Historic South End Neighborhood
Historic South End began to flourish in the 1850’s when the first railroad line came to Charlotte, connecting the Queen City to Columbia and Charleston, SC. Over the years a thriving manufacturing community sprang up along the tracks, centered on the burgeoning textile industry. The area declined during the 1970s and 80s, only to be revived in the 1990s as restaurants, shops, and design-related industries discovered the beauty and versatility of the old mills and warehouses. Today, Historic South End has earned a reputation as an area that once again is a corridor for creativity, innovation and unmatched design talent in the Charlotte-Metro Region.
South End is a true mixed-use urban neighborhood, with a variety of retail, businesses, and housing. In fact, South End is welcoming new residents to the 28203 zip code almost daily as over 1,400 new housing units are available for lease or sale. The catalyst for the redevelopment and renaissance of South End is the LYNX Blue Line. The LYNX runs directly through the heart of South End and the district has 4 walk-up transit stops. Also, South End values its core business sector and the valuable jobs they provide. These jobs attract a creative, urban, well-educated type of employee that values the transit infrastructure, as well as the restaurants, bars and specialty retail shops found in the neighborhood.
On July 1, 2004, Historic South End became part of Center City Partners. An Advisory Committee, comprised of stakeholders representing a wide range of interests, meets regularly to provide input regarding the planning, development, marketing and physical investments in South End.