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  • Latta Arcade, in Charlotte during a busy night in the city. Photo: Nancy Pierce

    Charting Mecklenburg's path toward a livable future

    The 115 ideas for creating a more livable Mecklenburg range from protecting more historic buildings to better training the local workforce to rethinking local residents’ reliance on fescue lawns.
  • Metrolina Recycling Center processes about 60,000 tons of recyclables a year. Nancy Pierce photo

    November events highlight recycling, tree-plantings

    A Friday “sustainability fair” in uptown Charlotte will mark the city’s participation in America Recycles Day. And Saturday and Nov. 22 will be the annual Creek ReLeaf tree-planting events.
  • Bicycling's popularity is growing in Charlotte, as this scene at Plaza Midwood's Common Market attests. Photo: Nancy Pierce

    To create a bike culture, Charlotte needs ...

    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.
  • <b>Before</b>: A long, drab and gray wall greets pedestrians walking under Morehead Street near the Carson Street light rail station. Photo: Eric Zaverl

    Dreams for blank walls

    Urban designers Keihly Moore and Alex Borisenko are proposing a series of urban design retrofits, many of them nominated by readers. Here, reader Eric Zaverl suggests a mural for the Morehead Street underpass near the Carson Street light rail station in South End.  (Images: Completeblocks.com)
  • Mary Newsom to speak at TEDxCharlotte

    UNC Charlotte Urban Institute Associate Director Mary Newsom will speak Oct. 24 at TEDx Charlotte at the North Carolina Music Factory. Her presentation, Charlotte, City of Creeks: From Barriers to Bridges, will explore how Charlotte's network of creeks shaped the city's past and affects its future.
  • In 2012, a miniature park was created for an evening next to Food Truck Friday in South End. Photo: Keihly Moore

    Parklets-for-a-day to blossom in Tryon Street parking spots

    What would happen if Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte sprouted a series of small parklets? You can find out on Friday.
  • A 'parklet' on Camden Avenue could add seating for popular Price's Chicken Coop. Photo: Completeblocks.org

    A dining parklet for Price's patrons

    Urban designers Keihly Moore and Alex Borisenko are proposing a series of urban design retrofits, many of them nominated by readers. Here is a suggestion for Camden Avenue near popular lunch spot Price's Chicken Coop. (Images: Completeblocks.com)
  • Before: Just another parking space in front of Queen City Bicycles in South End on E. Park Ave. (Image: Completeblocks.com)

    Bike corral + parklet in South End

    Urban designers Keihly Moore and Alex Borisenko are proposing a series of urban design retrofits, many of them nominated by readers. Here is a suggestion for Park Avenue in South End. (Images: Completeblocks.com)
  • Neighbors from Coventry Woods in east Charlotte wore matching green T-shirts. Photo: Mary Newsom

    A day for neighborhoods to explore their future

    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)
  • From car pull-off to mini-park

    Urban designers Keihly Moore and Alex Borisenko are proposing a series of urban design retrofits, many of them nominated by readers. This North Tryon Street parklet is the latest idea.