Video: a living history of Independence Boulevard | CLT Blog

Video: a living history of Independence Boulevard

Posted on 28 Aug 2012 by Justin Ruckman

Charlotte filmmaker Tim Alden Grant takes a microscopic look at Charlotte’s eastern flank of Highway 74, delving into the history of the highway through the memories of three people who worked or lived along Independence Boulevard.

Via the Charlotte Video Project.


  1. Mallory Johnston 30 Aug 2012 at 8:49 AM

    What a beautiful video. I grew up in Charlotte and had all my dance recitals at Ovens Auditorium. Thank you for capturing this.

  2. katrina ross 30 Aug 2012 at 3:33 PM

    The first house that my husband and I bought was located at 1725 E. Independence Blvd. in 1978. My best friend’s grandparents (the Burke’s) had built the house and I’d visited them there many times. When Mrs. Burke died and Mr. Burke moved to a rest home, we bought the house and lived there until 1984. I have some wonderful memories of that lovely brick home which was bulldozed to accomodate the most recent round of widening.

  3. Sue Faile 31 Aug 2012 at 12:20 AM

    I moved to Charlotte in 1970 and as a senior at Independence HS quickly found out that the center of our social life was driving through Shoneys and McDonalds on Independence. I have very fond memories of those times and Independence was really the center of pretty much everything we did.