Charlotte Department of Transportation

People rode scooters on a sidewalk in uptown Charlotte at lunch hour in June.
David Boraks / WFAE

A pilot program allowing electric scooters on Charlotte streets is continuing through October, when city officials say they'll evaluate how it's working. On Monday, city council member Larken Egleston warned that some users are behaving dangerously and said he doesn't think the city should wait to talk about new rules.

Joshua Artis uses dockless bikes now instead of walking or taking the bus. It's more convenient, he says.s
David Boraks / WFAE

There's a colorful addition to Charlotte's urban landscape. Since November, hundreds of orange, green and yellow rental bicycles have appeared on uptown streets and neighborhood sidewalks. They can be picked up and left anywhere - a feature that makes them both welcome and despised.

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

Here's a riddle: Imagine two roads in Charlotte, one in the north, one in the south. Both have four lanes and plenty of rush hour traffic, but one has streetlights while the other doesn't. Seem weird?

The Metrolina Warehouse in Davidson was an asbestos factory from 1930 to 1960.  A developer wants to tear it down and build apartments.
David Boraks / WFAE

A plan to redevelop an old mill in downtown Davidson has led to the discovery - or re-discovery - of disease-causing asbestos on the site and around the neighborhood. As officials figure out how to clean it up, historical fears and concerns have surfaced as well.

Seniors At AARP Summit: We Want To 'Age In Place'

Nov 22, 2013
Tasnim Shamma

There's a long list of things that senior citizens in Charlotte want:  affordable housing, better building standards, more transportation options, sidewalks and greenways.

AARP sponsored a conference today at Queens University that included top city leaders, city planners and residents to discuss ideas for improving Charlotte's quality of life.

If there was one message AARP and community members wanted to send the city, it was that they wanted to be able to age in place. As in, retire in Charlotte and not see their quality of life deteriorate.

Skyline Worry: Noise Walls Along I-277 Stir Debate

Nov 22, 2013
NCDOT

The project to add high occupancy toll lanes on I-77 from uptown Charlotte north to Mooresville will bring more traffic noise to homes and businesses along the road.  So, the DOT wants to build concrete noise walls along several stretches, including northern parts of the 277 loop. It’s that part of the wall that city leaders are concerned could block the view of the uptown skyline. But, as WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports, the choice of whether to build the wall or not falls to a handful of residents and property owners.