Elizabeth, Charlotte, NC | Education and Medical Hub
The Elizabeth neighborhood was born from converted farmland and began rapid development in the early 1900’s. As yet another one of Charlotte’s streetcar-era neighborhoods, the Elizabeth neighborhood owes much of its initial growth to Dilworth Latta, his trolley system and other prominent developers. During these early years many prominent residents lived in Elizabeth making it one of the city’s first upper-class suburban neighborhoods.
As the Elizabeth neighborhood continued to grow, shopping districts came to fruition due to early trolley lines and their respective stops. This is common of Charlotte’s first-ring suburbs as much of the city’s early commercialization was courtesy of the traffic driven by the trolley system. It was Dilworth Latta’s trolley system that later extended to Elizabeth College in the early 1900s which eventually became Presbyterian Medical Center in 1917 and continues to exist today. Elizabeth has since become home to Kings College, Central Piedmont Community College, Mercy Hospital and the nearby Carolina Medical Center.
Rapid growth of the medical center and development of Independence Boulevard in 1946 have limited the residential focus that Elizabeth once was but initiatives to maintain its residential roots have been developed. However, those residences that do exist are some of Charlotte’s most beautiful and historic, thus highly sought after. Such close proximity to the center city, medical centers and universities make Elizabeth attractive to anyone working in either of these institutions.