"That is one great advantage Atlanta has - the airport and the rail line to the airport," says Catherine Ross, professor in the Georgia Tech School of City and Regional Planning. "But a focus on redevelopment in Charlotte is tied to (their) success. We are having to catch up, there is no doubt about that." Charlotte's downtown - which they for some reason, they call Uptown - is emblematic of the city's recipt for success: plan growth and stick to the plan, while focusing on the center cuty to create an inviting, cohesive core. That recipe helped Charlotte weather the recession and recover faster than metro Atlanta, in the process becoming a legitimate contender for regional heavyweight status.