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 Café 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."

Friday, June 5, 2009

NC Music Factory Press Release (excerpt)

"Live Nation to Open Fillmore Music Venue in the North Carolina Music Factory, Expanding Its Venue Platform in one of the Nation’s Fastest Growing Concert Markets

Live Nation announced today a long term agreement with The Ark Group to operate, manage and exclusively book a new 5,000 capacity outdoor amphitheatre, Uptown Amphitheatre at the Music Factory, and a new 2,000 capacity Fillmore music venue at the North Carolina Music Factory.

Live Nation expects to book approximately 25 shows annually at the Uptown Amphitheatre and approximately 80 shows annually at the Fillmore. Multi-platinum band The Fray will play the first concert at Uptown Amphitheatre on June 13th. Tickets are available at www.livenation.com.

The Uptown Amphitheatre is situated with soaring views of the Charlotte skyline, elevated lawn seating, traditional outdoor seating, premium box seats with food and beverage service, and an indoor VIP area with private restrooms, private bar and views of the stage.

The Fillmore Charlotte, which will be housed in a historic textile mill, will be themed in the tradition of the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco. The new Fillmore will feature the iconic music venue’s trademark décor, including red oak hardwood floors, red painted interior, vintage posters of legendary live music performances, magnificent chandeliers throughout, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, as well as, stadium style tiers that create great sight lines from anywhere in the venue, a VIP area and more. The venue is also set to open in June.

For additional information on the NC Music Factory, visit www.ncmusicfactory.com."

Thursday, June 4, 2009

CMPD Awards & Update

Please join me in congratulating Officers Carrie Stillman and William Irby, our own community officers, who recently won Community Relations Awards for their dedication and service! We are excited and proud.
Please see this month's District 2 report which includes helpful information on preparing your home for summer vacations.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Streetcars & Pygmy Goats

Charlotte's City Council is considering resolutions to fund preliminary engineering for a Streetcar system, and whether to lift the ban on pygmy goats as pets. In very different ways, these affect our quality of life as Third Ward residents.
Today's Observer reports upon the challenges to funding Streetcar engineering. Chief among them is the fact that a funding scheme for the line, which was once promised to be operational less than a decade from now, has disappeared. Proponents of the Streetcar are now considering a Municipal Services District that would tax property owners near the Streetcar to fund a portion of costs. It has yet to be demonstrated why the Streetcar - one part of a countywide transit system - should be funded through different means than the remainder of the system.
See this article from WBTV to better understand what is at stake with pygmy goats. This has become a contentious issue in Fourth Ward as residents have resisted the reclassification of livestock as pets.
Your thoughts are always welcome. Please send me your opinions on either of these subjects. For information on contacting District 2 Councilman James Mitchell and the other City Council members, see Third Ward's Living Here page.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Cheap & Green

Today's Charlotte Business Journal reports of a new program from Lowe's and Duke Energy to provide compact fluorescent light bulbs at a 40% discount. See this link for the coupon!