In the months ahead, people who live, work and play in Uptown Charlotte will have a chance to imagine what North Tryon Street could become.
Tryon Street – in the museum mile stretching from the cultural campus at the south end to the McColl Center for Visual Art at the north end – is the spine of our center city. The southern end has become a lively, dynamic destination for Uptown workers and out-of-town visitors. Corporate towers dominate the streetscape.
The northern half of Tryon has important civic assets as well, but the area is less developed as you move away from The Square. There are fewer and lower towers, empty lots and parking lots, and some publicly owned land available for future development. As many see it, there’s the opportunity.
In just one block, for example, we have Discovery Place, our popular science museum, the main branch of the public library, and our beloved sanctuary-turned-performance-hall, called Spirit Square. What if their physical spaces and programming were created in concert? I could imagine this area in the heart of Uptown becoming the city’s new living room, a place where people of all ages from all areas of town would come together to mix and mingle and share ideas.