Local Takes: Charlotte, N.C. Five notable locals show us how to do their town, their way

By Sarah Crosland

Times are changing—fast. Once a compact Southern city known for its banks and barbecue, Charlotte is evolving into a cosmopolitan destination boasting world-class dining, drinking, shopping and hospitality options. And no one knows this better than those who call the Queen City home. In these pages, people who have helped drive this revival share their favorite spots, many of which are transforming the face of this vibrant city (think brewpub yoga classes, food truck fests and the world’s largest artificial whitewater river). Which is not to say that the people here have abandoned tradition. Now in its 250th year, Charlotte maintains the small-town charm that has always been its key selling point. The barbecue is still pretty good, too.

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