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Get to know NoDa

NoDa, a portmanteau of “North Davidson,” is a transit-friendly North Charlotte art community branching from the intersection of 36th and N. Davidson Streets. Historically, the area was once a thriving textile hub until the last mill closed in 1975, relinquishing its red brick factory buildings for redevelopment and discovery. From the famous gallery crawls, held the first and third Friday evenings each month, to outdoor concerts—whether organized or impromptu performances by street musicians—there’s always something fun and exciting to experience here. A plethora of eclectic restaurants, and entertainment venues, along with some half a dozen craft breweries, have all proliferated in the revitalized locale, most arriving over just the past two decades. And if you weren’t already sold, residents of NoDa’s industrial-chic lofts, bungalows, and new construction condos also enjoy breezy Center City commuting, thanks to the recently extended Lynx light rail.

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Living in Charlotte

The Charlotte area was the site of America’s first gold rush, prompted in 1799 when 12-year-old Conrad Reed found a whopper of a nugget playing in a Cabarrus County creek. Today, people are drawn here by other lodes: booming commerce, vibrant culture, and a subtropical climate that’s palpably milder than just a state or two north. Greater Charlotte represents the fourth-largest metropolitan region in the Southeast and one of the fastest-growing in the entire country. Nearly three million make their home in the 16 counties surrounding the “Queen City,” located in both North and South Carolina—they’ve gained nearly 20% of their collective population over the past decade alone. Countless companies across all industries maintain headquarters, if not a substantial presence, in Charlotte’s thriving urban core, most notably the finance, technology, and higher education sectors. And while “Metrolina” is all well inland, water-borne recreation thrives on Lake Norman, the largest manmade lake in the state, and throughout the Catawba River basin.