Wil Russell moved to Charlotte in 2004 from Birmingham, Alabama. In his first decade living in Charlotte, he saw the city explode with growth--and not always in a positive way.
Charlotte just took a big step towards improving its public transit system and the equitable use of city streets! At their September 8 strategy session, Charlotte City Council unanimously approved CATS's plans to pilot a bus lane while preserving the existing bike lane on Central Avenue between the former Eastland Mall site and Eastway Drive. The plan was presented by CATS CEO John Lewis and Charlotte DOT Director Liz Babson.
For the past few years, we've been advocating for Charlotte's leaders to make the bold decisions necessary to get people where they need to go faster and more efficiently on buses. We're excited to see such broad support for this project and we can hardly wait to see it come to life this October!
Central Avenue (current image shown) will soon be transformed! (image: Google maps)Read more
Image credit: City of Charlotte DOT
Shared Streets Updated in Phase 3
On August 15, three more streets joined the six existing ones to give the City of Charlotte a total of nine Shared Street segments.
The continued theme of giving people access to parks was expanded in Phase 3 as new connections were made. Could Charlotte be doing more with Shared Streets? Let's take a closer look at what other cities are doing.Read more
My name is Anna Houser, and I'm a rising senior at the University of Georgia. I am majoring in environmental economics and management.Read more
Lauren is a rare native Charlottean. Aside from her college years, Lauren has lived in Charlotte for her entire life. “I can’t imagine going anywhere else, nor do I want to,” she says. “Until recently, I’ve taken the city for granted.”Read more
My name is Raul Galvan, and I am a rising senior at Davidson College. I'm pursuing an environmental studies major with a social science specialization and a theatre minor. I am from just outside Chicago, and I am a Mexican first-generation student lucky enough to attend Davidson on a full scholarship.Read more
If you watched the first three Charlotte Moves Task Force meetings, you've likely noticed that they were primarily focused on educating the members about Charlotte's many completed and in-progress transportation plans, policies, and processes. We're excited that the August 20 meeting marked a shift in energy from learning to doing.Read more
Each year Sustain Charlotte hosts an awards ceremony to celebrate the work that is being done in the community to advance smart growth and sustainability. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to reschedule, and ultimately cancel, our planned Earth Day 2020 event. A decision was made to save the 2020 nominee applications for the Individual, Small Business, Large Business, Building Project, Nonprofit, and Government Agency categories for the 2021 Sustain Charlotte Sustainability Awards. Next year we will also encourage additional project submissions for award consideration.Read more
This week, we shared a letter with the City-County Joint Intergovernmental Relations Committee expressing our support for efforts to coordinate transportation planning at the City and County levels-- as well as the resolution on the topic that will be voted on at their upcoming meeting on September 15. We believe that greater collaboration will allow for greater accessibility for the greater Charlotte area!Read more