Charlotte’s “inner ring” has seen a lot of growth and changes over the last 10 years, with areas north, south, and east of uptown being rebuilt into newer, fresher areas. That growth is slowly creeping west, too, but still has a ways to go.
Someone who knows that, as well as anyone, is Bart Noonan of West Boulevard Ministries. Once one of Charlotte’s most solid post-war middle-class neighborhoods, West Boulevard has been split by an interstate and dotted with high-poverty enclaves over the last 50 years. Bart is reaching out to lift up the folks living there. Welcome, Bart.