LRT Stimulating Economic Renaissance in Charlotte

January 30, 2012 46 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Through video, Charlotte officials, residents, developers, and business owners credit their recently completed light rail line with enhancing their community's effort in becoming a dominant, people-friendly urban center.

Excerpts from the video:

We've never been one to tread water, so there's always a reinvention going on, and it’s about giving people choices and it’s about looking into the future.
Tina Votaw, Director of Transit Development, Charlotte Area Transit (0:20)

One of the challenges here is building community, is finding ways to bring people together and the light rail is picking that up and really running with it.
Dr. Tom Hanchett, Historian - Levine Museum of the New South (1:10)

This was not here when I moved, the train was not here, it was kind of hard getting around but now it’s getting much better.  I've seen the city grow up before my eyes, which is pretty cool.
Charlynne Zelee, Student (1:26)

In order to progress in a community, and have economic independence, you need to be mobile and transit enables that.
Debra Campbell, Planning Director - Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center (1:57)

The stations bring ridership. They bring lots of people coming and going, so the developers are keenly interested in building around light rail.
Tina Votaw, Director of Transit Development, Charlotte Area Transit (2:35)

I'm convinced that the city that plans for the future and anticipates the future, as opposed to reacting to the future, will be the city that survives.
Pat McCrory - Former Mayor of Charlotte (3:40)

Urban living is much more sustainable.  Higher degrees of density are much more sustainable.
Jose Gamez, PhD - Professor, College of Arts and Architecture, UNC Charlotte (4:45)

This infrastructure will be here for generations to come. and it’s actually brought neighborhoods and people together as opposed to separating those people and those neighborhoods.
Pat McCrory - Former Mayor of Charlotte (5:20)

Things that matter, things that have substance have longevity. It creates layers that make us unique and give us some soul.
Lynn Caldwell, Marketing Manager - The Atherton Mill and Market (6:03)

What's happening now in the center city, and the South End along the light rail lines, is that sense of community, that sense of walkability, that sense of possibility. We need places to come together and that's what a city is. is a place to come together to find your future.
Dr. Tom Hanchett, Historian - Levine Museum of the New South (6:15)

Charlotte appears to have their plan together.  What's Jacksonville's plan to economically compete in the 21st century?

Article by Ennis Davis.