Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Earth Day Event

Gateway Village will host an Earth Day Event on Wednesday, April 22nd from 11:00a to 2:00p. The event will offer live acoustic entertainment, giveaways, and a photography contest.
To enter, submit your photograph and a brief description of how the photo is connected to the environment. Must be your original work and submitted in 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 format.
Entries are due by April 15th and should be sent to:

Gateway Village
Cousins Properties
c/o Caydea Coobs
800 West Trade Street
Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28202

Friday, March 27, 2009

Google Transit

The CATS system has been integrated into Google Transit! Users can input their origin, destination, and time of travel and have the route planned for them. The system includes bus and rail modes. Try for yourself at http://www.google.com/transit.

Earth Hour

Paraphrased from Charlotte Center City Partners: "The City of Charlotte will join more than 1,800 other cities and towns in 80 countries who will observe Earth Hour 2009 on Saturday, March 28, by asking residents to switch off lights between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.Sponsored by the global World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour invites individuals, businesses, governments and communities to turn out their lights for one hour on one day of the year.The City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte Center City Partners and Duke Energy are showing their support by participating in an effort to educate individuals and businesses about the small changes that can be made to significantly reduce energy consumption.The event began in Sydney, Australia in 2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights. In 2008, more than 50 million people around the globe participated. This year, Earth Hour aims to reach out to 1 billion people in 1,000 cities.The last weekend of March is selected as the date because it’s around the time of the spring and autumn equinoxes in the northern and southern hemispheres respectively. This allows for near coincidental sunset times in both hemispheres, ensuring the greatest visual impact for a global lights-out campaign."

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Irwin Avenue Elementary Needs List

Interested in making a donation to Irwin Avenue Elementary School? See this list of needs!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Frazier Park Parking

With the success of the new Dog Park and the improving weather, ongoing parking coordination is needed for patrons and residents. The neighborhood has proposed "two hour" limits on Sycamore to ensure patrons have access to the park while keeping neighborhood streets open for resident parking. The response is, without a safety issue or a request from Park & Recreation, CDOT doesn't intend to limit parking on Sycamore.
Parks & Recreation is open to feedback from residents. Whether you are a Third Ward resident or not, if you have had difficulty parking at Frazier Park, please contact Central District II Park Planner Gregory Clemmer. If you wish to add or extend permitted parking on your street, please contact Chip Gallup at CDOT. Alternatively, contact me and a neighborhood volunteer experienced in securing permitted parking will assist you.

Clarkson Place Break-in

From the Clarkson Place listserv, dated 3/24: "This afternoon a residence was broken into and a plasma television was taken off the wall. The residents were not home at the time of the break-in. A witness reported a license plate to police who have sent out a crime alert. The door frame and door were both destroyed during the break-in.
This is the second break-in in as many months and serves as another sad reminder to please keep an eye out for your neighbors.
Remember: if someone or something in the neighborhood seems suspicious please call 911 and report ANY suspicious activity to the police."

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

DRINKS + DINNER TONIGHT

Tonight will be our March meeting, drinks & dinner at neighborhood sponsor Pie Town. Pie Town is located at 710 West Trade Street. Families and friends - really everyone - is welcome. The dinner special will be Buy One Get One pizzas, with 2-for-$5 pints of Guinness, an IPA, or Blue Moon. See you at 7:00p.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Cool Water

It has been a big week for water! From CMU:
"Crews successfully connected a new 36-inch water pipe to the existing 54-inch water main under Morehead Street (near Dowd YMCA). This important connection will enhance water service in the center city.
This morning crews will reopen the valves near South Boulevard, South Tryon, Caldwell Street, and Clarkson Street. Some customers may briefly experience slightly discolored water. This is temporary – the water will clear up shortly. Crews will be flushing hydrants. To help with this process, customers may want to run their cold water tap for a few minutes, until the water clears up.
Also – Traffic on 6th Street is being detoured onto Graham Street until Tuesday as crews finish roadwork near 5th street / Elmwood Cemetery area."

Friday, March 20, 2009

ImaginOn + The Mint Museum

Co-developed by The Mint Museum and the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, Art Under Construction is a display of interactive art tailored for families. The exhibit encourages children to play freely with the objects on display. It runs from March 2nd through May 10th at ImaginOn.
Engaging families with art museums has become a national trend. This article from Tuesday's New York Times highlights efforts at The Mint Museum along with museums at Yale University and in Fort Worth, Texas.
With more families living Uptown, we can expect the emerging Mint Museum campus on South Tryon Street to be a regular neighborhood destination. Thanks to Andrea Collins at The Mint Museum for the information!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

CMU Water Main Update

"This morning’s scattered reports of low pressure and discolored water from the immediate vicinity of the 5th/6th Street water main break have subsided. The broken section of the water main has been isolated (valved off) right at 6th street, in front of the entrance to Elmwood Cemetery.We currently are not aware of any discolored water or low pressure problems due to this 20-inch water main break. Lab techs have been monitoring water quality as needed to ensure the drinking water is safe. It will take some time to pump out the standing water at the break site, pinpoint the precise problem and necessary repair, then fix the pipe and the street but in the meantime there is no major traffic impact nor water service interruption. In fact this repair at 6th will likely be delayed until after we complete another scheduled pipe tie-in project that began near downtown yesterday (the connection of the new 36 inch water main to the 54 inch water main, in front of the YMCA on Morehead). Work on Morehead Street is making significant progress.For now, sixth street (a 1-way) remains closed at Graham and motorists are being detoured right or left onto Graham Street.We do not expect further water quality or pressure issues, but if they occur customers should immediately report them to 311 and we will respond."

Broken Water Main

From Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities:
"A 20-inch water pipe broke this morning near 5th Street and Cedar Street. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities is shutting down water service around this broken section of pipe and repairs are under way.
This pipe is a significant provider of drinking water to the uptown area. Some customers uptown are reporting low water pressure and/or discolored water.
While the pipe repair is under way, Utilities is making operational adjustments to the water distribution system to move more water into the affected area to stabilize pressure. We are also testing water quality to ensure safety. Customers with low water pressure or discolored water are asked to contact 311.
More updates will be provided and posted on http://www.cmutilities.com/ (News & Updates) as information becomes available."

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pie Town Specials for March 24th

Pie Town is generously offering Buy One Get One pizzas and two pints for $5 this coming Tuesday! Bring friends and family to enjoy a night with the neighborhood.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Streetcar Suburb

"Charlotte did begin to obtain outlying middle class neighborhoods after 1887, when horse-drawn streetcars began to operate. This process accelerated with the advent of electric streetcars or trolleys in May 1891 ... Three turn-of-the-century streetcar suburbs called Woodlawn, Irwin Park, and McNinchville [subdivisions within Third Ward] platted streets on the western edge of Charlotte soon after 1900. All contain significant collections of historic residences. 'These areas are now thought of as part of the Center City, but they were conceived and advertised as 'streetcar suburbs,' explains [Dr. Tom] Hanchett. 'They were served by the West Trade trolley line.'
The streetcar line extending across Big Sugar Creek or Irwin Creek to Biddleville opened on April 25, 1903. Unlike homes in Fourth Ward, where Victorian styles of architecture predominate, the houses in Woodlawn, Irwin Park, and McNinchville are mostly Craftsman style, principally bungalows. Charlotte City Directories reveal that Grove Avenue in Woodlawn had eleven houses by 1911 and that Irwin Ave. in Irwin Park had seven houses by 1916."

For more, see CHMPF's website.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Gateway Station - Public Comment

The Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization (MUMPO) has released its preliminary Environmental Assessment for Charlotte Gateway Station. Information on the report, and the report itself, can be found here.
The 30-day public comment period will end April 10th. Please take the opportunity to review the document and provide comments. The neighborhood association will compile all its feedback into a single response. Thanks!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

440 South Church

Today's Charlotte Business Journal notes that the 15-story 440 South Church office building has topped out. Omaha-based HDR was announced as a tenant last summer. The building's developers are targeting LEED certification for the structure.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Airport Sprinter Follow-up

The routing for the Airport Sprinter bus line has been determined. The line, which will serve Uptown employment and hospitality centers, was originally proposed to utilize South Cedar Street to connect from West Trade Street to West Morehead Street.

These excerpts are taken from a forthcoming letter from CATS to the neighborhood association:
  • "Based on a thorough analysis of all factors ... including; the analysis of Uptown routings encompassing the option you proposed, ridership potential, and stakeholder meetings, the project team has decided that an alternate routing will be used at this time."
  • "The selected route will stay along West Trade Street and will use I-77 for the connection to West Morehead Street. The primary factor influencing this decision was the issue of the tight turning radius at the intersection of South Cedar Street and West Morehead Street, which created an unsafe turn for the bus in the outbound direction."
  • "South Cedar Street .. is still viewed by CATS as the preferred routing for the Enhanced Bus service ... a precursor to the future West Corridor Streetcar [According to the 2030 Corridor System Plan adopted by the MTC in 2006, design will begin for this line in 2029.]."
  • "When the opportunity arises to improve the conditions at the intersection of South Cedar Street and West Morehead Street, CATS will reevaluate the possible operation of the Sprinter Airport Enhanced Bus service along South Cedar Street. We will certainly include the Third Ward Association in any discussions of that nature."
When the official letter is received, I will post it on third-ward.org. Thank you to the residents and board who offered their efforts and feedback in service of Third Ward's interests on this project.

Vice President

Chris Metzler, Third Ward's former Vice President, has relocated to the Cotswold neighborhood. A new Vice President is needed. His/her duties will include supporting the President's duties, as well as special projects including a thorough evaluation of the neighborhood association's structure and organizing documents. The ideal candidate will be cooperative and hardworking, with a special dedication to Third Ward.

Please send nominations to me for election at an upcoming meeting.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Cedar Yards/CATS

This advertisement will be posted in the newspaper to inform the public about the upcoming Cedar Yards reactivation meeting.

Also, just a reminder that the CATS service changes affecting the Gold Rush take effect today.