Charlotte Talks: How Should Uptown Charlotte Grow? Inside Future Plans For Center City.

Aug 28, 2019

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Romare Bearden Park in Uptown Charlotte. One of many additions to Center City development over the past decade.
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The process begins for Charlotte’s 2040 Plan for uptown. With our explosive growth, planning is vital. Guest host Erik Spanberg examines what’s next.

How should Uptown Charlotte grow? City and county officials are asking the public that question as they plot long term growth and development in a new vision plan for Center City. Charlotte is a city keen on plans and studies, and roughly every 10 years the city develops a new one for uptown.

A lot has changed in a decade as the city continues to experience explosive growth. We’ve seen the addition of the Charlotte Knights ballpark, Romare Bearden Park, and $1 billion worth of private development, including high-rise apartments and new businesses.

Logo for the 2040 Center City Vision Plan

The area known as Center City has long outgrown the bounds of I-277 and now stretches into SouthEnd, out to JCSU in the Historic West End, the growing Camp North End, and neighborhoods in between.

As leaders kick off the planning process yet again, we look at what’s next for Charlotte’s downtown and discuss how to develop a unifying vision plan.


Michael Smith, President and CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners

Larken Egleston, Charlotte City Council member, District 1 representative, which runs through part of uptown.

Ely Portillo, Assistant Director of Outreach & Strategic Partnerships, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute

Lorna Allen, senior Urban Designer for the City of Charlotte Planning, Design, & Development Department

Guests left to right: Michael Smith, Ely Portillo, Lorna Allen and Larken Egleston
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