Here we are in the midst of graduation season. Even though the school experience has been different for the past year, young people are still celebrating this milestone and figuring out what to do with the rest of their lives. In rural areas like the Uwharries, that often means leaving for opportunities in other places. And yet, some find reasons to return....Read more
How does the ability to move around our city influence one’s ability to move up the economic ladder?
That was the topic of our second Schul Conversation, a virtual discussion series bringing together experts to discuss different aspects of economic mobility in our region. The panel featured Charlotte’s Assistant City Manager Taiwo Jaiyeoba, UNC Charlotte professor Dr...Read more
As community members and researchers, we are eagerly awaiting the results of the 2020 census. Here are some answers to common questions we’ve received about what’s happening.
What data does the 2020 census include?
The decennial census (2020) is required to be completed by every household in the U.S. The primary purpose of the census, as outlined in...Read more
The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, with support from The Gambrell Foundation, is now accepting applications for the next cohort of faculty fellows to study issues around economic mobility in the Charlotte region. The program will fund five projects this year, up to $15,000 each.Read more
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For six months, commuters and residents near Central Avenue in east Charlotte faced an unfamiliar sight: “BUS...Read more
With straw votes on the controversial elements and the final adoption of Charlotte’s new vision plan looming in the next month, there’s a sense that the city’s reaching a finale in the years-long process of rewriting its development rules.
But adopting the vision plan might end up – surprisingly – being one of the easier parts of the whole process. That’s because after Charlotte City...Read more
When it comes to transportation and transit needs, people usually think of increasing the supply: Adding more lanes, building more rail lines, buying more buses.
What about lowering or shifting demand, instead? That was the topic Wednesday for a group focused on regional transportation needs and expanding transit choices.
“The term ‘transportation demand management’ simply...Read more
After 18 years as director of UNC Charlotte’s Urban Institute, it’s time to move on. And it’s only appropriate that the same field that first introduced me to the institute’s work is now leading me away to a new chapter, serving as North Carolinas’ Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources....Read more
Dr. Lori Thomas, Director of Research and Faculty Engagement at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, will assume the role of Interim Director of the institute effective May 1. Thomas will replace Jeff Michael, the Institute’s long-time director, who is leaving the position April 30...Read more