ok the worst part of charlotte is the east side..hands down. If you are visiting make sure you stay away from central ave, independence blvd and monroe road. I wouldnt recommend beatiesford rd or statesville road either...very dangerous especially if nobody knows you. So basically stick to downtown, university area...well even university is getting kind of reckless, and south charlotte. I guess you can say dont drive down any blvd after dark (south,west). Charlotte is growing very fast and so is its crime. Everybody i meet is either from NY or Pittsburgh. So just imagine, i know, scarry site. All this said charlotte isn't as bad as it sounds. Theres not really too much to do, but like any big city theres plenty.
Charlotte is often a challenge to navigate. Many roads are one road, but the name of the road changes NUMEROUS times. For instance, near the airport, you can get on Tyvola Road, heading east Tyvola turns into Fairview, which then turns into Sardis Road, then Rama Road, which turns into Idlewild. IT IS ALL THE SAME ROAD, no turns or anythings. Also, go figure, Charlotte is the only city I've ever been in where you can be on Queens Road and then find yourself at a corner where if you go straight you are on Queens Road, or you can turn left onto Queens Road West or right onto Queens Road East....Essentially it is Queens Road any which way you turn. (this intersection is located several blocks from Queens University) Look it up on Yahoo Maps...it is a TRIP!
If you happen to be in Charlotte on one of the rare days (a few a year) that it snows, the city will likely be shut down. In 2004, there was a pretty big "blizzard" by Charlotte standards that completely shut things down. They just aren't equipped to handle the snow removal here and people aren't used to driving on slick and icy roads.
A lot of major roads have name changes after certain intersections. This can get pretty confusing, so watch out. Also, a lot of roads share the same name. There are probably 3 Sharon Roads in south Charlotte that all connect in some way.... and there are two Mallard Creek Roads in northeastern Charlotte that intersect, too.
If you plan to be in Charlotte in late May or late October, don't go near the speedway! There are two major races at the Lowe's Motor Speedway each year, and they happen in those months. The traffic is backed up for hours within a 10 mile radius of the speedway for the entire weekend, and race fans take over ever spot of open grass within a two mile radius of the speedway. I have been stuck for hours before, and if you get stuck, you're surrounded by a lot of drunk people.
VTer b1bob seems to fit in just fine in Charlotte. He's been down here twice for visits and when the two of us get together, we always have a great time exploring, eating and taking lots of pictures. Nat has a strange penchant for standing next to or in front of statues and emulating whatever pose the sculptor has created for the piece. Here he is imitating the sculpture of Hezekiah Alexander at the Charlotte Musuem of History and Hezekiah Alexander Homesite.
p.s. I have no idea why this is a Warning and Danger . . .
Even though the south is known for it's wonderful southern charm, we do have a lot of crime. The most popular is car jacking. Make sure your car doors are locked and when you are approching the car, take time to look around you. One of my friends had the back of her ankel slashed by someone under her car. She's okay now but her car was stolen and her money as well. She could have been worse off but she was lucky.
Construction on the major interstates (I-77 and I-85) is awful!!! The only road that isn't under construction is Harris Blvd. Stay away from all roads under construction between the hours of 4pm and 6pm Monday - Friday.
...Mark and I would have dined on duck at Mark's house instead of beef heart kabobs and other things at El Loco Pollo, that Peruvian restaurant at which we ended up eating. So, ducks in Freedom Park, y'all got off easily THIS time.
Mark's cat Kirby must think he is a Homeland Security cat. I caught him in the act of searching my big black travel bag. Better than that security goon at Raleigh-Durham, Kirby was more interested in the contents of my bag than its size.
Nope. If you ever have a fellow VTer come to your house, make sure that he sings better than b1bob (Nat). The noise my cat Kirby made the last time I stepped on his tail was more pleasing than the sounds coming from my bathroom when Nat was taking his shower in the morning.
This is not a big deal, but Charlotte is in the Bible Belt, a term that refers to the long history of conservatism and church going. There are churches on almost every corner in the city. This is one of my favorites on East Blvd.
I was sitting in my back room one day focused on my computer screen writing the next great travel narrative, when the most awful, startling sound made my fingers freeze and my heart skip. I heard the crunching powerful cracks of a tree beginning to topple and I knew it was close. For a moment, I thought I was about to be crushed by one of the large trees that surround my house, but then I looked out into the backyard and saw my huge pecan tree falling in an open space in my yard. Thank God it didn't crush anything!
If you don't like your tea doctored up with sugar, be careful about ordering tea. Being from Texas where the sweetening of tea is done by the person who isa going to drink it, my tea in Charlotte came as a GREAT shock. I could not drink it. I drink my tea plain or with just a bit of lemon.