Ely Portillo

Ely Portillo
UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
Assistant Director of Outreach & Strategic Partnerships
Sycamore 310-G
704-687-1203

Stories by Ely Portillo

Explore everything from residential segregation to how much trash you generate with new maps

Which parts of Charlotte use the most water? Where is our growth eating up whatever vacant land is left in Mecklenburg County?



Charlotte leaders start wrestling with state transportation budget shortfall

Charlotte leaders say they won’t know the full impact of a nearly $12 billion funding shortfall for state road improvements until sometime next year, but a pair of projects in University City



Charlotte’s new focus on regionalism in transit brings more people to the table, but can they all agree on a vision?

If all the pieces fall into place, some day in the future a new light rail train will pull out of the station at the Central Piedmont Community College Levine Campus in Matthews and head south...



Five things to watch as Charlotte grows in 2022

Despite the pandemic and economic uncertainty, 2021 was a banner year for Charlotte, with major developments announced, a long-awaited new vision plan for the city and big – if uncertain – steps...



More drive-thru drama in south Charlotte: Zoning and walkability rules

At a closed Chinese restaurant sandwiched between busy roads near the Blue Line, Charlotte City Council is wrestling with a choice: Make exceptions to aspirational rules for a more pedestrian-...