A four-mile stretch of Charlotte Avenue needs swift action to turn the corridor into a multi-use urban area — as development of surrounding neighborhoods puts time pressure on the project.
The Charlotte Avenue corridor is urban design at its best: it's the opportunity to create value for the community and change health outcomes as well as create opportunity for developers, said Robin-Eve Jasper, president of NoMa Business Improvement District in Washington, D.C.
The Urban Land Institute recommends setting up an organization to ensure the corridor has an active representative in planning and to steer investment. The window for making Charlotte an urban destination could be three to five years given the growth of the city.
Jasper was hesitant about making the recommendation at first because she doesn't think new organizations are often the answer, but the fast change needs full-time resources to make sure that the plans for Charlotte don't get lost or become a missed opportunity.
The Urban Land Institute selected Charlotte as one of four streets in Boise, Idaho; Denver; Los Angeles and Nashville to be models for how to turn ugly, congested corridors into healthy ones.
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