Ely Portillo

Stories by Ely Portillo

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.

Local leaders are worried about corporate landlords, but find their ‘hands tied’

Wall Street-backed companies are buying thousands of single-family homes and turning them into rentals across the Charlotte region.