Reid Park recently received the Neighborhoods in Creative pARTnership Grant presented by the Arts & Science Council, the City of Charlotte, and the Public Art Commission. The grant enables Reid Park residents the opportunity to create public art that is neighborhood-based, or art that is specific to the neighborhood where the art will be placed. Residents will work closely with local artists to bring neighborhood driven public art projects to life by taking advantage of the over $20,000 awarded through the grant.
The author has an interesting perspective about the city and its complicated history. The article has both hope and misery. People are still fighting for their city as Detroit shrinks. Also, the article is very critical of fly-by-night protests. An article that challenges you to think critically about city planning, neighborhood organizing, and the future of Detroit.
The new year brings growing relationships and more opportunties between UNC Charlotte and Charlotte neighborhoods. Students will begin working with Enderly Park and our new neighborhood partner, Washington Heights.
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Chuck McShane wrote an article about Joe Howarth's master's thesis research regarding where grant funds are landing in Charlotte. Although marginalized neighborhoods value the grants, they have been unable to gain access to them at the same rate as more stable neighborhoods.
An older story but an interesting one nonetheless where an impoverished and struggling neighborhood has been slated for demolition. Rather than a public housing community, this neighborhood in Champaign, IL called Bristol Place is a neighborhood of private houses. A largely African-American community it had lately suffered from alleged high crime and low property values. The City of Champaign determined that the area should be redeveloped through full-scale demolition and construction of new dwellings.
At the end of October, the City of Charlotte hosted the first annual Neighborhood Leadership Awards. The Charlotte Action Research Project's (CHARP) neighborhood partner, the Reid Park Neighborhood Association won the Neighborhood Improvement Award. The award recognizes a neighborhood association that has shown a commitment to enhancing the aesthetics and safety of their neighborhood.
In a collaborative effort with Geography and Urban Design master's student Dylan McKnight, the Reid Park Neighborhood Association has created a new general plan for the creation of a central park as well as other amenties in Reid Park. The plan was presented to Reid Park residents, Parks & Recreation staff, and other dignitaries at Reid Park Academy.
Habitat for Humanity in Charlotte is nearing $5 million invested in Reid Park at the same time it is reaching its 30th anniversary. It is certainly a time for reflection and for looking at what the future holds for Habitat and for Reid Park.
A new report finds that 1 in 5 homes bought in the Charlotte MSA went to investors. That is the highest rate in the country behind Atlanta. This trend highlights the changing nature of neighborhoods and the growing amount of people who rent. A question arises of how CHARP and other community-university partnerships can still engage with neighborhoods with more transient populations? How can we serve those that rent at the same level as those who own their homes? Interesting and challenging questions for participatory research.
CHARP invited residents from Reid Park, Greater Enderly Park, and Graham Heights to come together to learn more about the new Affordable Healthcare Act. Resident input was sought on how best to get the word out about signing up for health insurance and where to access resources and assistance with navigating the process. 15 residents were on hand to hear a presentation from Cicily Hampton in the Public Policy program and ask questions about the upcoming insurance exchanges. It was a productive meeting and resident identified ways to get the word out.