Every once in a while, something so cool comes out on the interwebs that it simply must be bookmarked and spread to others who will appreciate it. I guess this is the essence of the "viral video".
The video shows Charlotte, North Carolina in its pre-growth spurt at the late 20th century into the current century--and beyond. The rapidity of change in Charlotte is almost frightening. This reminded me of how slow St. Louis's physical change has been over the past 20-30 years. Sure, quite a bit has been demolished, but not a lot has been put back in. Our video below would certainly be less flashy and interesting using the same time period. But has its social landscape shifted as rapidly; has it been gentrified?
As a quick reminder, City Affair will be discussing Gentrification at its monthly meeting tomorrow, Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 7:30pm. The location is the STYLEhouse at 3155 Cherokee Street, the new digs of local clothing maker STL-Style. For a link to the event with more information, including speakers, please click here.
But if you'd like to watch Charlotte evolve, click below now. Thanks to Kaid Benfield of the Natural Resources Defense Council for covering this on his blog! Full-screen, with sound, would be best.
Metropolis by Rob Carter - Last 3 minutes from Rob Carter on Vimeo.
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