The east side of Charlotte has been developing for a number of years. An area that used to be avoided by many people, now has a growing and diverse population. More ethnic restaurants and small shopping malls are sprouting up. A restaurant tour in September promises to sample tastes from around the world right in east Charlotte. And most recently a plan to demolish Eastland Mall and make way for a movie studio is tentatively moving forward. Charlotte is already a hub for the filming of movies and television, and this would extend that industry further east. We talk with Charlotte Mayor Pat Kinsey and others about the development of east Charlotte.
Patsy Kinsey - mayor of Charlotte
Billy Maddalon - member of Eastland Area Strategies Team; recently appointed to the Charlotte City Council.
Diane Langevin - president of the Winterfield Neighborhood Association, member of Charlotte East Community Partners, Charmeck Court Watch and the Streetcar Advisory Committee.
Noah Mesgane - owner of Queen Sheba Ethiopian restaurant and current participant in the Taste of the World.