A Trifling Place

President George Washington called Charlotte, a "trifling place" during his visit to the city in 1791. But it's certainly changed since then. 

WFAE's Tasnim Shamma explores the ins-and-outs of Charlotte in this podcast.

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A Trifling Place
10:06 am
Tue February 5, 2013

By The Numbers: Charlotte's Trees

A poem dedicated to trees by Joyce Kilmer at the Carillon building in uptown Charlotte.
Credit Tasnim Shamma
  • 49: Percent of tree canopy lost between 1995 and 2008
  • One: Public tree for every seven residents
  • $11.83: Amount spent per person on its street trees
  • 215: Tree species in the city's inventory. Predominant tree species are willow oak and crapemyrtle
  • $166: Total benefits of an average street tree
  • 28: Million cubic feet of stormwater intercepted annually 
  • $2.1: Million dollars in stormwater management savings
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A Trifling Place
9:45 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Episode 5: Charlotte's Tree Obsession

Trees shade the uptown area of Charlotte in the summer.
Flickr/Erik Cleves Kristensen

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

Of the seven cities I've lived and worked in, Charlotte has got to be most green. When you're getting ready for an airplane landing, it's like you're descending into a forest. Once you're on the ground, you quickly learn trees are a big part of the city's identity.

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A Trifling Place
7:47 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Episode 4: The Legend Of Concord Mills Mall

Concord Mills mall features a carousel in its food court. It once claimed to be the state's top visitor attraction. It may soon add a 30,000 square foot aquarium to the mall.
Tasnim Shamma

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

So when I first arrived in Charlotte, I was handed the latest edition of a book called the Insider's Guide to Charlotte. It had the usual highlights you would expect, but then I saw something really strange. It says Concord Mills Mall is the state's top tourist destination.

What?

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A Trifling Place
5:13 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Episode 3: Where Do You Live?

Henry Chirinos is the owner of El Purgarcito, a Salvadorean restaurant on Central Avenue.
Tanner Latham

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

Just last year, more than 20,000 people moved to Charlotte. Many come from colder climates in the North and Midwest and a growing number of people are also moving to Charlotte from states farther South, like Florida.  

Deciding where to live is a big decision, so I'll share with you my first impressions of Charlotte: Immigrants on Central, artists live in NoDA, hipsters occupy Plaza Midwood, Myers Park is old money, Dilworth has some high-profile mistresses, Ballyntyne is new money, college students live in University City and West Charlotte's got the airport. 

So where are all these new people to Charlotte settling?

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A Trifling Place
11:31 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Who Are Charlotte's Celebrities?

Evangelist Billy Graham was honored by President Richard Nixon on Friday, Oct. 15, 1971 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Today, he has a plaque on the north side of the 6900 block of Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Credit flickr/lorenabuena

One indicator of how well you've settled into a place is gaining a sense of the city's "celebrity" culture. Admittedly, I'm nowhere close. So I need your help ... 

I'm working on a list of local celebrities that newcomers to Charlotte should be familiar with (in case you run into them on the street!). Here's what I have so far:  

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A Trifling Place
10:01 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Episode 2: Uptown Vs. Downtown

Angela Haigler stands on the corner of East 6th Street and North Tryon Street in Charlotte.
Tasnim Shamma

President George Washington called Charlotte a "Trifling Place." That’s how our first president described the city during a visit in 1791.

But it’s certainly changed since then. Welcome to "A Trifling Place," a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.  


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A Trifling Place
3:41 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

A Trifling Place, Episode 1: Where Are You From?

Credit Tasnim Shamma

President George Washington called Charlotte a "trifling place." That's how our founding father described the city during a visit in 1791. But it's certainly changed since then. Welcome to "A Trifling Place," a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.


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