I-485, the road that shape-shifted Charlotte growth

The last piece of I-485 opened June 5, but for two decades its route has lured development. A look at the outerbelt's history, and an interactive timeline map showing how it shaped Mecklenburg County development for 25 years.

Want a park in a parking spot? City says OK, as long as ...

Parklet on South Church Street under construction. CDOT photo
The City of Charlotte is offering an official process for building a parklet—a tiny public space perched inside on-street parking places. It's a form of “tactical urbanism,” small projects aimed at improving city life for residents.

2015 explorer finds different Charlotte than Lawson’s 1701 journey

Scott Huler retraces John Lawson's trek on N.Tryon St. June 16 2015. Photo: Mary Newsom
A 21st-century writer is walking the route explorer John Lawson took in 1700-01 through the Carolinas, including now-much-altered Charlotte. 
A before and after look at how simple design changes could dramatically improve the Charlotte region. For more information visit completeblocks.com