Mecklenburg County

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

Driving alone? Way2Go CLT wants to change that

Bicycle parked in uptown Charlotte. Photo: Nancy Pierce A new initiative is using prizes as incentive to encourage people to reduce single-occupancy trips by car. The project runs March 1-Oct. 31.

Tell the city what you think about its new bike plan

Bicycles parked outside the Common Market in Plaza Midwood. Photo: Nancy Pierce The City of Charlotte wants public reaction to the draft of its updated bicycle plan. Here’s how you can add your voice.

With more deer but few predators, county turns to hunts

Deer leaps at edge of woods in north Mecklenburg. Photo: Nancy Pierce When a wildlife habitat lacks natural predators, some species become over-abundant. Deer herds are healthier, experts say, when controlled hunting is allowed. Part of the 2017 KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT project.

To you it’s a place to walk, but to wildlife it’s refuge

A boardwalk curves through wetlands at Four Mile Creek Greenway. Photo: Nancy Pierce Mecklenburg County’s greenways are more than places to jog, bicycle or escape the city’s hurly-burly. Surrounded by urbanization, they provide increasingly rare refuges for wildlife. Part of KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT. 

Your backyard can be habitat for wildlife

Flowers and a statue decorate Ernie McLaney's wildlife habitat garden How some local residents scrapped pesticides and herbicides and created a haven for native plants and animals – and even welcome insects. Part of KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT.

Bike-share and other changes arriving with light rail to UNCC

Blue Line light rail, extended to UNC Charlotte, will mean more options in an auto-centric part of the city. Photo: Charlotte Area Transit System Light rail to the UNC Charlotte campus will transform transportation options in the area, from parking to buses to an on-campus bike-share program that debuts next year. 

Planners want public opinions on city places, land use

Image from a city presentation details how zoning and development requirements can help make a place welcoming - or not. Image: City of Charlotte How can Charlotte rework its zoning and development ordinances so they produce the kind of places that plans – and residents – say they prefer? Planners want to hear from you.

How to safeguard Charlotte’s trees? Plan aims to support the canopy

Gingko trees in uptown Charlotte. Photo: Nancy Pierce Charlotte's tree canopy faces serious long-term threats. An urban forestry management plan in the works would encourage more public involvement and education.

An ’80s tale: How rural preservation didn’t happen

Pond in west Mecklenburg, owned by Sue Friday. Photo: Mary Newsom Decisions made decades ago ensured that almost all of Mecklenburg County would be open to development. 

How do you engage with community? Institute researches civic behavior

A 2007 protest against Duke Energy plans to build a coal-burning power plant. Photo: Nancy Pierce How do you influence the community around you? Do you vote, volunteer, go to meetings or march in protests? The institute is partnering with Google, Johnson C. Smith University and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to research how local residents engage with each other, including online.