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Charlotte center city

Uptown Charlotte
Neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina
Aerial of Uptown in May 2009
Aerial of Uptown in May 2009
Country  United States
State  North Carolina
County Mecklenburg
City Charlotte
Council Districts 1, 2
Neighborhood Profile Areas 340, 341, 342, 384
 • City Council Patsey Kinsey, Alvin Austin[1] (D)
 • Total 1,372 acres (555 ha)
Population (2013)[3]
 • Total 14,251
 • Density 6,600/sq mi (2,600/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip Code 28202, 28204, 28206, 28208
Area code(s) 704, 980
Quality of Life Dashboard

Charlotte Center City (also known as Uptown) is the central area of Charlotte, North Carolina within the bounds of I-277. The area is split into four neighborhoods (Wards) by the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets.

Several Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters here, including Bank of America, Duke Energy, and the East Coast operations of Wells Fargo. Athletic and event facilities located in Center City include Bank of America Stadium - home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers, Time Warner Cable Arena - home of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, BB&T Ballpark - home of the International League's Charlotte Knights, and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Museums, theaters, hotels, high-density residential developments, restaurants, and bars are heavily concentrated in the Center City, with over 214 restaurants and 50 nightspots.[4]

Charlotte's Center City (including South End) employs more than 100,000 people and hosts more than 25 million visitors a year.[4]


  • Uptown/Downtown 1
  • Major streets 2
    • Tryon Street 2.1
    • Trade Street 2.2
  • The Wards 3
    • First Ward 3.1
    • Second Ward 3.2
    • Third Ward 3.3
    • Fourth Ward 3.4
  • Schools and Libraries 4
    • School System 4.1
    • Private Schools 4.2
    • Colleges and Universities 4.3
    • Libraries 4.4
  • Parks 5
  • Companies 6
  • Hotels 7
  • Restaurants 8
  • Sites of interest 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


Charlotte Center City is often referred to as "Uptown" by locals, although the term "Downtown" can also be used since they do not reference different areas of the city.

The history of the dual names is contested, yet prior to the mid-late 1980s, the term "Downtown" was used by residents, media and city leaders for the Center City. During the 1980s, a massive campaign was launched to revamp the image of the downtown area and the term "Uptown" was introduced to the general public. On February 14, 1987, the Charlotte Observer began using the term "Uptown" as a way to promote a more positive upbeat image of the Center City area.[5] School teachers were provided with "historical" documents justifying use of the term to teach to students. (Proclamation designating central shopping and business district as Uptown Charlotte by City of Charlotte Mayor John M. Belk on September 23, 1974)

Major streets

Tryon Street

Located at 100 North Tryon Street in Charlotte, the Bank of America Corporate Center stands 871 ft tall and is the 118th tallest building in the world.

Tryon Street is a major north-south street of Charlotte, North Carolina. It traverses through the center of Uptown Charlotte and is the address for some of the city's tallest buildings like the Bank of America Corporate Center and Hearst Tower. U.S. Route 29 and North Carolina Highway 49 are signed along portions of Tryon Street (although they both deviate onto Graham Street through Uptown). The road is divided at its intersection with Trade Street into two segments: North Tryon Street and South Tryon Street. Likewise, Tryon Street divides Trade Street into East and West. The Trade and Tryon intersection is the highest point in Mecklenburg County and serves as the dividing point for the city's first four wards. The street was named after William Tryon, governor of the Province of North Carolina from 1765 to 1771.

Entering the Charlotte city limits from the north, US 29's street name changes from Concord Parkway to North Tryon Street. US 29 and Tryon Street continue southwest through the University City neighborhood, passing by the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Charlotte, intersecting with Interstate 485 (North Carolina), and passing through the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

South Tryon Street terminates at the Charlotte city limits at the Steele Creek neighborhood, where it changes to York Road. NC 49 continues west to Lake Wylie, South Carolina, where it becomes Charlotte Highway.

The following towers have the Tryon Street address:

Trade Street

Trade Street is the major east-west street that divides the northern and southern wards in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. It is also notable for having major towers as Tryon Street. The following towers have a Trade Street address:

The Wards

Center City Charlotte is divided into four neighborhoods, or "Wards", by the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets.[6]

First Ward

The EpiCentre is a popular shopping and nightlife destination in uptown

First Ward lies directly to the east of the intersection of Trade and Tryon. It is that quadrant bounded by North Tryon on the northwest and East Trade on the southwest.

First Ward was recently one of the most dangerous areas in Charlotte, but because of recent revitalization under a HUD HOPE VI grant, it has become one of the more desirable. Many new developments are planned and under construction. The award winning Center City Building which houses the uptown campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is in the first ward. The recently completed Center City Building is part of an urban village project being developed by Levine Properties. The current plans for the urban village include a 4-acre (16,000 m2) park, 450,000 sq ft (42,000 m2) of office space, 2,700 residential units, 250 hotel rooms, 250,000 sq ft (23,000 m2) of retail space, and 450,000 sq ft (42,000 m2) of civic space. Current attractions include: The Main Library, the Spirit Square portion of the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, ImaginOn Children's Learning Center, Levine Museum of the New South, the Time Warner Cable Arena, and is the home of the Charlotte Hornets. On Tryon at Sixth Street, one of Charlotte's historic gems is being preserved and connected to a new condo project called Encore.

View from the Central Ave. bridge of Charlotte Center City in 2008.

Second Ward

Second Ward lies directly to the south of the intersection of Trade and Tryon. It is the quadrant bounded by South Tryon on the northwest and East Trade on the northeast.

Second Ward is the location of Charlotte's "Government District" and is the site of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Second Ward used to be the location of the predominantly black neighborhood Brooklyn before an urban renewal project took place. Today, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art+Culture stands in Second Ward. Here we also find EpiCentre, a mixed-use entertainment and retail complex, the Charlotte Convention Center, The Victorian Gothic style St. Peter's Catholic Church, and The Green, a downtown mini-park.

Donald Trump proposed a 72-story project called Trump Charlotte in the Second Ward which would have been the tallest building in Charlotte. The project was subsequently cancelled.

Third Ward

The Center City skyline viewed from BB&T Ballpark

Third Ward lies directly to the west of the intersection of Trade and Tryon. It is the quadrant bounded by South Tryon on the southeast and West Trade on the northeast. Third Ward is the location of the Knight Theatre, the Mint Museum, and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.

Center City's Third Ward is a diverse, quaint, start of the 20th century streetcar neighborhood home to the Carolina Panthers' Bank of America Stadium and Gateway Village which is one of the state's largest mixed-use developments with 1,500,000 sq ft (140,000 m2) of office, shops, restaurants, and over 500 housing units. The most exciting new project is Wachovia's First Street Project, comprising cultural, office, residential, and open space. Johnson & Wales University is expanding its campus in the Center City while the Mecklenburg County's Parks and Recreation Department has unveiled plans for an urban park in the district. Multiple condominium high rise towers have begun or are ready to begin construction. Plans are also underway to construct a $200 million transportation hub along the Norfolk Southern Railway called the Gateway Station. The Gateway Station will house the Greyhound bus stop, the Amtrak station, the LYNX Purple Line and LYNX Silver Line, and a CATS bus hub.

BB&T Ballpark opened in 2014 as the home of the Charlotte Knights. Directly across the street is the new Romare Bearden Park, which opened in September 2013.

Fourth Ward

Fourth Ward lies directly to the north of the intersection of Trade and Tryon. It is that quadrant bounded by North Tryon on the southeast and West Trade on the southwest.

Fourth Ward is mostly residential and has many beautiful Victorian homes. It is an official historic district and is the location of Old Settlers' Cemetery as well as the three acre Fourth Ward Park.

Schools and Libraries

School System

Residents of Charlotte Center City attend the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Elementary schools include First Ward Elementary and Irwin Avenue Open Elementary School.

Private Schools

  • Trinity Episcopal School

Colleges and Universities


The CheckIt Outlet of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County

Uptown Charlotte is served by two branches of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County now known as Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. The Main library is located on North Tryon Street.[7]

The CheckIt Outlet Branch located on the Green off South Tryon Street is closed due to budget cut a few years ago.[8] This 1,000 sq ft (93 m2). facility holds popular DVDs and bestsellers and serves as a drop-off and pick-up point for library materials for workers and residents on the South Tryon side of uptown.

ImaginOn of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County

ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center is located on East Seventh Street.[9] ImaginOn is a collaborative venture of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and the Children's Theater of Charlotte which strives to bring the art of narrative to life. The library provides services, books, CDs, DVDs and homework support for children and teens at this location. ImaginOn also contains the McColl Family Theatre and the Wachovia Playhouse, venues used by the Children's Theater for their performances.


In August 2013, the city opened Romare Bearden Park which is a 5.4 acre public park located at 300 S. Church Street.


List of companies based or with major corporate persistence:


The following is an incomplete list:


The following is an incomplete list:

Sites of interest


  1. ^ "Meet the Council". City of Charlotte. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Quality of Life Explorer (acres)". City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and UNCC. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Quality of Life Explorer (population)". City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and UNCC. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ "'"Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story: History Timeline: 'Down' Becomes 'Up. Web Site.  
  6. ^ "Charlotte Center City Map - 4 Wards". 
  7. ^ "The Main Library of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County". Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  8. ^ "Library Locations". Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  9. ^ "ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center". Retrieved 2008-10-25. 

External links

Official websites

  • Official website (Charlotte Center City)

Additional information

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story
  • Living Uptown Charlotte
  • Charlotte/Uptown travel guide from Wikivoyage

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