H. Edward Knox (1979-1983)
Eddie Knox served two terms as Charlotte's Mayor. Prior to being elected to office in Charlotte Knox served four years in the N.C. Senate, becoming the chair of the Advisory Budget Commission.
A native of Davidson in Mecklenburg County, Knox attended N.C. State where he became president of the student body. He later won a scholarship to Wake Forest law school where he finished in the top 10 percent of his class.
During his Administration:
- The First Baptist Church in uptown Charlotte was reborn as Spirit Square Center for the Arts.
- Charlotte won state support for building Discovery Place, the science museum in uptown Charlotte.
- The Coddington Building was converted into a state office building.
- A regional farmer's market was built on Yorkmont Road
- Tryon Street was turned into a transit mall
- Independence Boulevard was rebuilt as an expressway.
- Discovery Place opened on October 31, 1981.
- Plans were made for the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and a new Coliseum.
- Plans were developed to consolidate both City and County administrative offices into an office building to be located at Davidson and Fourth streets.
- Agreements were made with the County's six town on water-sewer rates and annexation areas which cleared the way for more orderly growth.
- Charlotte's third airport terminal was opened in April of 1982. The airport was renamed Charlotte/Douglas International Airport to show the significance of its new international facility.