Lynnsy Logue, The Real Estate Lady® and Condo Cando® Charlotte, NC
Charlotte’s real estate voice
Charlotte, NCCity of the Future
Are we all pleased? Charlotte is ranked as the 20th largest city in the country and listed as the 10th fastest growing. Wow! I have lived here for well over 50 years and am appreciative of our fertile climate for business, our closeness to beach and mountains, the community of friends that has grown over the years to be hundreds or thousands as our paths intertwine as our children bear children and as some of our parents come to Charlotte to retire. It is a pretty nifty place, Charlotte, NC - this city of the future.
And I wonder…will our cities and descriptions always be based on “biggest? and “fastest?… and “newer? and “improved?…I wonder that as our tree lined streets with elegant homes of the 50’s and 60’s change to sport the mega mansions…and our charming neighborhoods sport the 4ft x 8ft signs advertising the property for sale and how many lots it may be subdivided to…and the sound of cash registers and the silent clicks of calculators of all shapes and descriptions marching silently to this city of the future. My personal quest would be clean drinking water all, enough for everyone, clean, pure air and great schools for our children, all of our children. Safe, clean well equipped schools with the best teachers who receive top pay.Everything else would follow I believe. Today…I honor the visionaries. The people who worked long ago, loving this place and wanting it to be the kind of city where we could raise our children, educate our children, have movies on the green, streets where we could ride our bikes and so on…and behind every effort there were the people. In many cases we don’t know nor did we record their names. These people who made the core tapestry of Charlotte.
I am glad to read about newcomers, where they come from, where they choose to live in our fair city…I would like to know about the weavers, the older ones who have left, are leaving - their stories. For inasmuch as we consistently and persistently tear down our old homes and old buildings, if we treat our physical history with such little respect, are we doing the same with the people who created our past. All of the people.
The women who started the Afro-American Cultural Center for whom I think the new one should be named. We owe much to these two visionaries: Mary Harper and Bertha Maxwell Roddy, both women now with doctoral degrees…and others like them who helped shape Charlotte. All of us…black, white, yellow, red, rich, poor, kimonos, Birkenstocks, jeans, artists, economists…all of us made Charlotte so that it could look to the future. So besides being among the biggest and fastest, what are we?
Who are we as a people? It is a question I ask of myself as I say goodbye to folks who are heading out.