Audio tour

Audio tourBelmont Community History Walk in Charlotte, NC

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  1. Audio tour Summary
  2. Audio tour Summary

    Hello, thank you for your interest in the Belmont Community’s History Walk!

    Join us for a 2.5 mile tour in one of Charlotte's oldest neighborhoods – the Belmont Community. On this tour, you will learn about three different eras of Belmont - the mill village, the post-Brooklyn neighborhood and disinvestment, and the reinvestment that started in the early 2000s.

    The Belmont Community is located about 2 miles northeast of today’s Uptown Charlotte, just outside the I-277 loop. The neighborhood’s boundaries include Parkwood Avenue to the north, Hawthorne Lane to the east, E 10th St to the south and the Little Sugar Creek to the west. 

    Our story here begins with the Seaboard Railway. In the early 1890’s this area was mostly farmland. There was only one house and the area was mostly known for having a fine spring of crystal water. These train tracks sparked industrial development in the area.

    Today, we will travel through more than 120 years in time, from the turn of the century to 2020. You will hear about the origins as a white mill village, the transition to an under-invested Black neighborhood influenced by Urban Renewal, and the most recent transition to rapid growth and development.

    Charlotte's tale of two cities, as noted in the 2017 Leading on Opportunity report, is becoming a reality in the Belmont Community. As housing prices soar, long-time homeowners are concerned about tax increases and renters are losing their affordable rates.

    As you walk through the neighborhood, you will see large, new modern homes next to smaller mill homes and older buildings being brought back to life. You will also learn about mill village life, Habitat for Humanity’s international Women Build experience and current redevelopment.

    A few instructions before we get going. You will find a bronze medallion on the sidewalk at each stop, and while following the map on the mobile app, the audio for the stop should start playing as you approach the area. Some stops are close together and the audio may begin while near a future stop before you intend. Also note that due to the rapid development, some structures may have changed or been razed since the recording, or medallions may have been removed.

    Let’s get started!

  3. 1 Louise Cotton Mill
  4. 2 The Mill Village
  5. 3 Red Front Department Store
  6. 4 Four Developments Create Current Day Belmont
  7. 5 Tech High School
  8. 6 Sunnyside Development
  9. 7 Grocery and Convenience Stores
  10. 8 Habitat for Humanity’s First “Women Build”
  11. 9 Little Sugar Creek Greenway Garden & Eastend Development
  12. 10 Allen Street Baptist Church and St. Paul Baptist Church
  13. 11 Centra Square Development
  14. 12 Business Use to Single Family Home & Belmont Springs
  1. Audio tour Summary

    Hello, thank you for your interest in the Belmont Community’s History Walk!

    Join us for a 2.5 mile tour in one of Charlotte's oldest neighborhoods – the Belmont Community. On this tour, you will learn about three different eras of Belmont - the mill village, the post-Brooklyn neighborhood and disinvestment, and the reinvestment that started in the early 2000s.

    The Belmont Community is located about 2 miles northeast of today’s Uptown Charlotte, just outside the I-277 loop. The neighborhood’s boundaries include Parkwood Avenue to the north, Hawthorne Lane to the east, E 10th St to the south and the Little Sugar Creek to the west. 

    Our story here begins with the Seaboard Railway. In the early 1890’s this area was mostly farmland. There was only one house and the area was mostly known for having a fine spring of crystal water. These train tracks sparked industrial development in the area.

    Today, we will travel through more than 120 years in time, from the turn of the century to 2020. You will hear about the origins as a white mill village, the transition to an under-invested Black neighborhood influenced by Urban Renewal, and the most recent transition to rapid growth and development.

    Charlotte's tale of two cities, as noted in the 2017 Leading on Opportunity report, is becoming a reality in the Belmont Community. As housing prices soar, long-time homeowners are concerned about tax increases and renters are losing their affordable rates.

    As you walk through the neighborhood, you will see large, new modern homes next to smaller mill homes and older buildings being brought back to life. You will also learn about mill village life, Habitat for Humanity’s international Women Build experience and current redevelopment.

    A few instructions before we get going. You will find a bronze medallion on the sidewalk at each stop, and while following the map on the mobile app, the audio for the stop should start playing as you approach the area. Some stops are close together and the audio may begin while near a future stop before you intend. Also note that due to the rapid development, some structures may have changed or been razed since the recording, or medallions may have been removed.

    Let’s get started!

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  • George

    5 out of 5 rating 02-09-2021

    This is a remarkably comprehensive way to better understand where Belmont has come from and what it is going through now. All best hopes for the people there, old and new!

  • Vicki

    5 out of 5 rating 03-16-2020

    Great effort by the neighbors to document the various changes in the community over the years. Hopefully everyone will learn about the past and let the information inform the future.

  • Kristen

    5 out of 5 rating 03-14-2020

    The Belmont Community has such a powerful story to tell! It has been through a lot over the years and through the course of Charlotte's growth. It's wonderful that this story is being preserved in this History Walk because it's such an important part of the neighborhood. While walking around, stop by the local businesses that are popping up all throughout the community!

  • Oxana

    3 out of 5 rating 03-02-2019

    Only 2 points?

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