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Dec 08, 2015
The street beside uptown's new First Ward Park has plenty of parking but no bike lanes. What does that signal about the city's commitment to improved bicycling infrastructure? Commentary.
Nov 04, 2015
A proposal working its way through the city zoning process could create something new for Charlotte: a special kind of zoning designed specifically for one neighborhood, in this instance a part of South End that's touting its gold-mining history.
Jul 13, 2015
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.
May 13, 2015
Mecklenburg’s 3,000 miles of creeks run through every part of the county, including uptown Charlotte. But many of uptown’s small creeks are hidden from view. An 1877 map offers clues to finding where those creeks once ran.
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?
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"?
Jul 28, 2014
How did Copenhagen become an international model of urbanism? Four leaders from Charlotte and Mecklenburg County government, philanthropy and real estate will find out in August on a six-day study trip. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Heb)
Jul 30, 2013
Development patterns along Charlotte's Blue Line show a mixed bag of more low-density neighborhoods than planners recommend. That means the corridor is brimming with opportunity to develop more intensely, and in a way that puts walkable, diverse urban neighborhoods near transit. (Photo: Melissa Currie)
May 13, 2013
Will a new name, a new tie-in to the county’s overall transit plan, and a new funding scheme using no property tax money mean a new outcome for a proposed streetcar expansion project? (Photo: CATS)
Mar 01, 2013
UNC Charlotte Parking and Transportation Services representatives have been investigating the possibility of bringing a bike-share program to the 26,000-student campus northeast of uptown Charlotte.
Feb 18, 2013
Brightwalk is unique among Charlotte’s new developments, and not just for its size and location –1,000 homes on 98 acres 2 miles from uptown. What also sets Brightwalk apart is that it will make environmental art a central part of the neighborhood. (Don’t know what environmental art is? We have an article and photos that explain it.)
Nov 06, 2012
PARIS – I saw the future in Paris. It looks a lot like uptown Charlotte circa 1989, but with flashier architecture. In the French capital earlier this year, I visited La Défense, the huge development that half a century ago was envisioned as the future of Paris, a district of towering offices and wide plazas. Today it’s an office park whose huge cube monument doesn’t make up for its being dead at night.
Oct 31, 2012
The big picture may have gotten buried Tuesday as Charlotte City Council members chewed on, and chewed and chewed on, different alternative revenue strategies that might enable the city to build the second leg of its proposed streetcar.
Aug 29, 2012
After he and his family have bought property in uptown Charlotte for two decades and made plans for its future, developer Daniel Levine has partnered with Charlotte and Mecklenburg County to build a public park and two parking decks in First Ward. He talks with PlanCharlotte about why he hasn't, until now, moved forward with development.
Aug 21, 2012
People in the Charlotte region take pride in how green the area is. Yet we're losing trees and their helpful pollution-fighting effects. New research shows that shrubs, ivy and other plants can reduce street-level concentrations of key air pollutants. So why not turn our blank walls green?
Jul 12, 2012
By officially launching a bike-sharing system Thursday, Charlotte pedaled to the forefront of a phenomenon rapidly taking root in cities around the world. Charlotte’s program – 20 stations in and around uptown and 200 bikes – will be the first in North Carolina and the second – and largest – in the Carolinas.  
Jul 11, 2012
Envision Charlotte is adding a water measurement and efficiency program in uptown Charlotte to the energy program it already has in place. The project will use sophisticated technology to monitor and record water usage in most of the large office buildings in the city’s core.
Jun 27, 2012
How did this happen? How did a Charlotte City Council – with all 11 members willing to vote for a small property tax hike to pay for an ambitious, five-year plan of neighborhood improvements – wind up killing that five-year plan?
Jun 22, 2012
Charlotte is joining the growing ranks of cities seeking to make streets safer by turning some bicycle lanes green. City officials hope adding green markings to existing bike lanes at certain heavily traveled intersections will more clearly, visibly and safely separate bicycles from other vehicles.
Jun 07, 2012
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...
Jun 05, 2012
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.
Jun 05, 2012
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.  
May 30, 2012
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.
May 25, 2012
As a Third Ward resident, urban design student and enthusiastic cyclist, I frequent the streets of uptown. Most of my trips are not by car, which means I travel at a slower pace and can absorb my surroundings. I recently started to pay closer attention to the walls and how they contribute, or not, to a positive city experience. This is an investigation into capturing opportunities. Send us your ideas, as well.
Apr 13, 2012
Organizers this weekend will publicly launch the Charlotte Urban Farm Project, planting crops Saturday on a vacant uptown plot. It’s part of a larger venture that organizers hope will cultivate a greater sense of community as it brings together refugees and others to grow fresh, local food at sites throughout the city.
Mar 19, 2012
If all goes as hoped, paying users could access 200 high-tech bikes at 20 stations in and around uptown Charlotte by this summer.
Mar 14, 2012
The City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood and Business Services is replacing its annual Neighborhood Symposium with its first Charlotte Community Summit, a collection of community engagement events scheduled for this fall. The summit hopes to bring a new community-specific approach to the...
Sep 08, 2011
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.