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Buses eyed as the key to regional transit system
   June 8, 2021
Ely Portillo

This story is part of the Transit Time newsletter, a partnership between the Urban Institute, the Charlotte Ledger and WFAE. Find out more and subscribe here

If you want to know what the future of a regional transit...

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Islay Walden’s Uwharries story is relevant today
   June 8, 2021
Ruth Ann Grissom

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....

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Watch our virtual transportation and economic mobility panel
   June 1, 2021
Ely Portillo

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...

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The 2020 Census: What data are coming, what will we know - and when?
   May 27, 2021
Katie Zager

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...

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Seeking the third Gambrell Faculty Fellows cohort
   May 27, 2021
Lori Thomas

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. 

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Are bus-only lanes a key part of Charlotte’s transit future?
   May 14, 2021
Ely Portillo

This story is part of the Transit Time newsletter, a partnership between the Urban Institute, the Charlotte Ledger and WFAE. Find out more and subscribe here

For six months, commuters and residents near Central Avenue in east Charlotte faced an unfamiliar sight: “BUS...

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Charlotte’s nowhere near the finish line for its development rules rewrite
   May 12, 2021
Ely Portillo

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...

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Instead of just increasing supply, planners look to manage transportation demand
   April 28, 2021
Ely Portillo

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...

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Growing up together: Charlotte, the Urban Institute and a time for change
   April 28, 2021
Jeff Michael

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....

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Dr. Lori Thomas named interim director of Urban Institute
   April 27, 2021

Staff Reports

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...

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