Forbes - Charlotte In Top 10 Most Miserable Cities

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Charlotte, NC

#1 Feb 1, 2008
Forbes on Charlotte: Miserable
01/31/2008 09:19 PM
By: David Kernodle

Miserable City

CHARLOTTE -- After studying 150 cities, Forbes Magazine has categorized life in Charlotte as miserable.

The cities were compared in six different categories: traffic, taxes, toxic waste, crime, climate and unemployment.

"I think Forbes ratings are laughable and they have lost total creditability,” said Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory.

The Queen City is ranked ninth out of 150 as being miserable places to live. The city fell in between Modesto, California and Providence, Rhode Island. Detroit ranked highest.

New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles are also ranked in the top ten. The rankings show bad scores for the city’s high taxes and violent crime. Traffic also scored badly; something the magazine attributes to a growing population.

Forbes marks Charlotte as the biggest surprise, and said tremendous economic growth in the last few years is bound to backfire in light of banking problems.

New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angles are also ranked in the top ten.
Mr Bill

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Feb 1, 2008
"Forbes marks Charlotte as the biggest surprise, and said tremendous economic growth in the last few years is bound to backfire in light of banking problems."

BofA and Wachovia face the biggest collapse in all known human history. BofA alone is holding over $25 trillion of bad debt sitting in off balance sheet accounts. This explosion of worthless paper values is what Forbes mistakes for economic growth.

I would not count football stadiums, strip malls, and cheap housing spread out across suburbia to represent real economic growth. For the lower 80% income brackets Charlotte is not a top city.

Mayor McCrory is a baby boomer suburbanite who is not subjected to the realities of life in Charlotte.

The only undisputed comment one can make about Charlotte is it's weather. Otherwise, you take away the suburban facade and it's a very poor city with virtually no industry or productive work available.

It is definitely the New South with a modern twist on it's slave holding roots.
bystander

United States

#3 Feb 1, 2008
Greed and growth have ruined a city that was a wonderful place to live a generation ago.
resident

Mooresville, NC

#4 Feb 2, 2008
I have lived here for 20 years and it has become a pretty miserable place to live.

Crime, traffic, taxes, yes, I would agree with that.
erin

Charlotte, NC

#5 Feb 2, 2008
as someone who actually lives in Charlotte which neither "Mr. Bill" nor bystander do, I think you are full of it. I mean where do you even get off? Charlotte is a wonderful community to live and grow-up in. Oh and as for your nasty comments about most people in Charlotte being poor and unhappy- I make 20 grand a year (aka very little money) and I adore Charlotte, can't think of anywhere I else I would rather be. Stop hating.
erin

Charlotte, NC

#6 Feb 2, 2008
p.s. Can you even call living in Ballentyne Charlotte, people who actually live in the heart of Charlotte face very little traffic and wonderful culture. And the taxes help fund our nationally recognized school system. But to be honest I think this review will help Charlotte- keeping people like ya'll away from it.
resident

Mooresville, NC

#7 Feb 3, 2008
erin wrote:
p.s. Can you even call living in Ballentyne Charlotte, people who actually live in the heart of Charlotte face very little traffic and wonderful culture. And the taxes help fund our nationally recognized school system. But to be honest I think this review will help Charlotte- keeping people like ya'll away from it.
Yeh, our school system is recognized for being one of the worst in the country. Our schools prepare too many students for their future career - life in prison.

You have completely lost touch with reality. What do you do with that 20 grand, buy drugs?
Kwame-Osei

Charlotte, NC

#8 Feb 5, 2008
this is exactly the reason that I would'nt retire here in Charlotte, NC for all the tea in China. It has "No" diversity whatsoever and race relations are horrible. If I happen to be leaving Blumenthal Theater (one of the most beautiful in the country) and see the night scene. it's plain to see that it's designed for whites only. These people don't even know how to exchange greetings (speak to each other). They collectively struggle knowing how to re act when minorities are present in a social setting. Most of the native Charlotteans other than the transplants have only been to Myrtle Beach and the Carolina mountains as far as travel. Most social functions they attend are either tobacco spitting contest or watermelon eating competitions. Charlotte is one of the most beautiful cities in the country but that's as far as it goes. We literally have no historical buildings left, we sucessfully demolished them. Politics is still operated on the "good ole boy system" and the mayor represents them well.
Mkgb771

AOL

#9 Feb 6, 2008
I'm a native Floridian who've spent the last 19 years or so in Virginia. I've visited the City of Charlotte on several ocassions and found it to be a very beautiful city. I had seriously considered relocating there sometime in the near future but after having read many negative reports, I am now considering taking Charlotte of my list. By the way, I'm African-American and you know how the word "Slavery" perks our ears up.
junior

Charlotte, NC

#10 Feb 9, 2008
Maybe you should enter the watermelon eating competition. You would probably do pretty well.

By the way, isn't kwame-osei Swahili for a commonly used vulgar name for the exit point of used food?
Kwame-Osei wrote:
this is exactly the reason that I would'nt retire here in Charlotte, NC for all the tea in China. It has "No" diversity whatsoever and race relations are horrible. If I happen to be leaving Blumenthal Theater (one of the most beautiful in the country) and see the night scene. it's plain to see that it's designed for whites only. These people don't even know how to exchange greetings (speak to each other). They collectively struggle knowing how to re act when minorities are present in a social setting. Most of the native Charlotteans other than the transplants have only been to Myrtle Beach and the Carolina mountains as far as travel. Most social functions they attend are either tobacco spitting contest or watermelon eating competitions. Charlotte is one of the most beautiful cities in the country but that's as far as it goes. We literally have no historical buildings left, we sucessfully demolished them. Politics is still operated on the "good ole boy system" and the mayor represents them well.
Curious

Charlotte, NC

#11 Feb 9, 2008
Has anyone ever done a study to see if there is a correlation between these miserable cities and the percentage of black population?

New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, LA, Chicago, Charlotte ... hmmmmm

How about school performance (or violence) versus racial makeup?

Such studies would be excellent opportunities for blacks to prove that they are as guiltless as they say they are.
Mr Bill

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Feb 9, 2008
Curious wrote:
Has anyone ever done a study to see if there is a correlation between these miserable cities and the percentage of black population?
New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, LA, Chicago, Charlotte ... hmmmmm
How about school performance (or violence) versus racial makeup?
Such studies would be excellent opportunities for blacks to prove that they are as guiltless as they say they are.
You have got to be kidding. They dont need to take any time studying you, you're 100% moron.
RainbowWarrior

United States

#13 Feb 10, 2008
Courious- it does seem odd that these places are also the highest for foreclosures too. You can call me racist if you want, but who wants to live next door to people who don't live the way I do. Who wants to hears LOUD music night and day, people cussing each other,(kids included), and who spend more on bling-bling for the Escalade than putting a roof on their house. You cannot attend any kind of function in Charlotte (like 4th of July) without some kind of "incedent"- Yea I'd say that Charlotte is pretty miserable. I have however lived next door to black folks who did keep their yard kept nice, and didn't paint the trim or house some Gawd-awful color, but those people are far and few.
myty

Flemington, NJ

#14 Feb 10, 2008
Rainbow...

I feel the same way, only I have those same feelings you speak of about white people. You can call me racist also, if you want to.
Brian

Salisbury, NC

#15 Feb 11, 2008
First of all the people who are trying to blame blacks are crazy. First of all Charlotte has more white by 3 to 1 than blacks, that is why you have a white Mayor. Do you think Charlotte would have a white Mayor if you had more blacks living here. Charlotte problem is you have a racist Mayor and his good old boys greed that caused this problem. five years ago you could buy a home in Charlotte for 150k, now that same home cost 400k. The city is growing to fast and need to just stop.
Brian

Salisbury, NC

#16 Feb 11, 2008
You have more white living in Charlotte than blacks, don't blame black people, blame you greedy ass mayor and his good old boys. And not that baster wants to run for Governor so he is screw up that state of NC
Doug

Durham, NC

#17 Feb 12, 2008
I was shocked when Charlotte appeared on that list, and I'm really baffled by Forbes rating methods in general. I've lived in Charlotte before, moved there from out of state and never regretted it. Now I live in Raleigh, which appears on almost every list of great places in the US for one reason or another. When we do, everybody here asks, "now how did they come up with that?." Often we are rated highly in areas that people who live here don't agree with. For example, who would rate Raleigh as the best dating scene/place for singles in the US?...Rachael Ray's magazine did it just last month. The indicators may be right but have they actually been here to check out their assumptions? I doubt it.

Anyway, Go Charlotte! You have a lot to offer and don't you forget it. In time you will address the problems that put you on that list. In the meantime, I will just enjoy coming there for the appeal of the city which continues to draw people in droves.
Curious

Mooresville, NC

#18 Feb 16, 2008
Mr Bill wrote:
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You have got to be kidding. They dont need to take any time studying you, you're 100% moron.
Typical black response. Cover the facts with charges of ignorance and racism. You think it is a coincidence that all of these cities have heavy black populations? The worst have black leadership. You think that is a coincidence?

If blacks continue to deny the truth and refuse to face and address the facts their condition will continue to worsen, that is, if the chaotic, moral-less, semi-literate condition in which they live can get any worse.
Mr Bill

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Feb 16, 2008
Curious wrote:
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Typical black response. Cover the facts with charges of ignorance and racism. You think it is a coincidence that all of these cities have heavy black populations? The worst have black leadership. You think that is a coincidence?
If blacks continue to deny the truth and refuse to face and address the facts their condition will continue to worsen, that is, if the chaotic, moral-less, semi-literate condition in which they live can get any worse.
I am not black. Strike one
Second place you write about truth as if you know how to locate it. Take the case of Nick Mackey; Nick earned a law degree, had a Masters degree in
Business Administration, Public Administration, Criminology to go along with his undergrad degree. On top of that he worked 12 years for the CMPD making his way to the rank of Sergant.

Then he wins the election for Sheriff and suddenly he is stripped of the election and white idiots like you begin to babble on about all kinds of meaningless things.

You call that facing the truth? You cant find the truth because finding the truth requires a cognitive process that you no longer posess.
Ura Nasole

Mooresville, NC

#20 Feb 17, 2008
Mr Bill wrote:
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I am not black. Strike one
Second place you write about truth as if you know how to locate it. Take the case of Nick Mackey; Nick earned a law degree, had a Masters degree in
Business Administration, Public Administration, Criminology to go along with his undergrad degree. On top of that he worked 12 years for the CMPD making his way to the rank of Sergant.
Then he wins the election for Sheriff and suddenly he is stripped of the election and white idiots like you begin to babble on about all kinds of meaningless things.
You call that facing the truth? You cant find the truth because finding the truth requires a cognitive process that you no longer posess.
It is obvious you know nothing about which you speak. These lily livered liberal Democrats in Charlotte would LOVE to have a black sheriff. Most of them are still basking in the glory of Harvey Gantt, one of the first black Mayors of a predominantly white city in the South.

However, the scam that Slick Nick and his posse tried to pull off smelled so bad even the liberal Dems had to contest it! Slick Nick is a con-man, a product of a society that has made it so easy for a black man to be awarded jobs and degrees for which he is not remotely qualified.

Go back to kindergarten junior. Here's another tip: Spellcheck - look into it.

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