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Plaza-Midwood
Neighborhood
Central Avenue as it passes through Plaza-Midwood
Central Avenue as it passes through Plaza-Midwood
Country  United States
State  North Carolina
County Mecklenburg County, North Carolina seal.png Mecklenburg
City Charlotte
Council District 1
Neighborhood Profile Areas 378
Chatham Estates 1903
Founded by Paul Chatham
Area
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Population (2015)
 • Total 4,350
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip Code 28204, 28205
Area code(s) 704, 980
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Plaza-Midwood is a neighborhood located approximately one mile to the northeast of Uptown in Charlotte, North Carolina. The neighborhood is roughly bound by Hawthorne Lane to the west, The Plaza to the north, Briar Creek Road and the Charlotte Country Club to the east and Central Avenue to the south.

Locally known as one of Charlotte's most diverse and eclectic neighborhoods, it is filled with art galleries, funky stores, and restaurants. Just south of Central Avenue in the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood is the 19 acre Veterans Park.

History

Plaza-Midwood was first established in 1910 as a streetcar suburb of Charlotte. The Oakland Land Company was responsible for the layout of the roads within the neighborhood. Through the Great Depression, Plaza-Midwood would thrive, before its decline commenced in the 1950s.

By 1975, the Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association was established to protect and preserve the neighborhood.

Since the mid-1990s, the area has seen a dramatic comeback as reinvestment has transformed once dilapidated homes into funky urban dwellings. It continued redevelopment has spilled over into other surrounding neighborhoods, and resulted in the overall renaissance of the former inner-ring suburbs of old Charlotte.

Plaza-Midwood's Historic District is located in the western section of the neighborhood and is maintained by residents and business operators. The area along The Plaza, Thomas Avenue and parts of Pecan and Clement were designated as a Local Historic District in 1992. The district is now regulated by the Historic District Commission.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 3,897
2010 3,993 2.5%
Est. 2015 4,350 8.9%

As of 2010, Plaza-Midwood had a population of 3,993. The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 84.2% White American, 8.2% Black or African American, 1.6% Asian American, and 2.8% of some other race. Hispanic or Latino American of any race were 3.2% of the population. The median household income for the area was $97,576.

Transportation infrastructure

Mass transit

The following buses from the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) serve the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood:

  • #4 (Country Club)
  • #9 (Central Avenue)
  • #17 (Commonwealth)
  • #39 (Eastway)

Five stops are planned for the future CityLynx Gold Line streetcar, with stations proposed for Hawthorne at Barnhardt, the Plaza, St. Julien Street, Iris Drive, and Morningside Drive. There are also possible plans for a stop along the future Silver Line light rail in Plaza-Midwood, though an alignment for the line hasn't been finalized.

Roads

The major thoroughfares are Central Avenue, Hawthorne Lane and The Plaza.

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