I have a question for you: Has our community really changed its social norms since its growth spurt in the past 20 years? If so, can you be specific about the changes?
We hear a lot of debate about that point–Charlotte is/isn’t fundamentally different than a generation ago. But often times those terms aren’t very well defined.
Our news staff will be airing comments from several veteran Charlotteans on this point during this week’s “IPO Charlotte” segment. Be listening during Thursday’s “Morning Edition”. Check out the right-hand side of our Home Page for more details on this.
One of the traditions I noticed right away, 19 years ago when I moved to town, was willingness of strangers to hold a door open for another stranger. You don’t see folks rushing to be the first through that door. It’s a 5-second way of acknowledging the presence of the other person. A 5-second way of showing respect.
On occasion I have seen this taken to extremes–two strangers locked in a dance around the theme, “No, you go first.” But all in all, it’s a nice, humanizing touch.
What do YOU think about Charlotte, and what changes have you noticed?