Is Charlotte the Heart of the New South?

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Charlotte is the Heart of the New South

So I’ve heard the city of Atlanta repeatedly called the capitol of the New South. Ok, I’ll give them that, but if they are the capitol,  then Charlotte NC is the Heart of the New South. We may be a small big city, but Charlotte has big city amenities, without big city problems! 

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Charlotte’s Romare Bearden Park

What’s new in Charlotte?  In the last year, we ‘ve added a couple of new hotels, thousands of apartments, and tons of electric scooters!  Most recently BB and T and Suntrust merged and announced a new merger and national headquarters here in Charlotte.  The 6th largest bank!    Last fall Honeywell announce they’d move the 7th Fortune 100 company ot headquarter here.  The move begna almost immediately.      In the last five years, four new office buildings, (check the pic above, missing Barings and another!)  5 hotels and a couple of fantastic parks – all in the last few years.   The light rail, called the Lynxx,  openned the 2nd phase from Uptown to UNCC.  In January, home prices were revalued in the Great Reval!! many intown locations nearly doubled in the last 8 years since the last county-wide assesment, and we are all waiting with baited breath to see what the new rate is… we’ll find out in June.

How about Bearden Park (above), the Charlotte Knights stadium and record summer attendance, and the buzz surrounding the returning Charlotte Hormets.

What is the New South? It is the old south turned new, it began after the end of Jim Crow laws in the 1960’s.  Investment, industrialization came to the south, and Charlotte it is a city that has captialized on it… The big banks led the way to a pro business city, that has grown the old fashioned way.  We keep adding hi-quality jobs. The New South first began after the civil war, but it’s modern story begins where the Civil Rights movement ended. We have a museum here that explains it better, the Levine Museum of the New South.  This page was first posted in 2008, and was updated to 2014, and now in early 2019.  Today, Charlotte is a welcoming city to newcomers

Where do people who move to Charlotte live? Explore this recent post.

Charlotte is the Heart of the New South is our most successful  page ever on CharlotteCommunitiesOnline. First written in 2008, this page try’s to tell Charlotte’s story for newcomers, a modern city of the South, a financial powerhouse inside an economic powerhouse that stretches from Atlanta  up I-85 to  Charlotte, Durham and Raleigh.  This area, dubbed “Charlanta”  by demographer Richard Florida, had a GDP of $1 trillion in 2012, an economy larger than South Korea.

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Terry McDonald

Terry McDonald

I am the owner and operator of and was inspired to create this website when I moved my young family of 6 down to Charlotte from the northeast, now over 20 years ago. Charlotte quickly became home to us and I wanted to create a website that would help individuals and families considering a move to Charlotte. I'm also the owner of The McDonald Group at eXp Realty (my day job) and have helped hundreds of folks relocate to Charlotte over the years.

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So everybody’s heard that Atlanta calls itself the “capitol” of the New South. Ok, I’ll give them that. But if Atlanta is the “capitol”, then Charlotte is the heart of the New South. Charlotte is the 20th largest city

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