Ely Portillo

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

Stories by Ely Portillo

Searching for solutions for Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis

With rents and home prices shooting up to record levels, it’s not news that finding a place to live in Charlotte is getting more expensive.



Charlotte's big goal: Take half of all trips in something besides a car

Charlotte transportation leaders laid out an ambitious goal this week: By 2040, half of all trips in the city should be taken in something besides a car.



Investors buying up the American dream

Corporate landlords like American Homes 4 Rent and Invitation Homes now own 40,000 single-family homes across North Carolina.



Robots delivering coffee, drones with pills, self-driving shuttles: Is the future here yet?

The future of transportation has arrived in Charlotte — but the future comes with a few asterisks. 



Listen: John Holmes dives into urbanism after Chick-fil-A firing

John Holmes III was a budding urbanist in Charlotte, reading books like "Street Fight" and wondering why we built our cities to drive everywhere. A U.S.