As Charlotte continues its quest to become a more urban and cosmopolitan city, is it possible that the small towns and former mill villages dotting the land around Charlotte have something to teach us about how to solve some of the biggest and most pressing needs facing our big cities and suburbs today?
Bill Fulton, Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University...Read more
It probably wasn’t the setting Charlotte planners would have picked to unveil their vision for the future: A parking lot off Independence Boulevard, acres of scarred asphalt surrounded by a tangle of some of the city’s least pedestrian-friendly streets.
But in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic, an in-person event at a densely packed brewery along the light rail or in a tower...Read more
“Not many events inspire our historical imagination and force us to critically think about our past the way a falling monument does.”
Associate Professor of Sculpture Marek Ranis, who grew up behind the Iron Curtain in communist Poland, has seen monuments go up and come down in countries like his homeland. But the intense evaluation of monuments in the United States – what they tell...Read more
Not that long ago, a few aging blocks in a declining, working-class neighborhood revived from the dust and grit of the textile mill era as Charlotte’s home-grown arts district. By the mid-1990s, galleries and off-beat music venues replaced empty storefronts. Nightlife began to flourish, and the acronym "NoDa" took hold, affirming a new identity.Read more
“I had no idea they were building that there.”
It’s one of the most common complaints about development in a fast-growing city like Charlotte. A small house or patch of woods you’ve driven by for years is suddenly gone, scraped clean and replaced with a stand of new apartments or a clump of townhouses. Although developers are required to notify neighbors before of most...Read more
Say you’re on an extended road trip, traveling hundreds – even thousands – of miles, eating what’s readily available along the interstate. Coffee and donuts for breakfast. A soda and chips for lunch. A burger and fries for dinner. It fills you up, but leaves you feeling lethargic, bloated and cranky. You wonder how you’ll survive this seemingly endless trip. You begin to crave a salad...Read more
An upcoming virtual symposium in late October called “Making an Edible South” will kick off a year-long celebration of the new Carolina Garden Trail, currently under construction between the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens and the Urban Institute’s new offices in Sycamore Hall.
Dr. David Shields, a distinguished historian of agriculture and food preparation at the...Read more
Mecklenburg County Community Support Services releases today the 2020 Charlotte-Mecklenburg State of Housing Instability & Homelessness (SoHIH) Report. The SoHIH report is part of the annual Housing Instability &...Read more
I wasn’t especially fond of brown-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia triloba). They strike me as having a superficial and relentless cheer – like a clerk who automatically chirps Have a great day! when you’re clearly miserable.
But they freely seed around our yard in the Uwharries, and my garden in Charlotte was bare, so I transplanted several clumps. They pop...Read more