Charting Mecklenburg's path toward a livable future

Latta Arcade, in Charlotte during a busy night in the city. Photo: Nancy Pierce
The 115 ideas for creating a more livable Mecklenburg range from protecting more historic buildings to better training the local workforce to rethinking local residents’ reliance on fescue lawns.

Charlotte eyes stronger pedestrian policies

Pedestrians cross a street in uptown Charlotte in 2011. Photo: Nancy Pierce
Charlotte’s transportation department is launching – again – an initiative to highlight pedestrian needs and improve policies. In the past year the city landed on some not-so-flattering lists ranking walkability.

So, what exactly IS a form-based code and why should anyone care?

Birkdale Village in Huntersville was built according to the town's form-based code. Image: Google Maps
As Charlotte looks to rewrite its zoning ordinance, there's talk of possibly using a form-based code. We interview urban design professor David Walters about what those codes are.
A before and after look at how simple design changes could dramatically improve the Charlotte region. For more information visit