Mecklenburg

Dec 05, 2014
We know Charlotte is growing, but where do all these new residents come from? Interactive maps and charts let you explore the answer.  
Nov 18, 2014
The 115 ideas for creating a more livable Mecklenburg range from protecting more historic buildings to better training the local workforce to rethinking local residents’ reliance on fescue lawns.
Nov 13, 2014
Charlotte's bicycling community has seen indications of an evolving bicycle culture and strong public support. It is time for the city to collect the data needed to understand and build on these trends. (Commentary)
Nov 12, 2014
Charlotte’s transportation department is launching – again – an initiative to highlight pedestrian needs and improve policies. In the past year the city landed on some not-so-flattering lists ranking walkability.
Nov 11, 2014
A Friday “sustainability fair” in uptown Charlotte will mark the city’s participation in America Recycles Day. And Saturday and Nov. 22 will be the annual Creek ReLeaf tree-planting events.
Nov 04, 2014
As Charlotte looks to rewrite its zoning ordinance, there's talk of possibly using a form-based code. We interview urban design professor David Walters about what those codes are.
Oct 22, 2014
Since the 2008 housing crash, there’s been talk of Americans downsizing and Millennials rejecting large houses. But recent U.S. Census data show that in the Charlotte area, homes only got bigger after 2000.
Oct 15, 2014
Urban designers Keihly Moore and Alex Borisenko are proposing a series of urban design retrofits, many of them nominated by readers. Here, reader Eric Zaverl suggests a mural for the Morehead Street underpass near the Carson Street light rail station in South End.  (Images: Completeblocks.com)
Oct 15, 2014
It is easy to forget that Detroit was a city on top of the world 50 years ago. Charlotte is not Detroit, but the recession brought a reality check. Did it bring the resolve to fight the complacency that comes with success?
Oct 07, 2014
The first decade of growth on the lake had been slow—a cluster of cabins here and a marina there. The lack of infrastructure and the distance from major population centers kept growth in check.
Sep 24, 2014
Recently the site FiveThirtyEight.com reported that of the largest U.S. metros, only Charlotte’s median income, “experienced a statistically significant decline” in 2013. What’s going on?
Sep 22, 2014
UNC Charlotte Urban Institute Associate Director Mary Newsom will speak Oct. 24 at TEDx Charlotte at the North Carolina Music Factory. Her presentation, Charlotte, City of Creeks: From Barriers to Bridges, will explore how Charlotte's network of creeks shaped the city's past and affects its future.
Sep 16, 2014
What would happen if Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte sprouted a series of small parklets? You can find out on Friday.
Sep 15, 2014
Could Charlotte compete with Copenhagen as the happiest and most livable city in the world? What would it take? (Image Wikimedia Commons/Heb)
Sep 10, 2014
Several local governments in the N.C. Piedmont are considering moving offices out of downtown. Those plans worry downtown development officials and business owners, who fear downtown vitality will be lost.
Aug 20, 2014
Urban designers Keihly Moore and Alex Borisenko are proposing a series of urban design retrofits, many of them nominated by readers. Here is a suggestion for Camden Avenue near popular lunch spot Price's Chicken Coop. (Images: Completeblocks.com)
Aug 13, 2014
As the final leg of I-485 nears completion, residents near the Prosperity Church Road interchange are bracing for growth. A 1999 plan calls for an “urban village” there of compact streets and walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods. Will the growth really follow that plan? (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
Aug 12, 2014
Could downtown Cornelius one day be home to an artsy district like Charlotte’s NoDa or Asheville’s River Arts District? As a tap room prepares to open next month, some local arts supporters are enthusiastic about what they’re calling Old Town Cornelius.
Aug 05, 2014
A new sustainability report card for Charlotte-Mecklenburg from Sustain Charlotte finds the area lags the nation on most measures, but it sees upward trends in five of nine categories. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
Jul 30, 2014
Urban designers Keihly Moore and Alex Borisenko are proposing a series of urban design retrofits, many of them nominated by readers. Here is a suggestion for Park Avenue in South End. (Images: Completeblocks.com)
Jul 28, 2014
How did Copenhagen become an international model of urbanism? Four leaders from Charlotte and Mecklenburg County government, philanthropy and real estate will find out in August on a six-day study trip. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Heb)
Jul 23, 2014
If Charlotte is a city of neighborhoods, what happens when almost 20 of those neighborhoods spend a half-day at a retreat to encourage goal-setting? (Photo: Mary Newsom)
Jul 11, 2014
A proposal to re-design South End's bicycle-walking path beside the Lynx Blue Line into an art-filled series of public spaces has won an almost half-million-dollar grant to support creative place-making. (Image: Charlotte Center City Partners)
Jul 09, 2014
Urban designers Keihly Moore and Alex Borisenko are proposing a series of urban design retrofits, many of them nominated by readers. This North Tryon Street parklet is the latest idea.
Jul 08, 2014
After the approval of a controversial rezoning this spring in the Cherry neighborhood, one of the city's oldest historically black areas, Charlotte officials are studying how to keep gentrification from forcing out long-time residents in older neighborhoods. (Photo: Mary Newsom)
Jun 27, 2014
The city faces important decisions about its Eastland Mall property, and the future of east Charlotte. But the city's vision could be undermined by an upcoming rezoning. Commentary. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
Jun 25, 2014
Charlotte can learn a lot from Malmo, Sweden, which has steered residents away from cars to bikes, buses and high-speed trains. Commentary. (Photo: Martin Zimmerman)
Jun 18, 2014
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation has awarded the KEEPING WATCH initiative $10,000. The three-year environmental initiative is led by UNC Charlotte's College of Arts + Architecture and the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute.
Jun 18, 2014
When one Charlotte City Council member expressed concerns about pedestrian safety in South End, other council members chimed in with complaints from around the city. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
Jun 16, 2014
The newly opened Romare Bearden park has some of the best skyline views in Charlotte. The concrete parking deck at the corner of Church and Third streets can detract from those views. This week's imagined urban retrofit, from planner Dylan McKnight, suggests urban wall art for a more interesting view from the park. (Image: CompleteBlocks.com)
Jun 10, 2014
Although the city arborist says Charlotte's trees are healthy enough, for now, that no more aerial spraying to kill cankerworms is planned for next spring, the city's infestation with the leaf-munching caterpillars remains high.
Jun 06, 2014
Have recent construction projects in Dilworth violated the historic district guidelines? Some neighbors say yes, and the city's historic district administrator agrees. (Photo: Chuck McShane)
Jun 04, 2014
Does your business or nonprofit use housing data? Would you like to learn more about how to use local and national housing data more effectively?
Jun 03, 2014
Adding a center median to slow traffic and make room for bikers and walkers would make Rama Road safer - and improve neighborhood access to Rama Road Elementary School.
Jun 03, 2014
If a new ranking finds Charlotte has the largest parks, by size, in the country, why does the city rank so low overall? The latest ParkScore ranking takes more into account than size alone. (Photo: Mary Newsom)
May 28, 2014
On Charlotte's least pedestrian- and bike-friendly type of street - a parkway - a new asphalt trail is open, connecting UNC Charlotte to apartments along University City Boulevard. It's part of the city's ongoing bike-ped enhancements. (Photo: Chuck McShane)
May 21, 2014
The Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia area ranks 10th most dangerous metro for pedestrians, according to a study, Dangerous by Design, released this week by the National Complete Streets Coalition and Smart Growth America. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
May 20, 2014
Benjamin Ross, author of "Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism," will discuss his book at the UNC Charlotte Center City campus today at 6 p.m. Ross' talk will be followed by a panel discussion.
May 14, 2014
Wary of a proposed state bill that would gut the ability of N.C. cities, including Charlotte, to protect trees on private property, Charlotte City Council  will consider strategies for lobbying against it. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
May 08, 2014
Charlotte's Windy Ridge neighborhood has drawn extensive publicity as an extreme example of a neighborhood "built to fail." In a new article for an academic journal, three UNC Charlotte researchers conclude that one factor in its failure was Charlotte's "growth-machine" culture. A Q-and-A interview. (Photo: Josh MCann)
May 07, 2014
The whole point of the Jane's Walks - which honor legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs - is to discover things in your own city that you might not have known. And I did. Includes photo slideshow. (Photo: Mary Newsom)
May 07, 2014
On May 16 the KEEPING WATCH initiative hosts a screening of Bag it: Is your life too plastic?, a panel discussion and a reception with local food and drinks. (Photo: bagitmovie.com)
May 06, 2014
On May 16 the KEEPING WATCH initiative hosts a screening of Bag it: Is your life too plastic?, a panel discussion and a reception with local food and drinks. (Photo: bagitmovie.com)
May 01, 2014
Recycling containers sit in classrooms in every Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school, and students at nearly half of them make the extra effort to dump leftover liquid from milk and juice cartons before tossing them into bins.
May 01, 2014
Charlotte-Mecklenburg ordinances do not require all businesses to recycle, and officials are unable to determine how much they do recycle. (Photo: Nancy PIerce)
Apr 30, 2014
One year after a nonprofit group took over a neglected corner of Garinger High's back lot, the grand opening of the Friendship Gardens Urban Farm welcomed the neighborhood, the school and local food enthusiasts to a celebration. (Photo: Marla J. Ehlers)
Apr 23, 2014
If you're in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood on Tuesday nights, you'll likely see a bevy of bicyclists. The Plaza Midwood Tuesday Night Rides are growing in popularity, due in part to biker Pamela Murray's push to encourage more Charlotteans to start pedaling. (Photo courtesy Pamela Murray)
Apr 23, 2014
Charlotte-Mecklenburg is making strides in recycling and reducing waste, yet residents still send more trash to landfills than the U.S. average. Why is recycling lagging here? One answer might be that it's mostly voluntary. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
Apr 23, 2014
What can and can't be recycled can be confusing. Here is a list of what can't go into your recycling bin and why. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
Apr 09, 2014
PlanCharlotte.org invites readers to nominate spots in the Charlotte region that need a design makeover. This week's suggestion: re-connect neighborhoods along Independence Boulevard. (Image: Completeblocks.com)