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

  • plancharlotte.org
    Mar 15, 2018
    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. 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Mar 15, 2018
    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. 
  • 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
    Dec 07, 2017
    With growth continuing apace, planning commissioners are urging a speedier process for retooling Charlotte’s new zoning ordinance.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Dec 07, 2017
    With growth continuing apace, planning commissioners are urging a speedier process for retooling Charlotte’s new zoning ordinance.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Dec 06, 2017
    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.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Dec 06, 2017
    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.