Two miles north of Uptown is Charlotte's most avant-garde neighborhood. Of course, it wasn't always that way. A century ago, the area surrounding the intersection of North Davidson and 36th streets thrived as the city's first textile mill village. At one point, the community was composed of more than 200 mill homes. By the mid-1970s, the textile mills had closed and the neighborhood all but vanished. A decade later, however, two artists began transforming the dilapidated village into Charlotte's premier arts community. And the urban neighborhood continues to undergo a complex transition -- the lifestyle of bohemian artists remains, but it is now joined by impressive art galleries, trendy cuisines, renovated mill houses, hip lofts and alluring bungalows.