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Charlotte The City of Many Cats . . . All Uptown!


Charlotte the City of Many Cats . . . All Uptown!

Charlotte has a theme going on . . .


Is your city or town stuck on a theme? It’s funny that Charlotte the Queen City of North Carolina seems to be stuck on a Cat theme! Case in point, both the transit system and professional ball teams use cat names.


The transit system that includes both city buses and light rail transit use CATS and Lynx respectively. I guess you could say that the cat theme really started when Charlotte decided to use an acronym for their name; Charlotte Area Transit System, CATS.


The newest of the cat theme came with the addition of Charlotte’s light rail transit named ~ Lynx. The Lynx is Charlotte’s $462.7 million, 9.6 mile long modern system that serves 15 stations. This is less than one year old, it opened late November 2007.

 Charlotte Lynx

Charlotte has a professional football and professional basketball and both teams have continued the cat theme. Professional football came to Charlotte in 1995, due to an expansion deal with the NFL. The Charlotte team was named the Carolina Panthers. Although the Carolina Panthers are suppose to represent both North and South Carolina their stadium is located in uptown Charlotte.




After the Hornets left Charlotte for New Orleans, Charlotte was able to create a new team in 2004, due to an expansion deal with the NBA. The Charlotte team was named the Charlotte Bobcats.  In June 2006, NBA legend Michael Jordan became the second largest shareholder in the Bobcats. Their arena is located in uptown Charlotte too.



There has been talk for several years of Charlotte getting a major league baseball team with visions of it being located in uptown Charlotte too. With so much of a cat theme already I wouldn’t think they would break the theme. So if Charlotte is going to get into the major leagues too I guess we could see the: Charlotte Lions, Charlotte Tigers, Charlotte Jaguars, Charlotte Cheetahs, Charlotte Pumas, or maybe Charlotte Leopards?!?!?!?!?!   


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Comment balloon 9 commentsTeresa Harris • August 08 2008 11:59PM


You know - I never looked at it like that.  We do have a lot of "CATS" in Charlotte. 

Posted by Ken Land, NMLS#108157 (Fairway Independent Mortgage) about 11 years ago

MEOW Teresa!  I love CATS (dogs too!) and I think it's SO much better that we're now the Bobcats and NO LONGER the hornets!! 

My cat's name is 'Charlotte' and you'd better believe she's the QUEEN of the house!

Debe in Charlotte

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 11 years ago

Teresa:  My cat Mollie T just loved this post.  Her nose was up to the monitor screen... purring away.  Mollie T says she wants the baseball team to be named the Charlotte Pumas.  She likes that.  She also asked me to thank you for sharing this cute post with us.  Take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 11 years ago

Ken, Thanks for stopping by! Ya, I never thought about it until recently. I got my husband to take our son and I to Pike's to eat lunch today and I got to ride the rail. It was REALLY, REALLY nice! 

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) about 11 years ago

Teresa - great observation.  Although I am not that in to cats, per say, I really like Charlotte!

Posted by Tanya Venable, SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant about 11 years ago

Debe: Thanks for coming by! It's funny that we have gotten into "cat mode". I think it is pretty cleaver. When you get a chance please take a picture of 'Charlotte' and post it on AR, we all like to see pictures of the 'family'! Take care! 

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) about 11 years ago

Hi Teresa - well since I just adore those fuzzy little creatures, I was thoroughly delighted with your post. 

I did the math on your new transit system, the Lynx, it works out to 48 million $$$ per mile.  That sounds like a lot, but hey - there's no end to taxpayer money ;-)  Have you heard if it's turning out to be a good investment for the City?

I'll cast my vote for the Charlotte Cheetahs

Posted by Gail MacMillan about 11 years ago

Tanya: Thanks for stopping by! Yes, Charlotte is a special city! Take care!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) about 11 years ago

Gail: Thanks for stopping by too! I know it is going over well but I am sure the rail is just like the CATS bus system which is subsidized by the tax payers of Mecklenburg County. Take care!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) about 11 years ago