Second Ward Neighborhood
Second Ward is the center of hospitality in Uptown, with more than 3,000 hotel rooms, the Charlotte Convention Center, and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Wells Fargo’s campus anchors the employment district, along with the Wells Fargo atrium and plaza on South Tryon Street, and the park and sculpture garden at The Green. Second Ward was once known as Brooklyn, and was Charlotte’s most vibrant African-American neighborhood until so-called “urban renewal” initiatives of the 1960s razed residential areas and forced residents to move. Today, Second Ward is home to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, and Marshall Park. It has some of Uptown’s newest condominiums, including the Trust, Radcliffe, Madison and Skye, and the entertainment and retail hub at the EpiCentre. The LYNX Blue Line light rail connects Second Ward to South End and the South Boulevard corridor, and will connect with nine miles of light rail north of Uptown when the Blue Line extension opens in 2017.