Monday, June 28, 2010

Red, White, & Boom! 2010

The annual Red, White, & Boom! festival begins this Sunday, July 4th, at 6:00p with a food drive benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank.  A donation qualifies you for a drawing for a list of prizes, including a $500 gift card to fly anywhere in the continental US on US Airways.
Fireworks begin at 9:30p (weather permitting) at Memorial Stadium (map) with the music track simulcast on 96.9 FM.  Happy Independence Day!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Exploring Third Ward and Beyond

There are two great opportunities to explore Third Ward and beyond this weekend.  First, the Historic West End Market resumes this Saturday at 1601 West Trade Street.  Check out the specials in this flyer, and information on becoming a vendor here.
Second, Historic Charlotte will conduct a tour of Elmwood/Pinewood Cemetery, also on Saturday, beginning at 11:00a.  Meet at the Gardner's House at 700 West Sixth Street.  The tour is free for Historic Charlotte members; $10 for non-members.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

CMS Comprehensive Review

"You can have a say in the future of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The Board of Education seeks input as it does a comprehensive review of the school district. Titled 'The Case for Continuous Improvement: A Comprehensive Review of CMS,' the review addresses district issues including magnet schools, transportation, boundaries, projected enrollments and use of facilities.
Come out to a community forum and make your voice heard. Forums will be held on the following dates and times:

  • June 21, Harding High (2001 Alleghany St.) at 6:30 p.m.
  • June 22, Government Center (600 E. Fourth St.) at 6 p.m.
  • June 24, South Mecklenburg High (8900 Park Road) at 6:30 p.m.
  • June 28, Hopewell High (11530 Beatties Ford Road) at 6:30 p.m. 

The Board will also hold three workshops before July 4 to discuss the information collected from the public. For more information, visit the CMS Web site."

Monday, June 21, 2010

Bank of America Stadium

Bank of America Stadium will conduct its periodic fire alarm/strobe testing tonight at 6:00p.  Please do not be alarmed.

Meeting Tonight

Tonight's meeting will begin at 6:00p at the Gateway Village YMCA, with presentations from CMPD, Neighborhood Energy Challenge guru Lindsay Hazelman, and Kennie High and Whitney Jackson of the Gateway Village YMCA speaking about Pursuing Learning All Year, or PLAY.  See you there!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Irwin Creek Stream Cleanup

STV/Ralph Whitehead Associates, located on the edge of Third Ward in the historic Boxer Building, is conducting its annual Irwin Creek Stream Cleanup this Saturday, June 19th. (Disclosure: My wife is employed at the company.)
Participants should meet in the parking lot at 1000 West Morehead Street at 9:00a; hip waders, trash bags, and "grabbers" will be provided.  The cleanup will conclude at noon.
Thanks to STV/Ralph Whitehead Associates for their work to beautify our shared neighborhood!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Historic West End Market

The Historic West End Market was created by our neighbors to the west of I-77 in the Wesley Heights, Seversville, and Smallwood-Biddleville communities.  With the exception of Father's Day weekend - i.e., this weekend - it runs Saturdays from 10:00a to 3:00p through the summer.  The market is located at 1601 West Trade Street (map), and through July is promoting a special on produce (flyer).  Visit and enjoy!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Real Estate Report

Board member Mike Sposato's Third Ward Real Estate Report for May 2010 can be found here.  Thanks to Mike for providing this service to the neighborhood!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Historic Charlotte, Inc. 10th Annual Blast for the Past

"Historic Charlotte is seeking nominations for its 10th Annual Historic Preservation Awards (Blast for the Past) for the greater Mecklenburg County.  The two-step application includes:

  • Step One:  Email and request a Blast for the Past Preservation Awards nomination form. Email or fax the completed form to or 704-375-6152. 
  • Step Two:  A PowerPoint Template will be emailed to you and your firm for you to complete with information and pictures about your preservation project.  The PowerPoint should then be emailed to or sent via CD to Historic Charlotte at P.O. Box 33113, Charlotte, NC 28233.  The entry deadline for all submissions is August 20, 2010.

Winners will be honored at Historic Charlotte’s annual preservation celebration, Blast for the Past, on Thursday, October 21th, 2010 at the Mint Museum Uptown.  Food, music and historic ambiance will set the stage for the 2010 Historic Charlotte Preservation Awards.  Tickets may be ordered by calling Historic Charlotte, Inc. at 704-375-6145 or online at after September 1st, 2010.

Nominated projects must have been completed within the last three years on a 50+ year old structure in greater Mecklenburg County.  Projects must exemplify aspects of effective preservation, historic renovation, adaptive reuse and/or new construction or neighborhood planning within a historic context.

There are five award categories:  Preservation Residential, Preservation Commercial, Infill Residential, Infill Commercial, and Preservation Excellence. The Preservation Excellence award is given to a person or group that exemplifies excellence in preservation in Mecklenburg County.

Winners from 2009 include the Funderburk-Johnson House, Morning Star Lutheran Church, the Summit Greenway, Howard Residence/Max & Co., NC Music Factory, and the Dr. Robert Greene House. For more details about past winners visit Historic Charlotte’s home page at  Contact Diane Althouse at  for information on how to be a sponsor for the Blast for the Past Preservation Awards.

The mission of Historic Charlotte, Inc. is to promote historic preservation in the greater Charlotte region.  Historic Charlotte, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1991.  Historic Charlotte, Inc. is supported in part by the Arts and Science Council."

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


The latest update from CMPD can be found here.
Update: CMPD has contacted me regarding the graffiti found in the neighborhood this week.  They are highly proactive in this matter and taking steps to prevent additional incidents.  If you see suspicious activity of any kind, call 911 immediately.  Thank you!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Progress on HSR

"Virginia and the Federal Railroad Administration announce the completion of a draft environmental statement that is a key step toward implementing high-speed rail service in the two states and the Southeast.  The Tier II Draft Environmental Impact Statement covers the portion of the Southeast High Speed Rail (SEHSR) corridor between Richmond, Va., and Raleigh, N.C.
The SEHSR project proposes to implement approximately 162 miles of high-speed rail as part of an overall plan to extend high-speed passenger rail service from the Northeast Corridor (Boston to Washington, D.C.) southward through Virginia to Charlotte, N.C.  The Richmond to Raleigh portion includes nearly 100 new bridges/overpasses that, when combined with existing bridges/overpasses, will create a fully grade-separated system to ensure the safety of passengers and train crews, motorists and the surrounding community.
'This is a significant step in completing the high-speed rail line from North Carolina to Washington, D.C.' said Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo. 'We are very pleased with the multi-state cooperation and agreements with the freight railroads, which will serve as a model for other states in pushing high-speed rail beyond their borders.'"

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Cool Summer of Hot Jazz

"Mid-century art meets mid-century music this summer at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Visit the museum from 6 to 8 pm on June 4, July 2 and August 6 for free music outside on the plaza. The Ziad Jazz Quartet will play selections from the masters of mainstream jazz including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk and others.
The Bechtler is open late the first and third Fridays of the month until 9 pm. Regular admission applies during the late hours; the jazz series is free. Beer and wine sold in the museum café."

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

William McDonough

Internationally-known sustainability and design expert William McDonough will speak at the UNC-Charlotte School of Architecture's Visions of the City series on Tuesday, June 8th, at the Knight Theatre.  See this flyer for more information; RSVP required via