Trying to find focused time to talk to citizens in Charlotte is something that’s constantly on our minds, but felt we haven’t been doing enough of it yet. (We’re defining ‘citizens’ as local people who are affiliated with neither government nor the tech scene.)
One way to combat that, we’ve found, is to take advantage of the time we spend getting around. Since we don’t have a car here, we’ve been taking the bus or a combination of Lyft / Uber X / cabs. What we discovered was that the Lyft / Uber X / cab drivers are pretty perfect for conducting casual, ad hoc interviews about the city.