Charlotte Moves toward a Car-Free City Center

Charlotte now believes that to keep growth going within city limits, they need to attract a population that’s younger and more ethnically and socioeconomically diverse. These demographics are key to the continued growth of a big business such as Bank Of America, the country’s second-largest bank; it’s headquartered in a 60-story office building in downtown Charlotte and employs about 15,000 in the region.

So this is not “replace surface parking lots with high-rises.” In this urban plan. they build grocery stores, landscape pocket parks, refine the transit plan to make automobile travel less essential. And housing must be affordable to multiple income levels, to develop Charlotte’s central city into a place where a wide range of city residents can live and work and play.