Charlotte earns another dubious ranking

by Taylor BattenBack in November, we told you about a study that named Charlotte the nation's least walkable city. Now, further evidence that Charlotte is unusually spread out: A new study finds the Charlotte area to be the fifth most sprawling big metro area in the United States. Continue reading

Charlotte metro area ranked 5th most sprawling in U.S.

According to a report released today by Smart Growth America, a national research and advocacy organization for sustainable growth, Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill is ranked the fifth most sprawling large metro area (defined as population greater than 1 million) in the U.S. Continue reading

Charlotte drivers spend 40 hours a year stuck in traffic, study says

Think you’re spending more time stuck in Charlotte traffic?A new study says you’re right. Increasingly clogged roads mean drivers are spending an estimated 40 hours a year – one solid workweek – stuck in traffic delays. Continue reading

Can A Sprawling Southern City Remake Its Transit Networks?

Charlotte has developed for people traveling long distances in cars. To get its downtown flourishing, it's going to take a major rethinking--and a lot of political will. Continue reading

N.C. transportation ‘reforms’ are gestures, not true reforms

By Shannon Binns, June Blotnick and Martin ZimmermanSpecial to the ObserverThose of us who are encouraging reforms to address pressing travel needs have been tracking the Strategic Transportation Investments Act (STI) since its passage in June 2013. Most folks would probably support the goal set by Gov. Pat McCrory and North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata that funding under this act be spent on an “objective” basis. But that is easier said than done. Continue reading

Alliance focuses on transit choices

Sustain Charlotte launched Transportation Choices Alliance on Jan. 9 at UNC Charlotte City Center’s “Made for Walking” event.Transportation Choices Alliance is an organization that advocates for transportation options in Charlotte and the surrounding area. Continue reading

The Class Of 2014: The New Mayors Who Are Building The Future Of America's Cities

by Jessica LeberThe new mayors of 8 major U.S. urban centers are all trying to find new ways to keep their cities innovative, while creating more equitable societies for all their citizens. Here's a look at their challenges and opportunities. Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte hosts alternative transportation forum Thursday, launches group

The first forum for a group focused on alternative options for transportation in Charlotte as a way to improve the environment will be held Thursday. Continue reading

Three People Leading the Green Movement in Charlotte

Passionate leaders in Charlotte have established nonprofits, volunteer programs and community initiatives to promote and enhance sustainable living in the greater Charlotte area. Even though Charlotte has been deemed one of the least walkable cities for its size in the nation, these environmental leaders are establishing positive green lifestyle practices and pioneering the environmental movement in the Queen City. Continue reading

Sustain Charlotte polls city candidates on green issues

Want to know where Charlotte's political candidates stand on growth and environmental issues? Sustain Charlotte posted the results of its seven-question survey with local contenders in Tuesday's local elections, including the mayor and City Council races. Continue reading