Charlotte has plans to spice up the boxy, beige government district

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The government district in Second Ward isn’t the┬ámost inviting place to be Uptown.

It’s full of beige, boxy buildings and cold plazas with a few scattered tables and benches. I’ve walked between the Government Center building and the courthouse quite a bit as a reporter, and rarely seen people relaxing outside.

Charlotte hopes to change that with “GovPorch.”

The city and county governments won a grant from Kaboom to help make it happen.

Details are still being hammered out, but key elements could include a great lawn, public art, swings, live-size Legos and games, ping pong tables, movable seating, food vendors, meeting spaces and a farmers market.

Charlotte’s I2 Labs is working on the design.

Here’s the latest plan.

Here are some conceptual renderings.

gov-porch-charlotte

Image via Kaboom

Look for this to be completed later by March.

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