Mecklenburg

Jun 07, 2018
When eviction lands in court, landlords usually have lawyers, and tenants rarely do. A local program to arm tenants with information aims to alter that imbalance.
May 23, 2018
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?
May 04, 2018
As community confusion over “UDO” and “Place Types” continues, Charlotte’s new planning director recommends changing course in order to develop a vision.
May 04, 2018
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.
Apr 06, 2018
Charlotte neighborhoods all have stories to tell, and a great way to hear them is to go on a City Walk. They’re free walking tours throughout May. Here’s how to register.
Apr 02, 2018
The landscape along Charlotte’s Lynx Blue Line light rail offers reminders of Charlotte’s once-agricultural past, its long and continuing industrial history, and its booming future. Come along on a photo journey.
Mar 28, 2018
Did residential construction in Mecklenburg County rise last year? Where do fewer students attend their assigned public school? That information and more can be at your fingertips.
Mar 20, 2018
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.
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?
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.
Feb 12, 2018
As local foods from local farms grow more popular, some in Mecklenburg explore whether to push for a voluntary agricultural district to help local farmers. Only 12 N.C. counties lack one.
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.
Nov 30, 2017
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.
Nov 08, 2017
Another neighborhood, this time in West End, will showcase its potential with a day of pop-up improvements.
Sep 08, 2017
What would famous urban observer Jane Jacobs advise Charlotte in 2017? We asked local planners and city thinkers.
Aug 09, 2017
As the Charlotte region urbanizes, scientists from UNC Charlotte describe how they’ll use a Gaston County site as a long-term observatory to monitor natural systems.
Aug 01, 2017
Bike sharing has arrived at UNC Charlotte. The program launched with 100 bikes at 10 campus locations.
Jul 18, 2017
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.
Jul 14, 2017
Many Charlotte-area book clubs have decided to study Evicted, before the Sept. 27 visit by Pulitzer-winning author Matthew Desmond. Learn how you can take part.
Jul 05, 2017
Better Block founder Jason Roberts wants neighborhood improvement from the bottom up. He’ll speak in Charlotte July 11.
Jun 07, 2017
This interactive map takes you on a virtual visit along the proposed Cross Charlotte Trail, with photos, updates on construction, little-known facts and information on plans for the future.
May 23, 2017
Come on a virtual walking tour of Charlotte, with this photo slideshow of May’s City Walks.
May 19, 2017
City Walks: Still more exploring scheduled in fast-growing South End neighborhood and an outdoor arts project in along the Stewart Creek Greenway.
May 17, 2017
A proposed new bicycle plan for Charlotte hits the mark in many ways. But without dedicated funding, will it be merely a feel-good exercise? Commentary. 
May 09, 2017
Charlotte joins cities around the world in adopting a Vision Zero goal that aims to cut traffic deaths and serious injuries. 
May 03, 2017
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. 
Apr 04, 2017
In 1988, the city built a coliseum off Tyvola Road. In 2007 the city demolished it, and new development has covered most of the site. But nature is reclaiming the one crumbling parking lot that remains ... 
Mar 29, 2017
At a public discussion April 4, hear how this champion for bicycling and pedestrians helped tame New York’s streets.
Mar 28, 2017
With surveys showing plenty of Charlotteans would bicycle more if they felt safer, city planners propose two better-protected bike routes through uptown. 
Mar 28, 2017
Three upcoming events will examine issues of housing affordability and neighborhood action in Charlotte.
Mar 13, 2017
When more people bicycle, we all win – even those who never ride. Diving into the results from a Charlotte bicycling survey offers clues to some existing inequities. Commentary.
Mar 06, 2017
A new initiative is using prizes as incentive to encourage people to reduce single-occupancy trips by car. The project runs March 1-Oct. 31.
Feb 23, 2017
Birds’ futures and fortunes are inextricably twined with those of humankind. As lands and buildings change with development across the Piedmont, bird species are profoundly affected. Part of KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT.
Feb 21, 2017
When a wildlife habitat lacks natural predators, some species become over-abundant. Deer herds are healthier, experts say, when controlled hunting is allowed. Part of the 2017 KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT project.
Feb 13, 2017
How some local residents scrapped pesticides and herbicides and created a haven for native plants and animals – and even welcome insects. Part of KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT.
Feb 09, 2017
Take a photo tour of this 92-year-old Charlotte factory with a compelling history that includes auto-making and Cold War missiles.
Nov 30, 2016
Light rail to the UNC Charlotte campus will transform transportation options in the area, from parking to buses to an on-campus bike-share program that debuts next year. 
Nov 15, 2016
Charlotte's tree canopy faces serious long-term threats. An urban forestry management plan in the works would encourage more public involvement and education.
Nov 04, 2016
Decisions made decades ago ensured that almost all of Mecklenburg County would be open to development. 
Oct 11, 2016
A years-long debate over where to locate the county’s still-unfunded southeast transit corridor – the Silver Line – may be ending this month. But one huge problem remains. 
Oct 07, 2016
The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and its PlanCharlotte.org web publication have been awarded a $15,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to continue their work as citywide organizers of a series of Charlotte neighborhood City Walks each May. The walks are inspired by the...
Sep 12, 2016
By 2040 Charlotte will grow by 400,000 people, city transportation planners project. How can Charlotte handle all the new daily trips? A 25-year plan would spend $5 billion.
Sep 09, 2016
An almost forgotten sapling bears unexpected fruit, opening a door into new explorations. A photo essay.
Sep 07, 2016
Transportation planning in the greater Charlotte region is split among five planning groups. Will a federal push to consolidate make a difference?
Aug 31, 2016
Concerned about Charlotte’s tree canopy? The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and the nonprofit TreesCharlotte are sponsoring an Urban Forestry Summit on Sept. 20. The event is free and open to the public. 
Jul 11, 2016
A recent report finds that in the Mecklenburg County metro area, a minimum-wage worker must work 92 hours a week to afford rent and utilities for a basic two-bedroom apartment.
Jun 29, 2016
Podcast and Q/A interview: Owen Furuseth, retired UNC Charlotte associate provost for Metropolitan Studies, researched open space preservation, neighborhoods and immigration. He talks with PlanCharlotte about his work.
May 31, 2016
A hidden inscription. A memorial to a heroic teacher. A mural depiction of well-loved burger cooks. Charlotte neighborhoods have plenty of stories to tell, and during a month of City Walks hundreds of participants heard some of them. A photo slideshow. 
Apr 20, 2016
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.
Apr 13, 2016
Charlotte's George E. Davis, a tireless advocate for education and one of the leading advocates for the building of Rosenwald schools, was a major reason that a number of these schools were built in North Carolina.