Plaza Midwood

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Now time for another story in our periodic series Block by Block, looking at how neighborhoods are changing, in big and small ways.  A longtime fixture of Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood is closing this weekend.  For nearly 40 years, John’s Country Kitchen has been a place where friends gathered at the counter to catch up over pancakes and a cup of coffee. A place where new friendships were forged and old ones were rekindled.  The restaurant's owners are moving on to other things because the landlord of what’s become a prime space on Central Avenue is upping the rent. We recently stopped by on a busy morning and took a seat at the counter.

Duncan McFadyen

Plaza Midwood and NoDa tied for the most hipster neighborhood in Charlotte, according to Gawker.

They were trying to figure out "where the self-consciously arty creative-class would-be bohemians congregate" in America's cities. 

So they were looking for the equivalent of two hipster neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York. 

Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

There are some new backward parking spaces in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood neighborhood. The city’s put in reverse angle parking along three blocks of Commonwealth Ave – spaces that are angled against the direction of traffic, designed to be backed into. It’s part of a $4 million project to make the area more pedestrian and bike friendly. 

The reverse spaces also serve to narrow the street and slow down traffic. But, the concept of backing into these spaces goes against what we’re used to. And the result is a lot of confusion.