Darlene Heater of Center City Partners has spent the last three years getting to know Charlotte's Uptown neighbors. She's quick to let people know that Uptown's massive towers may get the spotlight, but there are several smaller neighborhoods that make Charlotte's center what it is.
How would you describe Uptown?
Uptown is a vibrant and diverse residential community of longtime residents, young families, empty nesters, retirees and aspiring professionals. The Uptown neighborhood offers many housing options -- from historical Victorian houses and restored mill houses to charming townhomes and gleaming high-rises.
What is the most eye-catching landmark in your neighborhood?
Some would say the skyline itself ... perhaps the new Bechtler Museum. Others like The Grande Disco at the Square.
What are the top three places to shop in Uptown?
The EpiCentre, the Museum Shops at Levine Museum of the New South and Mint Museum of Craft & Design and the Overstreet Mall.
Top three places to eat?
Sonoma, Ratcliffe on the Green, Pie Town -- but Uptown Charlotte has 120 restaurants, so it's hard to choose just three.
Top three party spots?
The EpiCentre, The Forum, Dixie's Tavern -- but Uptown has 50 nightspots, so again, it's hard to pick out just three.
What's a little-known fact about Uptown?
The Uptown neighborhood is made up of four distinct and unique neighborhoods called "wards." The neighborhood wards are defined by the intersection of Trade and Tryon streets.
Where is the first place in Uptown you would take a newcomer?
The Levine Museum of the New South for a crash course in Southern culture. Some would just take a stroll down Tryon Street.
How has the recession changed your neighborhood?
Some of our banking residents are losing their jobs, so there is worry among our neighbors.
Why should people move to Uptown?
Have you seen our backyard? The city is our playground.
Name one downside to living in Uptown?
Uptown needs more parks and green space ... although three new parks are designed and on the way. We're anxiously awaiting them!
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