Awesome story! Carlton gave me a shot to write for CL in Charlotte...and I ended up with the cover story! So he means it When he speaks of givng writers of color a chance.
What a fantastically written account of your experience Ryan!
If you think its been hard for the cool kids in Southend, you should check out whats happened to area residents in the past few years.
I have very mixed feelings about the new C3 Lab project. If a giant event space/art gallery is your idea of a great re-use of industrial buildings, no matter what the effect, this is a wonderful thing. If your concerns lean more toward treating area residents with respect and not quickening the process of driving them out via higher prices, you're out of luck.
This is the devil's bargain too many "creative types" have been willing to make since abandoned industrial buildings were first converted into art spaces in NY. The irony, and it's a pretty dark one, is that the C3 Labs folks, who are from all reports well-meaning people, say they want to keep gentrification away so artists and "creative types" won't be forced to move; never mind people who've lived in the area for decades.
No one wants to see artists priced out of good studio space, and hopefully this new project will help that. It is darkly ironic, though, that developers who want to lower prices for the arts community and stop "gentrification" are re-fitting a building in an area already devastated by gentrification. Once again, no one cares what happens to the people of the Brookhill neighborhood, which has already been degraded by owners letting the venerable Brookhill Village area deteriorate from valued properties to junk heaps all the better to get those higher Southend prices when the poor have finally left and the place can be resold, dontcha know.
At this point, though, these arguments are moot. Wilmore is being eaten up by yuppies, and any liberal guilt about displacing the poor in Southend was "settled" years ago - settled, as in 'Hey, this is probably destructive to the surrounding black community," followed by a wink, a nod and a figurative shrug of the shoulders.
So, yes, hurrah and howdy-do for artists and barflies and boo-hoo for those invisible "other people" who will be soon forgotten in any case. The whole cool scenario is, well, cool. But also a bit stomach-turning. As someone who has supported an increase in the arts and creativity and artists' livelihoods in Charlotte for decades I'm waiting to see if anyone else is queasy about the situation, although I think I already know the answer to that.
Mcalpine Ridge Apartments off Independence Blvd Has a lot off weird happenings in those apartments .the building I live in is right next to Mcalpine creek park.I live at Mcalpine ridge for some years and have had a few residents asking question about strange noises and seeing shadows .I've been watching television and it would all of the sudden unplug from the outlet .same with the stereos .and while taking a shower I alwayS leave the bath door open because there's a few spirits or ghost whatever you like to call passing on the other side off the shower curtain .my family very spiritual .I had to get a cat .they don't like cats for some reason
So long as any newspaper participates in lending credence to a "stigma" or to people who voice one, it is acting irresponsibly.
I am so ashamed of the new lows we seem to be facing in this country. How can we be allowing these young people to be hunted down like this, when all they want is a life free from harrassment from gangs in their own countries. They seek safety in America, with their families. They are in school, working hard to build a good future for themselves and their families. And in come the authorities, scaring the daylights out of everybody. How can we be so cruel? Unless we are 100% American Indian, our ancestors were once in their shoes. Have we no mercy?
Shock and Awe. That's our motto. I've long believed that if America falls, it won't be from foreign enemies, but rather from within.
Every time ICE goes into one of our schools to arrest one of these young people, they throw so many friends and family members into turmoil and the youngstesr wind up in federal detention where they live in shocking conditions. ICE is well-named, because it is cold and unfeeling. Remember Jesus' words: When you do this to the least of these, you do it unto Me.
Al and Rosemary Hubbard
Now it's 2017 and Germany has ordered 40 Coradia iLint hydrail trains from Alstom Transport of Paris, who with Toyota, BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai and others formed the Hydrogen Council at the World Evonomic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. The North German state of Schleswig-Holstein wii be all hydrail by 2025. Stan Thompson
Sardis Road is named after an ancient city from the Bible. Possibly one or two immigrants from the Northeast US assume it has a connection to a deli in New York
Hi, I was wondering if anyone knew anything about Bunclody Drive ? It shares its name with a town that I come from in Ireland. Who ever named it must have an association too!???
Kindest woman I know, Happy 100th Birthday Aunt Mary Virginia!
Mrs. Federal does make you feel like you are a part of her family, as KIN you would call it . I wish her a wonderful Birthday to a woman who has the heart bigger than Ireland and Charlotte put together! Happy 100th Birthday.
love ya, Diane Warner
Know what's worse than being in a boring city? Being around fellow blacks who only talk about what they do for a living and undergrad. No wonder Charlotte sucks.
Does anyone know of apartments in the university area being haunted? My daughter said she saw something tall, dark, with no facial features standing in front of her door. This creeped me out for sure and I know there is no way an intruder got in and out without a trace. I'm just not sure what to make of it.
I find it funny that McAfee says she receives weekly offers to buy her house. I have lived in the neighborhood for many years and not once has anyone made an offer on my house which was renovated prior to 2007. I wouldnt be surprised if she received offers before 2007 when the market fell, but I have been watching housing prices here for many years and I just dont believe it, especially weekly!?
I say the renovations proposed for the west end are a move in the right direction. Just look at any crime map of the area, using Wesley Heights as an example. The crime rate has dropped dramatically as the neighborhood has revitalized. This is not a black vs white issue. I am a proud black home owner in Enderly Park who would like for nothing more than to see my neighborhood streets cleaned up. If anyone is being displaced, it should be the thugs bringing the drugs and crime to my neighborhood. This will only happen with the transition of rental properties into renovated homes owned by citizens who actually have something to contribute to society and our neighborhood.
There has got to be a way we can harmoniously do this without displacing our long-time senior residents like grandfathering them in with the flat tax.
Old does not mean haunted.
There are many great communities and Neighborhoods in Charlotte. I don't know that they are Gayborhoods but they are diverse and amazing! I moved to http://www.drhorton.com/North-Carolina/Charlotte.aspx and I have 2 gay neighbors and many straight ones. I love them all.
I took my 14 yr old daughter here to discuss ALL of her options as a pregnant young lady in a crisis. I felt that she needed to know all of the options that were available to her. What happened in this facility was like something out of a movie. We went there to get an ultrasound to confirm just how far along she was, so that we would be able to navigate what her choices would be. She had an appointment and was taken behind a locked door... mind you she is a MINOR, where I was left out in the waiting room. Upon being taken to the back of the office, I noticed a cross hanging from the door handle on the inside of the door. I thought that was odd, then started to put things together... like how nice the furniture was in the facility, the lack of state licenses on the wall, no literature available, AND the fact that after 20 mins and ringing the service bell several times to inquire about my daughter. I was finally led into a room where two women had been talking with my daughter, without me present. One was the " bouncer"... she actually leaned back against the door as if to prevent anyone from leaving the room. The other woman spoke to my daughter and explained that there were consequences to every decision she made. "There are consequences to saving a life and taking a life". She also stated that her pregnancy test came out negative, and that she should come back in two weeks to retake a test. Mind you, she had already had a blood test from a physician that confirmed the pregnancy. And by all calculations that would have put her past the time frame to get a legal abortion, IF she wanted to make that choice. We went there to get an ultrasound so that she would be able to make an informed choice on what she would be able to do. I feel like their agenda was being forced on a young woman who was already traumatized by her circumstances... and to me that was a very scary situation to be in.... creating further trauma to an already traumatic situation. Needless to say... we abruptly left.
If you find yourself facing a decision like this, I believe it is best to explore ALL options that are available to you. It is not right to force your will, and your beliefs on someone who is already under a lot of stress and uncertainty, for your agenda!
I don't condone the irresponsibility my daughter showed. But here we are faced with the consequence. My daughter is mentally ill, and we are fighting her illness everyday. It has been such a struggle. Her illness causes her to do things that aren't always good choices. So please take that into consideration before making a nasty comment. We struggle on a daily basis with the most basic tasks.... we are doing our best.
I just wanted to alert anyone who may be considering going there, what they will be up against.
It sounds like the police were engaging in standard riot patrol, and only started using their batons after being pelted with water bottles and bricks.
Wow. This is powerful. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
In redopnse to the second post ... First thing if you are Luke Lobsingers wife I met dude half a dozen times he had 3 different chics with him during the two weeks we met at 1511 Southwood was sublease and was supposed to have the fence repaired and the delapidated green house and the chemical filled lift pool removed. Never happened. Needles to say the refrigerator and the heat didn't work. Look I have two beautiful Dogo Argentinos and if you think I'm going to put them in harms way because you want to put me in a position to clean up your mess your mistaken. Trust me! Be glad I didn't leave you with the burden of paying the price of a one on my sick or dead dogs... Yet you chicken shit hide behind your computer tip tapping something you haven't a clue about... You might want to do some "house cleaning" of you on....
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