Charlotte

Apr 06, 2018
[highlight]SEE THE LIST OF 2018 CITY WALKS [/highlight] Charlotte neighborhoods have stories to tell – stories many residents have never heard. Explore some of the city’s neighborhoods and hear those stories during a month of City Walks in May. Meander through McCrorey Heights and the...
Jan 11, 2018
This is an exercise in imagination. Imagine that the large rail yard along North Tryon Street magically went away. What should go on that land? That’s the challenge a UNC Charlotte urban design professor gave to her class.
Dec 07, 2017
With growth continuing apace, planning commissioners are urging a speedier process for retooling Charlotte’s new zoning ordinance.
Dec 06, 2017
As Charlotte explores how to reorganize and update its development ordinances into one Unified Development Ordinance, the question arises whether the city also needs a new comprehensive plan.
Nov 30, 2017
A workshop Dec. 5 will ask Charlotteans to envision what they want their community to look like.
Nov 08, 2017
Another neighborhood, this time in West End, will showcase its potential with a day of pop-up improvements.
Sep 08, 2017
What would famous urban observer Jane Jacobs advise Charlotte in 2017? We asked local planners and city thinkers.
Aug 01, 2017
Bike sharing has arrived at UNC Charlotte. The program launched with 100 bikes at 10 campus locations.
May 23, 2017
Come on a virtual walking tour of Charlotte, with this photo slideshow of May’s City Walks.
May 17, 2017
A proposed new bicycle plan for Charlotte hits the mark in many ways. But without dedicated funding, will it be merely a feel-good exercise? Commentary. 
May 09, 2017
Charlotte joins cities around the world in adopting a Vision Zero goal that aims to cut traffic deaths and serious injuries. 
Mar 29, 2017
At a public discussion April 4, hear how this champion for bicycling and pedestrians helped tame New York’s streets.
Mar 13, 2017
When more people bicycle, we all win – even those who never ride. Diving into the results from a Charlotte bicycling survey offers clues to some existing inequities. Commentary.
Feb 22, 2017
The City of Charlotte wants public reaction to the draft of its updated bicycle plan. Here’s how you can add your voice.
Feb 09, 2017
Take a photo tour of this 92-year-old Charlotte factory with a compelling history that includes auto-making and Cold War missiles.
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. 
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.
Nov 15, 2016
Charlotte's tree canopy faces serious long-term threats. An urban forestry management plan in the works would encourage more public involvement and education.
Oct 11, 2016
A years-long debate over where to locate the county’s still-unfunded southeast transit corridor – the Silver Line – may be ending this month. But one huge problem remains. 
Oct 07, 2016
The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and its PlanCharlotte.org web publication have been awarded a $15,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to continue their work as citywide organizers of a series of Charlotte neighborhood City Walks each May. The walks are inspired by the...
Sep 09, 2016
An almost forgotten sapling bears unexpected fruit, opening a door into new explorations. A photo essay.
Aug 31, 2016
Concerned about Charlotte’s tree canopy? The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and the nonprofit TreesCharlotte are sponsoring an Urban Forestry Summit on Sept. 20. The event is free and open to the public. 
Jun 20, 2016
Beset by funding gaps, a recession and other delays, the second phase of the Toby Creek Greenway near UNC Charlotte is finally underway 18 years after the first plans were drawn.  
Apr 05, 2016
You probably know places you like. And you probably don't know whether they're MUDD-O, R-22MF or UR-2(CD). A new approach to zoning lets us envision places we like and then come up with ordinances that allow us to build them—without the arcane letters we’re used to. Commentary.
Apr 01, 2016
Bus 1074, one of GM's “New Look” buses that debuted in Charlotte in 1972, has found new life, thanks to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission.
Mar 24, 2016
Most of the ideas about SouthPark from a group of out-of-town development experts were what you’d hope to hear: create connections, try public-private partnerships, build a better public realm. But a few comments might raise questions or even baffle some Charlotteans. Commentary.
Mar 08, 2016
Meet your neighbors, learn your city and hear stories of Charlotte neighborhoods. City Walks’ final weekend offers a Retro Uptown walk and a Rail Trail Slow Ride.
Mar 03, 2016
Two new, high-visibility bicycling campaigns rolled out this week, each an attempt to get more Charlotteans riding—and with more support from the city. The most obvious will be an Open Streets event this spring. 
Jan 20, 2016
Could Charlotte’s SouthPark mall area grow into a place of city-style rather than suburban-style neighborhoods? UNC Charlotte graduate students envision a different look for the area.
Dec 08, 2015
You can add the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission to the local voices expressing concern about development moving rapidly as the city’s process to rewrite its aging zoning code moves far slower.
Dec 02, 2015
It’s been six weeks since “complete streets” advocate Gil Penalosa arrived in Charlotte for a visit and multiple presentations. And I got a sense that an important corner had been turned for this city built primarily for cars. Commentary
Nov 30, 2015
In what local preservationists call a major victory, a century-old depot—the deteriorating relic of a lost era of Charlotte-Gastonia passenger rail—will be moved a short distance and repaired.
Nov 16, 2015
“You're an architect! Can you tell me why all these new buildings are so ugly?” If I earned $100 each time I’ve answered that question in the last few months, I could treat my wife to a vacation in Tuscany. Commentary.
Nov 12, 2015
Can Charlotte do a better job of making its humble bus stops a bit less humble? A Charlotte city official is posing that question, and working to bring some comfortable swings to bus stops on Central Avenue.
Nov 04, 2015
To be truly walkable, a neighborhood needs not just sidewalks but places for people to walk to, such as stores, restaurants, parks and libraries. An event this weekend aims to show residents of six neighborhoods that many destinations in the Plaza Midwood business district are within a short walk.
Oct 07, 2015
A torrent of development in some older Charlotte neighborhoods is wiping out more and more of the small, older buildings. This creates a significant, if little-recognized, problem for an entrepreneurial economy. Why is this happening, and what can be done? Commentary
Sep 29, 2015
Like many cities, Charlotte has a goal of encouraging mixed-use development, after decades of conventional zoning practices that separate uses. PlanCharlotte took a look at zoning throughout the city to see how single-use zoning compares with mixed-use zoning.
Sep 11, 2015
Charlotte’s apartment boom plus development in popular areas like Plaza Midwood and NoDa are generating questions by residents about why new development looks the way it does and whether it could be better. Yes, it could be better, but that requires a different kind of zoning ordinance. Commentary
Aug 26, 2015
When SouthPark mall was built decades ago, it was a suburban shopping mall at the edge of the city. Today it's a booming area with new, mixed-use projects. So why doesn't it feel more like an urban place? Six tips for how to transform SouthPark. Commentary.
Aug 10, 2015
Can’t wait for the Blue Line Extension? Watch it grow, in this photo slideshow of construction along the 9.3-mile, $1.16 billion light rail project that will link UNC Charlotte to uptown Charlotte, South End and all the way to I-485.
Jul 28, 2015
Since I celebrated the launch of Charlotte’s streetcar I’ve cringed as the news media got it wrong and people made fun of it. If more people understood its value to neglected areas and to the whole city’s future, more people would support it. Commentary.
Jun 18, 2015
A 21st-century writer is walking the route explorer John Lawson took in 1700-01 through the Carolinas, including now-much-altered Charlotte. 
May 06, 2015
No single factor can define a “healthy community.” The newly updated Charlotte-Mecklenburg Quality of Life Explorer lets viewers assess a wide variety of community issues and indicators.
Apr 28, 2015
Compare the Charlotte skyline of 1975 with today’s, and the city is almost unrecognizable. In creating this newer city, we have destroyed much of the old. What are uptown's oldest surviving buildings?
Apr 08, 2015
You're invited to a citywide celebration of neighborhoods, called Jane's Walks, May 1-3. Join in one of this year's walks and bike rides, or organize one in your own neighborhood.
Feb 23, 2015
I’ve long had a question about the nature of uptown Charlotte. Why do Charlotte's uptown blocks look more like "diamonds” than “squares"?
Feb 17, 2015
At free, public workshops March 3 and March 7, experts will show residents how to become savvy neighborhood sleuths and discover more about the places where they live.
Dec 10, 2014
The first major survey of Charlotte historic resources in 30 years says demolition and development have shrunk historic sections of three local historic districts. It also recommends possibly adding more historic districts, especially in northwest Charlotte.
Dec 05, 2014
Charlotte's creeks and streams will get more attention next year, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support programs related to the KEEPING WATCH on WATER: City of Creeks project.
Nov 13, 2014
Charlotte's bicycling community has seen indications of an evolving bicycle culture and strong public support. It is time for the city to collect the data needed to understand and build on these trends. (Commentary)