Mary Newsom

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
Director of Urban Policy Initiatives

Biography

Mary is a lifelong newspaper journalist who spent several decades at The Charlotte Observer as an editorial board member and columnist, concentrating on Charlotte regional urban and suburban growth, planning, urban design, transportation and land preservation. She left the Observer and joined the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute in June 2011, where she works on strategic community and university partnerships and oversees the institute’s online publications. She had a year-long Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University 2007-08, and in 2005-06 was a Knight Fellow in Community Building at the University of Miami.

Education

A.B. Journalism UNC Chapel Hill

Expertise

Urban and suburban issues, Charlotte region and North Carolina politics and government, writing, editing and journalism.

Articles

  • ui.uncc.edu
    Mar 19, 2018
    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.  
  • plancharlotte.org
    Mar 15, 2018
    The arrival of light rail may well be the most transformational event in the history of both UNC Charlotte and the University City district. Is the city prepared for all the growth predicted?
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Mar 15, 2018
    The arrival of light rail may well be the most transformational event in the history of both UNC Charlotte and the University City district. Is the city prepared for all the growth predicted?
  • plancharlotte.org
    Feb 13, 2018
    Would Mecklenburg County’s farmers markets have more impact if they worked together? Would that give more people access to local foods? Would it help farmers? A Charlotte study looks for answers.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Feb 13, 2018
    Would Mecklenburg County’s farmers markets have more impact if they worked together? Would that give more people access to local foods? Would it help farmers? A Charlotte study looks for answers.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Jan 11, 2018
    This is an exercise in imagination. Imagine that the large rail yard along North Tryon Street magically went away. What should go on that land? That’s the challenge a UNC Charlotte urban design professor gave to her class.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jan 11, 2018
    This is an exercise in imagination. Imagine that the large rail yard along North Tryon Street magically went away. What should go on that land? That’s the challenge a UNC Charlotte urban design professor gave to her class.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Sep 28, 2017
    Each year thousands of people in Charlotte lose their homes to eviction. It’s not just a symptom of larger issues – high child care and transportation costs, rising rents and low wages – but can start a cascade of financial woes.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 28, 2017
    Each year thousands of people in Charlotte lose their homes to eviction. It’s not just a symptom of larger issues – high child care and transportation costs, rising rents and low wages – but can start a cascade of financial woes.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Sep 08, 2017
    What would famous urban observer Jane Jacobs advise Charlotte in 2017? We asked local planners and city thinkers.