Jan 24, 2018 - Things to Do

45 projects that could turn SouthPark into a walkable, green neighborhood

The city of Charlotte unveiled 45 pedestrian crossing, street improvement and trail projects on Tuesday that are under consideration for the SouthPark area.

Put together, these projects would go a long way toward fixing some of SouthPark’s most persistent problems — like being woefully car-centric, difficult to walk around and full of concrete and asphalt.

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Some of them will be carried out with $10 million in city money dedicated to the area. The rest will go into a “playbook” as SouthPark neighborhoods and businesses begin to raise their own money to improve walkability and community feel.

The next step? The city of Charlotte plans to narrow down this list to a few finalists by March.

Want to weigh in? You can fill out a survey from the city here. Want high-def maps and explanations of all 45 projects? Click here.

Here’s the full map of all 45 projects.

Sorry if it’s hard to read. Zoom in for a better view.

Some of the coolest projects are trails.

The Park Loop — No. 7 on the map — would wrap around the entire area and connect with the Cross Charlotte Trail to the west.

The SouthPark Loop would trace a more compact path around the central business district.

The Backlot Trail would connect Park Road Park all the way through SouthPark.

All of them would be bike- and pedestrian friendly and many would incorporate public art.

The rest are all about roads and making them safer for walkers and bikers.

Some of the high-profile potential projects include:

  • Filling gaps in the sidewalks near the Morrison Regional Library
  • Putting in a sidewalk along Barclay Downs Drive
  • Connecting Phillips Place with Sharon View Road
  • Adding pedestrian crossings along Fairview Road, Morrison Boulevard or Sharon Road
  • Improving bike and pedestrian accommodations on Archdale Drive, Park South Drive, Sharon View Road or Barclay Downs Drive
  •  Reducing Barclay Downs Drive, Carnegie Boulevard or Morrison Boulevard from 4 lanes each to 2 lanes.
  • Reconfiguring intersections throughout SouthPark

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