Articles about Environment and Planning

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A remarkable spring of hope
   April 23, 2021
Ruth Ann Grissom

What an amazing spring!  I’ve heard that sentiment from so many people. When a Facebook friend posted a video of the glorious purple and lilac azaleas across from the post office in Mt. Gilead, scores of people responded. I always enjoy the progression of wildflowers in forests of the Uwharries and in my own backyard, but this year has seemed extra special.

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Single-family zoning is still the crux of Charlotte’s 2040 plan debate
   April 19, 2021
Ely Portillo

In the months since opposition to Charlotte’s new 2040 Comprehensive Vision Plan started building, staff and City Council have held forums, rehashed the plan in committee meetings, responded to hundreds of public comments and started tinkering with how to modify rules about what can be...

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Advisory board suggests sharp increase for Meck parks funding
   April 14, 2021
Ely Portillo

As Mecklenburg County hammers out its budget priorities for the coming year, advocates for the park and recreation system are hoping to see a big funding increase.

At a presentation Tuesday, the Park & Recreation Commission, a citizen advisory board, suggested dramatically increasing funding for the county’s parks. That’s after Park & Recreation Director Lee Jones earlier this...

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Report: Charlotte’s streets are dangerous for pedestrians
   March 30, 2021
Ely Portillo

It’s increasingly dangerous for people to walk in the Charlotte area, according to a new, annual report – a trend that’s mirrored in almost every city nationwide.

Dangerous by Design,” published by Smart Growth America, uses federal data to rank metro areas by pedestrian fatalities. The Charlotte region ranked as the 34...

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The density & affordability question
   March 29, 2021
Jeff Michael

There’s been a noticeable shift in the debate about density in Charlotte’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan over recent weeks. What started as a classic confrontation of progressive planning concepts vs. NIMBY-inspired resistance, has now taken on a different tone, with...

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Register now: Housing and economic mobility panel April 20
   March 28, 2021

Staff

Where you can afford to live influences much of the rest of your life: Access to schools, medical care, fresh groceries, air pollution levels and, ultimately, your chance to get ahead and climb the ladder of economic mobility.

The Charlotte region continues to grapple...

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The Next City: Is this what Charlotte should look like 20 years from now?
   March 25, 2021

Surajeet Das

Charlotte is one of the fastest growing city in the United States. With the city’s expanding population and surging development, there is a need for revolutionary changes to address the growth of the coming years. Over the past year, a group of multidisciplinary designers called “Curators“  have been working on a macro- and micro-level to present...

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Plenty of big ideas are still on the table for Charlotte's future
   March 23, 2021
Ely Portillo

It’s been a tough year already for big ideas in Charlotte. 

First, the city’s ambitious goal of a referendum for a 1-cent sales tax to fund a massive, $8 billion to $12 billion transit and mobility plan was thrown into question after worries emerged about whether the legislature would let it on the ballot and Census delays will likely...

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The city wakes up to its future
   March 22, 2021

David Walters

Sometimes I feel as if I'm watching a play. It's one I've seen before - performed many times in different venues. It's called "The City Wakes Up To Its Future." We have now reached the penultimate act. I'm referring, of course, to the recent cyclone of activity that's swirling around Charlotte's proposed 2040 Comprehensive Plan - a document that...

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Concerns about Charlotte's new comprehensive plan rise from many quarters
   March 8, 2021
Ely Portillo

Neighborhood activists fighting to preserve single-family-only neighborhoods, Charlotte City Council members worried about gentrification overwhelming historically Black neighborhoods and developers who want to stop any notion of new regulations like inclusionary zoning don’t often end up on the same side of an issue.

But that’s the case in Charlotte, where concerns about the city’s...

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