Many of Charlotte’s close-in neighborhoods, such as Myers Park, Dilworth and Plaza-Midwood, were suburbs planned along streetcar routes extending from Charlotte’s Trade and Tryon Streets. These neighborhoods were expressly designed to provide all their residents an easy walk to the streetcar, giving them the tranquil and walkable attributes they have today. Even Myers Park’s quirky street map, whose signature roads follow the wide medians upon which the tracks were formerly laid (not the paved lanes!) bears the lasting imprint of the streetcar.
Seventy-seven years since the last run of the streetcar that served it, streetcar service was restored a few weeks ago to one of these neighborhoods, the Elizabeth Community. Join Civic by Design in front of Earl’s Grocery at Elizabeth Avenue to review the legacy of the streetcar in Elizabeth and nearby Myers Park with historian Tom Hanchett. You will then enjoy a ride on the Gold Line. Along the way, you will meet with Kati Stegall of CATS Art in Transit to hear about the work that went in to creating the attractive artwork on the Gold Line shelter glass windscreens.
You will return to Elizabeth on the Gold Line to conclude the evening celebrating the return of the streetcar to Charlotte at the Spoke Easy, a new kind of hangout that typifies in several ways how Charlotte is remaking itself once again.
Free and open to the public.
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