The Charlotte City Council will vote next month whether to revise or eliminate the city policy on where affordable housing can be built. Officials say the policy is outdated, and conflicts with the council’s goal of adding more affordable units. Residents are being asked to comment at meetings beginning this week.
If you’re a regular traveler in and out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, you’ll want to check out the newly opened expansion of Concourse A. One of its most striking features is a public artwork titled “Interconnected,” which is being billed as the largest data-driven digital public art installation.
The Lynx Blue Line extension from uptown to UNC Charlotte opens in just a month. CATS has been running empty trains on the new light rail tracks since January. On Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2017, a few citizens were the first to try it out, and they’re already imagining the possibilities. I rode along and talked … More First ride on CATS Blue Line light rail extension | WFAE
A New York developer wants to breathe new life into a historic industrial park off Statesville Avenue north of uptown. Camp North End would be a creative hub, with offices, apartments, shops and restaurants, as well as space for light industrial and educational uses. As old factory sites go, the Hercules Industrial Park between Statesville … More Former Model T & missile factory up for redevelopment in Charlotte’s North End | WFAE
An annual report out this week shows air quality in North Carolina and other southeastern states is continuing to improve. Federal and state laws have made the difference, but there’s concern lawmakers may try to weaken those rules. The 18th annual State of the Air report from the American Lung Association shows ozone and particle … More Report says laws have helped improve region’s air
City officials declared Sunday’s Panthers-Vikings football game an “extraordinary event.” That meant lots of police downtown and extra security measures. There was a small protest, but most people welcomed the distraction after a week of unrest. See my Coverage at WFAE.org, “After Protests, Charlotte Takes A Breather With A Panthers Game”
The police killing of Keith Scott on Tuesday and nightly protests since then have hit Charlotte’s black community hard. People are dealing with anger, fear and concern about the community’s long-term challenges. I covered a press conference on North Tryon Street with black business owners Friday afternoon, and talked to WFAE All Things Considered host Mark … More Business owners see a need for community building | WFAE
At an NAACP forum Wednesday called “Stop Police Violence,” Aryana Crawford told Charlotte Mecklenburg police leaders she was afraid of them. The recent police killings of African-American men in Louisiana and Minnesota have brought sharper focus to an issue that many know too well. Then something extraordinary happened that began to change Aryana’s view. I captured the … More CMPD Hears Fears From Charlotte Residents At Forum | WFAE
Tilly and I spent the day in Charlotte April 2, visiting museums and wandering around town. Here are a few photos.