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A Guide To Dilworth and South End

February 6, 2011 8:05 AM

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South of uptown Charlotte, Dilworth and South End represent two eras of Charlotte development and styles of living. Dilworth, a historic neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a welcoming neighborhood with bungalow houses and sidewalks and features Freedom Park, one of the largest and best parks in Charlotte. South End developed around the booming textile industry of the South in the mid-19th century and has undergone a distinct revitalization in recent years. Both neighborhoods have a lot to offer Charlotte living whether you want to settle down and raise a family or experience upscale living near Charlotte’s uptown in a high-rise.


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South of Uptown Charlotte, Dilworth was the Queen City’s first streetcar suburb and was established by Edward Dilworth Latta in the 1890s on 250 acres southwest of the original city limits. It included the Joseph Forsyth Johnson designed Latta Park and today hosts the magnificent Freedom Park, one of the best parks in Charlotte. The streets of Dilworth feature stately, mature oak trees, sidewalks and houses with front porches that are primarily bungalows with a few interspersed Queen Annes and some larger two-story Colonial Revivals lining Dilworth Road East and West. East Boulevard serves as the main thoroughfare through the neighborhood lined with restaurants, offices, and shops such as Paper Skyscraper, Zen Massage and the restaurant 300 East which are located in renovated houses. Charlotte’s largest hospital, Carolinas Medical Center, is in Dilworth and is the region’s only Level 1 trauma center. The Dilworth Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Dilworth Neighborhood Grille
911 East Morehead Street, Ste. 200
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 377-3808
A great neighborhood pub to watch football or hear live music with a build-your-own salad and build-your-own burger right across the street from the Blake Hotel.

The Original Dilworth Coffee in Kenilworth Commons
1235-B East Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 358-8003
An upscale coffee shop with carefully roasted, hand-blended coffees for that artisan flavor!

131 Main
1315 East Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28013
A restaurant that defines fresh, try the Ahi Tuna Salad with mixed greens, fresh mango and avocado with a ginger vinaigrette for $15.

South End

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South End is perhaps one of Charlotte’s oldest neighborhoods, with its beginnings in the 1850s on the Queen City’s first railroad line that connected it to Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina. The neighborhood was in decline in the 1970s and 1980s, but a revitalization occurred in the 1990s. It began as a thriving manufacturing community that sprung up along the tracks during the booming textile industry in the South. During its revitalization, many of South End’s warehouses and old mills were turned into restaurants, shops and office spaces for design-related industries. Notable businesses in the sector include the Design Center of the Carolinas, Price’s Chicken Coop, a brewery in Atherton Mills and the national headquarters for Concentric Marketing. Charlotte’s light rail, the LYNX, runs right through the heart of South End and can drop you off within steps of your destination. The area houses many locals’ favorite spots to dine including Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop and Fine Diner, Sullivan’s Steakhouse and Thai Taste.

Amos’ Southend
1423 S.Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 377-6874
Charlotte’s affordable live music venue, Amos’ has even hosted the likes of Lauryn Hill and other big name artists. Check out their website for upcoming schedule!

The Liberty
1812 South Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 332-8830
Named Charlotte’s best burger by the Charlotte Observer, this American gastropub also has 20 hand-crafted beers on tap.

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