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.
With more people cycling in Charlotte, a movement is emerging to make the Queen City into a more bicycle-friendly city. A couple of community conversations, to encourage wider discussion about cycling, are planned in the next few months.
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)
PlanCharlotte kicks off an occasional series of conversations with planners around the metro region. The first visit is with Keith Wolf of Albemarle, a town dealing with slow population growth. (Photo: Chuck McShane)
The Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia area ranks 10th most dangerous metro for pedestrians, according to a study, Dangerous by Design, released this week by the National Complete Streets Coalition and Smart Growth America. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
Instead of waiting for paved greenways, Mecklenburg County is building some natural-surface "dirtways." The first, in the Steele Creek area, opened last month and cost about $5,000. (Photo: Steele Creek Residents Association)
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)
The question is widely debated among experts and in the press. Do surveys showing more preference for walkable, in-town neighborhoods measure a fleeting fad, or portend the end of suburbia? A UNC Charlotte geographer looks deeper. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
A new study of access to jobs via automobile, across the United States, ranks the Charlotte metro area near the bottom. Unlike simple congestion studies, this one looks at land use as well as the transportation system.
The College Downs parking problem is likely a preview of issues to come, as the whole city grows denser. As multiple interests compete to use limited public space – and streets are public spaces – the question of who can and can’t use that public space is sure to arise again. Who gets to decide: homeowners or those – including renters – who need the streets for parking?
There are many reasons public transit, such as a light rail system, is beneficial, even for those who don’t use it. Yet for commuters, Congress has cut a tax benefit for those using public transit to almost half that for those commuting by car.
A clear majority of Mecklenburg County residents say they back increased local government spending to expand public transportation options, including buses, trains and light rail, according to a new survey from the National Resources Defense Council. The survey also found the American public is dissatisfied with transportation options where they live.