Uptown Charlotte, Downtown Charlotte, Center City Charlotte … Say WHAT?!?!
This is one of the most popular questions from newcomers to Charlotte: “Where is Uptown Charlotte, Downtown Charlotte or whatever you call it?”
Yeah we know, we know, it confusing. Just relax . . . it’s alllll the same…well basically.
Uptown Charlotte is located in Charlotte Mecklenburg County and makes up a large part of Charlotte Center City. Many people just refer to Charlotte Center City as Uptown. But this is not absolutely accurate, because Center City Charlotte not only includes Uptown, it also includes the Historic South End.
And Downtown Charlotte is just the same as Uptown Charlotte just turned upside down. Well…not actually;)
Here’s the deal…
Uptown Charlotte – What’s in a name?
In part, it is said that the term “Uptown” came about because the city center is geographically higher than its surrounding area. And on the other hand, it was due to a planned effort to boost the image of the Downtown Charlotte and give it a more “upscale” look & feel. Either way, the term has stuck and Downtown Charlotte officially became “Uptown”!
We at UpCharlotte.com specifically focus on the Uptown Area Only which includes a total of 4 neighborhoods “Wards” which are the First Ward, Second Ward, Third and Fourth Ward.
Below is a brief overview of each:
First Ward is situated directly east of the Trade and Tryon intersection. It is the quadrant that is bound by the northwest side of North Tryon and the southwest side of East Trade.
This is a heavy residential area, but it has started integrating more commercial projects like the Trolley and the Time Warner Cable Arena. It was redeveloped with great success as a mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood, though this area was almost entirely public housing for several decades. Now it’s a vibrant neighborhood that is well-kept and has a beautiful backdrop of the skyscrapers nearby.
Some main attractions in the First Ward include: The Main Library, ImaginOn Children’s Learning Center, the Spirit Square portion of the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Time Warner Cable Arena (home of the Charlotte Hornets), and Levine Museum of the New South. More on the First Ward…
The Second Ward is situated directly south of the Trade and Tryon intersection. It is the quadrant that is bound by the northwest side of South Tryon and the northeast side if East Trade.
Second Ward is Charlotte’s “Government District” and is also the site of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Second Ward was formerly labeled the “Brooklyn neighborhood”: a predominantly impoverished yet self-sufficient African-American district that was deemed as dangerous and unsightly by city planners. An urban renewal project then took place to revitalize the neighborhood, and today it proudly holds the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art+Culture.
Also in the Second Ward is the EpiCentre, the Charlotte Convention Center, The Victorian Gothic style St. Peter’s Catholic Church, and a downtown mini-park named The Green. More on the Second Ward…
The Third Ward is situated directly west of the Trade and Tryon intersection. It is the quadrant that is bound by the southeast side of South Tryon and the northeast side of West Trade.
Charlotte Center City’s Third Ward is a diverse and charming community. The most recognizable landmark in the ward is the Bank of America Stadium (home of the Carolina Panthers). Also, there’s the Gateway Village – one of the North Carolina’s largest mixed-use developments of 1,500,000 sq ft of shops, offices, restaurants, and more than 500 housing units. BB&T Ballpark (home of the Charlotte Knights) is another major landmark in the Third Ward. And right across the street from it sits Romare Bearden Park. More on the Third Ward…
The Fourth Ward is situated directly north of the intersection of the Trade and Tryon intersection. It is the quadrant that is bound by the southeast side of North Tryon and the southwest side of West Trade.
The Fourth Ward is primarily a residential area and has a multitude of beautiful Victorian homes. This is an official historic district and is host to Charlotte’s only remaining Queen Anne architecture. It is also the location of the three acre Fourth Ward Park as well as the Old Settlers’ Cemetery. More on the Fourth Ward…
Map of Uptown Charlotte
Hopefully this article has cleared up your confusion as to where is Uptown Charlotte. Now run along and enjoy ALL that Charlotte Uptown has to offer!