The Citistates Group’s report on the Charlotte Metro Region ran in successive monthly installments, from September to December 2008. The central theme — urging a fast-growing national finance center and New South city to grasp 21st challenges and go for a “Great, Green and Global” development agenda that matches the challenges of the times.
The series wass co-written by Curtis Johnson, our Citistates Associate Alex Marshall, and myself, with Farley Peters providing project coordination. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Urban Institute sponsored the new report, with a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. It was the first reprise, in 25 Citistates projects, of a full regional analysis from earlier years. The original Charlotte release — then called a Peirce Report — was published not only in the Charlotte Observer and several other interested newspapers across the region in 1995. The Observer was joined by several area papers in publishing the 2008 report, as it had been in 1995.
Here are links to the lead stories:
Nurture existing neighborhoods, boost quality of life
Use transit, travel smart
What not to build: Rethink big road projects