9/21/2014 – Heading “Uptown”

 

Drive into Charlotte/NC on a warm, gloriously sunny, autumnal day.

It’s been about four years since a prior visit. Much looks the same; much is different.

Charlotte/NC: "Uptown" - skyline

Charlotte/NC: “Uptown” – skyline

 

Charlotte, is growing: more/bigger, quite attractive, commercial complexes; more/bigger, albeit, unattractive, housing complexes; more social settings.

Banks continue heir to their “Edifice Complex”, so skyline has changed. Churches continue to flourish downtown, as do some small, human-scale shops. Horse-drawn carriage rides seem an anomaly: old, distinguished Charlotte no longer exists downtown – a more appropriate transport method would be Segways.

 

Charlotte/NC: "Uptown" - Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Charlotte/NC: “Uptown” – Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

 

A downtown (tho in Charlotte, it’s called “Uptown”) Mint Art Museum is housed in a modern building with impressive open space, but no charm. Across the street, a modern art museum manages modernity with taste. (Ironically, a nearby church retains a sense of what appeal Charlotte once offered).

 

An evening professional football game fills this area with pro/con numbered/named uniform shirts: players names largely unknown to me, often on bodies which make me wonder whether wearer knows a football’s laces from its seams. Parking lots become ad hoc “BBQ joints” as families and friends sit on camping chairs beneath canopies preparing for late afternoon’s gladiators event.

Charlotte/NC: street scene

Charlotte/NC: street scene

 

Two young Japanese girls take one-another’s photo in front of a silver sculpture at modern art museum. As one has a “real” camera (have discovered cellphone cameras are not my métier), offer to take one of them both, and minutes later notice them chatting up an older man sitting on a shaded bench holding is jazz trumpet on his lap.

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte/NC: "Uptown" - Founders Hall Plaza

Charlotte/NC: “Uptown” – Founders Hall Plaza

 

In fairness, Uptown offers some delightful “open spaces”

Charlotte/NC: "Uptown" - bank plaza

Charlotte/NC: “Uptown” – bank plaza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close to old-time Independence Square (where, some years back, observed Charlotte’s Symphony season “opener” close off traffic for a couple hours… definitely, a class act), charm from its past.

Charlotte/NC: "Uptown" - Independence Square - Sun Trust Building dorway

Charlotte/NC: “Uptown” – Independence Square – Sun Trust Building doorway

Charlotte/NC "Uptown" - Independence Square - waterfall in Thomas Polk Park

Charlotte/NC “Uptown” – Independence Square – waterfall in Thomas Polk Park

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