A Trifling Place

A Trifling Place
9:29 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Episode #18: The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence

A plaque commemorating the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on the corner of Trade and Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte. Many Charlotte streets, parks and public areas like Independence Square, are named in honor of the Meck Dec.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

  Welcome to A Trifling Place, a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.


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2:56 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

A Trifling Place, Episode #17: Charlotte's Public Art

The Firebird mosaic statue by French sculptor Niki De Sainte Phalle (1930-2002), sits on South Tryon Street in uptown. The piece was installed at the entrance to the The Bechtler Museum November of 2009.
Credit Tanner Latham

Welcome to A Trifling Place, a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.

Overall, Charlotte has more than 100 pieces of public art. In this episode, we’re going to take a tour of a few of them. 


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A Trifling Place
4:03 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

A Trifling Place, Episode 16: Where The Sidewalks At?

A slide from a presentation during an AARP summit, Making A More Livable Mecklenburg, showing examples of dangerous streets in Charlotte. In 2011, the city established a sidewalk retrofit policy with a goal of adding 375 miles of new sidewalks by 2035.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department

Welcome to A Trifling Place, a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte. 


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A Trifling Place
3:58 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Charlotte Area: An Attractive Place To Retire?

Five of the top ten places to retire in North Carolina, according to a real estate site, are in the Charlotte area. Only one, Sanford, is on North Carolina's certified retirement community list.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

The online real estate research site Movoto says five cities/towns in the Charlotte-area are among the top 10 places in North Carolina to retire. That's half the list! 

Top 10 Places To Retire In N.C.

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A Trifling Place
6:13 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Plaza Midwood And NoDa Tie For 'Most Hipster Neighborhood'

The Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte’s NoDa.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Plaza Midwood and NoDa tied for the most hipster neighborhood in Charlotte, according to Gawker.

They were trying to figure out "where the self-consciously arty creative-class would-be bohemians congregate" in America's cities. 

So they were looking for the equivalent of two hipster neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York. 

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A Trifling Place
11:37 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Mosaic Mural Of Dale Jr. For Auction On eBay

A four feet by six feet mural of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet made of more than 1,100 images submitted by fans, is on auction on eBay, with a starting bid of $500.
Credit eBay

This weekend, bidding began on an almost-life-sized mural of Dale Earnhardt Jr. A print of the digital mosaic mural is made up of more than 1,151 photos submitted by fans between May and December 2013. 

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A Trifling Place
10:35 am
Mon January 13, 2014

A Trifling Place, Episode 15: The Really, Really Free Store

Credit Tasnim Shamma

Correction: This story wrongly says the Really Really Free Store will move in March to a building next door. The Free Store moved into that building this month. The on-scene reporting for this piece was conducted in mid-October, when the Free Store was still located in the house.

In the latest episode of our podcast A Trifling Place, we take you to a store where everything is free. It's in a complex called Area 15.


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A Trifling Place
3:50 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

A Trifling Place, Episode 14: Charlotte vs. Raleigh

The relationship between Charlotte and Raleigh is like one of two squabbling siblings.
Credit Tasnim Shamma / Photos by James Willamor/NCDOT (Flickr)

Welcome to A Trifling Place, a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.

Charlotte has a lot of nicknames. Some of them are flattering and others … not so much. One of them is "The Great State of Mecklenburg." Much of this has to do with how Raleigh perceives Charlotte and vice versa.

"If you've lived here long enough, you know about the bitter feud between Raleigh and Charlotte," Morgan Fogarty says on Fox News Edge in 2008. "They hate us. We don't care." 

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A Trifling Place
12:40 am
Mon October 28, 2013

'Cupid' Ranks Southern Drawl Most Attractive in North America

A new "study" found that 45 percent of men prefer women with a Southern accent, according to Cupid.com.
Credit Cupid.com

Turns out the “lilting twang of the South” is the most attractive accent in North America, according to a “study” by Cupid.com. From their press release:

When it comes to romance, most of us dream of long lazy days in the sun, epic sunsets and, ahem, rolls in the hay.

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2:02 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

A Trifling Place, Episode 13: Cotillions and Etiquette Schools

During the first class of the season, students learn ballroom dance steps, how to clap, sit, escort and walk through doors.
Tasnim Shamma

Welcome to A Trifling Placea podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.

The story goes that the deeper South you go, the friendlier the people become. So moving here a year ago, I was well-prepared for the onslaught of "Yes m'ams" and chivalrous men who insist that you walk through the revolving door first. 


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