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Northwest Charlotte Businesses Weigh In On Street Car


The Gold Rush, and Cats busses demonstrate that Beatties Ford Road is a transit destination, and along this busy corridor painted images of a street car point toward the future.

Nancy Stroud is the marketing director of the First Legacy Credit Union.

This financial institution at Beatties Ford near the Brookshire Freeway has deep roots going back more than 70 years.

"Things are happening here. This would be a great addition," Stroud said. "I've seen very little change in some areas of the corridor and we want to fix all of that."

Long time Northwest Charlotte resident Charles Jones finds frustration over this budget battle that may put the brakes on the street car coming to his side of town.

He said, "it isn't about money. It's about the essence of those us who have lived on the Westside and I'm gonna ride it before I get up out of here."

It may be a case of turn about being fair play.

For decades, business operators up and down the Beatties Ford Road Corridor have supported everything from bond packages to tax increases, but the issue of street car raises a new question.

When is it our turn ?

The proposed end of the street car line is at Rosa Parks Boulevard and Beatties Ford, and just across the way from this Transit Center are a number of mom and pop businesses that have been here for nearly thirty years.

Inside Backstage Hair Designers Patricia Boyer calls it matter of respect.

" I just don't see it as being fair. Not at all. I think we deserve just as much as they get on the other side of town. We deserve the same here," Boyer said.

Elizabeth Avenue offers a case in point. The rail lines are in from Center City to Presbyterian Hospital, but  fresh signs of life can be found on the Beatties Ford Road Corridor.

The new mosaic village and police substation both point to that.

"This was a very vibrant area of town, and we want to see that again," Stroud said.

The outcome depends on how local budget issues are resolved at City Hall.

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