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    Sustain Charlotte Community Corps & Grier Heights residents celebrate a vibrant history and future

    More than 70 neighborhood residents, volunteers, and visitors gathered on a sunny Saturday morning in the historic Grier Heights neighborhood to celebrate the legacy of the late Jonathan Belton. Mr. Belton served as the first director of the Grier Heights Community Center before his passing in December 2015. The event highlighted the importance of health, wellness, and active transportation (in this case, walking) in building a more sustainable future for the neighborhood.

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    The Sustain Charlotte Community Corps (SCCC) partnered with the Grier Heights Neighborhood Improvement Organization to organize a walk to honor Mr. Belton while also introducing event participants to the incredibly rich history of Grier Heights. The event kicked off at 10:00 a.m. with a 1.5 mile guided walk throughout the community. Along the way, volunteers pointed out signs that told the stories of several of Grier Heights' landmarks.

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    Treecycle America founder inspires Charlotteans to re-think trees

    Charlotte is known as a city of trees, but did you know that 100,000 pounds of lumber from them ends up in area landfills every day? This fact shocked the attendees at our May monthly mixer.  And it's the reason that Damon Barron, founder of Treecycle America, is passionate about rescuing those trees and giving them new life as lumber or furniture. Treecycle America is a collaborative network of certified architects, designers, developers, municipalities, arborists, sawmills, woodworkers, and makers embracing the common goal of using urban trees to their fullest potential.

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    Damon Barron views Charlotte's downed trees as a very underutilized resource!

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    Meet Ike the Protected Bike Lane!

    If you attended Open Streets 704 this past Sunday (May 1st) you may have noticed some new faces in the crowd. The entire point of the event was to give residents the opportunity to walk out in a shared open space and re-imagine, however briefly, how we use our city. Open Streets brings people of all walks of life together to do what we love to do the most - people watch.

    You may have seen another new face out there: Ike the Protected Bike Lane!

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    Ike couldn't stop talking about how great folks in Charlotte are!

    (Photo credit: Ben Premeaux)

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