Charlotte Citistates Series Completes Publication

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:

Banking’s in turmoil. Textiles are gone. What must we do to survive and thrive? The Citistates Report team offers this advice: Go green. Develop vital city centers. Welcome the world.

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The leader in energy-saving? California

The Charlotte region has a big choice – keep sprawling outward or invest in train and bus lines connecting neighborhoods and business districts.

“Charlotte is just now being born as a metropolitan community. Sure, it’s always been a city. But something bigger is happening now.

The Catawba could dry up, farmland become scarce, air quality worsen. To become a global player, the Charlotte region must better protect its strained natural resources.