I'm unsure if I am posting this correctly. There's no section for North Carolina under Org Patrol, and I'm not sure I'm starting one the right way. If this needs to be relocated, someone please do it or tell me how, and my apologies. ;p
Charlotte, North Carolina is located in Mecklenburg County and is the 20th largest city in the USA by population. July 2005 estimated pop. was about 611,000.The population of the metropolitan area was 1,305,173 in the 2000 US Census; 2005 estimates place the population at 1,495,779.
Charlotte is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, having exploded over the last twenty-five years or so from a mid-size city of ~150,000 pop. to what it is now. This has, among other reasons, been largely due to a boom in the banking industry locally. A 60-story skyscraper in downtown Charlotte
serves as the world headquarters for Bank of America
. Several other major banks are HQ'd in Charlotte as well. Charlotte is the nation's second-largest banking center, behind New York City.
The following pictures were taken on Thursday, August 10, 2006 in a span of about 15 minutes at approximately 12 PM. Nothing on the property was touched. Nothing was left on the property. Nobody was approached or communicated with. No video or audio was recorded. No thetans were enturbulated. The photographs posted have all been cropped and reduced in image quality. The original uncropped photographs in 2592 x 1944 resolution still exist.
First, a map of Mecklenburg County, with the location of the Co$ mission marked. This Co$ mission labels itself, as you will see, as being "of Central Charlotte." The mission is actually located only 3 miles from the city's edge, and about 8 miles from anything that could be called "Central Charlotte:"
Next is a google satellite image that appears outdated, but has the relevant buildings in the area. Independence Blvd. is the busiest road in the state of North Carolina. Long the "main drag" of Charlotte, as the city has grown large it has evolved into a divided 6-lane freeway, with limited access through the majority of the city except at the fringes of town - such as the Co$ location. Labels added:
Taken from the spot in upper left indicated in satellite image. The property information of 6300 E. Independence Blvd. can be looked up as a matter of public record.
: This area of Independence Blvd. has almost no foot traffic. There are no traffic-centered retail businesses close by. No restaurants, convenience stores, groceries, etc. A medium-sized shopping center about one-half mile to the northwest is mostly deserted. This region of the city, along with the west and northwest areas, is in economic decline.
From the Wallace road entry of the Steeplechase Apartments:
This automobile rental lot sits directly west of Co$:
Continued next post.