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See what journalists are saying about Charlotte. “Down-home charm,” “phenomenal arts and culture” and “urban icon” are just some of the rave reviews Charlotte has been receiving from national and regional media.

Time Magazine
– North Carolina’s Financial Center is Riding High –
“And while the rest of the country is sinking, Charlotte is soaring, with 28 construction cranes downtown. It's got the nation's least-battered metropolitan-housing market, lowest office-vacancy rates and fastest-growing airport. It hosts the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats and the NFL's Carolina Panthers. Its center-city population has doubled since 2000, and its light-rail system, just a year old, is already approaching its ridership goal for 2025. Meanwhile, ribbon-cuttings are scheduled for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, three museums, a theater and an African-American cultural center by 2010.”  

American Way Magazine
H.C. “Smoky” Bissell
“In recent years, art has become a key focus, and Ray Kaskey’s statues at the four corners of the Square are wonderful examples of the success of this focus. In the category of hidden gems, Charlotte’s tree canopy is in a class by itself. A drive down Queens Road West, with the wonderful oaks, is one we always make sure visitors experience.”  

The Independent (UK)
– North Carolina: Home of the Speed Freaks –
 “Charlotte’s humility is one of its most endearing qualities… the plaques on the pavement required a fair deal of scrutiny before I was able to decipher that I was standing at the place where the very last meeting of the Confederate cabinet, led by President Jefferson Davis, was held in 1865…The Fourth Ward is the kind of residential area that is wedged in the popular consciousness of what America should look like but hardly ever does.”  

Our State Magazine
– Our Carolina Ways –
“…Nothing beats the United States National Whitewater Center, about 30 minutes south of Charlotte. I enjoy going with a group of friends to ride the rafts or going alone to kayak… If you’re more into the dry side, there’s mountain biking, a ropes course, and rock climbing. I think this is definitely one of the coolest places around, and it’s right here in our state.” 

Southern Living Magazine
– The Dish on Charlotte –
“Nibble your way through Charlotte, and you’ll taste the New South. Shining on the Piedmont with a modern skyline and brimming with emerging restaurants, this is a city that savors the fresh and the new.” 

Southern Living Magazine
– Urban South: Charlotte, North Carolina –
“The city continues to grow more vibrant. New institutions move in, new buildings rise, old structures embrace renewal – all with the goal of making Charlotte a cultural touchstone and urban icon for the state.” 

NC Signature Magazine
– The River Wild –
“Although Charlotte had long been known as the second-largest banking center in the country, it’s now adding a different dimension to its identity: a hotspot for outdoor sports.  

RV Xtreme Magazine
– No Points For Second: RVing in Charlotte, NC, the birthplace of NASCAR –
“There is one thing for certain – Charlotte, N.C. is a unique destination that offers a wide range of activities for the RV enthusiast, the NASCAR fan, and the visitor just looking for southern hospitality and a world-class experience. This diverse destination truly holds something for everybody, and its one place that should not be missed.” 

Backpacker Magazine
– 60 Minute Fixes: Charlotte –
“Between its freshly minted skyscrapers, just-out-of-the-box pro teams (go Bobcats!) and that whole NASCAR-nation thing, Charlotte is the epitome of the New South. The good news about North Carolina’s biggest city? Adventure is a big part of the evolving scene, giving you the green flag on Tar Heel adventures.” 

American Eagle Latitudes
– Uptown Charlotte: A Spirited Art Enclave –
“Anyone looking to experience the down-home charm and character of the South should head to Uptown Charlotte. The fine dining, world-class accommodations and phenomenal arts and culture scene that define the thriving Uptown district reflect the softer side of North Carolina’s ‘Queen City.’”

Meetings Magazine
– Life in the Fast Lane –
“Charlotte is … fast becoming one of the South’s hottest tickets for meetings and conventions, with $5 billion in ongoing developments enhancing its appeal for planners.”

Successful Meetings
– Charlotte: an ever changing landscape –
“Charlotte’s restaurant scene has undergone a revolution. Gone are the days when the words dining, Charlotte, and barbecue tended to appear in the same sentence. Today, the city boasts its own branch of culinary leader Johnson & Wales University, and was recently named one of the ‘top 50 Cities That Sizzle’ by Restaurant News.”