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South End Vision Plan

Urban vitality with preserved neighborhood characteristics

  • $1.5B

    Public Funding

  • 590


  • Charlotte, North Carolina

    Charlotte, North Carolina

A community-driven collaboration identifies goals and initiatives—and urban design standards for future development

With proximity to Charlotte’s downtown, four stations on the city’s Blue Line rail, and dozens of underutilized parcels in prime locations, it’s no wonder that the South End District ranks among the fastest-growing urban districts in the US.

In partnership with the City’s Urban Design Division and Charlotte Center City Partners, our planners and designers created a vision plan that will guide billions of dollars in new public and private investment projects all throughout the business improvement district. What do we have in mind? Converting South Boulevard into an urban, pedestrian-oriented street, preserving places for entrepreneurs and start-ups, and embedding affordable housing into every project. We want to create public spaces, expand and improve the Charlotte Rail Trail, and—overall—create a higher-quality, pedestrian-oriented design.

This 30-year plan identifies a series of goals and initiatives and lays out a linked set of enhanced design standards to help the South End become a truly vibrant place, capitalize on its real estate, and maximize its potential to become Charlotte’s most walkable, transit-oriented neighborhood. 

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  • Charlotte City Center Partners
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David Dixon, Vice President, Urban Places Fellow

We help communities manage change to become more livable, equitable, and resilient.
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Ashley Thompson, Urban Designer

We cannot fall into the trap of innovating for innovation’s sake—we must ensure as technology advances, it is to the benefit of everyone.

David Dixon

Vice President, Urban Places Fellow

Ashley Thompson

Urban Designer

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