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My Day at NoDaFest

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Well, like I told you all we would, today my wife and I checked out NoDaFest (for more on NoDa, see monsoon's NoDa threads NoDa (pt I) and NoDa (Pt II)). Here's the pics I got...

From NoDaFest, looking back at Uptown (for a sense of perspective):

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The festival was a blend of tents and vendors set up along the street and in parking lots, along with the galleries that are always open along this stretch. Here are some shots of North Davidson:

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Much like Uptown, North Davidson has absolutely no brick ;):

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Looking down 36th:

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Neighborhood Theater:

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Tents:

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My wife and I had lunch at this Mellow Mushroom pizzaria:

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Like monsoon has mentioned before, here is an example of one of the upside-down rooms above your head, nailed to the ceiling:

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Very good pizza, although the service was a bit, so so...they were overwhelmed today.

Nearby they had a stage set up for live music:

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One of the vendors was selling artists studios. They've come to the right place to advertise their product...

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The kids area featured a lot of music, sidewalk chalk drawing, and demonstrations of breakdancing and other forms of dance:

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It was pretty hot out, so they did open up a fire hydrant nearby to help the kids keep cool:

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Of course, half the festival was actually indoors. All the galleries were open:

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I didn't want to take many pictures in these galleries (for fear the gallery owners might get upset), but I did snap this one just to give you an idea:

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That concludes my tour of NodaFest, but while I was up there I walked around the neighborhood too.

NoDa feels about as urban as any area of Charlotte I've been to so far. I like the mix of classic and contemporary designs you see throughout the area:

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I noticed that many homes did not have driveways. Even homes that did have driveways had 'improvised' stone driveways, rather than wide, concrete ones.

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Notice how close together these homes are. I liked the dense feel of the area, and the fact that the area is pretty nicely gridded as well.

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Check out the chimney on this one:

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Corner market (note the brand new home being built next door):

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There is a good amount of new construction in this area, although I wouldn't yet call it 'booming' (not yet, but soon...) However, the Highland Mill renovation is impressive. That place is massive:

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It was a fun day overall. I saw a lot more of the area than I'd ever seen before. Even my wife enjoyed it, and she is a die-hard suburbanite. My last shot, a skyline looking back at Uptown from NoDa:

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Nice brick! Great pictures! It's been a while since I've been up in that area...you almost forget it even exists. I eagerly await for that section of town to grow like Southend has!

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Nice photos and an interesting looking event. I have heard this used to be a very bad area just a few years ago.

I'm still not sure I'd walk through there alone at 9PM. 8-) But it is getting much better from what I hear and see.

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