting, peers Charlotte competes with like Austin and Athens (ATL) are on the list. Putting DC on the list strikes me as unfair, however. Not many other cities have the Fed printing money like mad down the street.

9 Responses to “Raleigh a 10 Best, CLT Not So Much”

  • May
    27
    2009

    Well that just proves that the CCCP and Uptown crowd have been successful in their quest to be “World Class”. “World Class” cities are great places to visit but not great places to work nor live in.

  • May
    27
    2009

    Sorry, but Charlotte is really not that great of a place to visit. A friend of mine recently asked me what there would be to do in Charlotte if she came to visit, and the best answer I could come up with was the Mint Museums and the USNWC. Charlotte is actually a fairly boring town, if you ask me. I’ve always joked that our city motto should be “A great place to live, but you wouldn’t want to visit here”, although the addendum now is that unlike residents, visitors don’t get taxed into oblivion.

  • May
    27
    2009

    Clay. I was being satirical. Charlotte is not a Hot Destination no matter how many NASCAR Museums, R rated Broadway shows, Uptown Baseball, NBA Basketball/NFL football or Whitewater Parks we get. Even if we had the GA Aquarium here it still wouldn’t be a Tourist attraction.

    We just have World Class Taxes, World Class Crime, World Class Dysfunctional Education, World Class Bureaucracy and Croneyism, and World Class Egos.

  • May
    27
    2009

    One thing I should clarify: Although if I were a visitor I would find Charlotte boring, as a resident I like the city very much. That’s why I get so angry at all of the attention (and tax money) that’s focused on things which I feel don’t add much to the city. If we’d concentrate on being a great place to live, as opposed to trying to be a great place to visit, then Charlotte would be much better off.

  • May
    27
    2009

    I moved here in 89 and found it a great place to live and raise a family. I even encouraged others to come and do likewise. The past 10 years or so it seems the PTB have decided that Charlotte MUST become New York or at least Atlanta or Portland. They have tried to attract Richard Florida’s Upper Crust Creative Class folks at the expense of Middle Class and Working Class Taxpayers. They have attracted lower class residents from all over the state with welfare programs and have set out the welcome mat for illegal immigrants to create a voting bloc to keep themselves in Power(this did nearly bite them in the butt in the Sherriff’s Office fiasco).

    Charlotte is becoming more like Memphis or New Orleans and less like any of the Cities on the list at Kiplingers.

  • May
    27
    2009

    With the arguable exception of Flagstaff, what do the economies of Kiplinger’s top 10 cities have in common? Hint – it’s not good.

  • May
    28
    2009

    Hmmmm All seem to be a state or national capital or the location of a major tax funded state university or both.

    I.E. The main business/Employer in all is Government.

  • May
    28
    2009

    Flagstaff didn’t impress me. Lots of roach-coach motels on Route 66. Not much else.

  • May
    29
    2009

    Been to them all in the past two years. DC is a great place to visit, but it sucks to live there. Another crummy example of a city trying to depend on a train system to get you into work. No place to park unless you have a fed job, and you’d better be to a park and ride by 7 AM if you want to park there.

    The Raleigh movie clip seems a bit comical. Talks about the projects that will be done in 2008, bragging up the RBC bank building that will be the tallest in the area. Also shows the Raleigh Times Bar as the cultural epicenter for the city. Eh? That good huh?

    I’ve lived in Charlotte since ’85, raised 4 kids and owned a couple of businesses. I have to agree that up till about the last 7 years, it’s been a great place to live. However, with Charlotte’s business and tax structure over the past 25 years, we should be sitting here with a couple billion in cash reserves instead of a couple of billion in debt. How far up that list would it put Charlotte to be THE city that paid it’s own expenses off off investment income?

    The city has been mismanaged into a hole by the same people that now keep digging it deeper.

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