Get your bearings-Charlotte and surrounding areas




Hundreds of years ago, two primitive trading paths crossed at the intersection of what is now Tryon and Trade Street in Uptown Charlotte.  The founding of our city took place at this significant crossroad. Over the years, four distinct settlements emerged in the quadrants created by the Trade and Tryon Street intersection. Today, we call these areas the First, Second, Third and Fourth Wards in Uptown Charlotte. Defined by the I-277 freeway loop, this square mile represents the original city.  Almost nothing old remains but the 1790s grid system of streets and the 19th-century names for the four political wards. Uptown Charlotte is largely shiny, new and bank-oriented. The Center City is a haven for nighttime hot spots, upscale restaurants, bars and trendy clubs. An even bigger change over the past decade has been the housing rebirth. Today, upscale condominiums, apartments and single-family houses have sprouted throughout the Wards of Uptown, creating a boom of urbanites.  Fourth Ward, the Victorian pocket neighborhood with some of the city's oldest remaining homes, has been a showplace for years.  Charlotteans refer to the center city area as “Uptown” because the epicenter is actually uphill from all surrounding areas. City officials also deemed the term more positive than “downtown”. For the full guide-download here.