Articles about Public Safety

City's Charlotte WALKS initiative aims to improve walkability
   January 14, 2015

Since the late 1990s, Charlotte has experienced a major policy shift toward creating more walkable streets. Things are improving, but the city still faces significant challenges: a legacy of our decades of auto-oriented development. Commentary. Read more

Pedestrian safety? Council wants to look beyond South End
   June 18, 2014
Mary Newsom
When one Charlotte City Council member expressed concerns about pedestrian safety in South End, other council members chimed in with complaints from around the city. (Photo: Nancy Pierce) Read more

Charlotte ranked 10th most dangerous metro for pedestrians
   May 21, 2014
Chuck McShane
The Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia area ranks 10th most dangerous metro for pedestrians, according to a study, Dangerous by Design, released this week by the National Complete Streets Coalition and Smart Growth America. (Photo: Nancy Pierce) Read more

City to improve safety at site of student death
   August 26, 2013
Chuck McShane
Nearly 18 months after a Garinger High School student was struck by a car and killed crossing Eastway Drive at Sugar Creek Road, the city has OK'd spending money to improve the intersection. But construction won't start until fall 2014. (Photo: Mary Newsom) Read more

Charlotte quietly improves streets for cyclists
   January 30, 2013

While cities such as Memphis have gained national attention for proclaiming a bicycle-friendly goal, Charlotte has been quietly taking a number of steps to improve its own streets for cyclists. (Photo: Keihly Moore) Read more

Stormy Septembers in the Piedmont
   September 15, 2011
Ruth Ann Grissom
The Atlantic hurricane season spans June through November, but North Carolina typically sees some of the worst storms in September, and we sometimes experience their devastation here in the Piedmont. I managed to dodge hurricanes Hugo and Fran, but the Uwharries weren't so lucky. Read more

Assessing our learning curve 10 years after 9/11
   September 8, 2011

Cindy Combs
If we want to assess how well we have learned about the threat of terrorism we need to look back over a decade. But we also need to look at our world today, and we must look to the future to decide how high the cost of failure – or success – could be. Read more

Planning and Responding to Disasters: A Risky Proposition
   April 20, 2011

Jim Walsh

“Which is more likely to kill more Americans in the US in the next year, a nuclear meltdown similar to Chernobyl  or a hurricane similar to Katrina?”

(Please write down your answer, and then read on…)

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Will we ever learn from disasters?
   March 24, 2011

Brian Zapata
The March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated the northeast coastal area of Japan has highlighted the extreme vulnerability of man-made infrastructure to natural hazards.  Despite tremendous advances in engineering and construction, disasters of this magnitude lead us to question whether or not we should build infrastructure robust enough to withstand such a devastating... Read more