Charlotte, NC is a wonderful little city with a bit of charm. I grew up in Savannah so you are going to have to work hard to have “charm” as a city. But “charm” does not always help a city with deep problems.
The traffic for a city this size, just over 1 million people, is horrible and not going to get much better. I-85 South is a parking lot every morning and I-85 North is the same way in the afternoon. There was an accident in the middle of I-85 a few days back that created a 13 mile backup in just 20 minutes. That is unacceptable and it happens everyday in Charlotte.
The new toll road on I-77 North is a locked in deal for the next 50 years. No new roads can be built after that toll road so you had better get it right the first time….and they wont. I-77 North out of SC is a mess as they try to merge 7 lanes down to 3 and then wonder why it’s congested all freaking day every day, even on Sundays. Don’t even get me started on I-485 and the fact that the narrowest parts of it are in the most populated areas while the widest parts are in areas where no one lives and is very little traffic.