The maps at the links below show creative ways to demonstrate the impact or lack of impact sports stadiums have on the overall revenue a city receives from their investments in sport stadiums.
The first link shows a heat map of sales in Atlanta, GA before and after the Men's Final Four. At the bottom of the short article, you can easily compare the Final Four weekend to the previous weekend. The second map shows how stadiums across North America have been funded, publicly or privately over time.
Dueling Easter egg hunts in Enderly Park and Graham Heights brought out children and neighbors. Both events were well-attended and Graham Heights celebrated their first Easter egg hunt by staging it at Ms. Johnson's house. The Graham Heights residents were thrilled with the turnout and the involvement of UNCC students.
In an effort to create an agriculture corridor along North Tryon, the North End Opportunity Farm is set to open near the Charlotte Urban Ministry. With a commitment to only hiring the homeless, the farm proposes to create jobs but also provide fresh food to downtown Charlotte with the support of downtown restaurants. The links below share more information about the Farm's mission.
Mecklenburg County Commissioners and Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board Members engaged in a lively debate concerning the effectiveness and future of the Reid Park Academy Collaborative Initiative. A joint effort to serve the youth of in the Reid Park Academy catchment area, the Collaborative Initiative has brought organizations together to provide family services in addition to educational achievement. The article below speaks to the challenges the Initiative faces and the support it still has in the community.
Innovators are exploring creative ways to bring food into food deserts. One such use is a mobile grocery store. The article below discusses the merit and possible effectiveness of this strategy to combat food deserts.
The Bank of America at Concordia and Graham has been closed. Driving through the neighborhood, I saw it with my own eyes for the first time. Below are articles about this particular closing and an earlier article that discusses Bank of America closing branches in communities that are well below its county's median household income. The 'Trimming Branches' portion of that article discusses using the census to show that most closing branches occur in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods.
The issue of rent-by-room has been taken up by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Dept. A citizens advisory group has been tasked with understanding the ramifications of renting apartments by the bedroom rather than the unit. The evolution and action by the advisory group is detailed in the Charlotte Observer articles below.
The City of Charlotte is holding public meetings to explain and promote the new Quality of Life Study. The study is vastly different than in previous years and the document below is the official media release.
An open forum will be held at Johnson C. Smith in Biddle Hall's Sarah Belk Gambrell Auditorium on Wednesday Feb. 6th. at 6:30pm. City Councilpersons John Autry, James Mitchell, Patsy Kinsey, and Malcolm Graham will be on hand along with Dr. Ronald Carter of JCSU, Clay Grubb, Mary Newsom, and Billy Maddalon. The discussion will center on the big changes impacting the east and west sides of Charlotte.
Prof. Sorensen began a dialogue with members of the College Downs Community in 2010. In the summer of 2012 this partnership was reinvigorated with the creation of the Friends of Miss Bonnie (FOMB). Based in the College Downs neighborhood, the FOMB strives to improve communication between long-time residents, students living in College Downs, and UNC Charlotte. As of Spring 2013, the FOMB is working with Prof.