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SOUTHERN TRADITION EMBRACING THE FAITH September 7, 2012

Charlotte, North Carolina has done an amazing job of enfolding wonderfully historic traditional ways with an ever changing, globally diverse population. New Charlotteans and Southern natives can enjoy a burgeoning art scene, a buzzing Center City, beautiful tree-lined streets and neighborhoods, great schools and over 700 places of worship.

The growing diversity of Charlotte’s religious landscape is evident in the south Charlotte’s Ballantyne area’s own little circle of faith. In an eight mile radius Ballantyne has Hope of Israel Messianic, Covenant Baptist Church, Light of Christ Church, South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church and St. Matthew Catholic Church. Amazingly, St. Matthew has become the largest Christian congregation in Charlotte – unheard of in this former “Bible Belt” stronghold of just a decade or two ago! Further,  south Charlotte has the largest Jewish population in the Carolinas. Shalom Park located on Providence Road, is home to Temple Beth El (reform) and Temple Israel (conservative) and is also home to “the J”, a recreation center enjoyed by people of all faiths. Additionally, there are approximately 5000 Muslims living in Charlotte, North Carolina, a significant number of whom live in south Charlotte area despite the fact that no permanent Masjid (Muslim center of worship) close by. Recognizing this gap, South Musalla was established in 1995 in a rental miniature golf retail space to have Friday Khutba & prayers.

Fortunately, religious diversity in Charlotte has created a community of tolerance and understanding. A more than decades old interfaith relationship is shared with Temple Beth El, Myers Park Baptist Church, and three years ago, came to include Ash Shaheed Mosque, as they hold the “Families of Abraham” Dialogue throughout the year. This dialogue offers participants an opportunity to share, compare and appreciate their own faith while learning more about the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths.

And what better way towards understanding than through the arts? The Families of Abraham Photographic Narrative, which explores the commonalities among Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths, has traveled and been exhibited at museums and colleges in North Carolina and around the country and is now on display at the must-visit Levine Museum of the New South (www.museumofthenewsouth.orgthrough September 9, 2012.
Led by project director and curator Eleanor Brawley, a team of eight local photographers followed eleven Jewish, Christian and Muslim families from the Charlotte area for one year, documenting their faith practices and daily lives.

Charlotte gladly welcomes newcomers into its Southern fold with outstretched arms filled with tree-lined neighborhoods fulfilling the economic, aesthetic and spiritual needs of all residents.  To learn more about our fine Southern, increasingly diverse, community, please contact one of our wonderful agents at Bon Maison Properties 704-541-2500 or visit our website www.southcharlotteliving.com!

 

POLITICAL ROYALTY WITH A ROYAL PAIN August 30, 2012

This long time Charlottean swoons with appropriate southnerness when receiving a gift certificate for a day at the Ballantyne Spa.

Sitting in the massage chair with my feet contentedly immersed in bubbles, looking out over the beautiful PGA golf course and watching with disbelief as golfers DELIGHTFULLY brave the 98 degree heat to play the 18th hole is one of the many pleasures of living in South Charlotte.

Late August has the Spa abuzz with the expectation of political “dignitaries” staying at the hotel and lodge during the DNC.  Indeed, the presence of uniformed police and very “secret service” looking people seem to be all about the complex. It is being said that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are coming to our beautiful south side during the DNC.

No doubt the estimated 35,000 people, hundreds of news media and the President himself descending on Charlotte for the 2012 DNC will be impressed with our beautiful city and our especially beauteous south side, but what about our traffic?

We are, of course, extending our Southern hospitality to the dignitaries, and our manners certainly extend to our traffic. No cacophony of car horns blaring in our fine city. But, we do have our fair share of congestion and we do expect the usual I-485 traffic jams as we make our way from the burbs to center city. The more than 35,000 people added to the population will create a traffic nightmare for locals.

Traffic delays, detours and road closures have our many uptown banks and corporations telling employees to work from home and avoid the city altogether. Great solution! Except for South Charlotte, specifically Ballantyne, will now have the headache and pain of traffic delays, detours and road closures. What’s a suburb working girl to do?

Be prepared! Smile and do a southern waltz through that darn nasty commute.

We love our visitors and are honored to be hosting the DNC.

Here is the latest to prepare South Charlotteans for September 3rd-7th.

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•Eastbound passenger vehicle thru traffic will be permitted on Ballantyne Commons Parkway
between Johnston Road and North Community House Road all day Monday and Tuesday, except for commercial motor vehicles.

• School Buses and CATS buses are excluded from the above restriction.

• Residents and guests only of Camden Ballantyne will be allowed limited vehicular access to/from their community throughout the week via Summit Commons Blvd (East Gate Only) from westbound Ballantyne Commons Parkway.  Access from eastbound Ballantyne Commons Parkway is unrestricted until approximately 9:00a.m. on Wednesday, September 5.

• Residents and guests only of Ballantyne Country Club will be allowed limited vehicular access to/from their community throughout the week via Ballantyne Forest Drive accessed from westbound Ballantyne Commons Parkway.  Access from eastbound Ballantyne Commons Parkway is unrestricted until approximately 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 5.

• Tenants and guests only of Ballantyne Corporate Park Harris and Premier Buildings, the Aloft Hotel, and Dana Radar Golf School will be allowed limited vehicular access to their respective parking lots from eastbound Ballantyne Corporate Place.

• Tenants and guests only of 13777 Ballantyne Corporate Place (Office Building), 13520 and 13510 Ballantyne Corporate Place (Bank of America Offices), 13515 Ballantyne Corporate Place (SPX Offices), 13320 Ballantyne Corporate Place (Balfour Beatty Construction Site) will be allowed limited vehicular access to their respective parking lots from eastbound Ballantyne Corporate Place.

• Ballantyne Hotel guests, visitors, and employees should access the hotel from Johnston Road beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m. on Monday, September 3, 2012, ending on Friday, September 7 at approximately 12:00 p.m.

So, buckle up and enjoy the ride, Y’all!  And if you want more information about ALL THINGS CHARLOTTE, please give a call to one of our own “secret agents” at Bon Maison Properties!!  704-541-2500  www.southcharlotteliving.com