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Uptown After Dark

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By day, Uptown Charlotte can be a pretty boring place.

Seriously, besides scores of roaming office workers, there ain't much to see. When the lights go out, however, things get interesting.

After dark, city workers start their rounds, homeless people pound the pavement and bar crawlers bounce from club to club. After dark, the streets get a little less safe (though not dangerous by big-city standards) but downtown denizens get more sociable. After dark -- in the words of the legendary hip-hop group Whodini -- the freaks come out.

Thank God for the freaks.

TWO DOG NIGHT: Roxane Nickeo walks her wolfounds Gaeil (left) and Odysseus - CATALINA KULCZAR
  • Catalina Kulczar
  • TWO DOG NIGHT: Roxane Nickeo walks her wolfounds Gaeil (left) and Odysseus

SK8TR: A boarder takes a break on Tryon and Fifth - KATIE WILLIAMS

CLEANUP MAN: City employee Cald Welledward rides his sidewalk scrubber - CATALINA KULCZAR
  • Catalina Kulczar
  • CLEANUP MAN: City employee Cald Welledward rides his sidewalk scrubber

OVERTIME: Bankers Dave Weaver (right) and T.T. Barinath (who's just visiting Charlotte) stroll down Tryon Street - CATALINA KULCZAR
  • Catalina Kulczar
  • OVERTIME: Bankers Dave Weaver (right) and T.T. Barinath (who's just visiting Charlotte) stroll down Tryon Street

WAITING FOR THE DJ: Club kids stand in line for College Night at the Forum - KATIE WILLIAMS
  • Katie Williams
  • WAITING FOR THE DJ: Club kids stand in line for College Night at the Forum

CREATIVELY LOAFING: An unnamed downtown dweller takes a disco nap - KATIE WILLIAMS
  • Katie Williams
  • CREATIVELY LOAFING: An unnamed downtown dweller takes a disco nap

WILD STYLE: Tyler Hull, 15, frequents Uptown just about every night to skateboard, hang out with friends and/or take photographs. - CATALINA KULCZAR
  • Catalina Kulczar
  • WILD STYLE: Tyler Hull, 15, frequents Uptown just about every night to skateboard, hang out with friends and/or take photographs.

 

 

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