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The rapid evolution of Charlotte, North Carolina, from “regional backwater” to globally ascendant city provides stark contrasts of then and now. Once a regional manufacturing and textile center, 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 now an emerging immigrant gateway drawing newcomers from Latin America and across the globe. Once derided for its sleepy, nine-to-five “uptown,” Charlotte’s center 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—globalizing, not 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 Latino communities. United in the conviction that the experience of this Sunbelt city—center 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 globalization combine with a city’s internal dynamics to reshape the local structures, landscapes, and identities of a southern place.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Maps
  2. pp. viii-x
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  1. Introduction. From Mill Town to Financial Capital: Charlotte’s Global Evolution
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. A Place to Come To
  2. pp. 10-23
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  1. Searching for Respect: From “New South” to “World Class” at the Crossroads of the Carolinas
  2. pp. 24-49
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  1. Red Dust and Dynamometers: Charlotte as Memory and Knowledge Community in NASCAR
  2. pp. 50-86
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  1. Blending Southern Culture and International Finance: The Construction of a Global Money Center
  2. pp. 87-101
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  1. Beyond Local Markets: The Export Performance and Challenges of Charlotte Manufacturers
  2. pp. 102-118
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  1. A Place for Old Mills in a New Economy: Textile Mill Reuse in Charlotte
  2. pp. 119-140
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  1. Banking on the Neighborhood: Corporate Citizenship and Revitalization in Uptown Charlotte
  2. pp. 141-159
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  1. Developing a Typology of African American Neighborhoods in the American South: The Case of Charlotte
  2. pp. 160-188
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  1. Development and the Politics of School Desegregation and Resegregation
  2. pp. 189-219
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  1. Centers and Edges: The Confusion of Urban and Suburban Paradigms in Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Development Patterns
  2. pp. 220-246
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  1. Salad-bowl Suburbs: A History of Charlotte’s East Side and South Boulevard Immigrant Corridors
  2. pp. 247-262
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  1. Mi Reina: Latino Landscapes in the Queen City (Charlotte, N.C.)
  2. pp. 263-283
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  1. Epilogue: Charlotte at the Globalizing Crossroads
  2. pp. 284-289
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 291-296
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 297-310
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820343938
Print ISBN
9780820335612
MARC Record
OCLC
794413048
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2012-06-26
Language
English
Open Access
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