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Urban Explorer's Handbook 2008

Battle of the Hoods


If you're an avid reader of Creative Loafing, then you may know that around this time every year we publish our Urban Explorer's Handbook.

The Handbook was designed to serve as a guide to a select few of Charlotte's more than 190 neighborhoods. With the Urban Explorer, our aim is to present a snapshot of the people, places and things that make some of the city's most well-known areas so unique. In addition, we'll hopefully tell you a few things that you didn't know about these locales, too.

And that brings us to the 2008 version. This year, we decided to put an interactive -- and competitive -- spin on the Handbook. Titled "Battle of Hoods," this current edition of the Urban Explorer not only presents pertinent neighborhood information, but it also gives you the chance to cast a vote for your favorite neighborhood.

Browse through the pages of the Handbook, and when you're done, visit a special voting section of our blog, The CLog, and pick Charlotte's best "hood." We'll tally the votes, and in a few weeks -- once we determine the winner -- we'll present a representative in the chosen neighborhood with a plaque to display for the rest of the year. Be sure to check out CL every week for word on the No. 1 neighborhood. In the meantime, enjoy this year's Urban Explorer's Handbook, and may the best hood win!

Battle of the hoods





Myers Park


Plaza Midwood

South End



University City



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