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北卡罗莱纳州夏洛特市不枉其“王后城”称号

(2012-06-07 15:27:18)
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Jane Morse | Staff Writer | 2012.06.06
一道彩虹横亘夏洛特市上空。 (AP Images)

一道彩虹横亘夏洛特市上空。


美国国务院国际信息局(IIP)《美国参考》Jane Morse从华盛顿报道,今年夏末,出席2012年民主党全国大会(2012 Democratic National Convention)的代表们抵达北卡罗莱纳州时预期可以享受到王室成员般的待遇。

北卡罗莱纳州夏洛特市(Charlotte)于18世纪40年代建城,它以英国国王乔治三世(King George III)的妻子、在德国出生的夏洛特命名。这座城市因其美丽、富庶和实力不枉其昵称“王后城”。

夏洛特市位于北卡罗来纳州美丽的皮埃蒙特(Piedmont)地区,离阿巴拉契亚山脉(Appalachian Mountains)东麓仅两个小时车程之遥,距大西洋海岸仅3小时车程。

1799 年金矿的发现使得夏洛特市成为美国开采金矿之都,这一状况持续到1848 年加州淘金热兴起为止。在19世纪,棉花工业使得夏洛特市成为纺织品行业的翘楚。

铁路扩展了该市从19世纪60年代开始的商业活动。夏洛特市现在仍然一个主要的铁路集散中心,而夏洛特道格拉斯国际机场(Charlotte Douglas International Airport)每年除货运外向3400多万名乘客提供服务。

制造业、医疗保健业和能源产业是夏洛特市经济的重要部门。但夏洛特市尤其以其规模庞大的银行业而著称。2.3万亿美元以上的资产使得它成为仅次于纽约市的金融中心。美国最大的银行美洲银行(Bank of America)总部大楼在设计时采用了王冠造型,以彰显这座城市“王后”般的地位。

 

赛车场面 (AP Images)

全国赛车协会(NASCAR)在夏洛特赛车场举行的一场比赛

美国“财富500强公司”( Fortune 500 Companies)有一半以上在夏洛特市开展业务活动。夏洛特市也正在吸引越来越多的外国公司在此开展业务。近900家外国公司在夏洛特市有业务设施。

夏洛特市以其提供的众多艺术、文化和娱乐机会而自豪。新落成的耗资8300万美元的莱文文化广场(Levine Cultural Campus)内有许多独立的画廊、剧团、表演与视觉艺术场地及交响乐团与歌剧院。

这个城市还拥有美国赛车业——特别是全国赛车协会(NASCAR)——的许多设施。该协会占地135,000平方米的名人堂设立在夏洛特市,内有可与参观者互动的赛车活动展品以及一所设备先进的剧场。对于赛车迷来说,有31辆时间跨度为70年的保存完好的赛车可供参观。

游客可以在夏洛特市附近许多赛车道上亲身体会一下赛车的滋味。其中包括为全国飙车协会(National Hot Rod Association)和夏洛特赛车场(Charlotte Motor Speedway)建造的一个新的短程快速赛车场,它除了赛车外,还举办车展。

鉴于这座城市有许多吸引人的地方和强劲的经济,夏洛特市每年增加5万多名新居民。据夏洛特市商会说,夏洛特市现在位列美国第18大城市。

今年,夏洛特市将在9月3日开始的一周内主办民主党全国代表大会。9月6日,欧巴马总统将接受民主党提名,竞选总统连任。

据民主党全国委员会说,估计会有35000多名新闻记者、会议代表和特邀嘉宾光临,预期将为夏洛特市及其周边地区带来约1.5亿美元的收入。



Read more: http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/chinese/article/2012/06/201206066958.html#ixzz1x5elQETL


Charlotte, North Carolina, Lives Up to Its “Queenly” Status

By Jane Morse | Staff Writer | 01 June 2012
Rainbow over city (AP Images)

A rainbow crowns the skyline of Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Washington — Delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention can expect to be treated royally when they arrive in North Carolina at the end of summer.

Settled in the 1740s and named after Queen Charlotte, the German-born wife of England’s King George III, the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, lives up to its nickname “Queen City” with beauty, riches and power.

Charlotte, located in the beautiful Piedmont region of the Carolinas, is just two hours east of the Appalachian Mountains and three hours west of the Atlantic Ocean.

The discovery of gold in 1799 made Charlotte the gold mining capital of the United States until the California Gold Rush began in 1848. In the 19th century, the cotton industry made Charlotte a leader in the production of textiles.

Railroads expanded the business activities of the city beginning in the 1860s. Charlotte remains a major distribution hub by rail, and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport serves more than 34 million passengers each year in addition to freight.

Manufacturing, health care and energy industries are important sectors of Charlotte’s economy. But Charlotte is known especially for its huge banking sector. More than $2.3 trillion in assets make it a financial hub second only to New York City. The headquarters building of Bank of America, the largest bank in the United States, incorporates a crown in its design in recognition of the city’s “queenly” status.

 

Person waving flag over racing cars (AP Images)

A NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

More than half of the American “Fortune 500 Companies” (the largest companies in the United States) have operations in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Charlotte is also attracting a growing number of international companies. Nearly 900 companies based outside the United States have facilities in the city.

Charlotte boasts many artistic, cultural and recreational opportunities. The newly completed $83 million Levine Cultural Campus houses many independent art galleries, theater companies, performing and visual arts spaces, and professional symphony and opera organizations.

The city also is home to many offices for the U.S. motor sports industry, notably the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). The 135,000-square-meter NASCAR Hall of Fame is located in Charlotte; it features interactive exhibits about the racing industry plus a state-of-the-art theater. For race car enthusiasts, there are 31 beautifully maintained automobiles spanning seven decades.

Visitors can experience car racing firsthand at a number of tracks near the city, including a new drag strip built for the National Hot Rod Association and the Charlotte Motor Speedway, which features automobile shows in addition to races.

With its many attractions and robust economy, it is not surprising that Charlotte attracts more than 50,000 new residents each year. It is now the 18th-largest city in the United States, according to the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

This year, Charlotte will host the Democratic National Convention during the week of September 3. On September 6, President Obama will accept the nomination of the Democratic Party to run for another term as president.

The more than 35,000 media, delegates and special guests anticipated to attend the convention are expected to generate an estimated $150 million for Charlotte and surrounding metropolitan areas, according to the Democratic National Committee.



Read more: http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/article/2012/05/201205296395.html#ixzz1x5en5X2D

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