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Uptown Charlotte back to normal

It didn't take long. As soon as the crowd cleared out from the last night of events at the Democratic National Convention, city workers began returning Uptown Charlotte to normal.

They removed barriers and opened roads. Workers with Charlotte Area Transit System worked through the night to tear down the temporary location at 3rd and South Mint Street and re-opened the permanent spot on Trade Street.

Because the Transit Center is across the street from Time Warner Cable Arena where the DNC held Thursday night's events, CATS had to wait until the crowd cleared out before removing barriers and getting the permanent transit center operational again.

Early Friday morning, the transit center was up and running. Makeda Johnson says "it's actually a relief". She says "it was exciting but it was hectic going through the other transit." Johnson says it took her two hours to get a location it would normally take 30-to-40 minutes.

The light rail is making all stops again. Passenger Roger Miller says "it feels kinda good. I don't have to worry about getting to Stonewall and walking anymore".

Some Uptown residents say they were concerned the area would be a mess after the DNC. The city's special service unit cleaned the streets and sidewalks during the convention.

A lot of residents say they're glad the DNC is over. Jennifer Darnley says Friday was her "first day venturing into Uptown". She says she was nervous about the road closures. She says 'I feel like it's much back to normal. There's still some hub hub going around - it feels good. It feels like everybody is a little bit energized from it".

Charlotte's City Manager held a luncheon outside the Government Center to thank city employees "for the work they did for the large scale event this week."

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