An Area Edge City in Charlotte, North Carolina
SouthPark is an area edge city in Charlotte, North Carolina and is essentially a concentration of business and entertainment facilities located outside the downtown of Charlotte, in an area that was previously residential. The name of the city comes from SouthPark Mall, opened back in 1970, on February 12th. Nowadays, SouthPark Mall is the largest shopping mall in Charlotte and North Carolina, counting over 1.8 million square feet.
Located in the south central sector of the city, approximately 6 miles south from Charlotte’s City center, SouthPark is a mixed-use area, home to the shopping mall, but as well as to a residential area and one of Charlotte’s most significant business districts.
The neighborhood was not always this high-class, having been part of a 3000-acre farm, owned by Cameron Morrison, a former North Carolina Governor. The residents named the Morrison Boulevard next to the SouthPark Mall in his honor.
The edge city has an excellent public transport system, with five buses, and serves as a transit hub and a transfer point. An interesting fact about SouthPark is that it is the home of Nucor, a Fortune 300 company, the largest steel producer in the United States and the largest “mini-mill” steelmaker, as well as the biggest recycler of any material.