Almost eight decades ago, Charlotte had just topped 100,000 residents, World War II raged, legal segregation was the law of the land and most of Mecklenburg County was still farmland.
But despite the obvious differences from today, an urgent call in 1944 for the city to develop a plan to manage its growth still resonates in Charlotte, a city that’s long been convinced it was headed for...Read more
Not that long ago, a few aging blocks in a declining, working-class neighborhood revived from the dust and grit of the textile mill era as Charlotte’s home-grown arts district. By the mid-1990s, galleries and off-beat music venues replaced empty storefronts. Nightlife began to flourish, and the acronym "NoDa" took hold, affirming a new identity.Read more
“I had no idea they were building that there.”
It’s one of the most common complaints about development in a fast-growing city like Charlotte. A small house or patch of woods you’ve driven by for years is suddenly gone, scraped clean and replaced with a stand of new apartments or a clump of townhouses. Although developers are required to notify neighbors before of most...Read more
COVID-19 has had an immediate and potentially lasting impact on the housing stability of low-income renters in Charlotte and the nation. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced a federal eviction moratorium through the end of 2020, missed rent is not being forgiven.Read more
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the second annual Marianne M. & Norman W. Schul Forum Series will be delayed a year, to the fall of 2021. Originally scheduled for November 2020, this year’s forum was slated to focus on the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute’s collaborative work around...Read more
“We cannot do this individually. If we try to attack these problems in our own lanes only, we will only succeed at failing.”
“Everything we embark on needs an intergovernmental framework and strategy to move forward.”
“We truly are breaking down silos that exist in government.”
That’s City Council members Tariq Bokhari, Braxton Winston and Matt Newton speaking Tuesday...Read more
In the sixth month of the U.S. coronavirus pandemic, few sectors of the economy or local government services have been hit as hard as transportation and transit.
The viral outbreak and ensuing lockdowns caused transit ridership numbers to plummet nationwide as millions of people stayed home or avoided trains and buses if they had to go somewhere. The Centers for Disease Control even...Read more