The rapid evolution of Charlotte, North Carolina, from regional backwater to globally ascendant city provides stark contrasts of then and w. Once a regional manufacturing and textile centre, Charlotte stands today as one of the nation's premier banking and financial cores with interests reaching broadly into global markets. Once defined by its biracial and bicultural character, Charlotte is w an emerging immigrant gateway drawing newcomers from Latin America and across the globe. Once derided for its sleepy, nine-to-five uptown, Charlotte's centre city has been wholly transformed by residential gentrification, corporate headquarters construction, and amenity-based redevelopment. And yet, despite its rapid transformation, Charlotte remains distinctively southern--globalising, t yet global. This book brings together an interdisciplinary team of leading scholars and local experts to examine Charlotte from multiple angles. Their topics include the banking industry, gentrification, boosterism, architecture, city planning, transit, public schools, NASCAR, and the African American and Lati communities. United in the conviction that the experience of this Sunbelt city--centre of the nation's fifth-largest metropolitan area--offers new insight into today's most pressing urban and suburban issues, the contributors to Charlotte, NC: The Global Evolution of a New South City ask what happens when the external forces of globalisation combine with a city's internal dynamics to reshape the local structures, landscapes, and identities of a southern place.
William Graves and Heather A. Smith are associate professors of geography at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.