Friday, December 26, 2008

First Night

Don't forget First Night, Uptown on New Year's Eve! Events run from 3:00p to Midnight.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

LYNX Blue Line Interruption

Please be aware that on Sunday, December 21, from 6:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., the LYNX Blue Line will not operate north of the Carson Light Rail Station due to construction of a pedestrian bridge in Center City. The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) will provide free connecting buses that will operate between the Carson Light Rail Station and the Charlotte Transportation Center (CTC)/Arena Station during this time.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Third Ward / Year in Review

Third Ward's year-end recap is below. If you did not receive this via e-mail, subscribe to our distribution list by sending an e-mail to Thanks!


Good morning, I hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday season! As we close the year, I wanted to send a final message to review the highlights of 2008 and the promise of 2009.

2008 was another memorable year in Third Ward's march forward. More young families continue to stay and grow here, even catching the attention of the Charlotte Observer in a front-page article in April. In the cycle of life, we also lost some longtime residents with the passing of Mrs. Roberts and the relocation of Tony Nimmons after decades in the neighborhood.

Personal connections have been made at our bountiful community garden, our annual Picnic in the Park, and through socials sponsored by neighborhood businesses. I thank the City Club, My Townhome, Reliant Group Properties, and Hartigan's Irish Pub for their generosity. Third Ward business participation went beyond social events, too. STV/Ralph Whitehead Associates dedicated a springtime Saturday to Irwin Creek cleanup, and Enventys offered its creative resources toward an emerging identity program for the neighborhood.

Charlotte continues to find our neighborhood as a gracious host to its best events and amenities. In October we welcomed the Komen Race for the Cure and the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, and we can't forget the Panthers at the top of the NFC South. Though we still await groundbreaking of Knights Stadium, we can view the dramatic transformation of South Tryon Street into a world-class commercial and cultural destination.

At our neighborhood meetings, we welcomed guests like Michael Smith, Phil Kline, and Chief Rodney Monroe. Chief Monroe's visit, which came just five weeks into his tenure, was our best attended meeting of the year and was even covered on the evening news.

I am very pleased with the success of our website. Since its relaunch in March, the site has attracted almost 1,500 unique visitors. has been the conduit for disseminating hundreds of posts and documents to the neighborhood. Through the site and our e-mail distribution list, there is much more information about Third Ward readily at hand.

In 2009, many of us will face uncertainty in our professional lives as we experience the threat or reality of layoffs and a faltering economy. With the change of presidential administrations, one hopes that the promise of improved infrastructure will continue to offer an even better quality of life to urban neighborhoods including Third Ward. At the same time, we will be challenged to ensure that what is built enhances the beauty and variety of our neighborhood.

Regardless of our physical surroundings, 2009 should be a year when we look to grow closer to our friends and neighbors during difficult times. We will never change our hospitable attitude to greater Charlotte, but we will look to grow our own community and identity more visibly. The neighborhood association will step up its efforts to bring people together in 2009, with more outreach and more events. (You'll have the chance to provide your suggestions and feedback in a survey to be released in January - and always to me personally.) Whether through an "official" event or not, I invite you to say "hello, my name is..." to the people you see in the neighborhood.

Finally, I would like to thank the officers, board, and volunteers who have done so much for Third Ward this year, including the condominium association presidents who have been active. I would also like to recognize Keith and Amy Hall, residents who distinguish themselves through constant participation in neighborhood events and willingness to take on some unglamorous tasks - parking and neighborhood watch among them - in service of the neighborhood. Thank you very much.

Happy holidays! See you in January.


John Schwaller
Third Ward Neighborhood Association

Monday, December 15, 2008

CATS Airport Sprinter

Third Ward's response to the proposed route for the CATS Airport Sprinter can be found on the Development + Infrastructure page.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Gold Rush Forum

CATS will host a public meeting on Thursday, December 11th at 4:00p. According to a press release, "CATS is researching several service change proposals that if adopted, would take effect between February and March 2009. Citizens are encouraged to attend the public meetings to review the proposals and provide feedback to CATS staff." The meeting will focus specifically on the Gold Rush service, as well as the First Ward Shuttle. It will take place at the Government Center, Room CH-14.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

First Night Charlotte by Charlotte Center City Partners

"Begun in Boston in 1976, First Night is an alcohol-free community celebration of the New Year that is now celebrated in over 200 cities internationally. Entertainment, art, ritual, and festivities are all intertwined at First Night.
The celebration aims to advance the public’s appreciation of visual and performing arts through an innovative, diverse, and high-quality New Year’s Eve program that offers a shared cultural experience, accessible and affordable to all. The festivities will run from 3pm until midnight ...
Nontraditional locations (bank lobbies, municipal buildings, churches, and balconies), traditional locations (theatres and auditoriums), as well as the outdoor cityscape (fountains, streets, building facades, and plazas) will play host to a wide array of programs, exhibitions, and shows at the same time, making First Night a truly unique experience that cannot be missed.
The evening will culminate with a countdown to midnight and grand finale at the main stage located at 300 South Tryon. The main stage area will also feature a resolution wall where kids of all ages can add their New Year resolutions.
Admission buttons will go on sale throughout the community beginning Thanksgiving weekend and will cost $10. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit"

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christmas Tree Lighting

A picture from tonight's Christmas Tree Lighting at Gateway Village...