Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS1 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 1 20 CHARLOTTE METRO UPTOWN In the mid '70s, Charlotte was a city coming into its own. It was gaining prominence as a national player in the banking industry, laying the groundwork for the high-rises that brandish the city's impressive skyline. A local Charlotte businessman, inspired by this evolution, waged a campaign to rename the heart of his city. He felt the word 'downtown' was downbeat and depressing and didn't accurately characterize the blos- soming business and shopping district. Enter Uptown, a term that positively connotes the heart of the third largest banking center in the United States and Char- lotte's Central Business District. Although the district's bedrock may have been built on Fortune 500 companies like Bank of America, Duke Energy, and Lowe's, proper credit must be given to the resourceful entrepreneurs, innovators and developers that have created a unique, diverse and welcoming Uptown that embrace residents and visitors alike. Charlotte is the second fastest-growing city in the na- tion and Uptown is certainly a part of that. With a popu- lation that has exploded since the early 2000s, Uptown's current population is estimated at 18,000. Millennials, who dig the vibrant nightlife and the steady roster of sporting and cultural events, are primarily responsible for the influx. If you find yourself working in Uptown, you're in good company—the average employee wage is over $100,000. Major employers include a multitude Uptown Charlotte VERA WILSON of financial service companies, the Carolina Healthcare System, the airline industry and local, state and federal government. The hospitality industry is well represented, whether it's a downtown hotel, boutique store or restau- rant, and provides employment for hundreds in the area. The diversity of Uptown's urban living adds to its ap- peal. Walk home to your penthouse apartment, or maybe a historic home is more to your liking. On that cold, rainy day, take the light rail, streetcar or extensive skywalk network to get to work; if heading out-of-town, take the express bus to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, a mere 15 minutes away. The city-led project, Uptown Con- nects, promotes cycling through building better and safer bike lanes. With 40 percent of residents owning a dog, your pet is certain to make a friend at the 130-plus acres of open space, including parks, trails and greenways. Uptown is divided into four wards, each with its distinct personality. The First Ward is where you'll find basketball fans catching a Hornet's game and a beer at Spectrum Arena or bookworms hanging out at the main library or UNC- Charlotte Center City campus. The new four-acre First Ward Park features Live on the Green free musical performances. Amid dozens of eateries, bakeries seem to shine here—choic- es include Jewell Treats, Cloud 9 Confections, and bar- CHOCOLATE. Billed as a one-of-a-kind youth destination, ImaginOn features theaters, exhibit space and classrooms. The Second Ward, once called the Harlem of Charlotte before it was razed in the '60s, is now the locale for numer- ous condos, apartments and the entertainment and retail multi-floor hot spot known as the EpiCentre. Need a marriage license? Head to the Second Ward where the courthouse, city hall and other government buildings are located. Admire the sculptures at The Green, a park with a literature theme, or check out Fahrenheit, a popular rooftop bar. Eclectic describes the Third Ward with its mix of mu- seums, like the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, culinary and business school Johnson & Wales, and one of the larg- est mixed-use developments in the state, Gateway Village. Sports lovers need never leave with the Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Knights playing their home games here. The ward has a bit of an international flair with a host of restau- rants featuring cuisines from around the world like Persis Biryani Indian Grill, Hazelnut Crepêrie, Levant Mediterra- nean Grill and Fujiyama. Quiet streets and grand Victorian homes define the Fourth Ward. Bordered on one side by historic Elwood Cemetery and the business and entertainment district on another, the ward delivers a Southern charm to Uptown. [] upbeat, liveable, business-centric

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