Uptown, Charlotte, NC | The Heart of Charlotte
Serving as Charlotte’s most iconic neighborhood is Uptown. Featuring the “Charlotte skyline”, Uptown is the most recognizable neighborhood of Charlotte for anyone traveling I-77. Uptown is certainly the central focus of Charlotte and serves as home to some of the nation’s largest banks, making Charlotte one of the country’s largest banking districts.
Uptown can generally be considered the area located within the I-277 urban loop which surrounds it. The neighborhood itself is made up of four wards referred to fittingly as First, Second, Third and Fourth Ward. The wards, which were originally in place for election purposes, have since lost their initial significance and remain instead a point of reference for many.
First Ward is home to Time Warner Cable Arena featuring the Charlotte Bobcats (soon to be The Hornets) as well as a considerable number of concerts, events and the Charlotte Checkers; Charlotte’s minor league hockey team. Between city initiatives and the Charlotte Streetcar Project, many residential developments are planned for First Ward in the coming years.
Second Ward, includes Charlotte’s “Government District”, featuring government offices and court houses. Additionally, over the years Second Ward has further identified itself by a development known as EpiCentre, a mixed-used project including some of Charlotte’s premier dining, entertainment, shopping and hospitality venues.
Third Ward has seen considerable development over the last few years. With BB&T Ballpark undergoing its final touches, a lot of anticipation revolves around what will soon be home to the Charlotte Knights. Development coming to a close on the ballpark as well as Uptown’s newest green space, Romare Bearden Park, Third Ward is gaining quite a bit of notoriety. But perhaps most notable is Third Ward’s Bank of America Stadium, the Carolina Panthers’ football stadium.
Fourth Ward is a balance of old and new. Previously neglected, the historic Fourth Ward neighborhood received a renewed sense of pride when local business owners and residents took initiative to maintain Uptown’s early history found in restored Victorian homes over a century old. It is however the balance of old and new that makes Fourth Ward such a unique part of the Uptown neighborhood; including luxury apartments and condominiums as well as Blumenthal Theatre, Discovery Place Children’s Museum and an array of dining and entertainment options serving its residents.
City-wide initiatives have given the Uptown neighborhood a renewed spirit already appealing to many and will continue to lure those seeking a pedestrian-friendly environment and amenities appealing to foodies, socialites and sports buffs.