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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.

Time for a new vision for Charlotte?

Slide of neighborhood with trees from Ed McKinney presentation to Planning Commission As Charlotte explores how to reorganize and update its development ordinances into one Unified Development Ordinance, the question arises whether the city also needs a new comprehensive plan.

Your chance to envision making a better place

A workshop Dec. 5 will ask Charlotteans to envision what they want their community to look like.

What makes a good city? You need the right codes

Image from draft South End Vision Plan showing a vision for South Boulevard at Rensselaer Avenue How can we stop design and planning mistakes from damaging our city? Part 2 in a series of illustrated essays on urban design. Commentary from David Walters.

Five Points, like Belmont, to get taste of tactical urbanism

A group of people sits at pop-up furniture at the September Better Block event in Belmont. Photo: Lela Ijames Another neighborhood, this time in West End, will showcase its potential with a day of pop-up improvements.

An almost car-free suburb, where kids roam free

Street view of colorful commercial area in Vauban, a neighborhood of Freiburg, Germany. Photo: Martin Zimmerman Can a suburban area be truly green? One city in Germany offers lessons in building a family-friendly environment with a small carbon footprint. Commentary.

What makes a good city? Urban design, explained

Sidewalk cafes with lights and trees in Denver's Restaurant Row. How can we distinguish between good development proposals and the not-so-good? First in a series of illustrated essays explaining urban design principles.

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? We asked local planners and city thinkers.

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.