What is Charlotte’s best neighborhood? Meet the winner of the 2018 Charlotte Neighborhood Bracket.


More than 5,000 votes were cast during our neighborhood version of March Madness: The 2018 Charlotte Neighborhood Bracket.

What started with 32 neighborhoods facing off last week was whittled down to two remaining neighborhoods: 8-seed Dilworth vs. 6-seed Montford/Madison Park/Park Road Shopping Center.

Along the way, we saw some major upsets.

Underdog Cotswold conquered SouthPark in the round of 32.

Ten-seed Fourth Ward dominated 7-seed First Ward in the round of 16.

Underdog Montford/Madison Park/Park Road Shopping Center claimed victory over 3-seed Elizabeth by a landslide in the round of 8.

Underdog Dilworth eked out a win against South End in the semifinals.

In spite of the fierce competition, only one neighborhood can be crowned the city’s best.

And the winner of the 2018 Charlotte Neighborhood Bracket is…

Montford/Madison Park/Park Road Shopping Center!

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The neighborhood crushed Dilworth 80-percent of the vote to 20-percent.

While it’s a true heartbreaker for Dilworth, the Montford/Madison Park/Park Road Shopping Center has evolved enough that you could spend a whole day there and not get bored.

Have you tried it?

You could start with an early-morning yoga class at Charlotte Yoga, followed by breakfast at Flying Biscuit, then coffee (and maybe an eclair) and some laptop work at Amelie’s in the Back Lot.

Amelie’s at Park Road Shopping Center. Photo by Sallie Funderburk.

You could grab lunch at Pasta & Provisions (plus a little patio time), browse books at Park Road Books, stroll along Little Sugar Creek Greenway then grab a drink at Dot Dot Dot and The Turnhouse Grille before dinner at Co. All that would be left is some night life action courtesy of 10 Park Lanes and Jeff’s Bucket Shop.

Cocktail at Dot Dot Dot. Photo by James Fedele

Sounds like a pretty perfect day to us.

Stay tuned — we have merchandise and a party to celebrate coming your way.

Photo: CharlotteFive


  1. This is a bit of a farce, until you can limit 1 person to 1 vote this contest lacks credibility. Don’t get me wrong Park/Montford is a great area, but Best In Charlotte? I will grant you that Park Rd Shopping Center is probably the best shopping center in the city, but best neighborhood?

  2. I think this article was accidentally misnamed as I think the actual title was supposed to be “Where C5 Readers Live.”

  3. I’m happy with the winner. Park Road Shopping Center it taking it old school in a new way. Just goes to show all that’s bright and shiny is not always the best or most revered
    (GD in Ballantyne).


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