South End, Charlotte, NC | Booming and Eclectic Growth
The story of South End dates back as early as the late 1800’s and early 1900’s when factories and mills buzzed along Charlotte’s early railroad tracks. However, with the decline in our country’s manufacturing these factories and mills were boarded up and abandoned until nearly 100 years later in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Initiatives to revitalize these historic properties including goals to maintain South End’s historically industrial past, a pedestrian-friendly community and the fostering of small and local businesses breathed new life into the South End community we see today.
Within the last 15 years the rising cost of housing in the adjacent Dilworth neighborhood led to people embracing older homes in the South End and Wilmore areas while still maintaining close proximity to Uptown, I-77 and I-85. But Charlottean’s desire for South End goes far beyond these typical draws. South End has grown into an eclectic neighborhood featuring local shops, bars, music venues, restaurants, a farmer’s market and community events showcasing the pride South End residents have for their bustling neighborhood. In fact, in 2009 Southern Living Magazine identified South End as one of the South’s Best Comeback Neighborhoods and years later this could not be more apparent.
Much of South End’s resurgence can be attributed to the impact of the LYNX Light Rail which opened in 2007. Since 2007 development of residential apartment communities, condominium developments, retail and office space has blossomed along what is Charlotte’s only commuter rail line, the LYNX Blue Line, running through the heart of South End adjacent to South Blvd. The LYNX Blue Line runs from Uptown south to I-485 with extension construction already underway to expand north 9.3 miles from Ninth Street in Uptown through the NoDa neighborhood and University area where it will end on UNC Charlotte’s campus.
Over a decade later the same revitalization initiatives that led to South End’s rebirth are aggressively maintained creating what is one of Charlotte’s fastest growing neighborhoods for living, working, shopping, dining and entertainment.