September 20, 2010, 11am PDT
Mary Newsom reviews a new book on New York City by Roberta Brandez Gratz, and finds lessons that cross borders even into her very different city of Charlotte.
July 19, 2010, 1pm PDT
Charlotte just won $25 million in grants from the federal government to combine with $12 million of local funds to build a streetcar system. Some say it's a waste of money. This editorial from <em>The Charlotte Observer</em> argues its case.
July 15, 2010, 6am PDT
Charlotte recently won a $25 million federal grant to begin construction on a streetcar system. <em>The Charlotte Observer</em> goes over some of the system's basics.
July 8, 2010, 5am PDT
Many things came together for light rail to come to Charlotte, starting in 1996. Key was perseverance by a conservative mayor, a volunteer group that started a historic trolley, voters who supported a sales tax, and experienced transit professionals
Grist: Cities of the Future
May 27, 2010, 5am PDT
Plans to expand Charlotte's CATS light rail system to a nearby university could be delayed by a decade or more.
April 8, 2010, 9am PDT
When Charlotte's new light rail line opened, it vastly exceeded anticipated ridership figures. As the city plans an extension of the system, the federal government is revising how it distributes funding to avoid making the same mistake again.
February 14, 2010, 1pm PST
This paper animation clip by Rob Carter shows the urban growth and development of Charlotte, North Carolina over time.
November 19, 2009, 9am PST
Transit saw some big ridership increases over the past few years, but maybe not where you'd expect. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the top ten metropolitan areas where transit use has increased the most.
September 16, 2009, 7am PDT
In an effort to give themselves more time to pay for it, transit officials in Charlotte may delay an 11-mile light rail extension for six years.
May 18, 2009, 8am PDT
Votes in the Charlotte area are considering another raise to their sales tax to fund transit projects. New documents show the tax increase may not bring the improvements quickly. But without the raise, some projects may never get built.
May 13, 2009, 5am PDT
Atlanta is seen by many as the economic powerhouse of the South. But some say Charlotte's progress in providing transit and reducing traffic may begin to tip the scales.
April 25, 2009, 1pm PDT
Mecklenburg County commissioners are scheduled to debate whether to add a second half-cent sales tax to fund transit in the Charlotte area.
April 24, 2009, 2pm PDT
Two new light rail projects near Charlotte were planned to get built at the same time, but the economic recession is forcing officials to choose one and delay the other.
April 4, 2009, 1pm PDT
Charlotte politicians have been pushing for the completion of a freeway loop around the city -- a $220 million project. Mary Newsom argues that road funding would better serve the city and the region if it were directed to Charlotte's transit system.
January 28, 2009, 12pm PST
A Home Depot Expo in Charlotte, NC, is closing. Mary Newsom explains that the real problem with big boxes like this is that they don't make sense over time.
October 8, 2008, 9am PDT
Charlotte faces a number of challenges in the 21st century, from rising immigration to declining industry to sprawl. This <em>Citistates Report</em> suggests one strategy to harbor a healthy future: go green.
June 5, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Charlotte's light rail system has proven to be a major success in the city, spurring development and igniting the local economy. But as it expands, will the other communities it benefits join in the funding party?</p>