Don't be fooled by all of the black faces that were playing, partying and eating at the EpiCentre last weekend during the CIAA Basketball Tournament. You can bet your bottom dollar that won't be the scene this weekend.
Occupying a city block at College and Trade streets, the EpiCentre is viewed by city officials as an important part of uptown's redevelopment.
And let's not forget, this is the same place where an African American man was arrested for wearing his hat askew or that the Charlotte Community Relations Committee had to launch an investigation into the EpiCentre. Many blacks in Charlotte quietly talk about being discriminated against while trying to eat, party or play there -- when the CIAA is not in town.
So, for the city to consider this place to be a major part of Uptown Charlotte's redevelopment, it makes you wonder: What kind of Uptown does the powers that be want?
Stay tuned, I plan to ask our elected officials just what kind of city Charlotte's supposed to be.