Every city has its quirks, and Charlotte definitely has a few of our own. Don’t get us wrong, we are proud of our city and the small peculiarities that make us unique. Visitors from other cities may think we are weird when we do these nine things, but our Charlotte neighbors completely understand why and do them too!
1. Refer to the Downtown as Uptown.
When people move to Charlotte they quickly realize it’s a faux pas to call the city “downtown.” Charlotte locals have been referring to the Center City area as Uptown since the 1980s, when city officials decided the name Uptown might make the city more hip and trendy to those looking to move here.
Since then the name has stuck, and while visitors might scratch their heads when someone points them in the direction of Uptown, true Charlotteans know exactly where they are going.
2. Place bets on what color the Duke Energy building will be on any given day.
Anybody who is from Charlotte knows that each night when you look up at the city skyline, you will see the Duke Energy Center lit up in a certain color or color combination. These colors represent holidays, celebrations, sports teams, community organizations, and can be requested to be displayed by any community member in Charlotte.
The Wells Fargo Lights, named for the property owner of the building, even have their own Twitter page where Charlotte locals can see what the lights are representing on any given night! On Sundays in the fall, the building is always lit Carolina Panthers Blue, and around Christmas time you are bound to see red and green lights at least a few times. If you want to know what the lights are representing tonight, follow them on Twitter here.