On Charlotte's evolving identity

The cover story of this week's City Paper comes from our own J.R. Lind, who took to the sidewalks of Charlotte Avenue to gauge just how the important thoroughfare is being transformed bit by bit, often by local entrepreneurs very careful about "providing the amenities that the new crowd wants and balancing the desires of the longtime residents."

It won't be the first mixed-use revamping of an existing industrial structure in Nashville — Edgehill Village and Marathon Village are the city's two most prominent examples — but money flowing to Charlotte for these types of projects is still rare. Commercial real estate developers are equal parts speculative and risk-averse; if Holladay can make it work at 22nd, someone else will take a chance farther west — but Arender said don't expect a wholesale change.