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Small But Significant : The Optimist Park Community oral history interviews

 Digital Record
Identifier: CH-OP


  • 2015 - 2017

Biographical / Historical

Optimist Park, a small community just outside the 277 beltway, is facing intense gentrification pressure due to the Blue Line Light Rail Extension and Charlotte’s growth. As apartment buildings are planned and begin to take shape, the residents work to maintain Optimist Park’s identity and history, both as an area with a historical connection to Charlotte’s old textile mills, and as a neighborhood representing the city's first major efforts to provide affordable housing through the Habitat for Humanity program. Residents are working to preserve this history and work together amid a changing city.


16 Interviews




16 of 17 interviews from the Optimist Park project can be found online.

Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 USA