Fact: A workmanlike sidewalk runs beside South End’s light rail tracks. Fact: South End today has no park. Add those facts. Thus was born the idea for a 3.3-mile Rail Trail featuring a series of attractive nodes along today’s Lynx rail tracks. Take a look at images showing its potential. (Rendering courtesy of Charlotte Center City Partners)
The idea to put a roof on Interstate 277 tends to be what grabs people’s attention, but that project is – if not back-burnered – far down on the Charlotte City Council’s to-do list. Instead, the city’s transportation planners will recommend reconfiguring three of the uptown freeway’s interchanges.
This article supports plans to build a new ballpark for the Charlotte Knights uptown. Read architect Murray Whisnant's article opposing the idea here.
A new Charlotte Knights stadium uptown will be a catalyst for urban development, add to the character of the cityscape and let families and...
Missing from recent discussion about granting more public money for a privately developed baseball park in Third Ward is any talk about the potential advantages of using the land for public purposes year-round. Architect Murray Whisnant would save the Virginia Paper Co. building and build an Energy Park.
What does uptown Charlotte need more: a baseball stadium or a large public park dedicated to showcase energy technology and local food? As the Charlotte City Council prepares to vote on using $7.25 million in city money to help the Charlotte Knights build a ballpark, Charlotte architects Murray Whisnant and Marley Carroll take opposing positions.
If you travel Charlotte’s Interstate 277 uptown freeway loop, you know the blood-curdling experience of merging across multiple lanes within a few hundred yards. And immediately having to merge again and, sometimes, yet again. But those hair-raising lanes, weird on- and off-ramps, and the vast spaghetti-bowl junction at U.S. 74 may be changing in coming years.
It took years, multiple political strategies, a bond vote, patience, weathering a brutal and ongoing economic downturn, more patience, and – finally – a multimedia event under a tent on a hot asphalt parking lot. But last Friday, ground was broken for a new uptown park.
Just for fun, before watching Monday night’s Charlotte City Council hearing on the newest plan for downtown Charlotte, I hauled out my yellowing copy of the 1966 Odell Plan. (See original drawings from the plan here.)
It’s both fun and humbling to see how stunningly wrong that plan...