Charlotte's First Ward Neighborhood is an award-winning mixed income district that was recently revitalized through a $41.6 million HUD HOPE VI grant. The neighborhood is home to about 1,000 residents as well as the Spirit Square Arts Center, Imaginon, Charlotte Bobcats Arena, Levine Museum of the New South, and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design. First Ward's boundaries are E Trade St., N Tryon St., and I-277 (an urban loop highway). First Ward has experienced a wave of major development bringing new residential homes and entertainment venues.
Communities in the First Ward include: M Street, Courtside, Court 6, Alexander Court, 10th Street Townhomes, Alexanders on 9th, Cityview Lofts, Cityview Townes, Syline Terrace, Tivoli and single family homes in the Garden District.