About Charlotte- Metro Area
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Charlotte is a modern urban and financial center grown up dramatically from its previous agricultural and regional banking roots. Today the city is reputedly the headquarters for more banks than any city outside New York, and is the home to such financial heavyweights as BankAmerica and Wells Fargo, as well as Lowe’s (home improvement retail) and specialty steel maker Nucor. Downtown is a mix of contemporary skyscraper architecture and a number of well-preserved 19th-century neighborhoods.
The city has a good collection of museums, shopping options, and especially sports teams. The city is home to the Carolina Panthers NFL team and was able to defy sports tradition by actually replacing a professional sports franchise it lost, the Charlotte Hornets. There is an active NASCAR racing circuit in the area, centered in the otherwise ordinary Concord 20 miles northeast. The city has modern transportation amenities and even a few direct flights to Europe. Growth-related urban sprawl and related traffic problems are moderate to severe.