With its lake long gone and trees and homes in its wake, it is difficult to imagine a prominent spot on 36th Street as an exclusive destination.
What a difference a year made.
It was the summer of 1919, and teenager Clem Wilson had started his day by attending a baseball game and getting drunk. He ended it as the catalyst of the Battle of the Barn, Charlotte’s most tragic streetcar strike.
Jeff and Norma Hanson were pulling old insulation out of their attic in their Highland millhouse about four years ago when out popped a stack of 50-year-old letters. They were all postmarked August 1966.
There was a time when NoDa’s hot commodities were porn … and pastries. While much has been said about Neighborhood Theatre’s interesting past as The Astor, a XXX porn theater (“Park in Rear” stated the marquee), just a few steps down the sidewalk was The Pastry Shop. It was a bakery that drew loyal customers…