Monday, December 14, 2009

Stories of the decade -- your thoughts?

So I'm doing a piece about the stories of the decade in the Charlotte area. It won't be just stories from this area -- of course there were events such as 9/11 that affected everyone, and I'll definitely mention those. But for now I'm trying to figure out the events that meant the most to people here at home. I'll be talking about a lot of different stories, but for our online package we're trying to come up with the 10 biggest stories of the decade.

That's where we need your help.

What follows is a list of ideas we came up with. Here's what I'd like you to do in the comments: 1) pick the two or three stories that you think were the biggest and 2) add any stories that you don't see on the list. We might end up changing or merging some of these ideas -- for example, I'm still trying to figure out how to frame THE big story about everything that happened with Charlotte's banks.

If you have time, I'd also like to hear about your life through the prism of these last 10 years. How did these events affect you? What changed for you between 2000 and 2009? What do you hope the next 10 years will bring?

(If you'd rather not talk about all that in the comments, just e-mail me at ttomlinson@charlotteobserver.com.)

Here's our working list of stories of the decade:

School desegregation trial

Panthers go to Super Bowl

First Union-Wachovia merger

Wachovia-Wells Fargo merger

Bank of America buys Merrill Lynch

Ken Lewis/Ken Thompson step down

Closing of Pillowtex mill in Kannapolis

Billy Graham leaves the public stage

Miracle on the Hudson

Officers Clark and Shelton killed in the line of duty

Rae Carruth trial

The lottery comes to the Carolinas

Jim Black goes to prison

Death of Dale Earnhardt

Foreclosure crisis hits home

Light rail comes to Charlotte

Charlotte Hornets leave town

Arena referendum fails; new arena built anyway

Plane crash at Charlotte-Douglas kills 21

Charlotte building boom

Charlotte building boom goes bust

Deaths of Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond

2002 ice storm

Independence High football wins seven state titles

OK, that's plenty for now. So what do you think?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Observer goes bust

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Jumper said...

What sticks out of that list to me are:
1]Jim Black in jail. The mighty fall.
2]Foreclosure crisis (y'all did some groundbreaking reporting early on with several stories)
3]Arena referendum ignored (so undemocratic)
4]Ken Lewis feels the pincers

All strictly gut reaction, Tommy

Cliff said...

Strom Thurmond is dead? Say it ain't so!

Lisa said...

How about how the wars have effected locals in the area? I know we have two sons in the service and they were in Iraq back to back and now have one in Afghanistan.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Foxx just endorsed a woman that DSS has investigated for child abuse. Alleged Child abusers come in all shapes, sizes and social economic backgrounds. Mr. Foxx should consult with his wife before grinning with some of the predators in the community. Mrs. Foxx is the smart/commonsense one. I don’t think she (Mrs. Foxx) would be duped.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Foxx just endorsed a woman that DSS has investigated for child abuse. Alleged Child abusers come in all shapes, sizes and social economic backgrounds. Mr. Foxx should consult with his wife before grinning with some of the predators in the community. Mrs. Foxx is the smart/commonsense one. I don’t think she (Mrs. Foxx) would be duped. Always ask have you ever been investigated or convicted of any crime against a minor? If the answer is yes don't return the call. It's a set up..

Anonymous said...

The rag stops real reporting oh I forgot that stopped decades ago! Left wing rag!

Lee said...

When I try to imagine Charlotte 20 years in the future, I worry about school re-segregation the most. What kind of city will it be when so many children grow up without knowing children of other colors? Why did a judge who was a staunch segregationist from the civil rights era get to preside over this decision? Why did the nostalgia for neighborhood schools count for more than the idea that we are all in this together? Am I wrong?