Around Town

6 Charlotte streetcar stops, ranked from anxiety-inducing to joyous

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I have yet to use the CityLinx Gold Line streetcar along Trade Street and Elizabeth Avenue socially. Two reasons: If I’m driving over to that side of town, I have a specific destination in mind. At that point, I might as well park and get on with it, rather than chasing down the streetcar.

The other reason: If you note the stops, the streetcar is not intended purely for social purposes.

Let’s take a look, shall we? The streetcar stops, ranked: From anxiety-inducing to joyous.

(6) Anxiety-inducing: McDowell Street CityLynx stop:

Destinations include:

– Mecklenburg County Jail. I would rather not have a reason to be here.

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In and Out Bail Bonds. Motto: “Sometimes life just happens.” (Bonus points for the sweet ride in the parking lot.)

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– Law offices. One window sign screams “DWI criminal traffic.” Nightmares.

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(5) Serious. Davidson Street CityLynx stop.

Destinations include:

– Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. I got a funny look when I asked to dismount the streetcar here.

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City of Charlotte Neighborhood and Business Services. Excuse me while I report some high weeds and grass right quick.

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(4) Panic and reprieve, a blend: Hawthorne Lane & 5th Street CityLinx stop.

Destinations include:

Novant Health campus. If I’m having a medical emergency, I may prefer an alternate mode of transportation.

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Independence Park. Just walk one street up to the Hawthorne Lane/Park Drive intersection to find this oasis for walking, jogging, picnicking, daydreaming and general deep breathing.

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(3) Pleasant: CPCC CityLynx stop.

Features include:

– The cusp of CPCC’s central campus (includes a Barnes & Noble). Ah, college nostalgia. Also, be on the lookout for various private or public events at Pease Auditorium.

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Note: you have a steep, sweaty (enthusiastic!) trek uphill to get to the bookstore, as well as Crown Station coffee house and pub along with City Deli & Bagel CoNote to this note: You could also access this spot from the Elizabeth Avenue & Hawthorne Lane CityLynx stop. You could also drive.

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– Access point to Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Reason #237 I need to get a bike.

(2) Energetic: CTC/Arena CityLynx stop.

Destinations include:

– Time Warner Cable Arena. You can’t miss Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic. Sept. 30.

The EpiCentre. I once attended a silent disco at Rooftop 210 and liked it.

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(1) Joyous! The jackpot: Elizabeth Avenue & Hawthorne Lane CityLynx stop.

Which also happens to have ample parking that does not require public transit. Destinations include:

The Visulite Theatre. I just found out Trevor Hall is playing Sunday. Freak out.

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Earl’s Grocery. Hello, everything I need for a giant salad, wine, specialty snacks and local coffee.

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Carpe Diem. One of my favorite dinner spots for date-night ambiance.

Elizabeth Creamery. All the chocolate, please.

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Now get going! What’s your No. 1?

Photos by Katie Toussaint.


Katie Toussaint
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