Neighborhood

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...
Nov 08, 2017
Another neighborhood, this time in West End, will showcase its potential with a day of pop-up improvements.
Jul 05, 2017
Better Block founder Jason Roberts wants neighborhood improvement from the bottom up. He’ll speak in Charlotte July 11.
May 31, 2016
A hidden inscription. A memorial to a heroic teacher. A mural depiction of well-loved burger cooks. Charlotte neighborhoods have plenty of stories to tell, and during a month of City Walks hundreds of participants heard some of them. A photo slideshow. 
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.
Jun 09, 2015
Is NoDa still Charlotte's main arts district, or has South End overtaken it? UNC Charlotte graduate student Morgan Hamer decided to study the city’s arts clusters. What she found has important implications for the future of Charlotte’s arts neighborhoods. A Q/A interview.
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 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.
Mar 06, 2015
PlanCharlotte.org, an online publication of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, sponsored free neighborhood workshops March 3, and March 7, to offer residents ways they could learn more about their neighborhoods. The workshops were intended, in part, to encourage residents to organize Jane's Walks through their neighborhoods the first weekend in May.
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.
Jul 23, 2014
If Charlotte is a city of neighborhoods, what happens when almost 20 of those neighborhoods spend a half-day at a retreat to encourage goal-setting? (Photo: Mary Newsom)
Jul 08, 2014
After the approval of a controversial rezoning this spring in the Cherry neighborhood, one of the city's oldest historically black areas, Charlotte officials are studying how to keep gentrification from forcing out long-time residents in older neighborhoods. (Photo: Mary Newsom)
Jun 27, 2014
The city faces important decisions about its Eastland Mall property, and the future of east Charlotte. But the city's vision could be undermined by an upcoming rezoning. Commentary. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
Jun 19, 2014
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) 
Jun 06, 2014
Have recent construction projects in Dilworth violated the historic district guidelines? Some neighbors say yes, and the city's historic district administrator agrees. (Photo: Chuck McShane)
Jun 04, 2014
Wilmore resident Kris Steele knew his neighborhood was a food desert, an area with little access to fresh food. Now he's won a $2,500 Keep Charlotte Beautiful grant to create and "edible walkway," where residents can pick fruit while they stroll. (Photo: John Chesser)
May 28, 2014
On Charlotte's least pedestrian- and bike-friendly type of street - a parkway - a new asphalt trail is open, connecting UNC Charlotte to apartments along University City Boulevard. It's part of the city's ongoing bike-ped enhancements. (Photo: Chuck McShane)
May 16, 2014
Transit advocate Benjamin Ross wondered why so many suburbanites fight development. After researching the founding values of U.S. suburbia he concludes it's based on status-seeking. He'll speak this evening at UNC Charlotte.
May 07, 2014
The whole point of the Jane's Walks - which honor legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs - is to discover things in your own city that you might not have known. And I did. Includes photo slideshow. (Photo: Mary Newsom)
Apr 30, 2014
One year after a nonprofit group took over a neglected corner of Garinger High's back lot, the grand opening of the Friendship Gardens Urban Farm welcomed the neighborhood, the school and local food enthusiasts to a celebration. (Photo: Marla J. Ehlers)
Apr 23, 2014
If you're in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood on Tuesday nights, you'll likely see a bevy of bicyclists. The Plaza Midwood Tuesday Night Rides are growing in popularity, due in part to biker Pamela Murray's push to encourage more Charlotteans to start pedaling. (Photo courtesy Pamela Murray)
Apr 09, 2014
From Hyde Park to Sheffield Park to Madison Park, Charlotte neighborhoods are filled with people who love where they live. The Jane's Walk festival May 2-4 offers a way to show the world what's great about where you live. (Photo: Mary Newsom)
Mar 25, 2014
For the past two years, PlanCharlotte.org has sponsored neighborhood walks encouraging folks to get to know their places better, in honor of urban activist Jane Jacobs. This year we're expanding into a festival of six Jane’s Walks May 2-4, in partnership with Janeswalk.org and with funding from the Knight Foundation. (Photo: Mary Newsom)
Feb 24, 2014
We know North Carolina is filled with great places. Here's your chance to suggest places that deserve public recognition and celebration. The N.C. Chapter of the American Planning Association wants nominations from the public for Great Main Street and Great Public Place. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
Feb 12, 2014
The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan applied research institute offering consulting services and public outreach for more than 40 years. We provide research and information to help the public understand the Charlotte region. Through our websites we offer articles and data on a range of issues that could be useful to neighborhood groups. (Image: Dylan McKnight) 
Feb 05, 2014
In 2006, solar farms in North Carolina were few and far between. Last year, the state added more solar power capacity, about 400 megawatts, than any state except California. But now solar developers are facing something other fast-growing businesses have: Some pushback from neighbors who worry about their property values. (Photo: U.S. Department of Energy)
Jan 22, 2014
The City of Charlotte and other local organizations are offering neighborhoods two opportunities in coming months: One will teach ways to boost traditional neighborhood newsletters using digital tools such as Twitter, texting and other online products. The other will help neighborhoods plant trees.
Jan 15, 2014
Just northeast of uptown Charlotte, in a previously abandoned and cluttered warehouse, is Lila's Garden. It's more than a for-profit hydroponic garden. The owners hope it could be a key to revitalizing a struggling neighborhood. (Photo: Selena Skorman)
Jan 08, 2014
An expert in neighborhood walkability will speak Thursday (Jan. 9) at the UNC Charlotte uptown campus. The 5:30 p.m. event will feature author Julie Campoli ("Made for Walking: Neighborhood Density and Urban Form") and a new group focused on transportation choices. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
Nov 15, 2013
Want to guess the large U.S. city rated worst for walkability by Walk Score, the national rating system? That would be the Queen City. That Charlotte needs work to become more walkable is not news to the city's transportation officials. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)  
Oct 30, 2013
A U.S. Postal Service change requiring the use of centralized box units in new neighborhoods is causing problems in some developments being forced to switch in mid-construction. (Photo: USPS)
Oct 16, 2013
After nearly three decades of hoping for a new park, the Reid Park neighborhood in west Charlotte may be on its way to getting one designed, not by the county, but a student. (Image: Dylan McKnight)
Oct 08, 2013
An artists’ colony in downtown Gastonia? That may sound far-fetched to those who remember Gastonia's textile mill past. But the Community Foundation of Gaston County is working with the nonprofit Artspace to build a project in Gastonia by 2016. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
Oct 02, 2013
A UNC Charlotte graduate student working with the Charlotte Action Research Project in some of the city's most disadvantaged neighborhoods noticed that few of the areas he was working in had won Neighborhood Matching Grants from the city. He decided to look into it. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
Sep 04, 2013
With help from a federal grant, the City of Charlotte will for the first time in 30 years survey its historic buildings and neighborhoods to identify potential historic districts and landmarks. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
Sep 03, 2013
Does your neighborhood need help creating a website, using social media such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, learning how to send text message alerts or any other digital communications? (Photo: iStock)
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)
Jul 18, 2013
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)
Jun 11, 2013
Density is important in making neighborhoods walkable, but other things are, too, says author Julie Campoli. Her new book helps readers recognize them. (Photo: Used with permission, Julie Campoli © 2012)
May 15, 2013
How can cities and towns grow in ways that meet market demand, are fiscally sound, and improve their quality of life? A lecture, reported on Twitter. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)  
May 08, 2013
How can Charlotte boost its neighborhoods? What national trends are changing city development? How do different development patterns affect the need for city spending? Those topics will be part of a public lecture sponsored by PlanCharlotte.org, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at UNC Charlotte’s center city campus. (Photo: Ayrsley development in southwest Charlotte, Bing maps)
May 06, 2013
From Philadelphia to San Francisco, from Hinesburg, Vt., to Morrilton, Ark., on Saturday people around the country gathered to explore their cities, in honor of the late urban activist Jane Jacobs. PlanCharlotte.org sponsored two Jane Jacobs Walks. (Photo: Mary Newsom)
Mar 20, 2013
A bill before the N.C. General Assembly would restrict cities' and towns' power to put design standards into zoning ordinances applying to residential development. We invited writers from opposite sides of the debate to offer their views.
Mar 19, 2013
In conjunction with the photographic exhibit, Favelas: Architecture of Survival, the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture will hold a reception Friday, 6-8 p.m., at the Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City.
Mar 19, 2013
Ben Hitchings: Design standards protect existing neighborhoods, property values and resale potential. Homeowners should be seriously concerned about legislative efforts to remove such protections.
Mar 18, 2013
Joe Padilla: The debate over “Zoning/Design & Aesthetic Controls,” (House Bill 150) concerns two basic issues: first, how much government control we want over our power of consumer choice, and second, whether we want N.C. government to function as its founders intended.
Mar 07, 2013
Concord's Union Street, downtown Belmont and Charlotte's First Ward and Plaza Midwood neighborhoods have all been nominated for "People's Choice" awards in this year's "Great Places in North Carolina" contest. North Carolinians can vote until March 15. (Graphic: APA-NC)
Feb 27, 2013
In at least a half-dozen older Charlotte neighborhoods many white, middle-income families avoided sending their children to neighborhood schools with a majority of low-income, minority students.  Some parents are now taking a closer look at those nearby schools. (Photo: Keihly Moore)
Feb 18, 2013
The new Quality of Life Dashboard is designed to assess the health of neighborhoods in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Users of previous reports were familiar with the old neighborhood names, so we created some tools to help you find your neighborhood in the new system.
Feb 07, 2013
Since Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx gave his State of the City speech Monday, most publicity has focused on his remarks about the proposed streetcar and about a proposal in the legislature to remove Charlotte/Douglas International Airport from city control. Those are important issues. But another one may well trump those, and it’s not getting much publicity:The way Charlotte used to grow is over.