Publications & Reports

Baseball as a redevelopment strategy? Three cities pin their hopes on it
   October 28, 2019
Ely Portillo
In the wake of manufacturing-based economies that once formed the basis for much of the region’s prosperity, three cities in the Carolinas Urban-Rural Connection study area are hoping the crack of a bat will give them a second chance. Gastonia and Kannapolis were once regional textile powerhouses, while High Point remains an important player in the furniture market. They’re all investing tens... Read more

Mapping out Charlotte’s future: Streets plan accounts for more than cars
   October 22, 2019
Ely Portillo
Charlotte planners are trying to change the city’s decades-long focus on building streets solely for cars with an effort to map and plan for future bicycle lanes, expanded sidewalks and more accommodations for alternative ways of getting around like scooters. The first phase of that effort — mapping and planning for the streets along the Blue Line — is nearing completion, with Charlotte City... Read more

A 'crisis that's brewing': How this program plans to help NC farmers
   October 16, 2019

“There is a crisis that’s brewing,” said Davon Goodwin. “We have a lack of farmers and we have more people to feed. If that trend continues, it’s going to be bad.” Read more

Chappell Russell and Justin Foley: Trying to recreate the South End lifestyle in a rural town
   October 14, 2019
Ruth Ann Grissom
Chappell Russell and Justin Foley were living the millennial dream. They met at Appalachian State. He worked for a large CPA firm in uptown Charlotte. She helped run a small dog-training business. They had an apartment in South End. On weekends, they walked their dogs Oliver and Indie on the Rail Trail, stopping at breweries and local shops like the Canine Café. Read more

The Carolinas Urban-Rural Connection: Strengthening ties to revitalize communities
   August 28, 2019
Jeff Michael
Today it’s hard for many, especially newcomers, to imagine Charlotte’s interdependency with the small towns and rural communities surrounding Mecklenburg County.  But Charlotte’s emergence as a New South city was the result of a manufacturing economy established throughout the region in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  That economy was mostly built on textiles, with its... Read more

Blending the old and the new at Camp North End
   August 23, 2019
Ely Portillo

The cluster of old factory buildings, a former munitions dump, missile assembly plant and warehouses just north of uptown has long glimmered with possibility - if you could look beyond the dingy facades and faded, rusty interiors. 

Now, more of that possibility is becoming a reality at Camp North End, on a nearly 80-acre triangle of land between Statesville Avenue and North...

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Charlotte arts institutions seek out more diverse voices
   April 23, 2019
Mae Israel
As Charlotte has become more urban and cosmopolitan, grassroots artists and organizations have energized the visual and performing arts. But some say there have largely been two separate arts scenes in Charlotte: One shaped by established arts institutions and the other by a more diverse group of artists and arts organizations emerging outside the establishment. Read more

2018 North Mecklenburg Demographic and Housing Assessment
   February 6, 2019

On February 4, 2019, the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and Lake Norman Economic Development Corporation released the 2018 North Mecklenburg Demographic and Housing Assessment. This report presents the findings from a demographics and housing assessment for the northern part of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (North Mecklenburg). Read more

Report tallies college and career readiness programs
   August 15, 2018

Laura Simmons
Institute researchers look at the ecosystem of college- and career-readiness programs in Mecklenburg County. Read more

Study: Charlotte region lags in food economy, farmers markets
   July 9, 2018
Mary Newsom
A new report finds Charlotte and its region are underperforming in many measurements of its local food economy.  Read more