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 communications. She had a year-long Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and 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
    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.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Nov 29, 2017
    In today’s knowledge-based economy, how can rural communities in the Charlotte area use and strengthen the traditional regional linkages? With a grant from The Duke Endowment, the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute will explore that question.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Nov 29, 2017
    In today’s knowledge-based economy, how can rural communities in the Charlotte area use and strengthen the traditional regional linkages? With a grant from The Duke Endowment, the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute will explore that question.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Oct 17, 2017
    Projections are for the Catawba-Wateree River watershed to reach its capacity to provide water to the growing Charlotte region by 2065. With no state laws managing water rights, what happens?
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Oct 17, 2017
    Projections are for the Catawba-Wateree River watershed to reach its capacity to provide water to the growing Charlotte region by 2065. With no state laws managing water rights, what happens?