Scenes of Change
We asked, you answered: here are the five most momentous events in Charlotte during the past five years, according to our online poll:
In the fall of 1995—twenty-seven years after its inception—this magazine received a face-lift, brought on by new ownership. The debut issue of the new look marked a pivotal time at not only the magazine, but also in the city's history. Writer Alex Coffin predicted that City Councilman Pat McCrory would be elected mayor, but was less sure about his potential impact: "I just don't see McCrory leaving discernible footprints. I'm more fearful of his council colleagues leaving their footprints on him." A record seven terms later, and our boy Pat is running for governor. Elsewhere, writer M. S. Van Hecke speculated on then First Union's (it's now Wachovia) potential departure from Charlotte (some things never change), and the magazine reported on the future of Independence Boulevard -- the ambitious project that transformed the road into a six-lane freeway.
But more importantly, the magazine captured a moment in time, a snapshot of what was happening in Charlotte right then. And that, thirteen years later, remains the mission -- to show readers just how interesting our city really is.