Ely Portillo

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

Stories by Ely Portillo

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.

Introducing 'Future Charlotte,' a podcast about our city's growth

Charlotte is a city with growth embedded in its DNA, a community where striving to be...

Transit discussion doesn't center on moving people

When it comes to the discussion about Charlotte’s proposed 1-cent transit and mobility...

Four things to know about Charlotte’s push for more transit funding

Charlotte voters could find the biggest ask in local history on their ballots next year: A $6 billion referendum to fund the local share of the city’s “transformational mobility network” with a...

Austin voters approve $7.1B transit plan. Is Charlotte next?

When it comes to Charlotte’s transportation ambitions for the coming decades, the biggest question is simple: How will the city pay for it all?