5 Things To Learn From Uptown Charlotte

Once a poster child for the negative impact of urban renewal, Uptown Charlotte is now a revitalization example for other Sunbelt cities to follow. With that in mind, here are four simple and easy to understand aspects of Charlotte's story that are applicable to any major city.

Historic Preservation

Like many American cities, Charlotte embraced discriminatory urban renewal policies and programs of the 20th century. In fact, it virtually demolished the lion’s share of its historic building stock, including an entire historic urban African-American district. While Charlotte is nationally known for the successful revitalization of Uptown, it lacks the strong unique identity and sense of place that comes with communities that embrace adaptive reuse as a part of their redevelopment plans.