Block By Block

This is a periodic series in which we’ll visit neighborhoods going through change, big and small.

Block By Block: Cherry Neighborhood Then And Now

Aug 29, 2017

Block By Block: South End Then And Now

Aug 29, 2017

Charlotte’s South End used to be something of a no man’s land. Once an industrial center housing a Pepsi-Cola bottling factory and a flour mill, by the 1980s, most businesses had left.  A few condos and apartments began sprouting up in the 1990s, taking the place of older mills. But it was the completion of the LYNX Blue Line light rail that helped transform the area.

Block By Block: University City Then And Now

Aug 29, 2017

Block By Block: NoDa Then And Now

Aug 29, 2017

Block By Block: West Charlotte Then And Now

Aug 29, 2017

Block By Block: Uptown Then And Now

Aug 29, 2017

Block By Block: Charlotte Then And Now

Aug 29, 2017

It’s not news that Charlotte is growing rapidly. This year, Charlotte was ranked fourth in the country for fastest job growth. In the last 10 years, more than 7,000 new businesses came to the Queen City, occupying 94 million square feet, adding $9.2 million dollars in economic activity, and employing more than 57,000 people, according to real estate research company Marcus and Millichap

Block By Block: Plaza Midwood Then And Now

Aug 10, 2017

A look at Plaza Midwood illustrates the rapid growth surrounding Uptown Charlotte. The eclectic neighborhood just east of the city has attracted young families and young professionals to the area. In recent years, large apartment complexes have begun popping up as plans for the 2020 construction of the Gold Line Streetcar have solidified. 

Charlotte Observer/David T. Foster III

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Gentrification can spruce up neighborhoods but it can also price long-term residents out. We examine that and hear about what may be a first-of-its-kind effort to slow gentrification down.


Monday, July 10, 2017

We get a fuller picture of Charlotte’s homicide rate and how it has affected the city. Then, our Block-By-Block series takes us to Camp North End. This languishing area is about to get a facelift.