North Tryon Corridor, Charlotte, NC

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Vacant lot along North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC

Urban centers of the South have changed dramatically since I last travelled here over twenty years ago. Boldly optimistic, future-forward Charlotte seems to epitomize the New South- on the move, un-nostalgic, innovative, green. I came here with an open mind at the invitation of Charlotte’s Arts and Science Council to be interviewed for a potential streetscape/public art project in the North Tryon Street Business Corridor just Northeast of downtown.

Wowhaus is among a select group of finalists under consideration to work with the City as it embarks upon an ambitious urban redevelopment project along a heavily-trafficked, radial artery connecting downtown Charlotte with the University Center and points North. Over the next six weeks, we’ll develop a proposal for a project that dovetails with Charlotte’s goals to be “a viable and livable community whose extraordinary built environment, interconnected tapestry of neighborhoods and thriving businesses create a memorable and sustainable place.”

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View of downtown Charlotte from the railroad tracks flanking Tryon Street.

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