Jan 3, 2023 - Things to Do

Our 2023 resolutions for Charlotte

uptown charlotte skyline. photo by Andy Weber

2022 was an eventful year in Charlotte, one filled with high-profile firings, big-name newcomers, shocking canceled plans, the loss of beloved businesses, huge events that put our city on the world stage, a white-hot housing market, notable groundbreakings and lots, lots more.

The year to come will undoubtedly be another eventful one, especially if the city keeps growing so fast. Our team put together a quick list of our own resolutions for Charlotte in 2023.

Why it matters: We hope this will continue to be a city that nurtures small businesses, one that supports both its newcomers and longtime residents, one that can look at itself honestly and assess what need fixing.

  • What are your resolutions for Charlotte in 2023?

I hope in 2023 local government strengthens its transparency rather than take steps backward. Here’s to hoping elected officials show up, agencies learn policies like this one are a red flag, and long-awaited public records are rightfully handed over to journalists and the public. — Alexandria Sands, reporter

If Charlotte can get through 2023 without firing a head coach, that will be a success. —Ashley Mahoney, reporter

Though our city has pumped millions into constructing affordable homes, the need for housing for our very poorest residents has only grown. The money in the city’s $50 million Housing Trust Fund is going less far as construction costs rise. I hope that in 2023 and beyond, we can find solutions that make our city a place where anyone can find a safe and affordable place to live regardless of someone’s income. — Danielle Chemtob, investigative reporter

There’s no doubt Charlotte holds a superstar status given the recent TV crews filming around the city. So here’s to another year of networks providing opportunities for local talent and highlighting unique places in the area. — Alexis Clinton, reporter

As Charlotte continues to be a hub for transplants, I’d love to see more networking opportunities arise, like social clubs and walking groups, which seem to be a popular way for Charlotte residents, both new and old, to meet and stay connected. — McKenzie Rankin, reporter

Charlotteans old and new are eager to experience everything this city has to offer and it feels like every year it gets even cooler to live here. I’m excited for all of these new restaurant and bars to open, plus the return of old favorites like Soul Gastrolounge (in a new location), Midnight Diner and Phat Burrito. — Laura Barrero, reporter

It’s safe to assume that Charlotte’s rapid growth will continue in 2023. Here’s to hoping that in addition to supporting corporations and developers, we also can provide for those who are already here — from ensuring fresh food options exist in grocery deserts to protecting pedestrians. — Katie Peralta Soloff, editor

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