Elizabeth takes its name from Elizabeth College, a small Lutheran women’s college founded in 1897 on the present-day site of Presbyterian Hospital. Elizabeth began to develop rapidly after 1902, when a trolley line was completed, and was annexed in 1907. Because much of the neighborhood was developed in the early 20th century, Elizabeth’s trees have had time to mature. They now form a canopy over most of Elizabeth’s residential streets. In addition, Elizabeth is more pedestrian-friendly than most Charlotte neighborhood; businesses and residences are in close proximity, and most roads have sidewalks.
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