NoDa (short for “North Davidson”) is a popular arts district in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. It is located in the North Charlotte neighborhood on and around North Davidson Street and 36th Street, approximately one-mile northeast of Uptown. Formerly an area of textile manufacturing and mill workers’ residences, the site has also served as a center for the arts. NoDa shares the same geography as Historic North Charlotte, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The name “NoDa” was coined by architect Russell Pound. In addition to historic mill houses, NoDa has recently seen a boom in residential construction in multifamily housing. The neighborhood has become an entertainment district focused on bimonthly gallery crawls. In addition to the art galleries, there are several music venues and restaurants in the neighborhood.
“NoDa” is the central village within the neighborhood of North Charlotte, North Carolina. The City of Charlotte recognizes North Charlotte politically as a neighborhood and characterizes the neighborhood’s demographics as a whole. However, the “district” of NoDa possesses very different demographics than the political whole of North Charlotte. Due to this dichotomy, NoDa’s Neighborhood Association has chosen to redefine and represent the boundaries of NoDa, rather than the political boundaries of North Charlotte. The neighborhood association is either referred to as “HNCNA (Historic North Charlotte Neighborhood Association)” or “NoDa Neighborhood Association,” as the two names are used interchangeably to reflect the interests of two separate districts that share part of the same geography.
Residents of NoDa have carried on the tight-knit traditions of the original mill villagers and continue to find new ways to interact with their neighbors. Gallery Crawls are popular on the first and third Fridays of every month, but most weekend nights offer similar events (especially in the warm months). Neighbors offer and promote other grassroots NoDa-centric events such as NoDa 16″ Softball (Monday nights at North Charlotte Park), NoDa Outdoor Movie Night (first Wednesday of the month; backyard movies), NoDa Cornholio Tournament, NoDa Scavenger Hunt, NoDa Pumpkin Carving, Charles Avenue Block Party, Pickles Farmers Market, NoDa All Arts Market, and other arts-related activities. The McGill Rose Garden, a popular city park, lies at the south end of the Noda District. A1 Bed Bug Exterminator Charlotte
Geography of NoDa
NoDa’s geography can further be broken down into the original (mostly still intact) mill villages of Highland Mill Village and Mecklenburg Mill Village. Further development of other neighborhood corners also notes Electric Park (defunct), North Charlotte (extending to The Plaza), The Colony, Renaissance, Steel Gardens, and Royal Truss.
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