THE MORE THAN 1,000 ACRES THAT JACK MYERS AMASSED just outside of Charlotte did pretty well for him as a cotton farm, but Myers considered that a temporary use until he could develop the property into something even more profitable: a suburb. Placing his trust and his land (not to mention his daughter) in the hands of his son-in-law, George Stephens, Myers' dream of creating an elegant neighborhood for Charlotte's well-to-do became a reality.
In 1911, Stephens partnered with Harvard-trained landscape architect John Nolen to design a thoroughly modern suburban community. Nolen's ultimate goal for Myers Park was that it be “unified.” For him, that meant a site plan where lots and streets followed the topography, a mix of homes designed for different economic classes, some retail, and, of course, well-thought-out landscaping. The care taken in planning Myers Park paid off handsomely, both then and now. Nearly 100 years later, it remains one of Charlotte's most sought-after addresses.
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