Center City (referred to as Uptown by its residents) is the central area of Charlotte. Museums, sporting venues, shops, hotels, restaurants, and bars are heavily concentrated here. New museums such as the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Mint Museum of Modern Art opened in 2010.
Charlotte’s center city employs more than 100,000 people and more than 25 million visitors come to Charlotte’s center city to visit every year. It’s home to more than 200 restaurants and 50 nightspots, including the popular Epicentre, a complex housing bars, clubs, restaurants, entertainment venues and shops.
Uptown Charlotte is divided into four wards by the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets. First Ward lies directly to the east of the intersection of Trade and Tryon. 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 lies directly to the south of the intersection of Trade and Tryon. Second Ward is the location of Charlotte’s “Government District” and is the site of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Third Ward lies directly to the west of the intersection of Trade and Tryon. Center City’s Third Ward is a diverse, quaint, start-of-the-20th-century streetcar neighborhood home to Bank of America Stadium and Gateway Village, one of the state’s largest mixed-use developments.
Fourth Ward is mostly residential and has many beautiful Victorian homes and upscale high-rise condominiums. It is an official historic district and the location of Old Settlers’ Cemetery as well as the three-acre Fourth Ward Park.
Residents of Uptown attend the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Elementary schools include First Ward Elementary and Irwin Avenue Open Elementary School.