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FAQ City: How Did Charlotte Neighborhoods Get Their Names?

9/11/2018
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Here's a question that comes to us from WFAE listener Summer Cook. She wrote to FAQ City wondering where all of Charlotte's neighborhood names came from. For example, who is Elizabeth? Or Cherry? What about Dilworth?

Duration:00:11:26

FAQ City: Why Is Downtown Charlotte Called 'Uptown'?

8/28/2018
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The FAQ City team is on vacation this weekend. Since we have so many new listeners joining us, we want to share with you one of the most popular questions we've answered on the podcast....

Duration:00:10:51

FAQ City: Why Is Charlotte Pride In August, Not June?

8/14/2018
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Ever wondered why Charlotte celebrates Pride in August, and not in June, like most other major cities? WFAE listener Jennifer Lange did.

Duration:00:11:15

FAQ City: Is it Sugaw Creek or Sugar Creek?

7/31/2018
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The spelling and pronunciation of Little Sugar Creek, which flows into Sugar Creek (or is it Sugaw Creek?) have been a source of debate for well over 200 years. Which is right?

Duration:00:11:07

FAQ City: The Rivalry Between Charlotte And Raleigh

7/17/2018
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How is the relationship between Charlotte and Raleigh? Are we good? Charlotte is North Carolina's largest city, while Raleigh is the state capitol. Seems like tensions between the two have been simmering on and off for decades.

Duration:00:10:46

FAQ City: Who Is That Gold Man Statue And Why Is He Missing?

7/3/2018
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For decades, a four-foot gold statue has stood at the intersection of Queens and Providence Road, his right index finger extended. Sometimes he's dressed up for sporting events or weddings at the Methodist church next door. Last September, he disappeared from the intersection, leaving only a few patches of monkey grass where his pedestal stood.

Duration:00:11:08

FAQ City: Where The Heck Are All The Cankerworms?

6/19/2018
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Does it seem like something's missing around Charlotte? Something small, green, or brown? Listener Hope Nicholls thinks so. She wrote in to FAQ City wondering about what seemed to be a total absence of cankerworms this spring.

Duration:00:10:44

FAQ City: Why Did CMPD Destroy 1,000 Sexual Assault Kits?

6/5/2018
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On this week's FAQ City , listener Margaret Peeples has lingering questions about a 2016 report in The Charlotte Observer that found between 2000 and 2016, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department had destroyed more than 1,000 sexual assault kits.

Duration:00:11:17

FAQ City: Where Are Charlotte's Revolutionary War-Era Buildings?

5/22/2018
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Today on FAQ City , listener Mark Doherty is curious about Charlotte's Revolutionary War history, specifically, where is it?

Duration:00:10:48

FAQ City: How Did Charlotte Become A Banking City?

5/8/2018
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Orlando has tourism, Nashville has music, seems like Charlotte has always been defined by its banks. But have you ever wondered why?

Duration:00:10:45

FAQ City: What Is The 287g Program? And Other Questions Answered

4/24/2018
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If you've been keeping up with the news in Charlotte, you've probably encountered the term "287(g)." It refers to the 287(g) program, a voluntarily partnership between the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which has become a controversial sticking point in the upcoming May 8 primary for Mecklenburg County sheriff. If you're not too clear on what the program is, here's a basic primer.

Duration:00:10:33

FAQ City: The Forgotten Cold-War Bunker Buried Outside Charlotte

4/10/2018
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It wasn't too long ago — 2003 in fact — that a huge underground bunker was put up for sale just outside Charlotte. The bunker was built in the Cold War, but since emptied and covered up with weeds and rust.

Duration:00:09:58

FAQ City: The Giant Vault Of Money Buried Beneath Uptown

3/27/2018
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It's the end of the workday in Charlotte, and a crowd of bankers and business people are heading home for the day, striding down a plain, ordinary sidewalk next to a nondescript brown building on Trade Street. What these business people perhaps don't know is that just below their feet, about a story or two down, is a bustling underground operation and a massive, steel-encased vault containing untold billions of dollars in cash.

Duration:00:09:54

FAQ City: The Blue Line Extension: You've Got Questions, He's Got Answers

3/13/2018
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It was only around 70 years ago that Charlotte had a booming trolley system, with dozens of orange-colored streetcars running up and down the middle of Queens Road, The Plaza, and other surrounding streets and neighborhoods. That is, until the late 1930s came around, and the city dismantled the system, envisioning a future where cars and buses would become the city's primary modes of transportation.

Duration:00:09:45

FAQ City: Why Is Downtown Charlotte Called 'Uptown'?

2/27/2018
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Listener Jeff Moen moved to Charlotte about three years ago, and has never really figured out this one quirk of his new hometown. While nearly every city in the nation calls its central business district "downtown," in Charlotte, it's "uptown."

Duration:00:09:53

FAQ City: Why Don't Some Major Roads In Charlotte Have Streetlights?

2/13/2018
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Here's a riddle: Imagine two roads in Charlotte, one in the north, one in the south. Both have four lanes and plenty of rush hour traffic, but one has streetlights while the other doesn't. Seem weird?

Duration:00:09:35

FAQ City: Where Are All The Breakfast Tacos In Charlotte?

1/30/2018
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If you've ever had to make a big move in your life, you can probably relate on some level to WFAE listener Julianne Wooten. She moved to Charlotte two and a half years ago from Austin, Texas, and upon arriving here, realized she couldn't find one of her favorite dishes.

Duration:00:09:21

FAQ City: What Do Charlotte Night Workers Do On A Night Off?

1/16/2018
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So imagine it's your day off. There's no work or school today. You're ready to go out and make the most of it, but the whole city has shut down, and your friends just want to stay in bed. If you're a night worker - that is, one of less than 5 percent of Americans who work overnight - you may already know this dilemma ... And that brings us to this week's episode of FAQ City .

Duration:00:10:02

FAQ City: How To 'Compel' People To Interact With Those Different From Them?

11/16/2017
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It’s time now to take one of your questions. A while back, one of our listeners submitted a question through our website asking if there was anything that could be done to compel Charlotte residents to interact with people different from them - something that could help the city counteract racial segregation that’s grown over the last decade.

Duration:00:05:08

Ask Us: Which Neighborhood Will Gentrify Next?

8/10/2017
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WFAE has a new initiative called Ask Us to let our audience suggest story ideas. On our website, we're asking what you're curious about in the Charlotte region, its life, and culture. We recently put another set of five questions to a vote – letting you decide the story you wanted us to cover. The winner came from Steve Tekola, of east Charlotte. He talked to WFAE's David Boraks.

Duration:00:03:53