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When did Uptown become too good for a bar?

It appears as if Uptown isn't trying to become party central.

There was talk of bringing an ABC store to Center City.

Those plans were squashed.

Coyote Ugly, a bar made famous by a movie and Tyra Banks's ass, wanted to move from its North College Street location to the corner of Church and Fifth streets where another bar, Daddy's American Bar & Grill, used to be.

The move was blocked.

And then there's this brouhaha about Hooters coming into Uptown. (Despite opposition, construction on the restaurant begins this fall.)

So, what's really going on? Has Uptown turned into Moralitytown, or is this to be expected with the influx of people calling Center City home?

You almost can't blame people who live in Center City for not wanting rowdy crowds and clubs in their backyards. But didn't they know what they were getting into when they moved into an entertainment district?

Michael Smith, president of Center City Partners, said this is a great challenge for Uptown to have.

"In trying to create this dynamic place, we're going to run into this type of conflict between our constituent," Smith said. But one thing Center City Partners isn't trying to do is regulate taste in Uptown.

For a successful Uptown, there has to be a mix of businesses and residential homes, Smith said, and the job of Center City Partners is to make sure that everyone who lives Uptown has a voice in what moves into their neighborhood. That's what the group did with the proposed ABC Store, which Smith said is wanted in Uptown.

"Where there's an over-concentration of [entertainment or residential uses], that's when it fails," said Smith. "We want them blended. And we want to make sure people are good neighbors to each other."

Friends of Fourth Ward didn't think Coyote Ugly would be a good neighbor and raised a fuss about the bar moving from its current location to the old Daddy's bar in the Ivey's building. A message left for Jay Biles, president of the Friends of Fourth Ward organization, was not returned last week.

Stefan Latorre, owner of the Ivey's building, said in a written statement that it was unfair to criticize Coyote Ugly before it even opened.

He later released the company from the lease agreement, the Charlotte Business Journal reported. Latorre was not available for additional comment.

What do people who play in Uptown think about Center City?

Gabriel Miranda, who moved to the Queen City from New York, said Center City is quiet.

"It's up and coming, I guess," he said. "It seems like it's on par with a lot of cities."

Miranda said he works in Uptown and as a family guy, he doesn't see the need to live Uptown.

However, he said, people who call Center City home should expect to have some noise from bars and clubs that are nearby.

"People will complain," he said. "If you look at what happened in New York under [former Mayor Rudy] Giuliani, he banned a lot of clubs and bars from the center of the town.

"It can happen where people find it annoying, and they want their quiet living space. But you have to take the good with the bad," Miranda said.

Chris Peake, who has been in Charlotte for three weeks, said he enjoys Uptown just as it is. "I'm from Columbia, so this is huge to me," Peake said. "There are a lot of young people here and they're friendly. It's a nice place to meet people."

Charlotte resident, Dee Hill, said Uptown is too stuffy and corporate. Her cousin Annette Mack agrees.

"Uptown needs to change a whole lot," said Hill. "There needs to be more places for people to hang out and have fun. They can take all of the bars away and just leave the best ones here."

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