The Uptown WardsIn the northwest quadrant of Uptown, Fourth Ward is known for colorful Victorian houses, elegant new townhomes and the charming Fourth Ward Park. It is one of Charlotte’s most affluent neighborhoods. In nearby Third Ward, flanked by Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers NFL team, you’ll find Gateway Village with five blocks of offices, stores, apartments and condominiums. Johnson & Wales University operates its five-story, 145,000-square-foot culinary arts academic center here too. Climbing 21 stories in Second Ward, The Park condominiums will become one of the city’s tallest residential structures at 275 feet, and will include a rooftop park featuring gardens, a walking trail, a swimming pool and a breathtaking view of the Charlotte skyline. The remaining quadrant of the center city, First Ward, is booming with a mix of new housing that appeals to a variety of incomes. The new Charlotte Arena has led to a surge of development including Courtside, a 17-story condominium high-rise with 7,500 square feet of retail and restaurant space on the street level. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is also planning a campus in First Ward; among the courses of study offered will be business, architecture, social services and the humanities. Wake Forest University’s Babcock Graduate School of Management has also announced its plans to move Uptown.
Places to SeeUptown is the acknowledged center of the city’s cultural life. It’s the home of the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, the McColl Center for Visual Art, Discovery Place science museum, the Levine Museum of the New South, Spirit Square Center for the Arts & Education, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library and several private galleries. It’s also the site of ImaginOn, a new, ambitious joint project of Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and the library. Spanning an entire city block, ImaginOn covers 100,000 square feet and includes performance spaces, library areas, a technology center, classrooms and a teen center. The Charlotte Trolley runs daily between Atherton Mill in South End and Ninth Street in Uptown, and is used by tourists and Uptown workers alike. Uptown residents enjoy the convenience of walking to restaurants, clubs and even the supermarket. The groceries at Reid’s Fine Foods in Seventh Street Station, a colorful parking garage, are augmented in summer by an outdoor farmers market.
RecreationYou could get your exercise just by walking around to see all the new construction. But, for those craving more vigorous exercise, Gateway Village offers a YMCA where joggers regularly set out for early-morning runs. The Center City’s broad array of activities has something for nearly any taste. And its mix of housingold, new, spacious or compactsuits nearly any lifestyle. If you want to experience city life to the fullest, Center City may be the place for you. For people who like being in the center of things, Uptown Charlotte is increasingly becoming a coveted address. That’s where nearly 10,000 Charlotteans now liveand work. Uptown’s population is expected to triple in the next decade. New residential/mixed-use developments include EpiCentre, Courtside, 230 Tryon, Millennium Square, The Vue, Avenue, Trademark and The Park. Charlotte addresses were originally divided into four wards created by the intersection of Trade and Tryon streets; each known for its unique qualities.
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