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Whether you’re a frequent patron of South End or a first-time explorer, there’s something new to discover around every corner. Your adventure awaits.

When you first set foot in the vibrant South End neighborhood, you’ll quickly see the possibilities are endless. Countless culinary experiences that showcase both local and worldly flavors. Homegrown breweries and coffee shops galore. Art galleries, public art and murals on every corner. Diverse retail experiences from local boutiques to top national retailers.

From the light rail to the Rail Trail, getting where you want to go is easy. And with every step, you’ll uncover another piece of the neighborhood’s spirit of innovation, inspiration and creativity.

Since the mid-1800s, this dynamic district on the edge of Uptown has been a place of possibility and hope, of expression and risk-taking. With a rich history in gold, textiles, transit and tech, it’s a place where ideas come to life and people come together.

It’s a place where old meets new, and new meets old. And the future is bright: more people are playing, living and working here than ever before. 

We’re home to savvy and forward-thinking entrepreneurs, brewers, designers, artists, chefs, dog lovers and even butchers, bakers and candlestick makers. This is a place where you’re invited and welcome to be anything you want to be, and everyone celebrates others doing the same.

Sound End is your gateway to the soul of Charlotte. What are you waiting for? Your adventure starts now.

How Do We Work?

The South End Municipal Services District is administered by Charlotte Center City Partners, by an annual contract with the City of Charlotte.

Budget and annual program of work are governed by the Board of Directors of Charlotte Center City Partners, and by the South End Committee of the Board.

South End Board Committee

  • Terry Shook, FAIA, Shook Kelley, Chair
  • Doug Stephan, Vision Ventures, Chair
  • Steve Allen, Resident
  • Phil Sanford, Resident
  • Matt Crosland, EDENS
  • David Furman, Centro City Works
  • Josh Patton, Wooden Robot, Elsewhere
  • Lauren Harkey, Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy
  • Mark Holoman, Cousins Properties
  • Sam Judd, Asana Partners
  • Justin Lane, Wilmore Neighborhood Association, ex-officio
  • Courtney Estes. Lincoln's Haberdashery, Futo Buta
  • Rachel Russell-Krenz, Ram Realty
  • Dr. Bradford Picot, South End Dentistry
  • Will Smith, Camden Property Trust
  • Kristy Venning, Beacon Development
  • Brooks Whiteside, Whiteside Industrial Properties
  • Debbie Williams, Brookhill Community Association, ex-officio
  • Tracey Wopperer, Resident
  • Collin Ricks, The Durban Group
  • Valerie Preston, President of Dilworth Community Development Association

Get to know us. 

Megan Liddle Gude

Vice President of South End

Megan is a community builder, blending experience in urban planning, facilitation, advocacy and engagement to strengthen the places and connections that unite us.

As the Vice President of South End with Charlotte Center City Partners, Megan manages programs to activate public and private spaces, enhance public infrastructure, promote the neighborhood’s best attributes, and connect people and businesses.

Megan has been part of the Charlotte Center City Partners team since 2012, working on planning initiatives and neighborhood development before becoming Director of South End.

Before moving to Charlotte, Megan worked as a facilitator with the Institute for Environmental Negotiation in Virginia, working with community groups to build consensus around challenging issues like community health, racial equity, and economic revitalization in rural areas. She spent three years coordinating a diverse coalition of international human rights groups with the Rights and Resources Initiative in Washington, D.C.

She serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Building Initiative and is a fellow in the International Downtown Association’s Emerging Leader program.

Megan holds a Master of Urban & Environmental Planning degree from the University of Virginia, and a degree from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Carlin Kennedy

South End Programs and Events Coordinator

As the South End Programs and Events Coordinator, Carlin focuses on community engagement, project management, and event coordination with the goal of helping South End become the best place to work, live, and play for people of all ages. Carlin is a relationship builder, placemaker, and advocate for the South End community and Charlotte as a whole. She joined the Charlotte Center City Partners team in August 2019.

Prior to joining the CCCP team, Carlin managed special events and customer retention at the Charlotte Checkers Hockey Club. Before moving to Charlotte, she attended Appalachian State University where she holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Western Carolina University where she graduated with a Master of Science in Project Management.

About Charlotte Center City Partners

Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP) is a non-profit organization focused on making our downtown and surrounding neighborhoods great places to live, work, and visit. South End is supported by the professional services of Center City Partners. The organization has existed since the 1980s and has provided services to South End since 2006.

Our role is to work with neighbors, public agencies and private partners to fulfill the community vision for South End: a place that is people-first, walkable, urban, vibrant, built along light rail transit, and fueled by the energy and innovation of diverse and creative people.

Our services for the district include communications, marketing and promotion of the neighborhood, producing special events and programs, advocacy, economic development, and management of some public spaces, especially along the Rail Trail.

For more information on CCCP, visit

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