Mecklenburg County

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

Can’t get a ticket to see Matthew Desmond? Watch a livestream

Christ Lutheran Church will offer a free livestream viewing of author Matthew Desmond’s lecture Sept. 27. Hundreds are on the wait list for the lecture; this offers the chance to see it as it happens.

9 ways (and more) Charlotte could be a better city

Group seated at parklet on North Tryon St. in 2014 What would famous urban observer Jane Jacobs advise Charlotte in 2017? In advance of our Sept. 28 showing of Citizen Jane: Battle For The City, we ask local planners and city thinkers.

UNCC researchers launch long-term study at Gaston preserve

Looking up a tall pine surrounded by bigleaf magnolias at Redlair. Photo: Nancy Pierce As the Charlotte region urbanizes, scientists from UNC Charlotte describe how they’ll use a Gaston County site as a long-term observatory to monitor natural systems.

On-campus bike share arrives at UNC Charlotte

A row of white bikes, waiting for riders. Photo: Mary Newsom Bike sharing has arrived at UNC Charlotte. The program launched with 100 bikes at 10 campus locations.

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.

Study prize-winning book, ‘Evicted,’ with your book club, or join one of ours

Author Matthew Desmond holds a camera in front of a house. Photo: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Many Charlotte-area book clubs have decided to study Evicted, before the Sept. 27 visit by Pulitzer-winning author Matthew Desmond. Learn how you can take part.

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.