Historic South End had its beginning in the 1850s when the first
railroad line came to Charlotte, connecting the Queen City to
Columbia and Charleston, SC. Over the years a thriving manufacturing
community sprang up along the tracks, centered on the burgeoning
textile industry. Warehouses, Mills and other industrial building
dot the landscape. The area declined during the 1970s and 80s,
only to be revived in the 1990s as the city reinvested in the
area bringing restaurants, shops, and design-related industries.
The once vacant Mills were re-discovered and now house a variety
of business. Today you will find a Trolley line passing through
this area. Condos, retail and offices have all sprung up along
this rail corridor creating a vibrant 24-hour neighborhood.