Articles

[title_1]
Color and peace with spring wildflowers and migrants
   April 22, 2022
Ruth Ann Grissom

Maybe it’s because I’ve spent the past two years obsessing over the squiggly lines charting COVID's peaks and troughs. I began to imagine the shape a graph might take if I plotted the occurrence of spring wildflowers and neotropical migrants.

I envision the wildflower display as two gentle but significant peaks – one in mid-March and the other in mid-April. Migrating  birds increase at...

Read more


[title_1]
Listen: John Holmes dives into urbanism after Chick-fil-A firing
   April 19, 2022
Ely Portillo

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. Marine Corps veteran working at Chick-fil-A, Holmes was trying to reconcile his workplace's busy drive-thru with his own ideas about building better cities. When he posted his opinion online about a new drive-thru-only Chick-fil-A, he quickly...

Read more


[title_1]
Mapping unequal health care access in Charlotte
   April 18, 2022

Mary Louise Orr Wilson, Malia Suhren, Margaret Phipps

Your access to medicine, lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines and other pharmacy services might depend on what part of town you live in. 

The Urban Institute recently updated the Quality of Life Explorer data maps to include several new metrics, one of which is particularly relevant as we enter year three of the global pandemic. “Proximity to a pharmacy,” ...

Read more


[title_1]
Comprehending Charlotte symposium explores growth and consequences
   April 14, 2022

What: Comprehending Charlotte symposium

Historians, environmental scientists, urban designers, and planners will discuss implications of urban growth and potential futures at a symposium co-sponsored by the College of Arts + Architecture's City Building Lab, the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, the Capitalism Studies program, and the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies. 

Guest...

Read more


[title_1]
Local leaders are worried about corporate landlords, but find their ‘hands tied’
   April 13, 2022
Ely Portillo

Wall Street-backed companies are buying thousands of single-family homes and turning them into rentals across the Charlotte region. Local officials are worried about the effects on affordability, home ownership and equity — but there isn’t much they can do to directly stop the trend. 

That’s what Mecklenburg County commissioners heard this week from county staff and a panel of local...

Read more


[title_1]
Charlotte planning for growth around Silver Line stations
   April 12, 2022
Ely Portillo

Charlotte’s $13.5 billion transit and transportation plans might be on hold, but plans for how to build the signature Silver Line light rail are still pushing ahead. 

Officials from the Charlotte Area Transit System reviewed a new study about how to facilitate transit-oriented development around each of the Silver Line’s 31 planned stops. The 29-mile light rail line, which would run...

Read more


[title_1]
Charlotte City Walks returns in 2022
   April 7, 2022

For the first time in three years, Charlotte City Walks are back with a full line-up of free, in-person, community-led tours to introduce Charlotteans to new sides of their city. 

City Walks were canceled in 2020 and went virtual-only in 2021 because of the pandemic. This year, we are excited to welcome people from across our community to once again gather and learn about Charlotte's...

Read more


[title_1]
Explore local housing data with new interactive maps
   April 4, 2022
Ely Portillo

We often paint Charlotte’s housing market in broad strokes: rising prices, bidding wars and gentrification reshaping neighborhoods.

Updated data on the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Quality of Life Explorer lets you can dig deeper into the story told by those aggregate numbers. Charlotte’s neighborhoods are starkly different when it comes to...

Read more


[title_1]
Is Charlotte ready for car-free apartments?
   March 30, 2022
Ely Portillo

How do you make a sprawling city that came of age in the automobile era less car-dependent?

One approach: Don't devote so much space to cars. 

That's the thinking behind the Joinery, a new, 83-unit apartment complex that's opening just north of the Parkwood station on the Blue Line light rail. The six-story building has no parking on-site, except for a few spaces devoted to...

Read more


[title_1]
Facing more investor purchases, Charlotte considers tweaking housing programs
   March 29, 2022

As investors — including Wall Street-backed single-family rental companies — buy more homes across Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, the city of Charlotte is considering changes to some of its homeownership assistance programs.

Buyers in the region face record-high prices and record-low inventory. In January, the median sales price in the Charlotte region was almost $350,000 up 22.7%...

Read more