Uptown

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

It's the end of the workday in Charlotte, and a crowd of bankers and business people are heading home for the day, striding down a plain, ordinary sidewalk next to a nondescript brown building on Trade Street.

What these business people perhaps don't know is that just below their feet, about a story or two down, is a bustling underground operation and a massive, steel-encased vault containing untold billions of dollars in cash.

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

Listener Jeff Moen moved to Charlotte about three years ago, and has never really figured out this one quirk of his new hometown. While nearly every city in the nation calls its central business district "downtown," in Charlotte, it's "uptown."

Adam Calderone of Urban Ministry Center's outreach team talks to a homeless man on South Tryon Street Wednesday.
David Boraks / WFAE

An estimated 1,400 people are homeless in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Finding them is the biggest challenge for those who provide shelter and other services. That job falls to the outreach staff from the Urban Ministry Center -- a sort of emergency response team. WFAE's David Boraks rode along on Wednesday as they checked on homeless people uptown.

A CMPD helicopter like this one was involved in Wednesday's near miss with a drone.
CMPD

CMPD is trying to find the operator of a drone that nearly collided with one of its helicopters near BB&T Ballpark Wednesday night.

A rapper and two others are due in court Wednesday on charges related to a February shootout in uptown Charlotte during CIAA basketball tournament week.

The streetcorner park at North Tryon and Sixth streets uptown will be removed starting next week, as the Foundation for the Carolinas begins restoring the 1927 Carolina Theatre.
David Boraks / WFAE-FM

There won't be a formal groundbreaking, but work is scheduled to begin next week (the week of May 22) on redevelopment of the old Carolina Theatre in uptown Charlotte. The Foundation for the Carolinas is leading the project, which includes a 20-story hotel.

diners at Essex Charlotte
David Boraks / WFAE

Businesses around Charlotte saw sales drop during last week's protests over the shooting death of Keith Scott. But now that a curfew has been lifted and the weekend is approaching, they're hoping for a rebound.

Violence during the first night of protests uptown last Wednesday left some hotels, stores and restaurants, including those around the EpiCentre, with broken windows and other physical damage.

But the week of protests also scared away customers, causing financial damage that most are still recovering from.  

Jay Price

In wake of the police shooting of Keith Scott a third night of protests went more smoothly as National Guard members helped Charlotte police maintain control.

Diedra Laird / Charlotte Observer

A record number of people came uptown this weekend for Charlotte's annual gay and lesbian Pride Parade & Festival.  

On Saturday, the revelers came early, and they came dressed in their finest.

David Boraks / WFAE

An army of disappointed fans streamed out of bars and restaurants around the Charlotte area Sunday night after the Carolina Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.  Police on foot and on bicycles were stationed on street corners along Tryon Street and near the Epicenter. But aside from a few honking horns and a few excited Broncos’ fans, things remained mostly quiet uptown. 

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