Publications & Reports

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

Eviction court: Where tenants, landlords, and the law converge
   June 7, 2018
Mary Newsom
When eviction lands in court, landlords usually have lawyers, and tenants rarely do. A local program to arm tenants with information aims to alter that imbalance. Read more

Evictions Part 3: One-month snapshot of eviction court records
   May 23, 2018
Ashley Williams Clark
The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and Mecklenburg County Community Support Services released “Charlotte-Mecklenburg Evictions Part 3: One-month Snapshot of Eviction Court Records” on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.   Read more

Study: More than 4,000 Mecklenburg students homeless or unstably housed
   March 13, 2017
Ashley Williams Clark
Homelessness and housing instability affect the family, health, academic and social-emotional well-being of homeless families with children. This study of homelessness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg finds that more than 4,000 students are homeless or unstably housed. Read more

Report points to 12 affordable housing strategies
   September 21, 2016
Ashley Williams Clark
What are other communities doing to address the need to develop affordable housing in their communities? A new report from the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute presents 12 affordable housing strategies other cities are using. Read more