WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Boomtown Charlotte -- Growing Too Fast?

Speak Out Editorial: Charlotte Boomtown -- Growing Too Fast?

"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.

In case you haven't noticed, Charlotte's population is booming.

According to Census data, we're up 40% from 2000 and Mecklenburg is now one of only 42 U.S. counties with more than a million residents.

And if you look around, more people are moving here each day.

In particular, people in their 20s and early 30s – commonly referred to as "millennials" – seem to be attracted to the Queen City.

And there is a domino effect. The influx of newbies has set off another building boom.

Specifically, a huge surge in apartments.

10,000 units are under construction and at least that many more are planned.

Charlotte's growth is happening whether we like it or not.

But we're concerned with what happens if the millennials decide to marry and raise families in the suburbs?

Will the flood of newcomers underway now be reduced to a trickle?

What happens if the job market luring folks here today suddenly dries up?

And can services, such as fire, medic, police and transportation keep pace?

When it comes to roads and highways, we fear not.

So, before too many more projects get government approval, can we all just take a collective breath and a pause?

If Charlotte is such a hot market, they'll come.

But we'd like to make sure we're ready for them first and that the perceived demand for all these apartments isn't just a mirage.

Tell us what you think, SpeakOut@wbtv.com.