Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood & Belmont Neighbourhoods

Charlotte North Carolina’s Plaza Midwood neighbourhood is located less than a mile from Uptown, Charlotte’s city center. Plaza Midwood runs along Central Avenue from Hawthorn Lane to Eastway Drive, though locals may cut it a few blocks short of Eastway Drive. The neighbourhood also has a locally-designated historic district in its westernmost part, a four…

Ellijay, Georgia; The Place of Many Waters

Ellijay, Georgia is a tiny town of less than two thousand people in a little over 2.5 square miles. It is halfway between Blue Ridge and Jasper, just 75 miles north of Atlanta. Originally Cherokee territory, Ellijay also takes its name from the Cherokee word Elatseyi meaning “many waters.” Ellijay is located near the confluence…

Lawless Joy; Savouring the Unexpected in Tampa Heights

Tampa Heights was Tampa’s first suburb, directly north of downtown. It started as a small six-block area bordered by Florida, Central, Oak, and Henderson Avenues but the name now refers to a much wider area that was once known as the town of North Tampa. Today, Tampa Heights is considered anything north of downtown between…

RiNo, Denver’s River North Mural Wonderland

On a recent trip to Denver, we set out to visit the city’s most hip and rapidly developing neighbourhood, RiNo. This area includes the older communities of Globeville, Elyria-Swansea, Cole, and Five Points. Check out this gallery of old photos and to learn more about these communities.  Over the past few years, this part of north…

McMinn County; an Unexpected Industrial Mecca

McMinn County, Tennessee includes Athens, Niota, Englewood, Etowah, part of Sweetwater, and several unincorporated communities. It was created in 1819 and named after Joseph McMinn, a Revolutionary War commander and Tennessee Governor of six years. McMinn was also a decorated veteran of previous wars and served in the Tennessee Senate, as justice of the peace…

The Goths of Cabbagetown

  When I found out Bauhaus would be playing within a few hours’ drive, I immediately bought a ticket without thinking of any details. Seeing them live has been a dream since, oh… the late 90s, and I would not abide another missed chance. My song for this entry is “Double Dare” by Bauhaus:  …