From Ann Doss Helms with the Charlotte Observer:

“After 28 years of living in Gaston County, I’ve heard and made more redneck jokes than I can count. But a funny thing seems to be happening: We’re becoming cool to our neighbors across the Catawba River.

I give credit to Belmont, my adopted hometown. We’ve got an adorable historic downtown teeming with restaurants, pubs and boutiques. We’ve got a beautiful college campus and summer concerts that pack downtown streets.”

Read more from the Observer’s “Charlotte Five” here.