I lived in Charlotte, on and off, for about 10 years. Most of my family lives in the Charlotte area, so I visit quite a bit.
And still, I’m a little surprised, every time I go back, at just how big Charlotte is.
When I was a kid, Charlotte was already “the big city,” its population much larger than that of any other city in the Carolinas.
Now, Charlotte has become a completely different kind of urban entity than Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Columbia, or Charleston. It’s no longer about the size of its population or its skyscrapers. Charlotte just seems more fully a city.
The latest step in the ongoing evolution of Charlotte’s center city is the completion of what they’re calling a new “arts district.” This stretch of South Tryon Street is, incidentally, an easy walk from the Omni Charlotte, site of the 2010 NCWN Fall Conference.