The Short Charlotte Ghetto Story
The story of North Charlotte and West Charlotte begins with the history of Charlotte’s urban communities that dates back to the days of slavery.
History of North Charlotte and West Charlotte
When the city began building its neighborhoods, the Cherry community became the first section for Charlotte’s black community along with African-Americans living in other areas like the Second Ward or Brooklyn.
Charlotte’s black history continues into neighborhoods like Grier Town and a few other communities around what is now Beatties Ford Road in West Charlotte.
While Charlotte was one of the first places to end segregation, but around the time of integration urban renewal projects, like the building of Interstate 85, destroyed numerous of communities of the Charlotte ghetto.
Since the late 1990s, many sections of the Charlotte ghetto, like the Belmont community of West Charlotte or the old housing projects, have either been rebuilt and gentrified or demolished.
The change within Charlotte’s black community began with neighborhoods like Cherry or the Second Ward as they were some of the first neighborhoods to fall victim to urban renewal.
Today’s North Charlotte and West Charlotte
Charlotte is a city with over 800,000 people as the majority live in either the white or black communities of the city, even though there is a small Hispanic population in the city.
The city’s average income of over $30,000, which is higher than most cities, does not reflect the city’s poverty rate of 16% in the Charlotte ghetto areas of the city like North and South Tryon, West Blvd., Statesville Ave., or apartment complexes on the East Side.
The city of Charlotte has its own reputation in sections of the city like the infamous Tuckaseegee in West Charlotte, Hidden Valley and Cedar Green of North Charlotte, Milton Road on 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, which was once home to Double Oaks and Fairview Courts, West Boulevard’s old Dalton Village and 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 Charlotte and West Charlotte, the city is constantly growing into becoming one of the largest cities in the country as the 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.