2 Responses to “A City Can Build Streets, But it Takes Residents to Build a Community”

  1. John Stephens

    Thanks, Sabrina, for this encouraging report. It does sound like much more of listening and building a partnership with leaders and regular ol’ folk in the West End.

    Could we hear from some of the stakeholders interviewed? What worked as part of the CNIP outreach? What could be done better or differently? Nice to hear Dorothy Counts-Scoggin’s thoughts, but might be nice to hear from others, too.

    Is this experience being applied for other neighborhoods in Charlotte? I see five other areas listed as part of CNIP’s work – http://charlottenc.gov/charlottefuture/CIP/CNIP/Pages/default.aspx

    How does the CNIP relate to Charlotte Center City Partners’ work on “branding and boosting” the Historic West End? https://www.charlotteagenda.com/47735/ideas-boost-charlottes-west-end/
    Unsurprisingly, this report on the Charlotte Center City Partners’ work focuses more on redevelopment and economic dimensions, rather than strengthening a community in other ways.

    Thanks, John Stephens – UNC-CH

    • Sabrina Colon

      John, thank you for the comment.

      Additional stakeholder interviews are available in the West Trade/ Rozzelles Ferry Playbook (http://charlottenc.gov/charlottefuture/CIP/CNIP/Pages/WestTrade.aspx) along with greater detail about the team’s outreach efforts overall.

      Each of the five CNIP areas took a similar approach, tailored to the history and character of their area. All projects were evaluated against the same goals and vetted within their respective communities.

      The city also works closely with community partners to ensure as much alignment as possible with proposed projects. Two of CNIP’s consultants, AECOM and Stantec, will also be working with Center City Partners as it relates to their branding, way finding and place making on various projects including the W. Trade Gateway/I-77 Underpass Enhancement and Five Points Plaza.

      The project team is glad to talk further.


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