The skyscrapers and the population in Charlotte are swelling at a rapid phase making the city the 17th largest in the US. Also, Charlotte is now the country’s third largest financial center after New York and San Francisco.
While people might expect the city to erect some huge business campuses alongside the highways in the exurbs and more housing for workers in the suburban areas, the developments are surprisingly happening the other way round.
In a part of the city that houses some old churches, libraries and stadiums, a 50-square block area of 60 acres are designated for housing the North Tryon Vision Plan which would see an ultramodern urban construction project.
The North Tryon Vision Plan will feature walkable zones, very limited underground parking, reduced streets grid, small gathering places for people and play parks. Experts say this is a kind of tall order for a city that is so used to cars.
North Tryon Vision Plan attempts to go back to some historical trends. The city believes in keeping the growth limited to the city limits. The landscaped pocket parks and the refined transit plans will minimize the need for automobiles. The project will also bring affordable housing to be accessible to people with multiple income levels in order to develop the city’s central region as a place inhabited by a mixed group of residents.
The core of the North Tyron Vision Plan will call for more of mass transit usage, basic spaces for retail and parking use and very limited parking spaces based on the notion that only a fewer number of inhabitants will drive into the downtown while the majority would use other modes of transportation. The plan will also see turning the streets pedestrian-only on weekends and festivals and be opening them for car traffic only on weekdays.