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Old 01-06-2009, 08:25 AM
 
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Question Why is it called 'Uptown' Charlotte?

Maybe the knowledgeable folks on this forum can help me out. I have wondered for a long time: Why is 'downtown' Charlotte called 'Uptown'? Most everywhere else, the city center is called downtown.
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Old 01-06-2009, 08:28 AM
 
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I've wondered that myself. I figured it was because what I would consider the city is not all that large.
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Old 01-06-2009, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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As uptown is upon a hill , from most areas in charlotte you are looking up do it hence uptown.
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Old 01-06-2009, 08:37 AM
 
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During the 1980s, a massive campaign was launched to revamp the image of the downtown area and the term "Uptown" was introduced to the general public. On February 14, 1987 the Charlotte Observer began using the term "Uptown" as a way to promote a more positive upbeat image of the center city area
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Old 01-06-2009, 08:37 AM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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There is much confusion brought about by the use of the terms "Uptown" and "Downtown" for Charlotte's center city area. These terms do not reference different areas of town and are thus interchangeable.


The history of the dual names is contested, yet prior to the mid-late 1980s, the term "Downtown" was used by residents, media and city leaders for the center city area. During the 1980s, a massive campaign was launched to revamp the image of the downtown area and the term "Uptown" was introduced to the general public. On February 14, 1987 the Charlotte Observer began using the term "Uptown" as a way to promote a more positive upbeat image of the center city area.

Another opinion is: Though many feel that the term "Uptown Charlotte" is a new term in the last 10 years, local residents from three or more generations past will attest to having called the center city area Uptown their entire lives. This is due to the main intersection in the original center city, Trade St. & Tryon St., having been the point of highest elevation. When people would come from outlying areas to the city, they would say they were going 'up to town', a phrase that was eventually shortened to 'Uptown'. Despite this, there are many who steadfastly believe that center-city Charlotte was called "Downtown" up until 10 years ago when there was a concerted effort to rename it "Uptown" by various groups that had come from outside Charlotte. These people feel that this was an attempt to improve the city's image.
This sort of confirms my initial thought of people trying to spin a positive image on the area...assuming using the word "up" instead of "down" will make people happy and embrace the area. If you ask me, it's cheesy and only confuses people. when I tell people about down/uptown, I try to use the Uptown reference...but then I end up on a tangent explain that uptown is really our downtown...
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Old 01-06-2009, 08:43 AM
 
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And then, of course, the designation "center city" further confuses us.
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:07 AM
 
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This sort of confirms my initial thought of people trying to spin a positive image on the area...assuming using the word "up" instead of "down" will make people happy and embrace the area. If you ask me, it's cheesy and only confuses people. when I tell people about down/uptown, I try to use the Uptown reference...but then I end up on a tangent explain that uptown is really our downtown...

The Chamber of Commerce may have capitalized on the phrase "uptown" back in the early 80's, but really the name uptown was not new to Charlotte then. There are many places ringing the uptown area where you look toward it and see it actually sitting at a higher elevation (one such view if at the intersection of Randolph and Wendover. When you stop at that redlight going toward "uptown" you see that it really sits higher). Not sure how far back the term really goes, but many people from long ago spent their time on Saturday "going UP to Charlotte", and eventually just Uptown.
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:10 AM
 
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Yeah, this distinction is incredibly confusing to those new to the area. When researching Charlotte I knew where people said Uptown was and kept trying to figure out where Downtown was, thinking it was south. I guess I always assumed that Downtown was the main business area and Uptown was a smaller area north, especially since this is how it is referred to in Chicago where I am from.
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:10 AM
 
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I always call it downtown , but who knows...
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:47 AM
 
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I call it dahntahn.
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