Some of you may be shocked to learn this, but the Naked City Blog is only a small part of my job. I'm the director of the new PlanCharlotte.org website, part of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. The site's goal, since its launch a few months back, is to cover, in a journalistic way, events and trends in growth, planning, environmental and urban issues from the greater Charlotte region.
|Castlebrooke in Kannapolis, about 20 miles northeast of Charlotte|
Some of the developments remain stalled, or maybe dead. The top photo is from Apple Creek in Gastonia and Gaston County, about 20 miles west of Charlotte. The one at the end of this is from the site of the former Charlotte Coliseum, where City Park was to have been a large mixed-use development of homes, offices, stores and a hotel. (A proposal to build apartments there is now in the works, the article says.)
Others, too, such as Castlebrooke (shown directly above), may be stirring to life again. As planner Kris Krider of Kannapolis tells PlanCharlotte writer Josh McCann, in retrospect, it might not have been wise for Kannapolis to annex land so far from its core, because that can strain the city’s police force and require new fire stations and water and sewer infrastructure. But the city has already made those investments, and so it needs houses to materialize, to generate revenue to cover costs.
But the photo series and the article, together, should serve as a caution to government leaders as well as private businesses. Is all growth "good" regardless or where or what it is? Can we ever knit these developments into a town or a city, or will they remain isolated pods in remote areas? Or will the kudzu overtake them in the end?
|Where Charlotteans once went to see Charlotte Hornets Dell Curry and Muggsy Bogues in action|
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