Scenes from Charlotte, N.C.
The Mint Museum Of Art is in downtown Charlotte, N.C. (July 17, 2012)
The "Firebird" sculpture in front of the Bechtler Museum of Art in downtown Charlotte, N.C. (July 17, 2012)
The Intimidator coaster at Carowinds in Charlotte, N.C., a new addition to the amusement park in 2010.
The Green is a 1.5-acre, literary-themed park in downtown Charlotte, N.C.., with sculptures of giant books, pages and a walkway of sounds. Bright signs mark the intersections of author names, including "Emily" and "Bronte," "Herman" and "Melville," and "Alice" and "Walker." (July 17, 2012)
A canopy of oak trees shades Queens Road West in Charlotte, N.C., a wide street lined wtih million-dollar homes developed at the turn of the 20th century. (July 17, 2012)
Independence Square in downtown Charlotte, N.C., features a statue of a woman holding a baby, one of four bronze pieces in the area. (July 17, 2012)
Four bronze statues -- representing commerce, transportation, energy and the future -- mark at the intersection of Trade and Tryon streets in downtown Charlotte, N.C. (July 17, 2012)