South End – Charlotte’s Heartbeat
It is no doubt the Charlotte area is flourishing and a great place to call home. The Charlotte business journal reported that the Charlotte metro area’s population is projected to grow by 47 percent between 2010 and 2030, according to a recent report by the Urban Institute,summarized and linked here by UNC Chapel Hill’s Carolina Demography Institute.
There are tons of new restaurants as well as a hotbed of tech start ups. With such a great city and thriving area to spend your leisure time, it can be hard to narrow the neighborhood for you. Check out the Creative District of the Carolinas and no, I’m not talking about NoDA. South End has been named the Creative District of the Carolinas, and over the next 10 to 20 years there is a wealth of investment and plans that are enhancing this already sprawling neighborhood. If you visit the South End website you’ll see it named as “heartbeat of Charlotte”, and it is definitely just that.
The area with it’s historic roots in railroad and manufacturing is conveniently located minutes from Uptown. Along with integrated retail and residential areas, this contemporary neighborhood has everything you’d want in a neighborhood. The Center City 2020 Vision states “nowhere else in Charlotte can one find a mix of arts, home furnishings, interior and architectural design firms, and consumer goods shops so well-integrated into residential neighborhoods of single-family homes, townhomes and apartments. The LYNX light rail system continues to expand, the area will become even more accessible. The growing transit network and the roads that accompany it will bring more people to the district.”
What To Do While Visiting South End
Food Truck Friday – Food Truck Friday is held every Friday, rain or shine, at the corner of Camden Road and Park Avenue in
Historic South End from 5-9pm. Located on the corner of Park and Camden in the Historic SouthEnd, set your GPS for 100 W. Park Ave. Take the Lynx line to the Bland Street stop – Again one of the many perks of living in South End.
Be sure to stop by the Common Market and grab a bottle to drink while eating delicious gourmet grilled cheese from Papi Queso.
Get Out and Walk – South End is known for being one best walking neighborhoods in the city. Check out numerous local boutiques such as Blush Boutique and The Boulevard gift shop. You will also find furniture stores and great places to purchase a variety of local goods.
Charlotte’s South End is an exciting place to live and spend time, you don’t want to scratch this neighborhood off your list until you visit and take a look around!