Saturday, February 27, 2010

Potential Expansion for Gold Rush Service

The Charlotte Business Journal recently reported that "CATS chief Carolyn Flowers told uptown leaders ... that potential grant funds could be used to expand the line ... Central Piedmont Community College and Johnson C. Smith University are among the potential new stops."

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Students at JCSU Sit-In to Integrate Public Accommodations in Charlotte-Mecklenburg

"In recognition of  Human Relations Month, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee is happy to invite you to a community panel discussion on the sit-ins of the 1960’s to integrate public accommodations in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Please join us at 6:00 p.m.  on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at Little Rock AME Zion Church, 401 North McDowell Street.

Members of the panel will include courageous citizens  of our community who actually participated in the sit-ins and engaged in other endeavors to advance the cause of civil rights, equity and inclusion in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

  • B.B. DeLaine
  • Charles Jones
  • Hattie Walker
  • Edith DeLaine
  • Ruth Townes
  • Mary Bradley
  • Barbara Funderburke
  • Tom Hanchett
  • Sidney Freeman

The event will be moderated by Steve Crump of WBTV News and is free to the public. Please RSVP by calling Terry Bradley at 704.336.5271 or e-mail at

Thank you and we look forward to your participation in this important community dialogue."

Monday, February 22, 2010

Tuesday Meeting

The February Meeting will be at 7:00p this Tuesday at Armature Winding Company.  We'll have an update from CMPD, Jim Thompson from Hands on Charlotte, and a visit from Sheriff candidate Antoine Ensley.  Join friends and neighbors to catch up!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Charlotte City Club

For those 35 and under, Third Ward's own Charlotte City Club offers a discounted Junior Initiation Fee.  If you are interested in joining, be aware that the fee will increase on April 1, 2010.  For more information, contact Julie Horanski, Membership Director.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Photos from DonorsChoose Project

See photos from Mrs. E's "Learning About Our Neighborhood" and Mrs. D's "We Love Reading."  Through a gift, the Third Ward Neighborhood Association contributed to these projects at Uptown schools.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Rezoning Public Hearing Deferred

The public hearing scheduled for rezoning petition 2009-074 - adjacent to Ray's Splash Planet - has been deferred again.  Stay tuned for further updates.

Reading Material

A few interesting links relevant to urban living:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

"The largest benefactor is the Charlotte Gateway Station in ... Third Ward"

See this Charlotte Business Journal article for breaking news on the allocation of high speed rail funds to Mecklenburg County.  The neighborhood association will continue to be engaged with this transformative project.  Stay tuned!

Monday, February 15, 2010

HSR Primer

Wired Magazine has published a collection of graphics/text on high speed rail (HSR) routes and technology.  Though the Southeast corridor is left off of the map, the article contains a good primer on technological, social, and political considerations.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Gateway Village YMCA Community Connection

Seeking volunteer opportunities in and around Third Ward?  See this newsletter from the Gateway Village YMCA Community Connection program.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

CMPD Update

The latest CMPD report can be found here.  Thanks to Sergeant Pellicone and all of our dedicated officers!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Taste of the Nation



An evening of tasting elegant and succulent specialties featured by 25 of Charlotte's finest restaurants and culinary schools.  Enhance your experience with brewmasters and sommeliers, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. Shake, Stir and Pour your own drink with mixologists, bid on tantalizing live and silent auction items and dance to live music... simply have a great time while supporting Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in Charlotte. This year’s event is April 14 at The Atrium, Uptown Charlotte from 7pm to 10pm with a VIP Preview beginning at 6pm.

$60 Tickets | $85 VIP Tickets
Purchase  Tickets:

Throughout the month of February the Main Event Ticket (originally $60) will be offered at a special $10 discounted price. Visit to purchase tickets.  Follow the instructions for the Charlotte event and enter TASTECLT in the promotional code field."

Monday, February 8, 2010

High Speed Rail, Streetcar, and Third Ward

Last week's announcement that money earmarked for high speed rail (HSR) will have a direct impact on Third Ward.  According to this Observer article, $100 million will come to Uptown Charlotte to prepare bridges and at-grade crossings for HSR and future North Line service.
Also of interest is a planned HSR maintenance facility on the south side of Bank of America Stadium.  It is unknown if this facility would or could be combined with the planned North Line maintenance facility.  Stay tuned.
Do you want to design Streetcar stops?  Join the charrette on Thursday, February 18th, 6:00p in room 267 of the Government Center.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

CMPD Update + Learning Opportunities

CMPD shared this 2009 crime report, as well as the report specific to the month of December.  Enjoy!
Please also be aware of opportunities to learn at the City of Charlotte's Community University.  Workshops are free, and are typically offered in the evening.  See this site for more information.