Feb 5, 2016 - News

Mailbag: 33 pieces of spicy electronic feedback

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This is part of an ongoing series titled Mailbag, items readers submit via email or our feedback form (not social media, everybody already sees that). We get a ton of feedback. This is not close to everything (it’s about 4%), but it’s a good sample.

General

“Have you NOT traveled outside of Charlotte??? All the great spots that people from Charlotte go to in Matthews, Mint Hill, Ballantyne, etc. This IS very Uptown biased, as stated on FB” – P

“Struggling parent looking for summer camp options for my toddler. Can we get a definitive CA breakdown?” – A

Overheard in the office today…
Girl: “Damn you’re like all work and no play today.”
Guy: “All work and no play makes Keith a dull boy.”
Girl: “Who’s Keith?”
Guy: “Keith Pounding.” – A

“Hi..I love Axios Charlotte! Read it every day! I wish I could write, I have so many topics I’d love someone to tackle. My first request is having someone explore how we can get an urban, flagship REI store in center city!! Charlotte is prime for a store, like Denver, maybe one that opens onto our greenway… with all the development happening in center city, we need a developer to approach REI NOW as an anchor tenant! Close Northlake with all the crime and violence there and open in center city! CLT is filled with outdoor, active young and old people, an REI would fit this fun active vibe happening here. What developer could go after REI and really make REI a destination to center city? We have no decent outfitters stores in the urban center of CLT, yet we are a young, active, outdoorsy population filled with climbers, kayakers, runners, cyclists…most of whom live in center city and need a place to shop that doesn’t require them to get in their car! Help Axios Charlotte!!!” – A

“So we all know by now the Panthers are going to the SuperBowl, and how ridiculously expensive it would be for a normal fan to attend an event like that. Why don’t the Panthers open up the stadium to those who can’t afford that kind of experience and broadcast it on the Jumbotron? They could sell tickets, concessions, Panthers gear, maybe even Cam Newton’s old smelly socks for the weirdo superfans out there–it could be an amazing bonding experience for the city. Just sayin’.” – S

“My friend told me about the Axios Charlotte in December. I signed up for your emails, I started following you on IG, and let’s be clear ….I didn’t expect much at first. I’m finding that after I make my Nespresso latte in the morning I can’t wait to open up the Axios Charlotte and see what’s going on! You guys are opening up this city and revealing all its’ hidden jewels and gems. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I feel like my finger is actually on the pulse of what’s happening in our Queen City. I don’t watch the news; it’s depressing and sensational. But thanks to you I will be attending the Panthers Rally today because I read about it in the Axios Charlotte. (oh, and every mom in the city is wondering if it’s acceptable to take their kid out of school for this. the answer is always yes, but they sure do fret). We moved here 2.5 years ago from Seattle. It was a big move from the Emerald City to the Queen City. We now live in a charming home in Dilworth that’s on the fringe of all the new Southend development. Thanks to you, I actually have an idea of what’s happening in Southend: a new ice cream shop! a Korean restaurant! a new Whole Foods! swoooooon. I just wanted to take some time to say THANK YOU this morning. Thanks to the staycation article, I really want to go to the New South museum and the modern art museum. I love how Charlotte is growing. Thank you for keeping us informed!” – L

“The banner ad for Bojangles’ has the logo looking kinda like a fish and says “coming 2.8.2016″. Is there a Bojangles fish sandwich coming? Can we get an expose?” – A

In response to: The real question he asked and I answered when he was down on one knee

“While there seems to be an unending supply of articles and op-ed pieces explaining the importance of marriages, your take on the established institution is vastly different from anything I’ve ever read. I quite honestly have become jaded after reading so many articles. Actually I’ve seen so many articles coupled with divorce statistics, that I had begun to question whether or not marriage is really worth it. But for some reason I decided to read one more this morning (yours) and am glad I did. Thank you for introducing a new perspective to someone who had almost lost faith in the establishment of marriage!” – C

“I just wanted to let you know that I LOVED your article about your engagement. I thought it was such an interesting perspective about all things love and marriage. I read the Agenda every single day and I feel like I’m always reading about all of the problems associated with dating and finding love in the Queen City, but your article touches on something much different. I too met my boyfriend on a dating app (Hinge, the step sister of Tinder) and have had an overwhelmingly positive experience as well. I just wanted to say thanks for writing an article about a very personal experience that shared a very significant message. In the end I believe you are correct, the reward of a love well-loved and a life well lived outweigh the risks, probably 100 times over in my opinion. Thanks again, keep up the great work!” – C

In response to: CLT Playlist: Live music picks for February 3 – 7

“Sam from Time Sawyer. Just wanted to stop in a say thank you for picking us at you weekend music pick! I’ve been following you guys for a while on instagram as my “one stop shop to all things cool in Charlotte I didn’t know about”. We really appreciate the kind words. And we love your trucker hats.” – S

In response to: Moses’s Story

“Moses’s Story was such a wonderful piece. You should be very proud of it. I shared it with a good number of people I know. ‘In order for somebody to appreciate my wave, they’ve got to accept me as a human.'” – L

In response to: REAL ice cream is coming to South End and I’m losing my damn mind

“I will admit to probably being slightly North of the average age for your readership. Some may even call me a curmudgeon. However, I enjoy your publication very much. It is bookmarked on my iPad and usually a first-read for me in the morning. Today, I found myself disappointed with what I consider to be a sad departure from the usual “tone” of your articles. The “real ice cream” story today used language which I found to be somewhat offensive and uncharacteristic. The headline and subsequent use of word-substitutes for the F-bomb was unnecessary. I understand that the author is excited about and looking forward to her .2 mile walk for great ice cream, but her expressive verbiage left me underwhelmed. In writing (or speaking for that matter), I have always found that the use of colorful language is indicative of a severely-limited vocabulary. This will not keep me from continuing to look forward to your publication everyday, but to not share my impressions would be irresponsible.” – A

“We are best friends and avid CA readers who find ourselves constantly LOLing at Mary’s articles.
Every morning we read CA and discuss our favorite parts over g-chat while avoiding work and scheming how to be friends with Mary. Call us maybe? L&M*. *if Mary actually wants to be friends with us: @xxxx and @xxxx” – L & M

“I just wanted to say my peace about the ice cream article by Mary Gross. Although the excitement of a new ice cream shop is great for CLT I felt the article did a big disservice to members of the community that are still in the same realm (namely gelato) — these are still locals trying to put food on the table and I know some that have already have had their feelings hurt by some of the light hearted comments made. I feel Axios Charlotte has a big pull in this small but flourishing city and representing Charlotte as a whole, other local businesses that do a great deal to give back to this great city shouldn’t have to feel like they are looked down on in some way.” – A

In response to: This state law could start affecting your craft beer choices

“The article on craft beer implies the 25,000 barrel cap is arbitrary. Further pieces on the topic I would like for you to investigate how the cap was derived. We know that the three tiered system of North Carolina comes out of prohibition in the 1930s. How old is that specific law? Who are the lawmakers that drafted it? If any are still alive can they be interviewed about the rationale? What was the state population and what was the average volume any brewer made when the current cap was put into place? The question I want you to answer by this research is if the law was based on population or limits brewery of volume/capital investment at that time then what the ratios be updated to.” – A

In response to Katie’s newsletter intro on February 3

“Katie: I live at E. Park and Camden in a building that opens to the Rail Trail. Please do not encourage folks to venture ‘in’ to the trail and the rest of South End. We who reside here do our best to maintain both the figurative and literal facade that South Blvd. provides — i.e, we want people to drive its length and shrug, muttering ‘so what’s so great about South End anyway?’ Hope springs eternal here that the trail develops more into a neighborhoody hidden gem and less like NYC’s High Line (now an international phenomena that has corrupted its neighborhood’s charms). A tad elitist? Perhaps, but it’s really more a sentiment than a label or a judgment. The time has come for South End to get some pushback and bad press (and the South Blvd. initial impression you draw is a good start indeed). It’s our area’s last chance at remaining a neighborhood in lieu of transforming into a tourist attraction. So please, let CA assume the vanguard flank (much like it did touting the neighborhood back when) and lead the counter assault, starting now. And take credit as visionaries. CA’s new creed: South End: Overhyped, Overrated, and Overpriced. It just might help. Thanks.” – P

In response to: Complete list, pricing and map of Charlotte’s coworking spaces

“I saw your piece on Charlotte cowork facilities. Although the article was Charlotte-specific, I figured I’d mention that there is a coworking space in downtown Concord, hb5 co/work. We opened at the end of last October. It would be great to see our space added to the list, but understand if the intent is to keep it Charlotte specific.” – A

In response to: Zablong Pizza is open in Latta Arcade. Here’s the deal

“Zablong is indeed pretty cool, and pretty tasty. But it’s way too much food for lunch….who eats like that? Wish they had smaller portions. Oh, and 10 bucks pre-drink for lunch isn’t cheap!!!! Damn kids. But the fridge for a 2nd day works, for both portion control and spending.” – A

In response to: Top 15 spots where cool Charlotteans will be watching the Super Bowl

“Mac’s didn’t make the list? And you put new places on the list that aren’t even proven? Lame.” – A

In response to: Woman up: 5 reasons I am not your #girlboss

“LOVE your ‘Woman Up’ piece today — I’ve been echoing similar thoughts for a while and find it infuriating when women subtly degrade themselves and their work by ‘girl’-ifying it. So, so lame. Bravo to you!” – L

“Long time listener, first time caller. Calling in today regarding Levans’ article ‘Woman up: 5 reasons I am not your #girlboss’. Don’t know where to begin really. What the hell was this? I have no idea what the ‘#girlboss’ movement that she is referring to actually is, and I imagine I’m not alone here amongst your readers. It might have first been helpful to actually include some kind of link or at bare minimum an explanation as to what you are talking about, IMO. Next, what? ‘We don’t say girl doctor or female comedian or lady cop because it perpetuates the patriarchal norm that men are the standard and expectation while women in certain roles are the exception.’ What is this? I have never ever heard anyone refer to a female doctor as a “girl doctor” or female police officer as a “lady cop”. Quit inventing problems that do not exist here, they are not referred to like this because it would perpetuate some made up ‘patriarchal norm’ but because you call a doctor a doctor, regardless of their physical characteristics. I wouldn’t say ‘I’m going to see my black girl doctor about my back problem’ because I am not a moron. This is a complete non-issue, no one out there refers to their doctor in gender terms. Points 2 through 5 make absolutely no sense as you have not provided any background information regarding this ‘#girlboss’ movement so have no idea what you are referring to. This would be akin to me writing an article about why the NL should keep the DH and then not explaining for the laymen (or laywomen *winking emoji*) out there what I am actually referring to.” – A

In response to: 10 most romantic restaurants in Charlotte, ranked

“Interesting choices. You might have included Fiamma and Primo Tuscan Grille. Primo has the MOST secluded and cozy bar in any restaurant that I have dined in in Charlotte in years. Both restaurants are sort of out of the way so they may not be on a lot of people’s radar. Check out both of them. Just recently started looking at Axios Charlotte. My 20-something niece turned me on to it. In fact, she gave me a BrewPublik gift card for Christmas and I am looking forward to my first delivery. Axios Charlotte has become my go-to blog for anything newsworthy in the Q.C.” – K

In response to: The Charlotte Rail Trail is unveiling its first major project — a 199-foot light display

“I wish I could get as excited about these new colored lights as you seem to be. After all is said and done, it’s still an ugly substation and radio tower. My main concern is that it just adds to the lack of a true night sky in the Charlotte area. I can’t remember the last time that I was able to walk outside at night and see the stars or constellations. I live within 3 miles of downtown and it’s always light even at 2:00 a.m. I wish we could have a few nights a month when EVERY LIGHT that was non-essential for public safety could be turned off. The only time I ever see a true night sky is when I visit relatives in Midland. They live far into the country and there are no street lights anywhere around them. I feel certain that I’m not the only person who feels this way.” – K

In response to: Why my kid rides the bus

“I wanted to say that I LOVED reading your piece on ‘Why My Kid Rides the Bus’. I’m not a parent yet and probably won’t venture into that for another year or so. However, I completely agree that our children do not need to be coddled and sheltered from these seemingly “bad experiences” like riding the bus. As someone who has gone to public school and rode the bus throughout my entire school experience (what’s a drop off line?) I have also turned out just fine, heck, even better than fine! The social pressure to “do it all” for our children has gone too far and it’s time to take a step back and allow them to have some life experiences on their own. Thank you for an excellent story!” – A

“Please have more posts by Jon Snow. I read his ‘Why my Kids ride the Bus’ article and I was laughing hysterically at work. I proceeded to hunt down more articles by him, and read his other post about ‘7 reasons to stop googling “what to do with kids in Charlotte”‘. I was laughing equally hysterically. I am one of your “older” readers (an actual Gen X’er!) and I religiously read Axios Charlotte. Jon Snow’s life sounds exactly like mine, and I can identify with him so well. Bring him on more to appeal to your “older” (late 30’s/40’s) readers. :)” – C

In response to: How not to become Atlanta

“First, I think it is funny how Charlotte continually fixates on Atlanta like a jealous cousin who feels the best way to deal with that jealousy is to tear down their object of envy. Second… no one in Atlanta even thinks of Charlotte as a competitor. In fact, we rarely think of Charlotte at all. Third…I don’t think you need to worry about Charlotte getting anywhere close to becoming Atlanta.” – A

In response to: Here’s how my first Panthers press experience went

“Katie, your ‘Here’s how my first Panthers press experience went’ story was hilarious. Long day at work for me and needed a good laugh. Great story and sounds like a fun albeit, nerve-wracking night.” – J

In response to: What’s the deal with that big metal thing near the airport?

“I really enjoyed Kylie’s article about all the art at the airport. I’ve seen it all but didn’t know the stories behind them. Fun story about the rocking chairs: I was in Maryland not long ago and got into a discussion with a few people about airports. When I said I liked our airport here in Charlotte, a woman (who has been to many airports) said “is that the one with all the rocking chairs?” I said yes, and she said ‘Oh I love that. It’s the best thing I’ve seen in any airport.’ Even the little things make Charlotte a great place to be.” – A

In response to Andrew’s newsletter intro on January 26

“I’ve been reading Axios Charlotte since you launched last year and have never provided any feedback, but your comments at the beginning of this morning’s newsletter cannot go ignored. I can’t believe I’m the only reader responding, but I’m going to do my best to ignore my own offense at your comments and respond only with what I know to be true about CMS. I’ll preface by saying I’m not a parent or a CMS employee, but I spent nearly four years working alongside them on behalf of an educational non-profit here in town. First of all, as a journalist, I’m surprised you don’t recognize CMS’ decision to not operate in the wake of inclement weather as less of a ‘lazy’ choice as you so insensitively and selfishly put it in your email, but as a business decision. CMS has an enormous liability in maintaining the safety of nearly 200,000 students across the city each day. Ice from your perspective may seem harmless and insignificant, but to imply that they’re using a little ice for an “extra day off” is unbelievably shortsighted. The implications of one simple weather-related accident, no matter how small, would be huge, and I’m surprised you don’t respect our leaders’ best attempt at keeping your child as safe as possible, instead blaming them of being lazy. Especially when many of them are parents as well and understand the difficulties of managing multiple family and professional responsibilities. Secondly, the mission of CMS, as shared on their website is to “maximize the academic achievement by every student in every school”. This is quite clear and straightforward. CMS uses its limited resources and faces countless challenges to do just that. Nowhere in their mission do they mention that they’re committed to making parenting easier or convenient for the families they serve. That is not why they exist and it never will be. CMS is not a babysitting service, nor are they a social service. They are a school system. Of course they seek to work alongside social services to serve those in need in our communities – and I’m sure for that we’re all thankful – but they are in no way obligated to share the burden of caring for children in middle-class households whose parents are inconvenienced by their decisions. I believe that parenting is difficult, and single parenting is even more difficult. I feel strongly for parents who are working harder than I can imagine to provide for their families. But I believe it is important for parents to recognize that the school system does not exist to lighten their load. Neighbors, friends, other agencies, churches. They exist for that. You yourself wrote an article last week proposing that Charlotte start to have more pride in CMS. Perhaps that pride needs to start not just with your readers, but you yourself. Pride means respecting that CMS is doing its best and being a part of the conversation, as you were last week. Pride means respecting that our school system’s priorities are greater than that of parents who don’t want to be inconvenienced. Thanks for your continued work in Charlotte. I always enjoy reading. I appreciate you considering my rebuttal.” – C

In response to: Could a dorm for grownups be what Charlotte millennials need?

“I’m a 30 something mom, but yes to the dorm life (commonplace) concept. My husband and I have been saying this for years. It forces you to know your neighbor; it’s more than a wave. Love it! Someone bring this to all major cities!” – A

In response to: These Charlotte fashion bloggers have sneaky big followings

“There is one lady here, well, not lady. Millennial, named Mia. She is African American and has HUGE following as well. You might want to shine a little light on this too – her IG name is: @MiaTheBoss” – A

In response to Katie’s newsletter intro about the circus on January 27

Love that you wrote about boycotting the circus. I already loved reading your articles and you for responding to an email I wrote about restaurant recommendations – but you’ve just earned some serious additional respect. Thank you for using your platform to speak out against the circus. – S

Thank you Katie for the post on the cruel treatment of elephants!! I have always been against it and was happy when Ringling Brothers decided to retire the elephants. Why wait until 2018?? Anyway, thank you for speaking out and keep doing all your good work!! – K

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