Plaza Midwood

Dish restaurant sign
Sarah Delia / WFAE

The original owners of Dish—a restaurant in Plaza Midwood known for its southern comfort cooking—are hanging up their aprons. Luckily for Charlotte, the 17-year-old restaurant is staying put with the same name and many of the same recipes, but under new ownership.

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

Here's a question that comes to us from WFAE listener Summer Cook. She wrote to FAQ City wondering where all of Charlotte's neighborhood names came from.

For example, who is Elizabeth? Or Cherry? What about Dilworth?

Joshua Artis uses dockless bikes now instead of walking or taking the bus. It's more convenient, he says.s
David Boraks / WFAE

There's a colorful addition to Charlotte's urban landscape. Since November, hundreds of orange, green and yellow rental bicycles have appeared on uptown streets and neighborhood sidewalks. They can be picked up and left anywhere - a feature that makes them both welcome and despised.

This year we’ve been tracking the rising number of homicides in Charlotte—so far there have been 47. Today, we take look back at a murder from 2016 that remains unsolved. Twenty-six-year-old Ketie Jones was shot and killed on October 15 when she was walking home after a night out with friends in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood.

With no leads on her case, it’s been a difficult time as her friends and family members reel from the randomness of her murder. Instead of letting that grief consume them, Ketie’s loved ones have come together to create a scholarship at UNC Charlotte in her memory. WFAE’s Sarah Delia sat down with one of Ketie’s best friends, to talk about her life and how he chooses to remember her.

CMPD To Start Foot Patrols In Plaza Midwood, NoDa

May 31, 2017
Central Avenue in the Plaza Midwood business district.
Jennifer Lang / WFAE

CMPD is starting regular foot patrols in Plaza Midwood and NoDa. As many as five officers will walk the neighborhoods from 6 p.m.-4 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Lieutenant Luke Sell says he thinks having officers on foot will deter crime and put people at ease.

“It’ll be the same officers each and every night. Which will give an opportunity to build great relationships within the community. Those officers are here to handle calls for service, to answer questions, just to be a general presence in the area.” said Sell.

Marshall Terry / 90.7 WFAE

Now time for another story in our periodic series Block by Block, looking at how neighborhoods are changing, in big and small ways.  A longtime fixture of Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood is closing this weekend.  For nearly 40 years, John’s Country Kitchen has been a place where friends gathered at the counter to catch up over pancakes and a cup of coffee. A place where new friendships were forged and old ones were rekindled.  The restaurant's owners are moving on to other things because the landlord of what’s become a prime space on Central Avenue is upping the rent. We recently stopped by on a busy morning and took a seat at the counter.

Duncan McFadyen

Plaza Midwood and NoDa tied for the most hipster neighborhood in Charlotte, according to Gawker.

They were trying to figure out "where the self-consciously arty creative-class would-be bohemians congregate" in America's cities. 

So they were looking for the equivalent of two hipster neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York. 

Charlotte Raps About RAP (Reverse Angle Parking)

Mar 5, 2013
Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

There are some new backward parking spaces in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood neighborhood. The city’s put in reverse angle parking along three blocks of Commonwealth Ave – spaces that are angled against the direction of traffic, designed to be backed into. It’s part of a $4 million project to make the area more pedestrian and bike friendly. 

The reverse spaces also serve to narrow the street and slow down traffic. But, the concept of backing into these spaces goes against what we’re used to. And the result is a lot of confusion.