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

Volunteers collect bike and pedestrian data in South End

During the EarthShare NC Corporate Earth Day Challenge, an enthusiastic team of volunteers from Protiviti helped Sustain Charlotte collect data about how pedestrians and cyclists are using the streets, crossings, and Rail Trail in Charlotte's South End. Sustain Charlotte's bike program manager Kate Cavazza (right) coached volunteers on how to record observations. Continue reading

See the progress on the 6th Street Protected Bike Lane

We're so excited to see progress being made on Charlotte's first protected bike lane, on 6th Street! Check out the progress so far and watch a sneak peek of what it's like to ride the lane, below! 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

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

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

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

Local teens lead rally for climate action

We were thrilled when we heard that local teens Kate Harrison, Lucia Paulsen, and Logan Rackowitz were planning a rally as part of the global student strike for climate action. These young leaders see the threat posed by our rapidly changing climate, and are pushing our elected leaders to do something about it. We attended their rally, held in solidarity with student climate rallies around the globe. Here's a look at the event. Continue reading

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

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