Charlotte is a fast growing city in the US Southeast, a major financial center - second largest in the United States after New York – and sports venue for the NFL Carolina Panthers, the NBA Bobcats, the Nascar Hall of Fame, and the US National Whitewater Center. Named in honor of Charlotte, queen consort of King George III, it is a city with many nicknames, including the famed Hornet’s Nest derived from the Revolutionary War, when the British occupied the city only to be driven out by hostile residents, prompting the term that Charlotte was "a hornet's nest of rebellion." Others include: The QC, Crown Town, Home of Nascar, The Gem of the South, The CLT, Bank Town, Char-Town and City of Trees.
The city with 199 neighborhoods Radiating in all directions from Uptown, the eastbound Central Avenue corridor is known for its international population, including East Europeans, Greeks, Middle-Easterners, and Hispanics. North Tryon and the Sugar Creek area include several Asian-American communities. NoDa (North Davidson) and Dilworth, along South Boulevard and East Boulevard, are emerging and established enclaves of urban professionals. Myers Park, Dilworth and Eastover are home to some of Charlotte's oldest and largest houses, on tree-lined boulevards.
Park Road and South Park’s 120 acre park area have an extensive array of shopping and dining. Many students, researchers, and affiliated professionals live in University City in the northeast area where UNC Charlotte is located. Uptown Charlotte has undergone massive construction of office buildings, hotels, and multiple condominium developments. 'Il Grande Disco', a bronze sculpture by Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro, is called 'the disco wheel' by the locals; a sister sculpture is in Milan Italy’s Piazza Filippo Meda.
Arts and Culture – Charlotte is home to several fine museums and performing arts centers:
Museums The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture Bechtler Museum The Billy Graham Library Carolina Aviation Musem Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fire Education Center and Museum Nature Museum Charlotte Trolley Museum Discovery Place Discovery Place KIDS Historic Rosedale Plantation Levine Museum of the New South The Light Factory McColl Center for Visual Art Mint Museum of Art Nascar Hall of Fame Second Ward Alumni House Museum
The Performing Arts The Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte CAST - Carolina Actors Studio Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Children's Theatre of Charlotte ImaginOn Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Opera Carolina The Robot Johnson Show Theatre Charlotte Tremont Music Hall The chop shop (NoDa)