Wednesday, February 25, 2009

CIAA Tournament

The CIAA Tournament will run through February 28th at Time Warner Arena and various Uptown venues. The tournament is the third largest NCAA tournament, and generated over $30 million in revenue for Charlotte in 2008. It raises an estimated $2 million in scholarship funding for CIAA schools every year.

Despite economic conditions, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority does not expect diminished crowds; in fact, hotels remain sold out.

The tournament is expected to affect Uptown residents through increased traffic and activity. For more information, see the link above or this "At A Glance" information sheet.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Third Ward on Facebook

Facebook is an excellent tool for staying in tune with friends and family, particularly when they are spread out across the country as mine are.

Facebook is also great for local groups as a reliable, approachable way to share pictures, links, &c. Interested in connecting? The neighborhood association's group can be found here.

Survey Results

A brief summary of the survey and its results can be found here. The feedback was sometimes surprising, and always valuable. Please be assured that the association's activities will reflect these results in its programs and activities this year.

Thank you for your participation!

MEETING TONIGHT

Tonight's meeting will be at 7:00p at the Gateway YMCA. We'll review the results of the 2009 Third Ward Survey and have a report from CMPD. See you there!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

For Uptown Families...

This New York Times article highlights how NYC's Financial District is emerging as neighborhood attractive to young families. I am reminded of how many more strollers I see Uptown now compared to when we moved here in 2004.

Uptown moms can connect with one another through CharlotteMommies.com, in the "Central Charlotte Mommies" area group.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Weekend Road Closure

CDOT Alert: Westbound West Trade Street between Tryon Street and Church Street will close on Friday, February 20, at 7:00p and will reopen on Sunday, February 22. This closure is necessary for a crane to place equipment on the roof of the Marriott Center City building. Local access will be maintained. Please follow the posted detour.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Charlotte Transit on PBS's NOW

This excellent feature on PBS's NOW series focuses on Charlotte's advancement in rail transit. It touches on Charlotte's successes with the Blue Line, as well the challenges mass transit can face on the state and federal levels - particularly in North Carolina.

The video is approximately 25 minutes in length and well worth the time. Third Ward's own Armature Winding appears in one frame (oddly, in a segment about South End).

Thanks both to Jennifer and Greg for the tip.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Gold Rush Service Changes

According to a CATS Press Release, the Gold Rush Red Line "will no longer operate into the circle at the Double-Tree Hotel, but will pick up on Trade Street in that area. Frequency of service will be adjusted to operate every 15 minutes between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Service will not operate past 6:30 p.m."

The service changes take effect March 2nd.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Community Garden

From Jennifer and Michele, our Community Garden coordinators:

"Those with plots at the Frazier Park Community Garden should plan to attend a meeting on February 21st at 1:00pm at the garden. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss spring clean-out, plot preparation, perimeter plantings, produce sharing/extra produce, and communications.
If you are renewing your plot or are taking over a vacated plot, you should have received a call from MCPR notifying you of the meeting. If you have not received a call, please call John Chaney (MCPR Community Garden Coordinator) at (704) 200-7370.
For those of you who do not have a plot but would like one, John Chaney is also the contact person for getting your name on the waiting list.
See you at the garden!"

Download a calendar appointment for this meeting.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Richard Florida on Cities (including Charlotte)

Author Richard Florida (The Rise of the Creative Class) has penned a new article in the March issue of The Atlantic. Entitled "How the Crash Will Reshape America," it focuses on how different cities, and different types of cities, will fare in a re-emerging economy.
Mr. Florida has a positive regard for Charlotte, but those intimate with the city will recognize that we share a few attributes with declining Sun Belt cities as well. It is a long article, but I highly recommend it.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Cedar Yards Meeting

The public meeting related to the Cedar Yards reactivation will take place Thursday, March 26th, 5:00p to 7:00p at the Phillip O. Berry Recreation Center (440 Tuckaseegee Road). No other information on the reactivation has been supplied to date.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Larceny from Auto Tips

Our CMPD Area Commander supplied this report of Larcenies from Auto from early January through early February. This is a common crime, but there are easy methods of prevention. CMPD recommends that you:
  • Always lock and secure your vehicle.
  • Never leave any valuable items inside your vehicle - laptops, telephones, iPods, purses, briefcase, backpack, cash and even loose change.
  • Store packages in the trunk of your vehicle while shopping.
  • Park in a well lit area that is visible from a window.
  • Park vehicle in the driveway rather than the street.
  • Report all suspicious activity to the police (911).
  • Consider a car alarm for added protection.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Calendar

Download this file to place the 2009 monthly neighborhood meetings in your own calendar application.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Did you know...

...that Gateway Village has free wi-fi access "under the arch"? The login name is gateway.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Romare Bearden Park

As reported in yesterday's Observer, Romare Bearden Park's construction schedule has been delayed. The economic downturn has reduced Mecklenburg County's confidence in its ability to service any bonds issued for the construction of the project.
Jim Garges, director of MCPR, informed me via e-mail that design for the project will continue on its current timeline for completion this spring. The construction start will remain indefinite.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Centers, Corridors, and Wedges

The City of Charlotte's growth framework - entitled "Centers, Corridors, and Wedges" - is being updated this year. The committee has requested your review of the draft document (found here) and feedback via a survey (found here).
If you are interested in participating in this effort to a greater degree, let me know.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Crime Statistics 2007-8

The best way to get information on Third Ward's crime statistics is to attend the monthly meetings. Our Response Area Commander and Community Officers give detailed updates specific to our neighborhood.
Additionally, the Mecklenburg Crime Mapper system allows citizens the basic tools needed to bring information together. I created this report to show crime statistics from 2007 and 2008. Because these are basic tools, allow for some error on my part.
Third Ward falls in CMPD's Central Division, which had the lowest crime of any division in 2008.

Cedar Yards Update

NCDOT's consultant interviewed me last week as part of the Community Impact Assessment process. Later in the week I received a flyer noting two upcoming public meetings, focused on the portion of this project occurring in Western Mecklenburg County and Gaston County. The Charlotte-area workshop specific to Cedar Yards is still planned for March, though no date has been chosen yet.

CATS Service Changes

CATS is inviting citizens to learn more about the service changes affecting our transit system. Two open houses will be conducted within the next week:

Customer Information Day
February 5, 2009
Charlotte Transportation Center
310 East Trade Street
7:00a - 6:30p

Open House
February 10, 2009
Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East 4th Street, Room 270
4:00p - 6:00p

The presentation to be given can be found here. There are few details, but it appears that the Gold Rush service will drop its blue line while keeping the Red Line and Orange Line active.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Thoughts on Radical Living

"Today’s real radicals are not socialists who believe in big government stepping in to control everything in their name. Nor are they capitalists who still believe that economic competition alone, unregulated, will work in the interest of the common good. The real radicals want to turn everything upside down and base it around the family and the local community – on cooperation rather than competition, with government merely protecting the conditions under which small community can flourish." - from After the Disaster: Back to the Family and Localism by Stratford Caldecott.