Ely Portillo

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
Director of Research Engagement
Sycamore 310-G
704-687-1203

Stories by Ely Portillo

Four things I wish I'd known about Charlotte's housing market before I started writing about it

No local issue has been bigger than housing in Charlotte for the past few years — specifically, how much it costs to find a place to live. 



Charlotte's changing climate, with Brad Panovich

From seemingly endless heat waves in the west to catastrophic floods from Kentucky to...



Shrinking Charlotte’s transit ambitions to get something built

Almost two years after Charlotte’s ambitious transit expansion plan was unveiled, local officials are admitting something that’s become increasingly apparent: It might not come to fruition, at...



Could employee ownership help close the racial wealth gap? Yes — if more people knew about it

With a “silver tsunami” of business owner retirements looming and major generational transfers of wealth on the horizon, employee ownership of small businesses could be an attractive strategy for...



How to make Charlotte a place where creatives can thrive

Let's be honest: When you think "Charlotte," the next words to pop into your head aren't "creative powerhouse," are they?