Mecklenburg County

Below are articles about Mecklenburg County or about the whole metropolitan region.

Storm clouds over Charlotte? A new Richard Florida page-turner

Man pulling shopping cart piled high with possessions Today’s urban crisis, writes Richard Florida, is as bad as the era of white-flight suburbanization and central city decay of the ’50s and ’60s. Book review.

To build a better city, start with building a better block

Group in front of Better Block project in Middlebury Better Block founder Jason Roberts wants neighborhood improvement from the bottom up. He’ll speak in Charlotte July 11.

Explore South End, see art along a greenway

A crowd views the historic Highland Mill in the NoDa neighborhood. Photo: Mary Newsom City Walks: Still more exploring scheduled in fast-growing South End neighborhood and an outdoor arts project in along the Stewart Creek Greenway.

Is Charlotte’s bike plan update good enough?

Bikes parked in front of the Common Market in the Plaza Central neighborhood. Photo: Nancy Pierce 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. 

Charlotte’s new Vision Zero goal: lower traffic deaths

Traffic on I-77 near uptown Charlotte. Photo: Nancy Pierce Charlotte joins cities around the world in adopting a Vision Zero goal that aims to cut traffic deaths and serious injuries. 

His plan: Help Charlotte manage its growth

Ed McKinney and a map As Charlotte booms, how is the city’s planning department working to change city ordinances to bring them into the 21st century? An interview with interim Planning Director Ed McKinney. 

Hear how one city tamed its mean streets

Janette Sadik-Khan sits in Times Square. At a public discussion April 4, hear how this champion for bicycling and pedestrians helped tame New York’s streets.

Safer bicycling? City proposes two protected lanes through uptown Charlotte

Bike share rack buffers bike lane, right, from traffic lane, left, in Manhattan. Photo: Martin Zimmerman With surveys showing plenty of Charlotteans would bicycle more if they felt safer, city planners propose two better-protected bike routes through uptown. 

3 ways to learn about affordable housing solutions

A bungalow for sale in 2012 in the Villa Heights neighborhood. Photo: Nancy Pierce Three upcoming events will examine issues of housing affordability and neighborhood action in Charlotte.

Survey offers guidance for biking equity in Charlotte

Bike rider amid the trees at Toby Creek Greenway through the UNC Charlotte campus. Photo: Nancy Pierce 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.