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Re: “Nine better reasons why Charlotte is weird

I have said for years that Charlotte is weird. Because it is, in a quirky, bless-your-heart sort of way.

But please allow me a few clarifications.

We call it uptown because Tryon Street sits on an escarpment. When the first streetcars rolled from Dilworth, Elizabeth, etc. many, many years ago, they had to go up a slope to reach the business district. Hence the name, uptown. The marketing campaign to revive uptown in the '70s and '80s drew on that history. The campaign did not invent "uptown" out of thin air. It had a historical basis.

If you want to really see the escarpment that is Tryon Street, go out West Morehead to about where WBTV is located, turn around and look. You'll instantly understand why it's called uptown.

But I simply cannot provide any clarification for Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Bakker Messner (may she RIP, bless her heart), I surely cannot.

Here's some more weird stuff:

~Might, could = maybe (rapidly disappearing, sadly.)
~The drawl trapped inside a preppy lockjaw that is the classic accent of mizePAHK (still with us and quickly acquired by arrivistes, I've noticed.)
~Park Road Park. I'm sorry, Park Road...what?
~Harris Teeter. Great store, sounds like the name of a law firm.
~Our very strange liquor laws. Private club, sure, honey. Whatever.
~Greek diners that serve grits, collards, gyros and souvlaki.

And Nico, it isn't Queens/Queens/Queens/Kings. It's Queens Road West/Queens Road West/Kings/East (as in Boulevard.) Or try some never-ending name changes like Morehead/Queens/Providence. Or 3d/Providence/Queens/Selwyn. Or the Sharons. Or the Carmels. And who was Dabney Vigor? Or Peggy Wallace? Or Shuffletown? Or Derita? Derita?

Warm personal regards, shoogah!

Marie Francoise

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Posted by MarieFrancoise on 03/20/2014 at 8:29 PM

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