Land development

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.

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.

Can Sun Belt sibling cities learn from each other?

Buffalo Bayou looking toward downtown Houston One Sun Belt city was built on a swamp, the other on rolling Piedmont farmland. But Houston not only has some surprising similarities to Charlotte, it may offer a glimpse of the Queen City's future.

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. 

Gen Y, Gen X, Boomers: What they want in a neighborhood

Millennials in the Charlotte region were more likely than other age groups to consider themselves "city people." Photo: Nancy Pierce Are Millennials really so different from other generations? When it comes to housing preferences and opinions, the answer seems to be: Yes. And no.

Booming York County growth provokes zoning, impact fee debates

New construction near Lake Wylie. Photo: Mae Israel The pace of growth in northern York County concerns residents, who worry officials aren’t paying enough attention to the environment or moving quickly enough to deal with problems.

Fighting over growth on Charlotte’s southern border

Property for sale in Indian Land, Lancaster County, S.C. Photo: Mae Israel In the booming South Carolina communities nudging the southern edges of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County a civil war of sorts is erupting over how to manage growth.

Cohousing: Square peg development in a round-hole world

Aracadia, a cohousing development in Carrboro, N.C. Photo: Robert Boyer The concept dates to the early days in America: Shared common spaces along with smaller, private family dwellings. Today, cohousing neighborhoods don’t fit easily into typical development regulations. The second podcast in our Talk of the Towns series features Robert Boyer, a UNC Charlotte assistant professor who studies cohousing.

Historic West End: What’s next for area near JCSU?

Johnson C. Smith University gates overlook Five Points intersection. Google Street View Develop a historical asset map. Improve physical connections to public spaces and neighborhoods. Assess businesses’ needs. Explore whether to list the neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places. Those ideas and more make up the 2016 Tactical Plan for the Historic West End Initiative.

Experts: SouthPark needs vision, stronger design and champions

Symphony Park at SouthPark. July 3, 2011. Photo: Nancy Pierce Most of the ideas about SouthPark from a group of out-of-town development experts were what you’d hope to hear: create connections, try public-private partnerships, build a better public realm. But a few comments might raise questions or even baffle some Charlotteans. Commentary.