The Short Charlotte Ghetto Story
The story of the Charlotte black population begins with the Charlotte black history of the community that dates back to the days of slavery since the state of North Carolina was in the heart of the old confederate south.
When the city began building its neighborhoods, the Cherry community became the first section for the Charlotte black population in the city, along with African-Americans living in other areas like the Second Ward or Brooklyn.
The Charlotte black history story continues into neighborhoods like Grier Town and a few communities around what is now Beatties Ford Road.
One of the most important facts of the Charlotte black history story is that the city was one of the first places to end segregation, but around that time urban renewal projects like the building of Interstate 85 destroyed numerous of communities in the Charlotte ghetto.
The changing of areas within the Charlotte black population began with neighborhoods like Cherry or the Second Ward, which were some of the first neighborhoods to fall victim to urban renewal.
Since the late 1990s, sections of the Charlotte ghetto like the Belmont community or the old housing projects have either been rebuilt and gentrified or demolished.
Charlotte is a city with around 800,000 people, with the majority living in either the white or black communities of the city, along with a small Mexican population in the city.
The city’s average income of over $50,000, which is higher than most cities, doesn’t reflect Mecklenberg County’s poverty rate of 16% in the Charlotte ghetto areas of the city like North and South Tryon, areas off of West Blvd., neighborhoods around Statesville, or apartment complexes on the East Side.
As Charlotte is one of the biggest cities in America, the city has its own reputation in sections of the city like the infamous Tuckaseegee on the West Side, Hidden Valley and Cedar Green of the North Side, Milton Road of the East Side, and Brookhill and South Side Park of the South Side.
With gentrification and the rebuilding of communities in the Charlotte ghetto, many areas are becoming of the past and no longer existing.
Gentrification in neighborhoods in the areas of Statesville Avenue that was the once home of Double Oaks and Fairview Courts, West Boulevard’s old Dalton Village and the Boulevard Homes, or Earle Village and Piedmont Court in the downtown area.
Most of the gentrification in the Charlotte ghetto is occurring in locations of desirable real estate while being just minutes away from Charlotte’s downtown area.
While the black community is based around North and West Charlotte, with the city constantly growing into becoming one of the largest cities in the country, the Charlotte black population has grown into other sections of Charlotte.
*Note: All information is provided through people of the community, outside sources, and research. Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.
*Charlotte History Resources:
Johnson C. Smith University http://library.jcsu.edu/
“Black America Series: Charlotte, North Carolina” By Vermelle Diamond Ely, Grace Hoey Drain, Amy T. Rogers. Arcadia Publishing.