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Old Posted May 7, 2008, 1:46 AM
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Charlotte's Historic Southend Photo Tour by Trolley

Touring Charlotte's Neighborhoods I - Historic Southend

1) Southend
2) Plaza-Midwood
3) NoDa
4) Fourth Ward
?) Elizabeth/midtown
?) Dilworth
?) Myers Park
?) South Park
?) University City
?) Derita


Sunday I walked around the historic Southend area of Charlotte around the light rail and trolley line. This area has seen a lot of growth thanks to the transit. The trolley recently started operating again in conjunction with the light rail, adding four additional stops to the line. The Morehead trolley-only station is the first stop south of uptown and I-277.


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The trolley actually departs from the light rail tracks just after East/West Blvd. station for its last two stops. That is where I begin my tour.

Riding the trolley.


Atherton Mill, terminus of the trolley line and location of the trolley barn.


The trolley driver was very friendly and outgoing. Here he's letting this girl step on the foot pedal that rings the bell.


From there I walk down to the New Bern station, which is generally the end of the Southend area. All stations south of here are park and ride. From here I will work my way back towards uptown, and all photos will be within a block of the rail line and South Blvd.

Looking south at the the light rail storage/maintenance building.


Transit oriented residential at New Bern.


Remodeled building soon to be offices across from New Bern.


Residential a half block east of New Bern.


Looking north towards uptown from New Bern station.


North of New Bern is a mixed-use project called Silos at Southend. Rendering here: http://silossouthend.com
They plan to keep these three old silos and incorporate them in with the design. A few weeks ago, a half full silo on the right (where the gray pile is) fell to the right and damaged the tracks. They were quickly repaired.


Another development, between the rail line and South Blvd.


Traveling north past Remount, I go to South Blvd.


Here is a new urban Lowe's Home Improvement store under construction.


There are a lot of new buildings in the area.








Back up at the Atherton Mill area.






Tremont trolley station. Behind it is the large 101 Tremont project, with will be 11 floor.




Looking north towards East/West Blvd. station.




Areas around the East/West Blvd. station.


















Going north towards Bland St. Station.




A Charlotte landmark, Prices Chicken Coop.












Now we are at the Bland Street Station, looking north towards uptown.


Construction by the station.






Just north of the station is a 4-5 floor apartment project called The Circle. It has been a bit controversial due to the fact that developers have not really released renderings. Some say it will look very "commie block" style.






Traveling north again, towards Carson station.




The Arlington, Southend's current tallest. I think the color has grown on me.




I believe this is the site of Millennium, a 5 floor apartment building.




Carson Station can be seen ahead.


Carson Station.






There is a proposal to build two mid-rise towers here, but residents of the Arlington oppose it, because it will block their view of uptown. NIMBY's!


Looking at the Morehead St. bridge, and just past it the Morehead trolley stop.


Morehead trolley stop.


Looking uptown from Morehead.


Uptown Cabaret.


Perhaps one of my favorite projects, expansion of Uptown Cabaret!


Now walking south on Morehead street.


















Royal Court, 13 floor condos. Just to the left of this project is I-277, so there won't be anything blocking the view of uptown.


View from a lot next to Royal Court.


Thanks for viewing my little tour of part of Southend.

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Old Posted May 7, 2008, 2:10 AM
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i miss the burned out seedy southend of 2002 and great shows at the tremont music hall. nice to see though that they're keeping some of the current structures, thanks for the pics. speaking of Tremont, it should be in these pics...for shame.

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Old Posted May 7, 2008, 3:23 AM
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i miss the burned out seedy southend of 2002 and great shows at the tremont music hall. nice to see though that they're keeping some of the current structures, thanks for the pics. speaking of Tremont, it should be in these pics...for shame.
You know, I've never actually made it to any shows at Tremont Music Hall. I've been to quite a few music venues such as Amos Southend, the Milestone, Neighborhood Theater, and The Evening Muse. Just never Tremont.
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Fun tour. I too like the effort made to keep the integrity and character of many of the older buildings.
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Wow, Charlotte is really turning into something. North Carolina has become a state to reckon with. I guess it has been for awhile.
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This looks like a nice city. I want to see Winston-Salem. Now I'm going to have to see Charlotte, too. Is there still a drought going on?
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Great tour....there are good number of nice old buildings on S Tryon that were not part of this thread... maybe a future Part II?
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I'll bite. Nice looking. What do the SFH pictured go for, and how close are they to the trolley?
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I'll bite. Nice looking. What do the SFH pictured go for, and how close are they to the trolley?
Dilworth is a community that has seen a regrowth in the last 10-15 years and its proximity to Uptown is helping its property values immensely. The average single-family home price is $645,000, with 2300-square-feet as the average size. Townhomes and condos are being constructed in the area just off of East Blvd., offering easy access to shops and dining and also easy access to the new Lynx light rail service. The average sales price for condos and townhomes is $202,000 with 970 square-feet being the average size.
http://charlotte.about.com/od/neighb...p/dilworth.htm

My photos are no more than 3 blocks from light rail. Most photos are 1 block or less.
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Dilworth is a community that has seen a regrowth in the last 10-15 years and its proximity to Uptown is helping its property values immensely. The average single-family home price is $645,000, with 2300-square-feet as the average size. Townhomes and condos are being constructed in the area just off of East Blvd., offering easy access to shops and dining and also easy access to the new Lynx light rail service. The average sales price for condos and townhomes is $202,000 with 970 square-feet being the average size.
http://charlotte.about.com/od/neighb...p/dilworth.htm

My photos are no more than 3 blocks from light rail. Most photos are 1 block or less.
So about $300/sqft for the SFH and $200/sqft for the condos. Whew, who though the S. was cheap.

I'm a SFH kind of fellow myself, and nothing built after 1940 for me.
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Charlotte is one of the U.S. cities I most want to visit. Never have been there. I keep hearing that it has become much more progressive (the pics show that). I recall that only 10-15 years ago Charlotte made the national news because city officials banned a play because it had a gay character or theme. I'm assuming that's all changed by now. Architecturally, to me it's one of the best cities in the country based on the various posts in the last year.
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The area looks nice. What makes the South End historic? Was it a warehousing center or something? Also, is your "downtown" called "Uptown"?
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Great shots!
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I was going to go to Charlotte in January and was so disappointed I had to change plans. But, it looks like there is A LOT going on near the light rail line so it may be good to wait a little bit. Very nice looking city though. And, personally, I love that red/pink building!
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The area looks nice. What makes the South End historic? Was it a warehousing center or something? Also, is your "downtown" called "Uptown"?
According to www.historicsouthend.com Historic South End has its beginning in the 1850s when the first railroad line came to Charlotte, connecting the Queen City to Columbia and Charleston, SC. Over the years a thriving manufacturing community sprang up along the tracks, centered on the burgeoning textile industry. The area declined during the 1970s and 80s, only to be revived in the 1990s as restaurants, shops, and design-related industries discovered the beauty and versatility of the old mills and warehouses.

Originally, Charlotte offered electric streetcar service from May 20, 1891 to March 14, 1938.

Also, downtown is known as uptown. The intersection of Trade and Tryon is actually atop a small hill. People would go up to town.

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And, personally, I love that red/pink building!
Yeah, it has grown on me, but it has taken a while. Initial renderings had a blue glass exterior. The pink glass was a bit of a shock. When people first saw it from afar, they thought it was exposed insulation.

Here are some additional photos from this weekend:








I love how on their window, they have the credit card logos with a big red "X" through them.






Mmmm BBQ dog...







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Great images. Charlotte is in the midst of redefining herself.
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hey, charlotte's actually kinda cool.
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Urr...when did Charlotte get light rail? I haven't been through that town in eight years.
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