Uptown Cycle Track Coming To Charlotte Sooner Than We Thought!

We have some exciting news!  We are proud to share that the first half of the Uptown Cycle Track is going to be built a lot sooner than any of us thought -- i.e., IN TWO MONTHS, and in time to be explored by YOU for Bike!Charlotte Week and Shifting Gears! Continue reading

Charlotte Environment Committee Takes a Tree Canopy Tour

On Thursday, March 14th, Charlotte City Council’s Environment Committee, as well as some key partners, embarked on a tree canopy tour to see both pilot and partner programs that are happening now. To reach the “50 by 50” goal of achieving 50% tree canopy in Charlotte by 2050, additional steps will need to be taken. Continue reading

Why we support Charlotte's new guidelines for development near transit

Sustain Charlotte has been serving on the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Advisory Committee since 2017, providing a voice for smart growth in the Charlotte community, and raising up solutions for how our community can continue to grow while staying sustainable. Over the past year, we have been providing input on a total re-write of the city’s Transit-Oriented Development Ordinance, which are the rules for development that occurs in areas adjacent to our rapid transit stations. We spoke at the Charlotte City Council meeting in support of the ordinance, and sent a letter to the Council prior to the meeting, asking them to approve them. Read the full letter below. Continue reading

How to live your best #ecofriendly life

Earth Month always brings lots of ideas on how to live more sustainably and protect the planet that we call home. So this April, we've got a roundup of our best posts that can help you stay eco-friendly in the Queen City. Continue reading

Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan Comes to West Blvd!

The Charlotte Planning Department kicked off their public engagement events on Tuesday, March 5th at Mount Sinai Baptist Church on West Boulevard.  Planning staff and Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan consulting firm MIG led a nearly 2 hour presentation after introductions by Charles Thomas with the Knight Foundation, and Charlotte's Planning Director Taiwo Jaiyeoba. Continue reading

West Boulevard community discusses new food market and greenway plans

There’s no denying that change is coming quickly to Charlotte’s West Boulevard neighborhoods. Even before plans were finalized to run the future Silver Line light rail along Wilkinson Boulevard by 2030, property values began to skyrocket. Many residents struggle with rising rents combined with a lack of local economic opportunities within the community. But the neighborhood’s leaders and partners are working to make the community more livable. Continue reading

Mayor declares Charlotte a Vision Zero City

It's not every day that a city commits to doing everything it can to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries within the next 11 years. But at the City Council meeting on March 25, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles shared the good news.  It's official: We're a Vision Zero city!  Charlotte's Vision Zero logo emphasizes safety for all who use the streets. (image: charlottenc.gov) Continue reading

9th graders collect North End pedestrian data during resident-led walkability audit

Last week, a group of 9th grade students made observations and collected data along Statesville Ave as Darryl Gaston from the North End Community Coalition (NECC) gave a guided tour of his neighborhood. Learn more about our walkability audit and how we'll use this data to make Charlotte's streets safer for all people! Darryl Gaston (center) from NECC led the neighborhood tour and Sustain Charlotte led the walkability audit. We saw several transit riders waiting at this stop. Continue reading

A look at how transit can guide Charlotte's growth

By: Eric Zaverl Back in December the Charlotte Planning Department hosted Todd Noell of Noell Consulting Group at the Powerhouse Studio in South End. Noell Consulting Group (NCG) is based in Atlanta and Todd has 20 years of experience in market analysis. Todd presented forecasts on potential market opportunities and demand for housing, retail and office growth in Charlotte for the next 20+ years, with a particular focus on areas around transit stations. Continue reading

CATS shares big plans for transit expansion

We’ve been talking a lot recently about the newly approved Silver Line alignment. Last week, Sustain Charlotte members heard more details about the 2030 Transit Plan from CATS CEO John Lewis and transit planner Jason Lawrence at our March Grow Smart CLT event. Continue reading