Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS2 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 2 20 CHARLOTTE METRO UPTOWN If you haven't explored Uptown Charlotte and the surrounding neighborhoods in the past few years, you are missing out. You're missing out on some delicious food, great artwork, unique shops, and fabu- lous places to live. Each neighborhood in the metro area boasts of its own character and charm. Uptown Charlotte is the heart of the city – filled with skyscrapers, restaurants, bars, museums, fine art venues, and of course, professional sports. The uptown area at- tracts young professionals drawn to the convenience of living, working and playing within a few square miles. With more than 200 restaurants and at least 60 bars and nightclubs, there is certainly no lack of things to do. Thanks to Harris-Teeter and a new Whole Foods Market, Uptown residents don't even have to go outside the I-277 loop to grocery shop. The Uptown is also home to the NFL's Carolina Panthers, the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, and the Triple A Charlotte Knights Baseball Club. Plaza Midwood is a thriving, quirky neighborhood along Central Avenue. Its people, its businesses and its homes are a celebration of diversity. You'll find thrift shops and smoke shops, edgy boutiques, elegant eater- ies and down-home dives. Just over a mile from up- town, Plaza Midwood addresses are among the city's most-desired. Residents live in a combination of trendy apartments, newly renovated bungalows and historic single-family homes. The annual Plaza Midwood Home and Garden Tour, usually held in early May, is a great way to get a look at area's most beautiful homes. Even if you aren't a drinker, you'll want to check out the Thirsty Uptown Charlotte MELISSA TREADAWAY Beaver and toast the bar's owners for staying put as the neighborhood grew up around them. South End, dubbed "a youthful neighborhood with historic roots" by the Chamber of Commerce, is easily explored by the Lynx Light Rail as many of its most popu- lar galleries, breweries and apartment buildings were built along the blue line. South End serves up no less than 5 craft breweries, the Atherton Mill and Market (high-end shops and farmer's market), and restaurants ranging from the organic plant-based Luna's Living Kitchen to the seemingly frozen in-time Price's Chicken Coop. NoDa is named for North Davidson Street, the main drag of this funky, eclectic arts district just north of Uptown. Its textile history is clear with adorably refurbished mill homes and factories turned apartment communities and breweries. This playful neighborhood is always hopping with its gallery crawls and music scene. There's something for everyone at The Neighborhood Theatre, an old cinema turned 1000- seat live music venue. You can't go wrong with Guy Fieri- approved Cabo Fish Taco or the original location of Amelie's French Bakery before or after a show. Even though you think you don't want to eat at a joint that only accepts cash and doesn't provide customer seating, you've got to try Brooks Sandwich House, where construction workers and lawyers line up together for burgers "all the way." Dilworth is one of the city's oldest neighborhoods and has long been one of its most desirable addresses. A col- lection of cozy (larger than they look) bungalows in the shadows of uptown, this is an area where the neighbors regularly walk the tree-lined streets with dogs, and gather for festivals and block parties. In the Elizabeth neighborhood, a streetcar rolls through every few minutes and medical professionals outnumber the bankers. The Elizabeth Community Association always seems busy planning the next event. The Elizabeth 8K, the city's oldest road race, is a great way to tour its handful of subdivisions filled with charming Craftsman-style homes. Afterward you can spend some time at one of Elizabeth's locally-owned small businesses, like Elizabeth Creamery and The Spoke Easy bike shop. Don't miss the famous pumpkin wall and carving party each November. Less than a mile away from uptown, the historic West End is home to Charlotte's oldest surviving middle class African-American neighborhoods. The area, home to John- son C. Smith University, had been on the decline but revi- talization has begun thanks to a combination of both public and private investments. Mosaic Village, a fine example of that public/private partnership, is a 124,000-square-foot mixed-use facility that accommodates 300 students and includes retail space and a parking deck. [] upbeat, liveable, business-centric

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