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Civic By Design Forum on South End Development

Wanted to pass along this opportunity through Civic By Design and hope you’ll take the time to attend and engage. The following is the email notification sent out by Tom Low.


How can we “raise the bar” for development in South End and greater Charlotte?

South End is considered by many as Charlotte’s premium urban neighborhood adjacent to Center City.  The combination of old and new buildings threaded with transit gives it a unique and memorable character. Unfortunately, some recent development has fallen short of contributing to the collective vision for South End. Instead of developments composed of a vibrant mixture of uses in architecturally diverse buildings, the recent norm has been single use rental residential projects of a predictable size, scale, and design. It is important to prevent dilution of the quality that has brought South End so far — especially when there is increasing momentum to enhance South End’s connectivity and public realm quality of life.  Join us for this Civic By Design Forum where we will consider ways to continue building toward the vision of South End as a neighborhood rich in urban texture and vitality, higher urban design, architectural, and land use standards.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012  |  5:30pm — 6:30pm

Levine Museum of the New South, 200 East Seventh Street, Charlotte NC

Free and open to the public

Free parking at 7th street parking garage
info@civicbydesign.com   www.civicbydesign.com

The following will be included in this event:
1.  Review development projects in the South End related to the recent concerns with the quality and type of development getting built.

2.  Discuss desired urban design elements or outcomes that are not being realized in development projects under existing ordinances and plans.
3.  Identify specific incremental changes, new design standards, and new procedures that can resolve these concerns.

4.  Propose specific changes to zoning standards, design guidelines, procedures, or area plan elements that might achieve the desired elements or outcomes, and yield higher quality design within the Transit Station Areas.

5.  Discuss how we can get involved in raising the bar for development in South End and the Charlotte region.

QUESTIONS?  info@civicbydesign.com

PARTNERS:    City of Charlotte, Charlotte Center City Partners, and Levine Museum of the New South

REFERENCES:  I-277/I-77 Loop Study Overview and Recommendations, City of CharlotteTransportation and Planning Committee Report, December 3, 2012

As part of our initiative:

Back to the basic Rs:
Charlotte towards a
Relevant Region of the future

The mission of the Civic By Design Forum is to elevate the quality of our region’s built environment and to promote public participation in the creation of a more beautiful and functional region for all. We achieve our mission by engaging and uniting businesses, non-profits, academic institutions, municipal governments, and citizens through civic design. This is a free and open to the public forum in our eighth year of activity. The Forum is sponsored through partnerships with the Levine Museum of the New South, the Foundation for the Carolinas, Crossroads Charlotte, American Institute of Architects Charlotte, the Congress for the New Urbanism Carolinas, the Charlotte Sierra Club, the US Green Building Council Charlotte, the City of Belmont, the Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance, the Charlotte Mixed-Income Housing Coalition, Congress of Residential Architecture Charlotte, the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America Charlotte, the Mixed-Income Housing Coalition, City of Charlotte Transportation and Planning, Charlotte Center City Partners, Sustain Charlotte, and the Public Art Program of Charlotte’s Arts & Science Council, TreesCharlotte, and participants like you.  Thomas E. Low AIA CNU LEED AICP ASLA  NCARB, Chair, Civic By Design Forum. © 2012

Civic By Design



2 thoughts on “Civic By Design Forum on South End Development

  1. Sign me up. Elizabeth

    Sent from my iPhone

    Posted by Elizabeth Swanzy-Parker | December 7, 2012, 5:16 pm
  2. How did it go last night? I really wanted to be there, but didn’t get out of the office until 6pm. Perhaps the next forum be held in South End?

    Posted by Adam Martin | December 12, 2012, 2:40 pm

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