Mary Newsom

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
Associate Director Urban and Regional Affairs

Biography

Mary is a lifelong newspaper journalist who spent several decades at The Charlotte Observer as an editorial board member and columnist, concentrating on Charlotte regional urban and suburban growth, planning, urban design, transportation and land preservation. She left the Observer and joined the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute in June 2011, where she works on strategic community and university partnerships and oversees the institute’s online communications. She had a year-long Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and was a Knight Fellow in Community Building at the University of Miami.

Education

A.B. Journalism UNC Chapel Hill

Expertise

Urban and suburban issues, Charlotte region and North Carolina politics and government, writing, editing and journalism.

Articles

  • plancharlotte.org
    Jan 19, 2017
    Should the regional transit commission take on operating costs for the Charlotte streetcar? Former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx makes that suggestion in an interview while reflecting on his tenure as U.S. transportation secretary.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jan 19, 2017
    Should the regional transit commission take on operating costs for the Charlotte streetcar? Former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx makes that suggestion in an interview while reflecting on his tenure as U.S. transportation secretary.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Dec 07, 2016
    Charlotte for years has had a love-hate view of Atlanta, with civic leaders envying their fellow southeastern metro for its big-city status, achieved decades earlier than Charlotte’s. But sprawling growth and traffic congestion in the Georgia capital city fuel a We Don’t Want To Become Like Atlanta...
  • plancharlotte.org
    Dec 07, 2016
    Charlotte for years has had a love-hate view of Atlanta, envying its vigor but not its sprawl and traffic congestion. Last year a Charlottean became Atlanta’s planning director. Tim Keane grew up in Charlotte and went on to be planning director in Davidson, and Charleston. In this interview he offers his thoughts on Charlotte, Charleston and Atlanta.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Dec 07, 2016
    Charlotte for years has had a love-hate view of Atlanta, envying its vigor but not its sprawl and traffic congestion. Last year a Charlottean became Atlanta’s planning director. Tim Keane grew up in Charlotte and went on to be planning director in Davidson, and Charleston. In this interview he offers his thoughts on Charlotte, Charleston and Atlanta.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Dec 01, 2016
    Are Millennials really so different from other generations? When it comes to housing preferences and opinions, the answer seems to be: Yes. And no.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Dec 01, 2016
    Are Millennials really so different from other generations? When it comes to housing preferences and opinions, the answer seems to be: Yes. And no.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Nov 30, 2016
    Light rail to the UNC Charlotte campus will transform transportation options in the area, from parking to buses to an on-campus bike-share program that debuts next year. 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Nov 30, 2016
    Light rail to the UNC Charlotte campus will transform transportation options in the area, from parking to buses to an on-campus bike-share program that debuts next year. 
  • plancharlotte.org
    Nov 23, 2016
    How can Charlotte rework its zoning and development ordinances so they produce the kind of places that plans – and residents – say they prefer? Planners want to hear from you.