Home for Sale Uptown
The beginning of the Wards can be dated back to the 1850s when – then classified as a village. Charlotte had densely inhabited the area centered at the cross section of Trade and Tryon. The grid sectioned off into four quadrants in the 1850’s naming them First, Second, Third, and Fourth Ward. These boundary lines initially were set to differentiate political “wards” to elect their own representatives. Other neighborhoods were introduced beyond the four wards so in 1945 the sanctions stood no longer when officials abandoned the ward system. However, after a century of establishment; First, Second, Third and Fourth Ward still remain named today.
First Ward may have been the most adverse racial and economical of the four. The area was intertwined from 1897 with both whites and blacks, and wealth and poverty. In the 1960s blacks gave high demand for more housing. Demolition began and many whites left the area. By 1967, Earle Village’s low-rise public housing was prominent in the area. Demolition took place around the same time Victorian homes were being renovated. A lot was destroyed by the 1970’s which lead way to Urban renewal. In 1993, the Hope IV federal grant was received and funded the development for economic growth which holds today.
Today, you will find students walking towards the Uptown UNCC campus or business folks striding towards their offices in the center city. The district offers education and entertainment. Enjoy First Ward Park, accessibility to LYNX light rail train transportation and public library and residential living of townhomes and single-family homes. The area has truly grown and holds beauty to the parks within its borders.
Some of the First Wards history remaining today includes:
In Second Ward a handful of government buildings preside over acres of grass and parking in its earlier years. The areas residents were predominantly blacks for a long while and the alley ways were overcrowded with slum landlords and little maintenance in the region. Between 1960 and 1967 Sawyer’s Redevelopment Commission made drastic changes in the area.
The land was cleared and now embraces more office and business spaces. Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center is a big center in the province. Over the next years the plan is to “develop into a vibrant and diverse residential community with unique retail shops and restaurants frequented by visitors, office workers, and residents.”
Vector Cotton Mill occupied most of the land in the 1800s. After its fall it became an area for housing for many residents. Like the other Wards, much of the residential standings in its history were torn down for urban renewal.
Today you will find residents of young, old, single, married, and so on. This area accommodates businesses, entertainment, residencies, and parks. Hang around this area and you are likely to be part of the tailgates that roam the streets for the Carolina Panther home games. It’s a fun and professional area to pleasure a diverse group of people.
In Today’s Third Ward you will see:
Johnson & Wayles University
Fourth Ward housed many prosperous residents in the early 1800s and remained through the years a prominent area, housing many doctors and physicians. The area was occupied largely by medical facilities, housing doctors’ offices and a medical library. Separation of the Wards passed and the city stretched and grew. After the cities changes, and renowned subdivisions Dilworth and Myers Park developed, residents expanded out and the city was neglected for just a short period of time. Redevelopment underwent in the 1970s and has since prospered. Historic perseverance stood still and today Fourth Ward may also be called the “Historic” Fourth Ward. This center city residential area is desirable not only for it beauty but its suburb feel in a city environment. There’s so much to offer in this area and the proximity to Uptown and 277 draw attention for living to many.
Each Ward has it’s own benefits, but each area is minutes from entertainment, business, parks, travel, and all that the Queen City life has to offer!