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When the busy streets of Trade and Tryon meet, head west towards Charlotte’s Third Ward for an uptown experience like no other. This “city within the city” started as a streetcar suburb in the late nineteenth century, but remnants of its modest history are only visible in the attitude of its current residents; the entirety of its architecture got a facelift when Charlotte became a banking capitol.

Today, the third of the Queen City’s four quadrants is on its way to being a transportation junction. Charlotte Greyhound Bus Terminal has seen slews of travelers since it replaced the Southern Railway train station that was demolished in 1962. Now, the proposed Gateway Station is preparing to take the place of this traffic jam as a fully-functional uptown transit center.

Welcoming the city buses, known as the Charlotte Area Transit System, lightrail, and intercity buses, this new addition to Third Ward only reinforces its value in Charlotte.

 

With that future in mind, there are plenty more places that already call this neighborhood home. Bank of America Stadium, stomping ground of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, is a powerhouse of tourism, drawing a steady influx of footballers every season.

 

Not in the tailgating troupe? No problem. Third Ward is known for one of its most popular museums: the uptown branch of the Mint Museum. This museum is not just a historical hut, but an architectural masterpiece. Often nabbed by socialites for decadent soirees, residents of this neighborhood pride themselves in the ownership of a museum that visually rivals the artwork it displays.

 

It is easy to see why this part of Charlotte is enticing to urbanites. All of the hustle and bustle, whether through transit or venue, makes the Third Ward an adventurous pocket for residents and visitors alike.

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