On a special episode of “Processing Blue,” former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. joins the show. He talks with Langston Wertz Jr. about the current state of the Panthers, Bryce Young, Frank Reich, David Tepper, his NFL and post-playing career and more.
By Drew Nantais / The Charlotte Observer
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Charlotte is a vibrant and lively city with an upbeat energy that attracts people from all walks of life. It’s a banking and financial hub, with companies like Wells Fargo and Bank of America headquartered here. It’s also home to a large number of museums and galleries, as well as plenty of live music venues that host national acts.
It’s a young and hip city, with an upbeat culture that is constantly evolving from traditional Southern values to more metropolitan attitudes. Its urban center is divided into four distinct wards, each with its own vibe. The center of the city at Trade and Tryon streets is filled with busy public markets and the Spectrum Center, where the Hornets play. In Second Ward, you’ll find trendy restaurants and bars that range from upscale to casual, while Third Ward houses more historic Victorian homes on quiet streets.
Residents of Charlotte are passionate about their sports teams, with the city supporting the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Knights, and Charlotte Hornets. It’s also a popular city for racing fans, with the NASCAR Hall of Fame located in the heart of downtown Charlotte.
If you love to drink, Charlotte is a beer lover’s paradise with seemingly endless craft breweries and wine bars that offer a variety of unique experiences. And if you want to take your taste buds on a journey around the world, there are plenty of culinary options in Charlotte that offer an array of global flavors.