First, the good news. A new Gallup/Knight Foundation poll shows Charlotte area residents proud to live here and ready to recommend it to others. It shows residents enraptured by the area's beauty and openness to newcomers.
Still, trouble is evident: Most polled were pessimistic - 53 percent - about the area's outlook for the future. The bleak economy figures into that. Seventy-six percent said the economy is bad, and 68 percent said it is getting worse.
Metro Detroit residents are a little more optimistic about their community this year, but most remain unattached and pessimistic, according to Gallup's annual Soul of the Community study.
Fourteen percent of residents in the Metro Detroit statistical area -- Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Lapeer and St. Clair Counties -- said they were attached to the region for 2009, up from 12 percent last year.
What attaches Columbia-area residents to the community?
Apparently, it’s colleges, parks, affordable housing, quality health care, night life and openness of its people, according to a Gallup study released Tuesday.
But the region needs to improve perceptions of how it treats recent college grads and gays, according to the study funded by the Knight Foundation.
Residents find there's a lot to love about Charlotte, but lots of room for improvement, too.
That's what a newly released poll from the Gallup organization and the Knight Foundation shows. Researchers interviewed about 1,500 area residents early this year and found that they loved its openness to newcomers, its green spaces and its education systems - especially its colleges.