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Uptown Charlotte is the central business district of Charlotte, North Carolina. The area is split into four neighborhoods (wards) by the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets, and bordered by Interstate 277 and Interstate 77. Uptown Charlotte is the largest business district in Charlotte and the Carolinas. You may also hear it referred to as "Downtown" by locals, both terms apply.

Tryon Street

Tryon Street is a major north-south street of Charlotte, North Carolina. It traverses through the center of Downtown Charlotte and is the address for some of the city's tallest buildings, such as the Bank of America Corporate Center and Hearst Tower. The road is divided into two segments at its intersection with Trade Street: North Tryon Street and South Tryon Street. Likewise, Tryon Street divides Trade Street into east and west. The Trade and Tryon intersection serves as the dividing point for the city's first four wards. The street was named after William Tryon, governor of the Province of North Carolina from 1765 to 1771.

Neighborhoods

Uptown Charlotte is divided into four neighborhoods, or "wards", by the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets.

First Ward

First Ward lies directly to the east of the intersection of Trade and Tryon. It is that quadrant bounded by North Tryon on the northwest and East Trade on the southwest.

Once considered one of the most dangerous areas in Charlotte, the first ward has become one of the more desirable because of revitalization and the construction of numerous new developments. The award-winning Center City Building which houses the uptown campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is in the first ward.

Second Ward

The Second Ward is the location of Charlotte's "Government District" and is the site of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The second ward was formerly the location of the predominantly black neighborhood, Brooklyn, before an urban renewal project took place. Today, second ward is home to the EpiCentre, a mixed-use entertainment and retail complex; the Charlotte Convention Center; the Victorian Gothic style St. Peter's Catholic Church; The Green, a downtown mini-park; and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art+Culture. Duke Energy also has its corporate headquarters in the second ward.

Third Ward

Uptown's third ward is a diverse "streetcar neighborhood," home to the Carolina Panthers' Bank of America Stadium and Gateway Village. Gateway Village is one of the state's largest mixed-use developments. There you can find offices, shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

BB&T Ballpark, home of the Charlotte Knights, opened in 2014. Directly across the street is Romare Bearden Park, which opened in September 2013.

Fourth Ward

The Fourth Ward is mostly residential and has many stately Victorian homes. It is an official historic district, and is the location of Old Settlers' Cemetery and the three-acre Fourth Ward Park.

Entertainment venues

Uptown Charlotte has three major league sports venues. Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers, opened in 1996, the Spectrum Center, home of the Charlotte Hornets, opened in 2005, and the American Legion Memorial Stadium, home of the Charlotte Hounds. The Charlotte Knights, a minor league baseball team, also plays at BB&T Ballpark.

The Charlotte Convention Center attracts over 500,000 people a year to its 280,000 square feet of exhibit space. The Convention Center is currently undergoing an expansion to add an additional 50,000 square feet of meeting space and a pedestrian bridge connection to the adjacent Westin hotel.

Cover image: Bechtler Museum of Modern Art by James Willamor is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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