The places in Charlotte NC where you are most likely to find the pre-invasion “carefully Urban planned” New South city is to venture to the “wrong side of the tracks”. There you find people who have lived in Charlotte for generations, mostly descendants of slaves freed after the Civil War – who came to the relative safety of a big city during the brief period of time called Reconstruction when Republicans controlled the South and encouraged blacks to vote (for Republicans) and hold political office.
A digression in history that I didn’t know about until a week ago is “what caused Reconstruction to end suddenly?” I remember my elementary school US History book in Pennsylvania having asterisks but my teacher glossed over it. What happened in 1876 may well reverberate in this election or in 2020.
Unlike the fiction that Al Gore’s “stolen election” in 2000 was unique or awful, 1876 was much worse. Republican Rutherford B Hayes lost in the popular vote to Democrat Samuel Tilden and the post war electoral college was a mess. Democrats won the popular vote in three Southern states amid violence against Republicans and fraud, but the electors were controlled by Republicans who refused to vote for Tilden, leaving both candidates without a majority.
So back to today, we went to a semi-legendary drive-in that has been featured on cable TV
https://www.foodnetwork.com/restaurants/nc/charlotte/barbecue-king-drive-in-restaurant and had a cameo in a hollywood movie.