“Everything in south Charlotte is very new and very clean, and signs of wealth are undeniable. But the area lacks the architectural and historic charm common in cities around the South. As you move away from the city center, homes become more generic. Many housing developments are comprised of seemingly identical McMansions and have names like Ballantyne Commons and Piper Glen. Most of the stores and restaurants that occupy the hundreds of glistening new strip malls are high-end chains.”
Anatomy of a Boomtown: The Real Story Behind the Rise of Charlotte - Jobs & Economy - The Atlantic Cities
Spot on, and hands down my biggest complaint about Charlotte.