Seven Wonders of Charlotte: Day Four

The Whitewater Center

From concert series to kayaking, rock climbing to zipline fun, The Whitewater Center is one of Charlotte’s best-kept, but wildly popular secrets!  They have upcoming trials for the 2012 Olympic Trials and the 2012 Olympic Games in London!

While you’re out there, check out these properties in the area:

1831 Colin Creek Lane

11631 Shimmering Lake Drive

Seven Wonders of Charlotte: Day One

Whether you’re a native Charlottean or a newcomer, you have to admit that Charlotte’s got a lot to offer! Sparked by this realization, we’re kicking off a seven-day focus on the Seven Wonders of Charlotte! Join us while we give you an unofficial tour of the more unique side of Charlotte!

Day One: Metalmorphosis

Located in SouthWest Charlotte at 3700 Arco Corporate Drive, 28273, this free-to-the-public design created by David Cerny is a moving structure, shooting water and reforming the head! Dubbed “Metalmorphosis” this work of art is truly a sight to behold!

The Concerns With “Going Nuclear”

No doubt you’ve heard of the tragic devastation left by the recent tsunami and earthquakes causing nuclear plants to explode in the Japanese region of the world.

In light of these events, attention is turned to the nuclear plants affected, and a renewed dialogue concerning the safety of nuclear plants has begun to bear fruit anew.

Wikipedia reports that “The United States produces the most nuclear energy, with nuclear power providing 19% of the electricity it consumes, while France produces the highest percentage of its electrical energy from nuclear reactors—80% as of 2006.” Even when put into this perspective, many are leery of the implications of investing in additional nuclear facilities. The recent Duke Energy bid for a Cherokee County, SC nuclear plant project has taken a momentary hiatus in light of the developments overseas.

Weigh in here: should Duke Energy hold off on installing a new nuclear plant or move ahead?  Why or why not?

Poop It and Lose It

In the March/April issue ofApartmentTimes(page 29), there was an informative article on the issue of responsibility regarding dog poop.

Available to discuss the point and counterpoint are two current tenants, Bo and Karen.

Bo is all for owners cleaning up after their dogs. “I have kids and neighbors in pretty close proximity, and I know I wouldn’t want to step in poop, no matter what day of the week it is.” 

Karen shares a similar sentiment, but doesn’t have to worry about neighbors, “I’ve got a lot of dogs and a decent amount of yard space and I’m all about the natural cycle of things: do you think animals in the wild have people to pick up after them? Exactly. I’m not going to follow around behind Fido and wait for his breakfast to head south. It’s just not gonna happen.”

Both agree, however, that if you’re going to have your dogs around other people, out of consideration for others, you should clean up after your pet.  “If your kid spilled a drink on the floor over a friend’s house, you wouldn’t just leave it there and not clean it up,” Bo muses, “I think anyone with enough decency and common sense would be responsible.” Adds Karen, “And if you don’t want to clean up after your pet, don’t take them any place public. It’s that easy.”

Many tenants and owners alike, however, don’t have that option. “Oftentimes, the HOA has regulations in place where you can get fined if you don’t keep to their rules,” Karen notes.  Bo voices what he calls “a very simple breakdown” when he says, “Look, it’s your dog. If you wouldn’t let some stranger feed it or go play in the park when you’re not around, you can at least pick up after it because at the end of the day, it’s your dog and your responsibility.”