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Old 07-12-2015, 06:06 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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As North Carolina's largest city, it's quite fascinating for those of us who have been in NC for a while to see how certain areas in and around Charlotte have improved (or gentrified depending on your perspective) and how other areas have languished and need some attention.

An example that comes to my mind is some of the area around 36th Street between the Plaza and North Tryon Street in NoDa, which seemed pretty rundown 15 or 20 years ago but is now sporting revitalized buildings for businesses, lofts, new upscale housing, etc. However, not far away, along Independence Boulevard and Albemarle Road around Eastland Mall, the area has struggled and seen economic prosperity shift away from that area in the last 15-20 years.

That's one example I can think of but I'm sure there are others.

This study has been mentioned on this forum before is an interesting read and talks about the different demographic issues in neighborhoods throughout Charlotte.

Quality of Life Study

I'm just curious to see what areas the posters here think will be the up and coming areas that will improve in the next decade or two, and which areas people are concerned about as the highest risk areas to go into decline. I'd be interested in responses both within Charlotte proper and the surrounding metro counties.

Please understand that I'm not trying to trash or write off any area, and trends can reverse so an area that's starting to decline at the moment can be a great up and coming area in a generation. I'm just curious to see which areas people see as improving or declining at this moment and for the near future (and why you feel this way). This has always been a personal interest and curiosity of mine, particularly throughout NC. Thanks!
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Old 07-12-2015, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Southport
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The area between Uptown and NODA will continue to improve, especially once the light rail opens. The immediate west side will improve as well, again especially once the street car gets completed there.

I'm afraid the Eastland Mall area will continue to languish.
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Old 07-13-2015, 05:33 PM
 
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The area between Uptown and NODA will continue to improve, especially once the light rail opens. The immediate west side will improve as well, again especially once the street car gets completed there.

I'm afraid the Eastland Mall area will continue to languish.
The pattern here is transportation investment helps revitalize languishing area, and yes, I remember some of the areas you mention seeming downright scary in the 1990's (ironically at the same time the Eastland area was still solidly middle class in any direction with lots of prime retail space). What about the light rail up North Tryon Street from Uptown to UNCC? Do you think that will have an impact on that area?

http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/c...ProjectMap.pdf

Do any other areas come to mind to anyone.
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Old 07-13-2015, 08:00 PM
 
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I think the immediate airport area should see some more development. With the recent renovations of the roads around the airport itself it's definitely made it look a lot more visually appealing. Yes there were some business parks in the area already but I know there are more under construction. Definitely could use some more restaurants in the area, and probably some more decent/nice hotels.
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Old 07-13-2015, 08:26 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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I think that the area west of Charlotte will continue with slower growth unless the casino at exit 5 is approved. If it's approved it will speed up but I doubt that it will open the flood gates as officials in the various cities & towns are not allowing builders to do whatever they want.
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:31 PM
 
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I think the immediate airport area should see some more development. With the recent renovations of the roads around the airport itself it's definitely made it look a lot more visually appealing. Yes there were some business parks in the area already but I know there are more under construction. Definitely could use some more restaurants in the area, and probably some more decent/nice hotels.
Johnny Harris, one of the men behind SouthPark and Ballantyne, as plans to create another major development hub near the airport and the Catawba River. With it being right next door to Charlotte-Douglas, and near the junction of I-85 and I-485, that area is going to explode once it's completed.

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I think that the area west of Charlotte will continue with slower growth unless the casino at exit 5 is approved. If it's approved it will speed up but I doubt that it will open the flood gates as officials in the various cities & towns are not allowing builders to do whatever they want.
The NCGA has been passing laws that have/will strip towns and cities, and citizens, the ability to protest and restrict developers from building whatever they like. If the casino happens, better believe that area will see a surge in new development, rather good or bad.

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The pattern here is transportation investment helps revitalize languishing area, and yes, I remember some of the areas you mention seeming downright scary in the 1990's (ironically at the same time the Eastland area was still solidly middle class in any direction with lots of prime retail space). What about the light rail up North Tryon Street from Uptown to UNCC? Do you think that will have an impact on that area?

http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/c...ProjectMap.pdf

Do any other areas come to mind to anyone.
Redevelopment will go as far as the Asian Corner Mall, and then pick up again once you get to Ikea and beyond. The areas in between will likely remain stagnant for the foreseeable future. It can be very difficult to redevelop dilapidated areas in the suburbs, since it usually requires investing in large parcels of land. Though, with property values as low as they are in that area, we might see something, but likely not anytime soon. Similar to how areas along South Boulevard are still the same post-Blue Line, but those areas were never quite as bad as parts of North Tryon.
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Old 07-15-2015, 03:32 AM
 
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Johnny Harris, one of the men behind SouthPark and Ballantyne, as plans to create another major development hub near the airport and the Catawba River. With it being right next door to Charlotte-Douglas, and near the junction of I-85 and I-485, that area is going to explode once it's completed.
Nobody wants to live anywhere close to a hub airport. That is the entire issue around that part of the region.
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Old 07-15-2015, 07:13 AM
 
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Nobody wants to live anywhere close to a hub airport. That is the entire issue around that part of the region.
Residential & commercial growth are already close to the airport on the outer loop of 485 around the Steele Creek/Arsley Town Center area & has spread to the Premium Outlets. Crescent owns over a 1,000 acres west of 485 & Lincoln Harris also have significant land there.
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Old 07-15-2015, 07:56 AM
 
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The NCGA has been passing laws that have/will strip towns and cities, and citizens, the ability to protest and restrict developers from building whatever they like. If the casino happens, better believe that area will see a surge in new development, rather good or bad.
Charlotte developers are already coming out into Belmont Cramerton, south Gastonia & Kings Mountain.
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Old 07-15-2015, 03:10 PM
 
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The Fort Mill/Indian Land suburbs will continue to solidify their position as the region's premier suburban business center and will experience even more population growth.

It will be interesting to see how the larger suburbs/satellite cities like Concord, Rock Hill, Gastonia, etc. continue to develop and whether any substantial development will trickle further out to towns like Lancaster, Monroe, and Statesville.
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