Charles Jonas and his team at Jones Lang LaSalle were ready to show some uptown real estate. For the most part, however, buyers and sellers had to wait while history walked the streets of the Queen City.
When the international media swarmed to Charlotte last week, some in the real estate business were drawn to the crowds. The Charlotte Regional Realtor Association, the company that owns Skye Condominiums, and Habitat for Humanity are among those that couldn’t resist drawing attention to themselves during the DNC.
In a city brimming with people and noise, it is hard to feel alone. But as crowded as the Democratic National Convention has made Charlotte, the simple equation still applies: A life is a solitary thing. The three people profiled here have little in common except that they altered their routines to accommodate a week like no other.
At the Democratic National Convention, considered a large gathering of reliably committed environmentalists, the foes of fracking have seemed as deep underground as the water-and-chemical mix they object to.
The chairwoman of her local legislative district and also a nurse practitioner, Christina Shelley, a Democratic delegate from Arizona, is in Charlotte specifically supporting health care and immigration reform.
Forrest Bibbee has been living in a tent that is his message. It is covered in signs and symbols, some handwritten, some more formal. One is a screen-printed flag with a depiction of a dove and the name of a group Bibbee belongs to: Veterans for Peace.
Reporters share the sights and sounds of uptown Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention.
The folks at the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity are building actual housing during the Democratic National Convention, and it’ll be right in the middle of the convention.
As Democrats were busy preparing to come to town for the convention, Charlotte real estate industry leaders were busy, too.
As a minority contractor in Charlotte, Stephane Berwald said that all she wants is a fair shake.