Tuesday, November 24, 2009

What do you see for Charlotte?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Couldn't resist sharing this uplifting video with you, Clog readers. Produced for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce's 2009 Annual Meeting, it began making the rounds on Twitter last week.

I noticed it the day after being lectured by a Charlotte newcomer on the city's shortcomings. After that conversation, I was down and wondering how many other people feel the same. (No, I won't name the complainer.) You see, any effort made to defend the city is taken by that person as more ammunition for negative spin. They said they're tired of people working to convince them Charlotte's Got a Lot.

Now, in fairness, when I first moved to Charlotte, from Atlanta, about four years ago it took me a long time to warm up to the the area, too. The sprawl is vast, the traffic can be horrific, the people I met were nice but not inclusive, CMS is powerful birth control, I missed Little Five Points, MARTA (that city's mass transit system) and my friends. In fact, almost as soon as I moved here I began making plans to move again. Charlotte just wasn't what I thought it would, and could, be. All the same, I decided to pause for a little while and at least give the city a chance.

In these few short years I've noticed a huge shift in Charlotte's attitude and atmosphere. Now, instead of looking for another city to land I've started looking around. What I've found are large groups of people working hard to affect positive change -- who are inclusive. And, I've gotten involved too. I've also stopped focusing on the negative and started seeking out people and organizations who do care, who are trying to shape the city's future.

No, the Q.C.'s not perfect but it is evolving. And, frankly, it's easy to bitch and shut your eyes to potential. What's much more interesting is rolling up your sleeves, getting involved and making a difference.

With that, what do you see for Charlotte?

Credits: A vision for Charlotte created for Charlotte Remixed, the 2009 Charlotte Chamber Annual Meeting. Words by John W. Love Jr. Music by Fred Story. Production by Tribble Creative Group and the Charlotte Chamber Annual Meeting Committee. (See full credit roll at the end of the video.)

Here's another inspiring Charlotte video from the Chamber:

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