Thursday, December 31, 2009

First Night Tonight!

View the First Night website for information on festivities today and tonight!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Third Ward / Year in Review

Good afternoon and “good-bye” to 2009!

Despite challenging economic conditions, the year had much to offer Third Ward.  The design phase of our brand/identity program, developed with Little Red Bird, came to a conclusion with a heralded new logo and tagline: “It’s here.”  In a year when Charlotte’s ambition took some hits, this has been a timely reminder to celebrate what we have: A neighborhood that is both urban and pastoral, rich with history and vitality, and filled with beautiful places, kind neighbors, and plenty to do.

One of 2009’s best things to do was attend the Summer Tailgate!  Thanks to a partnership with the Carolina Panthers and Hartigan’s Irish Pub, more than one hundred neighbors and friends enjoyed food, camaraderie, and stadium tours to kick off NFL season, benefiting the Charlotte Rescue Mission.

We also extend our appreciation to Pie Town, and sister restaurant Press, for hosting neighborhood socials and the second annual Condominium Presidents Forum, with discounted or donated food and drink for all events.  We are grateful to have you in the neighborhood and will offer our continued patronage.

The same goes to the Gateway Village YMCA, our home base for neighborhood business meetings including the Mayoral Candidates Forum, featuring candidates Anthony Foxx and John Lassiter.  Thank you for being our gracious host and partner!

Like last year, I want to honor a neighborhood resident who exhibits exemplary dedication to her community.  For 2009 the honoree is Tracey Wopperer.  This year Tracey served on the brand/identity committee, led the community garden, and helped organize the Summer Tailgate as well.  She is the newly-elected president of her condominium association and will join the Third Ward board of directors in January – not to mention her other civic and professional pursuits.  Please join me in thanking Tracey for everything she does on behalf of Third Ward.

Four other new directors are joining Third Ward’s board too.  Along with Tracey, please welcome Jason Fuchs, Lex Jones, Gray Pendleton, and Mike Sposato.  Eric Davis, Matt Hunoval, and Ginny Woolard will carry over, as will I.  Rev. Tony Marciano, Robyn Riordan, and Beth Springston are stepping down.

Every member of the board commits his/her time and resources to preserve and enhance Third Ward’s quality of life, for all of us.  We are truly fortunate to have their support.  To board members past, present, and future: Thank you!

In closing, please remember the Charlotte Rescue Mission and the Irwin Avenue Elementary School needs list in your holiday giving.  And if you are looking for a neighborhood-specific item, check out the Third Ward Shop!

Happy holidays!  We’ll be back in January.

John

John Schwaller
President
Third Ward Neighborhood Association
third-ward.org

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

DonorsChoose Feedback

Through a gift, the association contributed money to classroom projects earlier this year via DonorsChoose.  The gracious responses from two of the teachers are below.


"Dear Third Ward Neighborhood Association, I can't fully express my joy, excitement, and thanks for your donation to my project. It is great to see that you share my vision for reaching children. It is so exciting to see the children's faces as they discover new books in our classroom library. The books purchased will be used to improve reading skills and will allow the children to participate more in the schoolwide Accelerated Reader program.
I hope to share with my colleagues our success in funding this project. Thank you so much. I can't wait to introduce these tools to the children.
With gratitude,
Mrs. D. [Metro School]"

"Dear Third Ward Neighborhood Association, Thank you for giving my students the opportunity to gain the most knowledge they can in Medical Science, by seeing things in different colors. The color printer will really bring about a different angle of body parts and give more clarity to understanding body structures. This will really aid in my teaching and their understanding of structures of the human body.
I try to be creative and innovated in the classroom, but I have been faced with a number of budgetary obstacles to overcome. This is why I am so excited that you have helped to make our dreams come true. This printer will really open the gates of understanding the human body by clearly distinguishing the different body systems in vivid color. We all are so excited and ready to get started. I am planning lessons already to utilize our new technology.  Thank you once again for your generous donation.
With gratitude,
Mrs. F. [West Charlotte High School]"

Monday, December 7, 2009

City Council Board Vacancies

"Several vacancies exist on the following boards and committees to which Charlotte City Council makes appointments.  These are volunteer positions on a wide variety of boards with differing time commitments. All applicants must be registered to vote in Mecklenburg County."
Please see this attachment for more details on open board seats.

Twelve, the Holiday Market

Twelve, The Holiday Market is located at 101 North Tryon Street.  It will be open for twelve days - December 3-5, 9-12, and 15-19 - from 10:00a to 5:00p on weekdays, and 10:00a to 3:00p on Saturdays: "Twelve is an uptown holiday market brought to you by the Center City Green Market, Gramercy Realty and Charlotte Center City Partners. We have converted the former Grand Central Deli into a street level retail space and twelve-day holiday market.  The market is comprised of local vendors with a variety of locally produced products including ... specialty items."
For more information, click here.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Knight Theater Open House

The Knight Theater (map), part of the Wells Fargo Cultural Campus, will host an open house this Saturday, December 5th, from 10:00a to 4:00p.  Click here for more information.

Ho-Ho-Holiday Events

WBT Holiday on Ice Skating Rink
The Green
Thursdays & Fridays 5:00p–10:00p
Saturdays 11:00a–10:00p
Sundays 11:00a–7:00p
Extended hours begin December 19th
$10 (includes skate rental - $7 (supply your own skates)

32nd Annual Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour
Welcome Kiosk at 9th & Poplar Streets
December 4-6
Friday & Saturday 5:00p–9:00p
Sunday Noon–4:00p
$20/person, valid for all 3 days

First Night Workshop for Families/Children of Third Ward
Irwin Elementary School Multi Purpose Room
Thursday, December 10th 5:30p
FREE
Questions? Contact Darlene Heater of Charlotte Center City Partners

First Night Charlotte - An Imagination Celebration
Uptown Charlotte
Thursday, December 31 3:00pm - Midnight
First Night Button $10, Kids Under 8 Free, Free Street Entertainment

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Board Applications Due December 4th

A friendly reminder that Board Applications are requested to be submitted by Friday, December 4th.  Thank you!

Two Tree Lightings (and a partridge...)

A day of holiday festivities begins at 11:00a this Thursday, December 3rd at Gateway Village.  Highlights will include a Holiday Market, photographs with Santa Claus, and a performance by the Irwin Avenue Elementary Chidren's Choir.  The event culminates with the annual Tree Lighting at 6:15p.  See this bulletin for more details!
At virtually the same time, Bank of America also will illuminate its tree at The Square, accompanied by a "mini-version" of The Nutcracker by the North Carolina Dance Theatre.  Happy holidays!

Jogger Update

Last night WSOC reported additional detail on the jogger attack: "...a man’s call for help around 9:30 a.m. Sunday was a ruse to lure a 23-year-old female jogger behind a building.  The woman was jogging off Calvert Street when the man called for help.  Once the suspect got her behind the nearby building, police said he robbed and assaulted her at gunpoint.  Investigators said the suspect also tried to sexually assault the woman, but she fought him off and got away."
As CMPD had earlier confirmed, the attack occurred in the Metro division (I-77 marks the border between the Central and Metro divisions).  The association will continue to be in touch with CMPD and the Wesley Heights Neighborhood Association.

Rezoning Update

On Friday the Charlotte Business Journal reported on the proposed Sycamore @Gateway development adjacent to Irwin Avenue Elementary school, including opposition in Third Ward.  Over the past several months, the association has sought collaboration with the developer to find a mutually acceptable plan that is both appropriate to the context of the site and responsive to planning documents.  The association additionally has requested that numerous informational gaps in the proposal be filled (as earlier reported).  The developer has incorrectly reported the nature of these concerns in rezoning filings; see these letters - 1, 2 - specifying the association's concerns in detail.
To date, the developer has failed to respond to the bulk of the neighborhood's concerns, and asked that the presentations related to the development not be published on third-ward.org.  The association will continue to pursue further transparency and cooperation from the developer.  It is worth noting that this is the Third Ward Neighborhood Association's first opposition to a rezoning proposal in recent memory.
If you are interested in more detail, please contact me with questions.  Thank you!

Monday, November 30, 2009

"Jogger robbed during run in Frazier Park" UPDATE

The Charlotte Observer reports that a jogger was robbed and sexually assaulted in Frazier Park on Sunday morning.  Please be aware of your surroundings at all times and also watch out for the welfare of your neighbors.  Please also keep the victim of this crime in your thoughts and prayers.
CMPD has referred the crime to its Investigations section and has promised to share updates as they become available.  CMPD has additionally provided these reference papers on "To Fight or Not To Fight" and "While Walking on the Street."

Friday, November 27, 2009

Holiday Safety Tips from CMPD

"With the onset of the winter holidays, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is stepping up patrols and taking special precautions to ensure the safety of citizens and shoppers throughout the holiday season. Beginning this week, with one of the biggest shopping days of the year, police presence will increase and continue through New Years.
Funded through the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), extra patrols have been added throughout the entire jurisdiction, providing heightened visibility, especially in high volume shopping areas. This includes all major shopping centers, malls, and superstores such as Walmart, Target, and Sams Club. The Department has allotted more than $80,000 of JAG overtime funding to support this project.
The Department will be paying special attention to its known and repeat offenders while also employing the full support of its undercover officers who will be on the lookout for any criminal activity and suspicious behavior. Officers will have a special focus on crimes such as shoplifting and larceny from autos.  The Department also plans to fully utilize crime prevention tools such as its Sky Watch Towers.
In addition to more police patrols, CMPD will collaborate with private security firms to combine efforts.
Emphasizing the crucial relationship between the community and law enforcement, CMPD will be working with local businesses to reinforce precautionary measures for money management and business safety.  The Department is also encouraging citizens to take preventive steps to ensure the securing of their property and their personal safety and offers these tips for the holiday season:

Safety While Shopping 
1. Pay with checks or credit cards when possible. Don’t flash large amounts of cash.
2. Don’t leave any purchases or your purse unattended while shopping or in a dressing room.
3. Try to carry as little as possible. Make multiple trips to your vehicle to store your purchases.
4. Never leave your children alone.
5. If your children get separated from you, teach them to find a cashier or a security officer and ask for help.
6. Report all suspicious activity. Call 911 with a description.

Safety in the Parking Lots
1. Park and walk in well-lit areas.
2. Walk with confidence be aware of people around you, and know where you parked.
3. Always lock your car doors after leaving or entering your car.
4. Have your keys in your hand so that you don’t have to linger before entering your car. Check the back seat before you get in.
5. Don’t leave packages on the car seats. Keep packages out of sight in the trunk or under a covered rear cargo area.

Home Holiday Safety
1. Make sure your home is well lit. Turn on outside lights, spotlights, motions lights, etc. Leave several lights on timers while you are away to give your home that lived in look.
2. Keep all shrubbery trimmed. Do not allow shrubbery to conceal windows or doors.
3. Remove anything a burglar could climb up on to gain entry or use to knock out a window or door; items such as ladders, tools, tables, and chairs.
4. All exterior doors should be solid, rather than hollow core.
5. Don’t leave garage roll down doors open, even while you are home or while you are doing yard work.
6. Use a deadbolt lock to secure your doors. A good deadbolt should have a 1” throw, if you have glass within 40” of the lock a burglar could reach in and unlock the door. A double cylinder lock (this type needs a key on both sides to unlock) should be used if glass is near the lock.
7. If you are going away contact a trusted neighbor or friend to pick up your mail, newspaper and other delivered items.
8. Try not to leave gifts in open view. This is an invitation to burglars.
9. Don’t advertise new gifts or purchases. Break up cartons before leaving them at the curb or dispose of them another way the morning of trash pick up.
10. Don’t forget to engrave new gifts or purchases with your Drivers license number.
11. Don’t open your door to strangers. Be wary of solicitors and salespersons. If a stranger asks to use your telephone, tell them to stay outside, lock the door behind you and make the call for them. Never let a stranger inside your home.
12. Don’t give any information about yourself or your neighbor to a stranger."

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

REMINDER: Thanksgiving Parade

Tomorrow's Thanksgiving Parade begins at 10:00a!  For more information, see this link.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving Desserts

The Charlotte Rescue Mission needs homemade baked desserts for its annual Thanksgiving Day at 907 West First Street.  The Mission will accept deliveries all day Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day until 9:30a.  Thanks for contributing and happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tailgate Recycling Update

Sunday's game against the Falcons brought a major spike in recycling activity, with nearly 40% of trash being recycled.  The weighted average of recycling activity for this year's initiative is now ahead of the goal.
If you are tailgating tonight, remember to put your recyclables in the yellow bags.  Go Panthers!

Streetcar Information Meeting Tonight

The second of three (identical) Streetcar Information Meetings will be tonight at the Johnson C. Smith University Auditorium, from 6:00p to 8:00p.  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Streetcar Information/Meeting Tonight

The first of three (identical) Streetcar Information Meetings will be held tonight at the Government Center, Room 267 at 6:00p.  Please see the attached Scope and Fast Facts documents.

Monday, November 16, 2009

CMPD Alert/Residential Break-ins

CMPD has sent notice that the neighborhood has had five residential break-ins so far this month, on West First Street, West Fourth Street (2), West Trade Street, and South Sycamore Street.  Homes were entered via a window being smashed or pried open.  Large TVs and computer equipment were taken.
Mark Summers (photo) is a suspect; past aliases include Arthur Summers, Michael Summers, Mark Santiago, Mark West, and Anthony Hatton.  I have been notified that Mr. Summers is a suspect in a string of Fourth Ward burglaries as well.
Please call 911 immediately if you see this suspect or anything suspicious.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Membership & Board of Directors

As 2009 nears its end, the neighborhood association approaches two significant milestones.  In concert with the association’s mission, these are focused upon the enhancement of life for all with an interest in Third Ward.  Please read on.

Membership Dues: In 2010 the association will introduce annual membership dues of $25.  This change was made after much consideration, for those who 1) seek to offer their support to the association and be more closely aligned with their neighbors, and 2) recognize value in pooling resources toward the collective goals of the neighborhood.

Though dues are voluntary, all Third Ward residents and stakeholders are strongly encouraged to contribute.  “Residents” includes all who live in condominiums, townhomes, single-family homes, and apartments.

Because this is the first year of dues, projecting the 2010 budget – and the activities of the association derived from it – is difficult.  The budget is anticipated to be focused upon events, beautification projects, and charitable contributions for the benefit of all in Third Ward.  The budget, as determined by the (new) Board of Directors, will be made available to members.

Of course some will find this initiative controversial; others will find it long overdue.  Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or comments.

Dues can be paid online (see the Google Checkout button in the upper right) or in person at any neighborhood meeting.  Please note that there is a $2.50 fee for online transactions.

Board of Directors Renewal: I can personally attest to the fun and opportunity that comes with being part of Third Ward’s leadership.  As the current Board of Directors ends its term, the association is in an Open Application period for Directors.

The qualities of the ideal Director are evident: positive attitude, plays well with others, works on behalf of the neighborhood, and attends monthly meetings.

Each Director commits to a Personal Project matching his or her area of interest.  Going forward, these Personal Projects will have the greatest impact on the fortunes of Third Ward.  The most successful neighborhoods in Charlotte are founded upon individuals who are passionate about a particular issue: schools… events… parks… the list goes on.

Please consider making the commitment to contribute your personal enthusiasm to Third Ward.  The application for the Board of Directors can be found here.  Thanks!

John Schwaller
President
Third Ward Neighborhood Association
third-ward.org

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Streetcar Information Meetings

"The City of Charlotte Engineering and Property Management Division and Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) will host a series of meetings to discuss project-related material for the Charlotte Streetcar Project.

This meeting will serve as an opportunity for staff to provide a project update to the community on what will be accomplished during the Preliminary Engineering phase of the project. Meetings will be held at the following locations:

November 17, 2009
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East 4th Street
2nd Floor Room 267
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Add to Your Outlook Calendar

November 19, 2009
Johnson C. Smith University Auditorium
100 Beatties Ford Road
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Add to Your Outlook Calendar

November 24, 2009
Memorial United Methodist Church
4012 Central Avenue
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Add to Your Outlook Calendar

*Please note the same information will be shared at all three meetings."

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Virtual Charlotte

If you like Mecklenburg Polaris, try Virtual Charlotte.  This link has been added to Resources at below left.

Mint Museum


It won't be long until the Mint Museum moves in to its new home on South Tryon Street, adding to the already extensive list of Uptown cultural amenities.  In addition to its exhibits, the museum hosts speakers and offers classes for children and adults.  Consider connecting yourself or your family with the Mint by joining its e-mail list (text box at below left) or connecting on Facebook!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Thanksgiving Parade

The annual Thanksgiving Parade, the fourth largest parade of its kind in the United States, will begin at 10:00a on Thursday, November 26th at Ninth & Tryon Streets.  To participate or learn more, follow this link.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Rental Property Ordinance Proposal

On Monday, November 9th, there will be a public hearing on the Rental Property Ordinance Proposal: "The Rental Property Ordinance will require registration of those rental properties that fall within the top 4% of a Disorder Risk Threshold among all rental properties. This activity will be measured on a weighted scale with violent crime rated the highest, followed by property crime and citizen initiated disorder calls for service. Owners of those properties meeting the 4% threshold will pay a registration fee based on the number of units in the property."
The hearing will begin at 7:00p at the Government Center.  For more information, please see this postcard.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

History, Geography and CMS

"MeckEd and Levine Museum of the New South invite you to join a lively and interactive exploration of the historical context behind Charlotte's school issues. We'll learn some school history, focusing of Charlotte's experience as the U.S. test case for court ordered busing. Mostly we'll be looking at patterns of economic separation and racial segregation over time. This Discussion Tour evolved from an orientation that Dr. Gorman asked Levine Museum of the New South to give him when he arrived. He's since sent many administrators and principals on this discussion tour. As Dr. Gorman says, it helps us understand why we don't all seem to be 'coming from the same place.'"
The event will take place Thursday, November 19th, from 8:30a to 2:00p.  For more information, see this link.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Catalyst + Real Estate Report

Confirming persistent rumors, the Charlotte Business Journal reports that the Catalyst building will fully convert its 462 units to apartments.  Novare, the Atlanta-based developer of the project, surrendered its management responsibilities to Crosland Investment Services, located elsewhere in Third Ward in the Carillon Building.  Crosland will also manage the 20,000sf of retail space located in the building.
While this result did not meet the intent of Novare, it nonetheless will bring hundreds of new residents to the eastern part of Third Ward; we welcome them to the neighborhood!  Catalyst residents will share the neighborhood's particular interest in the commencement of construction at Romare Bearden Park.
For a more in-depth look at Third Ward real estate activity in Q3, see this Real Estate Report prepared by board member Robyn Riordan.  And if you have thoughts/suggestions on the preservation and enhancement of real estate values in the neighborhood, please contact me.

Friday, October 30, 2009

"Firebird" at the Bechtler Museum

"Firebird" is under installation in the front plaza at the Bechtler Museum now, to be unveiled to the public Tuesday, November 3rd at 3:00p.

Waddlers & Toddlers REMINDER

Families, remember tomorrow's Waddlers & Toddlers Costume Parade!  For more information, click here.

Free First Presbyterian Concert

On Sunday, November 8th at 4:00p, First Presbyterian Church will host a free concert.  Pianists Eddie Huss and Annette Matthews will perform works by Felix Mendelssohn and Samuel Barber, and also will perform George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”  The concert will take place in the sanctuary.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tailgate Recycling

For data junkies, here are the stats to date on Panthers tailgate recycling.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Get Motivated Traffic Advisory

Tomorrow's Get Motivated event is expected to have a major impact on morning traffic.  Please see this bulletin.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pie Town TONIGHT

Tonight at 7:00p, Pie Town will once again open its doors to the neighborhood with food & drink specials.  Bring neighbors and friends from other neighborhoods for the last Third Ward event of the year - see you there!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Johnson & Wales Student Center

Yesterday Johnson & Wales University announced the impending construction of a new student center, located south of the residence halls along Cedar Street.  The 30,000sf structure will include athletic facilities, meeting space, and more.
The university is planning to share plans of the space as they become available.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

REMINDER: 2020 Vision Plan Community Workshop

Tonight will bring the first Community Workshop for the Center City 2020 Vision Plan, open to all residents, families, and interested people at 5:30p.  The event is at the Charlotte Convention Center, with free parking available across the street at The Green.  The voices of Third Ward residents at this event will be critical to preserving and enhancing our neighborhood's quality of life.  Please attend the Community Workshop!

2020 Vision Plan on WFAE

At 9:00a this morning on WFAE (90.7 FM), Daniel Iacofano (MIG), Debra Campbell (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission), and Michael Smith (Charlotte Center City Partners) will be featured on Mike Collins' Charlotte Talks program. The topic will be the 2020 Vision Plan currently underway for Charlotte's Center City.
Also remember that the first Community Workshop for the 2020 Vision Plan is tonight at the Charlotte Convention Center, beginning at 5:30p.  All Charlotte residents - especially residents of Third Ward and other Uptown neighborhoods - are encouraged to attend.  Parking is available at The Green at no charge.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

IBM Donation to Irwin Avenue Elementary School

Excerpted from press release: "On October 30, 2009, Irwin IB Elementary School in Uptown Charlotte will receive $10,000 of KidSmart technology centers from IBM. 
IBM’s KidSmart program includes the Young Explorer, a computer housed in brightly-colored, kid-friendly Little Tikes furniture and equipped with award-winning educational software to help children learn and explore concepts in math, science and language. The computer centers can also help children learn important socialization skills such as how to work together and share. Exploration and socialization skills are important to prepare children for future success in school, help level the playing field and ensure all children have access to educational tools. (www.kidsmartearlylearning.org)
IBM is trying to bridge the digital divide through the KidSmart program.  Studies show that the KidSmart program leads to substantial improvements in teaching and learning and to significant positive outcomes for children and teachers.  Teachers participating KidSmart are also more confident in their approach to using computers in their classrooms.
The partnership with Irwin IB Elementary is a great fit for IBM, whose Uptown offices are just blocks from the school."

Monday, October 19, 2009

Romare Bearden Park Update

From Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation: "Dear Stakeholders, Although it may seem all is [quiet] at Romare Bearden Park, several key components of this wonderful project are gathering momentum:
Timetable: The Department is hopeful that construction could start late next summer. The County will release a portion of unsold 2004 bonds for sale next June. Construction of Romare Bearden Park is the number one priority for the Department - the park will be first in line when funding becomes available. We will know more as the County moves closer to the bond sale and determines specific department allocations.
Building Demolition: Asbestos abatement in the existing structures is underway. Once abatement is complete, in about a month’s time, the three buildings will be razed.
Public Art: On October 7th the Art and Science Council kicked off the artist selection process. To date the ASC has risen over $225,000 to help support funding for a major art piece.
Romare Bearden Foundation: The Department is working with the local liaison to the Romare Bearden Foundation.  Jerald Melberg, gallery owner and former curator for the Mint Museum is helping us add the depth and richness of Romare Bearden through the careful selection of his works, text and thoughts; capturing Romare’s spirit that is to be incorporated into the interpretive signage throughout the park.
Fundraising:  As we draw nearer to construction and the economic climate improves, Partners for Parks, the non-profit fundraising wing for the department, is gearing up to undertake a fundraising effort. We will pass along details of the fundraising effort as they progress.
...
Have a great week!
Brian Conroy
Parks Planner, Central Region
Mecklenburg County
Park and Recreation Department"

Friday, October 16, 2009

Holidays in the City Auditions

From the press release: "Charlotte Center City Partners is bringing Holidays in the City to life in a new way. We are recruiting talented performers for a variety of roles in our Uptown Holiday Cast. CCCP is looking for creative individuals who can provide a fresh new take on holiday entertainment.
Charlotte Center City Partners will hire 6-8 cast members for the upcoming holiday season. Audition Categories [include]:
Singers who can “Move”: Prepare two songs (a ballad and up-tempo) with accompaniment (CD may be used). We are looking for singers that are proficient in more than one performance style including: rock, pop, musical theatre, swing, and classical. Please come prepared with a brief dance combination with accompaniment (CD may be used). Does not have to be professional, just something that will show us that you have dancing abilities.
Actors/Character Actors: Show us your best with a one-minute comic monologue. Irish, British, and Scottish dialects are of particular interest but not required.
Specialty Talents: Stilt walkers, mimes, jugglers, comedy magicians, or any other family-oriented specialty talents are welcome. Prepare a brief example. Bring necessary equipment.  CD player is provided.
We are especially looking for performers with MULTIPLE TALENTS. Are you ready to get in the holiday spirit? Come out and audition for this once in a lifetime opportunity, and have a hand in enriching the urban core of Center City Charlotte, by doing what you do best."
Auditions will take place at Spirit Square, Friday, November 6, 5:00pm-9:00pm; Saturday, November 7, 10:00am-1:00pm, 2:00pm-5:00pm; Sunday, November 8, 1:00pm-5:00pm, Callbacks.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wells Fargo Cultural Campus Newsletter

The second edition of the excellent Wells Fargo Cultural Campus Newsletter can be found here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

CharMeck Court Watch

Neighbors for a Safer Charlotte has noted the CharMeck Court Watch website, a tool that helps neighborhoods monitor chronic offenders in the area: "These criminal cases are ... committed by chronic offenders that always seem to slip through the cracks of the criminal justice system.  The neighbors volunteer their time to see the court cases through until some sort of resolution is achieved.  Providence Division has had great success in influencing the District Attorney to make sure that the cases are not dismissed or reduced, and a hefty sentence is imposed by the judge."
If you are interested in learning more, review the website or contact Officer Whitesel at swhitesel@cmpd.org.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Streetcar Update

The City of Charlotte and CATS have released two bulletins (1, 2) summarizing the current state of the Streetcar project and details on the upcoming engineering study.

Seven Years with Ray's Splash Planet

Ray's Splash Planet will celebrate its seventh birthday and grand re-opening with a free outdoor party this Saturday, October 17th, from 10:00a to 3:00p.  According to the Ray's website, the event will be "a super fun-filled bash loaded with exciting activities and carnival games. There will be cake, giveaways and of course swimming! Bring your family and come join the fun."

Dinner & Book Release with Peter Reinhart

Join chef and author Peter Reinhart at neighborhood sponsor Pie Town on Saturday, November 7th for dinner and a reading from his new book, Artisan Breads Every Day.  The dinner is $28/person; contact briana@sonomarestaurants.net to register.  Seating is limited!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Uptown Career Center

Displaced professionals have a new resource to help them get back to work. The Professional Career Center opened its doors last week on the second floor at 525 North Tryon Street.
Part of the Charlotte Regional Recovery Initiative, convened by Governor Bev Perdue earlier this year to address the needs of displaced workers, the Professional Career Center is an Uptown Charlotte work environment with all the tools that job-seeking professionals need, from computer workstations and telephone access to conference/meeting space. The center also offers a wealth of support services, including daily workshops, entrepreneurial resources and individual career counseling.
Contact Steve Partridge at spartridge@charlotteusa.com or (704) 778-7185.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Waddlers & Toddlers Costume Parade

Our friends and neighbors in Wesley Heights have graciously invited Third Ward families to join their Waddlers & Toddlers Costume Parade on Saturday, October 31st (Halloween).  The parade will line up in the 400 Block of Grandin Road and begin at 4:00p.  Special guests will include the Wesley Heights Fireman and Policemen, who will lead the Costume Parade.
Costumes are a must for all the Waddlers and Toddlers. Mommies and daddies are welcome to dress up too!
A photographer will be available for kids costume photos (digital copies only).
To receive an Evite invitation, contact admin@wesleyheightshistoric.com with your child's name, age, and neighborhood.  Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

New Swings Installed

The new "bucket-style" swings at Frazier Park are ready for use!  For parents of toddlers and small children, these are by far the best option.  Please join me in thanking Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation for their quick response to the neighborhood's request.  A special thanks goes to Brian Conroy, who arranged for the swings and earlier this year invited the neighborhood's input on the "Third Ward Corner" at Romare Bearden Park.  We appreciate your work.
Enjoy Frazier Park on this beautiful fall weekend!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Emerging Plans at the (existing) Knights Stadium

The Charlotte Business Journal's Erik Spanberg blogs about Jerry Reese's development plans at the existing Knights Stadium in York County.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Families Photo Shoot Postponed...

...due to inclement weather.  To be contacted for the next round, please e-mail Moira Quinn at Charlotte Center City Partners.

First Ward Mayoral Forum

Did you miss July's Third Ward Mayoral Forum?  First Ward will be hosting their own this Friday, October 9th, 7:00p at Trinity Episcopal School.  All are welcome.  Contact Mauricio Bernal with questions.

Johnson & Wales Way/Fourth Street Extension Project Update

Joe Frey, the project manager (of City of Charlotte Engineering & Property Management) issued an update this past Friday.  An excerpt:
"Greetings all.  First, I want to apologize that there has not been any communication from us regarding the project in a while.  Work is ongoing though and I wanted to share the latest update with you ... The big news is that the Tuckaseegee Road portion of the project will actually be happening this month.  It happened that Tuckaseegee Rd was scheduled to be resurfaced this year.  So we worked it that along with the resurfacing we will also restripe to reduce the travel lanes and add bike lanes [per] the project plans.  There will be some additional sidewalk and median work when we do full project construction later, but this will achieve a major goal of the project now.  We expect to get the plans to 50% complete by the end of the year and at that time we will most likely have another stakeholder meeting to field questions.
Once again, thank you for your interest and input regarding the project.  As always, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me."
Further information is in the postcard.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Families Wanted

Tomorrow (Monday) afternoon, Charlotte Center City Partners will deploy a film crew to interview families who live Uptown.  This is an excellent way to promote Third Ward and Uptown - and to help correct the conventional wisdom that "no families live Uptown."  If you are available, please contact Moira Quinn at (704) 363-1298.  Thanks!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Larceny from Auto Suspect

Police are seeking to identify the man pictured in these photographs - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.  He is an LFA suspect and typically wears the backpack.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

CMPD Report - October

CMPD's most recent District 2 report can be found here.  There are sharp increases in larcenies so please adhere to the suggestions at the end of the report.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gateway Village Blood Drive

Gateway Village will host a Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, October 13th, 9:00a to 1:30p in the lobby of the 900 building.  To schedule an appointment, follow this link, and use sponsor code 10070.  Photo ID is required.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

September Meeting Recap

Thanks to Steve Cook of Equitas for his presentation on Tuesday night, along with Aaron Pomis, Kennie High, and Officer Stillman.
For those interested in learning more about Equitas and its work in Malawi, sign up for the Water & Wine event on October 6th at The Wine Loft on South Boulevard.  See you there!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Historic West End Market

The Historic West End Market runs Saturday mornings from 9:00a to 2:00p, in the 1600 block of West Trade Street.  Vendor wares include flowers, food, apparel, art, jewelry, and more.  For more information, visit www.historicwestendmarket.com.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Found Dog

A dog was found in Frazier Park on Wednesday.  See this flyer for more details.

Starry Starry Night

The Charlotte Rescue Mission's Starry Starry Night Charitable Auction will take place Saturday, October 17th, 6:00p at The Atrium.  The event will include silent and live auctions, catering by Mimosa Grill, music of the Ralph McMillan Band, and testimonials from the mission's clients.  Tickets are $75/individual; register here or by calling Melissa Parrish at (704) 334-4635, extension 266.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

CATS Budget Input

"CATS is in the process of establishing its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2011 and its capital program budget for the next five years.  Members of the community are encouraged to participate in the CATS’ budget planning process and share transit service ideas for the community ... The same information will be shared at each meeting."

Meeting times and locations are as follows:


Thursday, September 24, 2009
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
Room 267
600 East 4th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Watch Live on The GOV Channel, on Time Warner Cable 16, or online at www.charlottenc.gov

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station Street
Matthews, NC 28105
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 8, 2009
Davidson Library
119 South Main Street
Davidson, NC 28036
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For more information about the meetings or transit service near the meeting locations, contact 704-336-RIDE (7433) or visit www.ridetransit.org.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Queen City and Walkability

Sustainable Development Services' Developing Trends blog recently published a post by yours truly on Charlotte's Uptown condominium "glut," property values, and how they relate to walkability.  If you are interested in reading more, follow this link.

Roadway Abandonment

In anticipation of the development of Romare Bearden Park, the City of Charlotte plans the abandonment of various rights-of-way in the block bound by Church Street, Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Mint Street, and Third Street.  For more information, including details on an upcoming public meeting, please see this document.

Update: Rezoning Application 2009-074

The Third Ward Neighborhood Association has submitted a signed copy of this letter to the developers of the Sycamore @Gateway.  The letter seeks to fill informational gaps in the development proposal, and to begin the process of creating zoning conditions.
The developers will host a community meeting for those who are interested in learning more about the proposal.  This will take place on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009, 6:00p at the Ivory Baker Recreation Center.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tree Banding Grants

Want to serve and beautify the Third Ward neighborhood?  Be the go-to person for a tree banding grant provided by the City of Charlotte.  Applications are due October 21st and workshops are coming up.  For more details, see this link.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Political Signs

I have been contacted by a campaign interested in connecting with residents to deploy political signs through the neighborhood for the City Council race.  If you are interested, contact me.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

September Meeting

Steve Cook will be the featured speaker at this month’s meeting, on Tuesday, September 22nd, 7:00p at the Gateway Village YMCA. Steve is the president of Equitas, a non-profit organization providing aid in Africa. Equitas has advocated for Sudanese refugees in the past, and more recently has turned its attention to Malawi. In addition to his humanitarian work, Steve is a gifted photographer and Third Ward resident at First Row condominiums.
Yes! Stickers will be available at the meeting!  Check out the Third Ward Shop for more neighborhood gear (including new long-sleeved shirts just in time for fall). The Schwaller family received its first batch of t-shirts last week. Both use American Apparel t-shirts as a base and fit very well.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"The streetcar lives to fight another day."

The Charlotte City Council overturned Mayor McCrory's veto of the engineering study for the Streetcar line Monday night.  See this Charlotte Business Journal article for more details.

Monday, September 14, 2009

CMPD Alert

Central Division RA2 Commander Pellicone sent this document highlighting the activities of these two men, who have recently targeted Uptown businesses - with a recommendation to "be aware."

Friday, September 11, 2009

Gameday Recycling

The four block area surrounding Bank of America Stadium is the test market for the Tailgate Recycling program.  The two preseason games yielded approximately 15% of the volume of recyclables; this year's goal is 20%.
If you are tailgating this weekend, look for the yellow recycling bags to participate.  For more information, read this.  Go Panthers!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thunder Road

The 2009 Thunder Road Marathon will take place on December 12th, crossing Third Ward from approximately 9:30a through noon (map).  In addition to the marathon, events include a 5k and half marathon.
Thunder Road encourages neighborhoods/neighborhood businesses to create "entertainment zones" to cheer on runners; the best zone wins $500 for its neighborhood association.  Contact me if you are interested in organizing a party.

Streetcar Vote Delayed

The possible override of Mayor McCrory's veto of the $8 million design contract for a streetcar study has been delayed, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.  A vote is expected next week.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

September 11 Memorial Service

The Our Children's Memorial Walkway (OCMW) will host a memorial service for victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on its eighth anniversary at 8:30a: "This service will remember victims at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in the three airplanes brought down that day. Anyone who lost a loved one on 9/11 is invited to say a few words of remembrance.  A long scroll with names and pictures of the thousands who died on 9/11 will be displayed at the service.  The Charlotte Fire Department will provide a bagpipe player, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police will provide a bugler for taps."
The OCMW is in Frazier Park, on the south side of West Fourth Street.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

CMPD Report - September

CMPD's September crime report can be found here; please note the sharp increase in Larcenies From Auto.  Always remember to remove valuables from your vehicle, park in well-lit areas, and call 911 if you see something suspicious.

Monday, September 7, 2009

CATS CEO

The Charlotte Area Transportation System will be hiring a new CEO, and public input on the ideal candidate has been requested. Citizens can attend one of five meetings (details on this flyer) or give input at publicinput.charlottenc.gov.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Rezoning Application 2009-074

Yesterday members of the Third Ward board met with developers John Arciero and Vincent James, who have proposed a rezoning for 6.2 acres adjacent to Ray's Splash Planet, Irwin Avenue Elementary School, and Elmwood & Pinewood Cemeteries (the rezoning application can be found here).
The land is currently owned by the Board of Education, who has reportedly agreed to a trade agreement in exchange for 25,000sf of office space for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools in a new building. While additional CMS office space Uptown would normally generate excitement, it appears that this space would be minimally staffed. A condominium agreement illustrating CMS ownership of the space was not presented.
The developers declined to share their electronic presentation. In brief, they propose three mixed-use structures of 6, 12, and 20 stories, integrating office, retail, and residential uses. The structures are planned to be built atop a 3 story subterranean parking deck.
Site amenities were promised to include two amphitheaters, a monumental staircase "like the Spanish Steps in Italy," a plaza, and a promenade. Green amenities including "LEED Silver or better" certification were also promised.
The development plan lacked specific details regarding traffic, architectural controls, site lighting, etc. Each of these (and more) would be required in Zoning Conditions should the project advance. Also lacking were details on potential tenants and/or buyers for the office, residential, and retail space. Specific to the residential component, affordable/workforce housing was mentioned, but neither subsidy agreements nor partnerships with housing agencies have been sought or secured.
The developers will host an open house on Tuesday, September 8th, at 5:00p on the 8th floor of the Government Center. I encourage you to attend this meeting to learn more about the proposed development. I request that you share your feedback by 7:00p on Wednesday, September 9th, for board consideration. Shortly after that - and according to our standard procedures - the board will issue a letter to the developers summarizing the position of the neighborhood.
Thank you for your participation!

India Festival Information

"[The] 15th Annual Festival of India will take place on Tryon Street from 12pm to 7pm on Saturday, September 5th and 12pm to 6pm on Sunday the 6th. Tryon Street will be closed between 4th and 5th Streets and traffic will be diverted at 3rd and 6th Streets. Go to www.indiafestival.net for more information."

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Development Dispatch

On Friday, the Charlotte Business Journal reported that developer Tim Crawford's Citiline Resortline company will be closing. Citiline Resortline is responsible for Third Ward developments First Row, the Gallery Lofts, and Skybox/Annex; the development of the former Victoria Apartments site was to be next.
Today the Charlotte Observer (and the Business Journal alike) reports that construction on condominium tower The Vue has halted. While not in Third Ward, the incomplete structure is in our view (pardon the pun) as a significant presence on Uptown's skyline; the delay will hopefully be temporary.
Meanwhile, CEOs for Cities has released a report (I'm working through its 30 pages now) indicating that homes in walkable neighborhoods - which would certainly include all of Uptown Charlotte - command higher prices than those in less-walkable neighborhoods.
What does this mean for Third Ward (and the rest of Uptown)? Will our local conditions override the trend toward walkability? Comments welcome - enjoy the reading.

Mosquito Control

Mosquitos are abundant throughout Charlotte this year. If you are having a problem, follow this link or call (704) 336-5101 for an inspection.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Sprinter Service Begins September 14th

CATS' (Airport) Sprinter bus line will traverse Third Ward on Trade Street, with local stops on Poplar and Cedar Streets and fares of $1.50 each way. The Sprinter's new website includes a link to a schedule and the map.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Charlotte Film Festival

The Fourth Annual Charlotte Film Festival is coming up September 21-27: "The first goal of the Charlotte Film festival is to provide our community with an extraordinary cultural experience
by screening the most important works of independent film we can get our hands on."
More information can be found here.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Third Ward Gear

Looking for gear to show off the new Third Ward logo? Follow this link to the Third Ward Shop at cafepress. Cafepress contributes 10% of each sale to the neighborhood association. Happy shopping!

Streetcar Design Funding Delayed

A $4.5 million contract for streetcar system design was vetoed by Mayor McCrory on Monday night. Though he supports the line, there is no money budgeted for its construction at this time.
The veto could be overridden by the council next month. See this Observer article for more.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Uptown Restaurant Week

"Okay, you got us. We call it a week, but it’s really a full ten days—ten days of Uptown's top restaurants each presenting exquisite three-course meals for only $35.
Offerings range from the freshest sushi to the thickest steaks and much, much more. There's no excuse to miss out, so bring a date, bring your mom, or maybe even just treat yourself to some of the best restaurants Uptown Charlotte has to offer, at only a fraction of the normal price."
More information here.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Blues, Brews, & BBQ 2009

September 11th & 12th, Blues, Brews & BBQ is an annual event featuring blues music, an array of beer samples, and some of the best barbecue you will find anywhere. This year's festival will be held Uptown. Interactive cooking demonstrations and contests are available all day. This festival celebrates the best of the southern cuisine and southern music.
A related event on the morning of the 12th is the Hog Jog 5k run, benefiting the Charlotte Regional Sports Commission. The race will be routed through Third Ward, with most runners expected between 8:15a and 8:45a. Volunteers and CMPD will be providing course management that morning. For more information, see this pdf or follow this link.

CLTBlog Shout Out

Rob Cummings' kind mention of our Summer Tailgate's Stadium Tours can be found here on CLTBlog. Thanks Rob!

Irwin Avenue Elementary

Third Ward's own Irwin Avenue Elementary has received its certification as an International Baccalaureate programme, becoming CMS's only county-wide elementary school with this certification. Congratulations to Principal Judy Fahl and the faculty and staff at the school!
The International Baccalaureate was founded in Switzerland in 1968, with a mission "to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect." For more information, see www.ibo.org.
Are you interested in volunteering in the Uptown schools? Contact Chuck Sawicki if so.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Summer Tailgate Photo Album

See this link! Thanks to all for attending.

Rain or Shine

Today's Summer Tailgate is a "Rain or Shine" event. The current light shower is expected to clear up by mid-morning, however. See you at 11:30a!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Third Ward Summer Tailgate Details

WHEN
Saturday, August 22nd, 11:30a to 1:30p

WHERE

WHY
Kick off the Panthers 2009 season in style with Sir Purr & the Top Cats
Enjoy free food and soft drinks provided by Third Ward Gold Sponsor Hartigan's Irish Pub

WIN A STEVE SMITH BALL
The Panthers have kindly donated an authentic pigskin autographed by Steve Smith, a beautiful item valued at $150. Raffle tickets (benefiting the Charlotte Rescue Mission) will be available on site for $5 each; the winner takes home the ball!

STADIUM TOURS
Stadium tours are limited so please preregister early! There will be a special (secret!) surprise on the tours. Preregistration via summertailgate@third-ward.org is required! Though additional donations are still encouraged, the first twenty preregistrants will receive a free raffle ticket for the Steve Smith ball!

FLYER
A flyer can be found here. Thank you for sharing the information with neighbors and posting them in your building or place of business.

Please contact me with any comments or questions. See you next week!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Airport Sprinter Public Meeting

CATS will begin service of the Airport Sprinter line on Monday, September 14th. The line will cross Third Ward on Trade Street on its way to the Airport (and back). See this flyer for more information.
CATS will host an open house for the Sprinter on Thursday, August 20th, from 6:00p to 8:00p at the West Service Center, 4150 Wilkinson Boulevard.
A map of the line has been requested and should be forthcoming.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Wells Fargo Cultural Campus Newsletter

Volume 1 of the Wells Fargo Cultural Campus Newsletter can be found here. For those interested in this project, the newsletter is an excellent resource for timetables and information.
Third Ward welcomes employees of Duke Energy, Deloitte, KPMG, Katten Muchin Rosenman, Wells Fargo, and all other companies that will call this site home.

Street Closure

The intersection of West Stonewall Street and South Church Street will close today at 6:30p and reopen at 6:00a on Tuesday, August 11. Local access to businesses will be maintained.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Education Forum

Hands On Charlotte will host an Education Forum this Thursday, August 6th, 6:00p at the Gateway Village YMCA. The focus will be "achieving excellence in our schools." For more information, see this flyer.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Dinner with Peter Reinhart

Pie Town is hosting a three-course dinner with noted chef and author (and Johnson & Wales instructor) Peter Reinhart on Saturday, August 15th at 6:30p. Peter will give a sneak preview of his new book due out in October.
Dinner is just $28 per person and registrations are limited. Contact Briana Cohen at Pie Town (briana@sonomarestaurants.net) to RSVP!

Find Your Center Weekend

From the CCCP Press Release: "We kick things off this Thursday night with Movies On The Green with the movie 'Independence Day'. Join us at 6:30pm for prizes, picnics and fun…the movie rolls at dusk, between 8:45 and 9:00pm. As part of Movies On The Green, restaurants in the Center City will offer special discounts. Aquavina, Blue, Champions, Fuel Pizza, Jolina, La Vecchia’s, Nix’s, Savannah Red and Therapy are offering specials from free appetizers to 10% discounts on your entire meal.
Click here for a link to the specials and a coupon to print with a list of all participating restaurants and specials. Parking after 5:00pm will be $3.00 at Two Wachovia, Three Wachovia and The Green parking garages."

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Meeting Recap

Thanks to all who attended last night's meeting, especially our guests Anthony Foxx and John Lassiter and our host the Gateway Village YMCA. The Charlotte Observer's coverage can be found here, and more photos will be posted here today.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Mayoral Candidates This Tuesday, July 28th at 7:00p

This Tuesday, July 28th, the Third Ward Neighborhood Association will host mayoral candidates Anthony Foxx and John Lassiter. Please join us at 7:00p at the Gateway Village YMCA, 900 West Trade Street.
For questions about the event, please contact me. Looking forward to seeing you at this special event!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Victoria Apartments Redevelopment

According to an article in this week's Charlotte Business Journal, First National Bancshares of Spartanburg, SC, has begun the foreclosure process on the former Victoria Apartments site. The site was successfully rezoned last year for a mixed-use project including office, retail, and hotel space.
Tim Crawford of Citiline Resortline Development, the site's developer (disclosure: also a former Third Ward board member), pledged to "place the entity in Chapter 11 protection." The Business Journal reports that this action can delay foreclosure.
I have contacted First National Bancshares requesting to be looped in on future updates.

Knights Follow-Up

The Charlotte Business Journal's Erik Spanberg provides more detail on the Knights' plans for an Uptown baseball stadium via this blog post.

Community Garden Updates

1. A planting guide for "what to plant now" has been posted under the Parks + Natural Resources page.
2. There will be a Community Garden cleanup on Saturday, August 15th from 8:30a to 11:30a.

Thanks!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

No Time for the Community Garden?

The Urban Produce Box contains a variety of locally grown produce, and is available only at the Center City Green Market. Full boxes are $30 and half boxes are $17.50; each are delivered to the market on Wednesdays.
Place your order here and get more information from this Charlotte Observer article.

Mint Museum Updates

News, photographs, and information the Mint Museum's new South Tryon Street facility can be found here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Movies on the Green

The Green at 401 South Tryon Street will host Movies on the Green on Thursday, July 30th. The movie "Independence Day" will begin at approximately 8:45p. Admission is free.
If needed, parking is available at Two Wachovia, Three Wachovia, and The Green for $3.00 (after 5:00p).
Many thanks to presenters/sponsors Charlotte Center City Partners, Wachovia, Childress Klein, and WBT!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Knights Stadium Update

Today's Charlotte Business Journal reports new information on the proposed Knights Stadium in Third Ward. Due to delays caused by legal actions against the county and the Knights, the projected cost for the stadium's construction has ballooned from $35 million to over $60 million, which "defies logic for private investment" according to sports consultant Max Muhleman.
The Knights plan to reassess plans when the court battles are settled. Options for moving forward include a public-private partnership and the sale of naming rights - difficult in the current economic environment.
To add to the neighborhood discussion of this significant issue, follow this link.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Friday Blasting

From 1:00p to 4:00p on Friday, July 17th, contractors will be using dynamite to blast away rock near the intersection of Caldwell Street and Stonewall Street. This is necessary for the installation of a new 24-inch water pipe. Prior to the blasting, there will be one or two indications from a warning horn.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

"Firms Help Boost Third Ward"

Sunday's Charlotte Observer featured an article about Third Ward's partnerships with local businesses, as well as more general information about the neighborhood and its recent growth. See the article here, and enjoy.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Meeting July 28th

At 7:00p on Tuesday, July 28th, the Third Ward Neighborhood Association will host mayoral candidates and at-large city council members Anthony Foxx and John Lassiter! The Gateway Village YMCA (map) will be our generous host. As always, free parking will be available in the paved lot at 950 West Trade Street (The entry code is 950#). Stay tuned to third-ward.org for more details as they become available.
Because of the significance of the event, First Ward and Fourth Ward residents also will be invited to join us. Third Ward residents will want to arrive early, not only to secure a seat but to participate in another democratic process. Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation has authorized the creation of three design options for the northwest corner of Romare Bearden Park – the entrance that will serve most Third Ward residents – with the final selection to be chosen by neighborhood residents’ votes. Romare Bearden was a Third Ward native, making this a unique opportunity to honor his provenance. Review the three design options here.
See you on the 28th!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Clarkson Green

Please be aware of two recent break-ins occurring in the vicinity of Clarkson Green off of West First Street. This is a constant message, but please continue to be on the outlook for anything suspicious or out-of-place, and dial 911 immediately if you see something notable. Thanks!

CMPD Report

Please see this CMPD report on Response Area 2 for the month of June. Thank you Sergeant Pellicone!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Independence Day

Don't forget Red, White, and Boom! 2009 at the CPCC campus this Saturday, July 4th. Events will start at 6:30p with live music, with fireworks at approximately 9:30p. Admission is free.
For more information, see this link. Happy Independence Day!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Criterium

Excerpted from the press release: "On Saturday, August 8, 2009, approximately 200 professional cyclists from around the world will compete on the streets of uptown Charlotte to compete in the 6th Annual Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium. The Women’s 25-mile event starts at 5:30pm followed by the Men’s 50-mile twilight race at 7:00pm.
The Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium will promote community awareness of the Brain Tumor Fund for the Carolinas in an effort to increase regional brain tumor patient access to the best treatment, technology, research, and support.
100 women riders from 8 countries will participate. The purse for the women’s competition is $25,000. 125 men from 17 countries will be on the course battling for the $75,000 purse.
A complete schedule and roster of athletes set to participate is available online at www.charlottecriterium.org. For more information go to www.btfcnc.org or call 704.821.0110."
Please note the Tryon Street closure for the event.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Neighborhood and Business Services Summer Series

The City of Charlotte Neighborhood and Business Services Department will be hosting its Community University summer series starting July 9th. Topics are focused on neighborhood improvement projects residents can do while on their “staycations” this summer. Workshops are free and open to all Charlotte residents. Participants may register by calling (704) 336-2061 or emailing neighservs@ci.charlotte.nc.us.
See this flyer for more information!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The High Line

Last week's Wall Street Journal celebrates the opening of the High Line, a 1.45-mile long section of elevated railway in Manhattan that was recently converted to a park. Realizing this dynamic project took the efforts of a broad coalition of stakeholders who founded a nonprofit, built a team of advocates, and secured an almost unbelievable budget of $171 million.
An audacious project like this reminds me of the opportunities we have to combine "private initiative, [governmental] support, creative legislation, brilliant design and a willingness to risk the unpredictable" to improve our neighborhood. The branding campaign currently underway will be a test of nearly all of these, albeit on a smaller scale. I hope to see future projects enhancing our own network of parks, and more.
For more on the High Line, see the official web site.

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Bechtler

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, in the emerging Wells Fargo Cultural Campus, will open to the public on Saturday, January 2, 2010. Construction of the 36,500sf building, designed by Mario Botta, will complete this summer. The collection of more than 1,400 pieces will be donated to the public trust. It includes works by twentieth century masters such as Picasso, Degas, Miro, and Warhol.
Click here for the official press release, and stay tuned for more updates on how we will interact with this important new institutional neighbor in Third Ward!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Meeting Tonight

Tonight's meeting will be at 7:00p at the Gateway YMCA. We'll welcome Gina Nickerson from Code Enforcement, our award-winning CMPD officers, and discuss the branding/identity project. See you there!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Tailgate Recycling

The Carolina Panthers are teaming up with Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful, Bojangles, City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services/Special Services and Charlotte Center City Partners to provide recycling for tailgaters. The pilot program will launch on August 29th at the Carolina Panthers' first preseason game in a selected four block area near Bank of America Stadium.
Tailgaters will receive two bags as they enter into their usual parking lot. One is designated for trash. The other, a bright yellow bag with the Carolina Panthers and Bojangles’ logos, is for all recyclable bottles and cans. Before heading into the stadium, tailgaters are instructed to leave both bags at the curb to be picked up by Charlotte’s Special Services teams.
With success, the footprint of the recycling area will be expanded. Thanks for keeping Third Ward beautiful!

Friday, June 19, 2009

At-large Town Hall Meeting

Next Thursday, June 25th, Mayor Pro Tem Susan Burgess will host a town hall meeting to discuss how federal stimulus funding will provide more resources to CMPD. Speakers will include Chief Monroe and other CMPD resources. For more information, click the image at right.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Farmers Markets

Eat well and support local farming by checking out two easily accessible farmer's markets. Gateway Village hosts its market Thursdays from 11:00a to 2:00p, throughout the summer. Enjoy live music also, starting at 11:30a! And, 10% of June sales will be donated to the Carolina Raptor Center.
The Center City Green Market, at the Square, runs Tuesdays through Saturdays beginning at 10:00a.
Happy eating!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Blessing of the Pets

This Saturday, June 20th, Reverend Dr. George Busby from First United Presbyterian Church will bless all pets and their owners. Reverend Busby will also bless individual pets at the request of owners. Any pets are welcome, from dogs or cats, to ferrets or birds…even lizards. The Canine CafĂ© located in South End will be on hand with special pet treats. The event starts at 10:00a in Polk Park at the Square.

Meeting June 23rd

This coming Tuesday, June 23rd, we will have our monthly meeting. We will welcome Gina Nickerson of Code Enforcement, Officers Stillman and Irby of CMPD, and also receive an update on the neighborhood branding and identity efforts underway with Little Red Bird.
The meeting begins at 7:00p at the Gateway YMCA. See you there!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Beach Reading

Have you read the Third Ward Vision Plan? Created by the Planning Department in 2003, the plan projects development throughout our neighborhood. After six years, it is interesting to see what was "on the mark" and what has changed (for one, baseball was not anticipated at that time).

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Community Garden

With the beautiful weather and ample rain, the Third Ward Community Garden is off to a good start again this year. All fifteen plots are full, and there is a waiting list for garden plots.
To make a reservation, contact John Chaney (Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation) at (704) 200-7370 or via e-mail at John.Chaney@mecklenburgcountync.gov. Happy gardening!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Red, White, and Boom! 2009

"Red, White, and Boom! 2009 will bring wholesome family fun to Uptown Charlotte for our nation’s birthday. Sponsors include Lance, CPCC, 96.9 The Kat, and Charlotte Center City Partners.

The fireworks are being staged from the Central Piedmont Community College campus. Some streets around the campus will close at 8:00pm to accommodate the fallout zone, so expect traffic delays in that area. Streets will reopen immediately following the show.

Red, White and Boom! 2009 will be approximately 20 minutes long. The show begins at 9:30pm (weather and fire department clearance permitting). The show will be synced to a music track that will be heard exclusively on 96.9 FM and played live at all viewing venues.

The show can be viewed from a variety of locations around the city. If you are in the eastern part of the city and you can see the skyline, chances are, you can see the fireworks display.

There is ample parking in Uptown Charlotte, but on-street parking will be not be allowed to avoid restricting traffic lanes as fireworks viewers drive in and out of the city."