Second Ward Neighborhood
Second Ward is located in the southeast quadrant of uptown, bordered by lively E. Trade Street, the Tryon Street business and entertainment district and the I-277 urban highway loop. The Second Ward neighborhood consists of elite condominium mid-rises, the Trust and the Radcliffe (anchored by The Green, an enchanting park that brings out the kid in everyone), with future planned towers at the EpiCenter and The Park.
The Second Ward residential environment on the verge significant diversification, however, with the proposed 2nd Ward/Brooklyn Village plan which will create a new neighborhood with different types of housing, restaurants, shops, a state of the art high school, and a remarkable neighborhood park. Currently, Second Ward is primarily a sophisticated business center and the essence the Second Ward neighborhood today reflects this. In the next decade, the Second Ward neighborhood will develop into a vibrant and diverse residential community with unique retail shops and restaurants frequented by visitors, office workers, and residents alike.
Significant development in Second Ward was spurred by the relocation of the city’s new convention center, completed in 1995. Since it’s opening, we have seen Wachovia/Wells Fargo expand their footprint to 4 office towers (including the new tower as part of the cultural campus) in Second Ward. Their gift to the city, the nationally renowned park “The Green”, has added enchanting green space, playful art as well as street and park level retail to the south end of uptown’s Tryon Street. The new LYNX light rail also has three stops in Second Ward, at Trade Street, 3rd Street/Convention Center, and the Westin Hotel. Our NASCAR heritage will be celebrated at the new NASCAR Hall of Fame, slated for completion in 2009. The NASCAR Hall of Fame project will also enhance our Convention Center amenities, with the addition of an expanded ballroom and over street connector.
Second Ward was known for decades as Brooklyn, a bustling urban community and home to approximately 7,000 African-American citizens who worshipped, attended school, worked and patronized many shops there. This community was designated as a blighted neighborhood in the 1960s by the city and federal government’s urban renewal program. As a result, the Brooklyn community was literally bulldozed. The Second Ward High School, a cornerstone of this community, was also razed. Government leaders promised a replacement school, but this was a promise not kept. Today, there is a passionate grassroots movement lead by the Second Ward High School alumni to build a high school as part of the redevelopment of Brooklyn Village.