Proposal could put streetcar back on track

City manager’s plan would exclude property taxes by Herbert L. White Charlotte’s much-maligned streetcar program has a new name and a new funding scheme.It also has a potential convert on City Council, which ran the streetcar off the rails last year as an expense taxpayers couldn’t afford. Continue reading

TRANSPORTATION: Obama to tap Charlotte Mayor Foxx for DOT top job

TRANSPORTATION: Obama to tap Charlotte Mayor Foxx for DOT top job (Monday, April 29, 2013)Eugene Mulero, E&E reporterAnthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., will be tapped today to lead the Department of Transportation during President Obama's second term -- a premier post for an official relatively unknown on the national transportation scene. Continue reading

Mecklenburg County Commissioners greenlight community sustainability plan

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners approved its support of a communitywide sustainability plan in a 7-1 vote Tuesday evening. County Commissioner Karen Bentley was the opposing vote. Commissioner Bill James was absent. Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte Recognizes County Leaders at 2nd Annual Community Sustainability Awards

Sustain Charlotte recently hosted the 2nd Annual Community Sustainability Awards at the 7th Street Public Market in Uptown Charlotte. Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte honors former Creative Loafing 'Local Hero'

Sustain Charlotte promotes local sustainability in a broad sense, so it's natural that the group's annual Community Sustainability Awards are divided into a broad variety of categories. The group handed out its awards for 2013 on Saturday. One of the award recipients was longtime CL "admiree," Dr. Barney Offerman, who won in the Social Equity category. I'm happy to congratulate Offerman, who in 2009 was the Creative Loafing staff pick as Local Hero in the 2009 Best of Charlotte issue. Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte honors 12 at second annual awards

Bill Gupton, chairman of the Sierra Club’s Central Piedmont chapter, was recognized as Sustain Charlotte’s Overall Outstanding Leader at the nonprofit's second annual awards Saturday. Continue reading

Twelve leaders win second Community Sustainability Award

Sustain Charlotte announced the winners of its second annual Community Sustainability Awards on Saturday at the 7th Street Public Market in uptown Charlotte. Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte hosts second annual awards Saturday

Sustain Charlotte will announce the winners of its second annual Community Sustainability Awards on Saturday. Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte Interview with Mayor Foxx

On “The Point,” Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx interviewed Sustain Charlotte Executive Director Shannon Binns. The interview aired at 7:30 PM on the GOV Channel, Time Warner Cable channel 16, on March 28, 2013. Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte Defends Streetcar on WCNC

Former Mayor -- now Governor -- Pat McCrory has said it before -- he thinks any plans for rail in Charlotte should be focused on the light rail to the University area.  McCrory ignited controversy last week with comments about the streetcar during a meeting with Deputy City Manager Ron Kimble and City Attorney Bob Hagemann. Continue reading