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‘Repackaged Urban Renewal’? Research examines Charlotte starter-home neighborhoods

Google Earth image shows Henderson Oaks Drive is next to a large industrial-use site. Two researchers conclude in a new article that many starter-home subdivisions in Charlotte, often built in industrial areas, saw neighborhood decline.

Uber and Lyft are clogging cities, hurting transit

A station along the Blue Line light rail in Charlotte. Photo: Charlotte Area Transit System Despite rosy predictions, it seems ride-hailing companies are displacing trips by transit, bike and on foot. Cities like Charlotte need to work actively to keep them from worsening congestion. Commentary.

As possessions expand, so do self-storage businesses

Self-storage facilities used to hide in the shadows, mostly low-slung, metal sheds spread out over a few acres of asphalt. But over the past decade, newer designs mean multistory buildings in visible places. Can these buildings fit into an urban context?

How do Millennials want Charlotte to grow? #ShapeCLT has a vision.

Blackboard totems with colored chalk have appeared around Charlotte to get people's ideas. From a plan for supporting live music to pushing to be “radically inclusive” and “urgently innovative,” a group of UNC Charlotte students are coming up with their own vision for Charlotte.

Hit ‘reset’ on UDO and find a vision, planning director says

The Savoy apartments under construction along Stonewall Street in uptown Charlotte, photographed in March. Photo: Nancy Pierce As community confusion over “UDO” and “Place Types” continues, Charlotte’s new planning director recommends changing course in order to develop a vision.

Four proposals emerge to rebuild Eastland Mall site

Eastland Mall skating rink in 2002. Photo: Nancy Pierce What’s next for the old Eastland Mall site? A Charlotte City Council committee heard four proposals from development groups. Here are the proposals.

What’s a UDO? A Place Type? Summit aims to improve public understanding

North Davidson Street in the NoDa neighborhood. Photo: John Chesser Saturday, interested members of the public can attend a free workshop to hear more about the initiative to improve and clarify the ordinances that govern development in Charlotte.

Visiting planning expert talks about the need for a city vision

A view of uptown Charlotte from the Elizabeth neighborhood. Photo: UNC Charlotte Urban Institute As Charlotte works to create a new, unified development code, a top national planner talks about how a city vision can lead to new ordinances.  

Get ready for change, experts say. But what kind?

Light rail tracks across the street from the UNC Charlotte Campus. Photo: UNC Charlotte Urban Institute It’s clear the Blue Line Extension will change University City. We asked 10 experts what they envision, and how to ensure that the changes are for the best. 

As growth booms, commission urges speedier UDO process

Construction along the Blue Line Extension, photo from 11th Street looking at uptown Charlotte skyline. Photo: Nancy Pierce With growth continuing apace, planning commissioners are urging a speedier process for retooling Charlotte’s new zoning ordinance.