Ely Portillo

Ely Portillo
UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
Assistant Director of Outreach & Strategic Partnerships
Sycamore 310-G
704-687-1203

Stories by Ely Portillo

Here's what it would take for our park system to reach ‘the Disney model’

Parks in Charlotte can be a bit of a touchy subject.



Plans for the Silver Line are taking shape

The multibillion dollar Silver Line light rail is years away, but Charlotte is moving closer to a final vision for the east-west transit line that could reshape much of Charlotte.



Charlotteans got 46 hours back from traffic last year

It’s obvious that there were a lot fewer cars on the road last year, as we worked from home, kept kids out of school and stopped driving to sports games, concerts and dinners with friends.



Autonomous vehicles, flying taxis and...buses? Balancing present and future needs

How do you plan for the future and dream big while attending to the pressing needs of the day?



What a 1944 call for planning can teach us today

Almost eight decades ago, Charlotte had just topped 100,000 residents, World War II raged, legal segregation was the law of the land and most of Mecklenburg County was still farmland.