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By Elizabeth Leland

If you don’t plan to put down roots in Charlotte, here’s some advice: Get out quick. Before too long you’ll find yourself settled in and calling this place home. When I moved here in 1985, I looked wistfully toward the coast in one direction and the mountains in the other, and friends predicted I would not be long for a city that seemed to rise from the middle of nowhere. The uptown was dying, the suburbs sprawling.

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5 things you might not know about Bank Town
The One Wells Fargo Center (left) and Bank of America Corporate Center (right).

By Andrew Dunn

It’s become part of the standard narrative of Charlotte: We’re a business-minded town that grew into the banking center of the South. So if you’re here, you’ve probably heard that Charlotte is the nation’s No. 2 financial center after New York City, by virtue of being home to Bank of America. If you’re not one of the 50,000 finance sector workers in Mecklenburg County, you may know a dozen or two.

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