Charlotte’s new east-west light rail is still decades away from completion, but a City Council committee on Monday got a closer look at some of the numbers dictating how, when and where the rail line is likely to be built.
Running from Gaston County, past the airport, skirting uptown’s northern end and then running southeast along Monroe Road into Union County, the 29-mile Silver Line...Read more
Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Transit Time, a weekly newsletter produced in partnership by the Urban Institute, The Charlotte Ledger and WFAE.
On the surface, Charlotte — a fast-growing, finance-powered, landlocked metropolitan region — might appear to...Read more
As fall arrives, migratory songbirds have begun journeying south for the winter. These birds traveled north in the spring to nest and raise their young, and now they are beginning to travel south to take advantage of the warmer weather and increased access to food. Some familiar migratory birds include hummingbirds, goldfinches, and many species of warblers. In the piedmont of North Carolina,...Read more
Editor's note: Charlotte City Council voted unanimously to approve this rezoning petition on Nov. 15, clearing the way for this housing development.
As Charlotte moves forward with its overhaul of development rules, a plan for new apartments and townhouses in a suburban, office-focused part of the city has exposed some of the tensions between...Read more
Where you live in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County might reflect your race, income, education level, how old you are and even how likely you are to be in an area where eligible streams are adopted for clean-up.
Newly updated maps from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Quality of Life Explorer let...Read more
With the number of people experiencing homelessness in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County rising dramatically in the past year, local governments, nonprofit organizations and businesses are gearing up to implement a new plan over the next few years.
A major goal of the 2025 Charlotte-Mecklenburg...Read more
A flower bed might have a vibrant assortment of blossoms, but without the movement and sparkle of pollinators, it can seem flat and static. It’s been a bad year for butterflies in my garden, and I’ve heard similar reports from across the Piedmont. Their numbers seem to be down. Their absence has made me even more grateful for the native bees I’ve managed to attract with my plantings.
Leaders in the Charlotte region are finalizing the details of the first coordinated transit plan to go well beyond the city limits, a document they hope to adopt this fall.
Connect Beyond, a 12-county initiative led by the Charlotte Area Transit System and the Centralina Regional Council, will release its full report on Monday. The ...Read more
The pandemic has transformed so much about the world, including how we work, where we work, and how we commute. As a result of these shifts, Charlotte area transit use has fallen to less than 50% of pre-pandemic levels.
And while debates continue on whether these effects are permanent or temporary, city planners are pushing for transit expansion.
The ambitious “Charlotte Moves...Read more
In Part 1 of this series, I showed that there was a sharp increase in development since construction began on the Blue Line Extension in 2013.
Since then, there has been nearly $1 billion in new construction and 7,400 new residential units alongside the line. And despite the...Read more