Plaza-Midwood (Charlotte neighborhood)
Central Avenue as it passes through Plaza-Midwood
|Founded by||Oakland Land Company|
|• Total||1.365 sq mi (3.535 km2)|
|according to City-Data.com|
|Zip Code||28204, 28205|
Plaza-Midwood is a neighborhood located approximately one mile to the northeast of Uptown in Charlotte, North Carolina. The neighborhood is roughly bound by Hawthorne Lane to the west, The Plaza to the north, Briar Creek Road and the Charlotte Country Club to the east and Central Avenue to the south.
Locally known as one of Charlotte's most diverse and eclectic neighborhoods, it is filled with art galleries, funky stores, and restaurants. Just south of Central Avenue in the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood is the 19 acre Veterans Park.
As of 2008, the neighborhood had a population of 3,552 residents and 1,852 housing units with residents having a median household income of $56,650. Children under 18 numbered 704 and adults over 64 years of age numbered approx. 307. The average house value is $330,640.
Plaza-Midwood was first established in 1910 as a streetcar suburb of Charlotte. The Oakland Land Company was responsible for the layout of the roads within the neighborhood. Through the Great Depression, Plaza-Midwood would thrive, before its decline commenced in the 1950s.
By 1975, the Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association was established to protect and preserve the neighborhood.
Since the mid-1990s, the area has seen a dramatic comeback as reinvestment has transformed once dilapidated homes into funky urban dwellings. It continued redevelopment has spilled over into other surrounding neighborhoods, and resulted in the overall renaissance of the former inner-ring suburbs of old Charlotte.
Plaza-Midwood's Historic District is located in the western section of the neighborhood and is maintained by residents and business operators. The area along The Plaza, Thomas Avenue and parts of Pecan and Clement were designated as a Local Historic District in 1992. The district is now regulated by the Historic District Commission.
Mass transit and light rail
The neighborhood is serviced by the Charlotte Area Transit System bus routes 4, 9, 17 & 39. Additionally, future development of a streetcar line along Central Avenue at its southern boundary will provide service between Eastland Mall and Uptown.
The major thoroughfares are Central Avenue and The Plaza.
Education and libraries
Residents of Plaza-Midwood attend Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, including Eastway Middle School and Shamrock Gardens Elementary School.
Plaza-Midwood is served by the Plaza Midwood branch of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The library is located on the corner of the Central Avenue and the Plaza.
References in Popular Culture
Pop musician Jon Lindsay included a reference to the neighborhood (in which he also owns a home) in the title of his official label debut LP, Escape From Plaza-Midwood, released August 17, 2010 on Chocolate Lab Records. Plaza Midwood was also used as Little Korea for the USA Network pilot for the show "The Novice" in December 2013 
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- "Mecklenburg County Park and Rec: Veterans Park". Charmeck.org. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
- "CATS System Map". Charlotte Area Transit System. Archived from the original on 2006-10-07. Retrieved 2006-10-23.
- "Center City Streetcar Stops". Charlotte Area Transit System. Archived from the original on 2007-03-18. Retrieved 2006-10-23.
- "Plaza Midwood branch of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County". Retrieved 2008-10-25.
- "New TV show shuts down Charlotte streets, transforms neighborhood". Retrieved 2014-02-17.
- neighborhood web site
- Charlotte Neighborhood Quality Of Life Study for Plaza-Midwood from CharMeck.org
- Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission driving tour of Plaza-Midwood