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
As Charlotte grows rapidly, concerns about gentrification and displacement have become key issues for city government to address. Tracking gentrification and displacement can be challenging, as this process of neighborhood change is slow and takes many forms across space and time. However, when analyzed with viable data sources, areas that are potentially vulnerable to gentrification and...Read more
For decades, the single-family home rental market was a small-scale industry, made up almost entirely of local landlords who rented out a few houses they bought as investment properties, or perhaps inherited, or held on to after relocating.
But the years since the Great Recession have witnessed a dramatic shift, as Wall Street-backed rental companies moved in to...Read more
Which Charlotte neighborhoods have gotten denser, with more residences per acre? Where have average home sizes ballooned? Is the proportion of single-family homes rising or falling in neighborhoods where new apartments and tear-downs vie for space?
Newly updated maps on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Quality of Life Explorer allow you to probe these...Read more
This map shows the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents in the 14-county region the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute serves. The number varies significantly between the counties, which could be a reflection of factors ranging from population density to how many tests have been administered. This map, and the below graphics, will be updated on a regular basis. To...Read more