We’ve lived together now for over five years, and I think we’ve become quite familiar. I am starting to understand your major roads and highways. I even know how to get to that corner of the city where the highways don’t go. I find NoDa quite charming and can honestly say it’s a regular visit for me. I know why downtown is called Uptown. I have visited the Levine Museum of the New South and have taken in your history from textiles to banking.
I understand that a big piece of your history and commerce comes from NASCAR. I drive by the speedway on a regular basis — so much so that its size and scope don’t amaze me anymore. I’ve even been to pole night once, and I have enjoyed Speed Street on a few occasions.
And yes, NASCAR is the only major sport that has completely sold itself out to sponsors. Every inch of every uniform is covered in ads. The cars are plastered with logos. Even Pole Night was sponsored by someone, though it slips my mind which business it was. It’s really part of the culture to reference your chosen sponsors and drink their beverage in front of the cameras.
Is it really necessary to have a sponsor’s name on the baggage claim conveyors at the airport? REALLY?!
And then, as if that weren’t enough, to put ACTUAL BOJANGLES BISCUITS ON THE CONVEYOR?
You think it’s clever and kitschy, don’t you? You had visions of white pasty Northern tourists coming south for a week in the sun and saying, “Oh look, the biscuits are coming out the oven/baggage area! Isn’t that CHARMING, dear?!”
Can you listen to a little friendly advice? REMOVE THEM.
Charlotte, you will never truly become a world-class city if this continues. I was horrified to see this display as I returned home from a weeklong stay in one of the world’s greatest cities, New York. They do not have biscuits on their luggage conveyors at LaGuardia. They do not even have cheesecakes on them. San Francisco International Airport does not have sourdough bread on their conveyors, either.
There are two things you need, in my opinion, to better yourself as a city. One is some sort of large manmade body of water in center city. Every great city has some water somewhere. Just move Panthers’ stadium or something.
The other thing you need is TO GET RID OF THOSE BISCUITS.