February 26, 2024

πŸ‘‹ Hi, Monday. It's Alexandria.

⛅️ Weather: Partly cloudy and high of 70Β°.

πŸŽ‚ Happy birthday to our Axios Charlotte members Chris Papp, Cindy Gadd, Hunter Davis Darby and Elizabeth Moore!

Situational awareness: Former Charlotte City Council member Lynn Wheeler β€” a Republican who remained well-known in local political circles 20 years after leaving office β€” died Saturday at age 80 after being diagnosed with cancer. (WFAE)

Today's Smart Brevityℒ️ count is 666 words β€” a 2.5-minute read.

1 big thing: 🚧 The latest on Brooklyn Village

Brooklyn Village South on a rainy Friday morning. Photo: Alexandria Sands/Axios

Almost eight years after Mecklenburg County chose a developer to rebuild Brooklyn, the highly scrutinized project is moving along at a sluggish pace.

  • Recently, the master developer put a part of the property up for sale. The move could unnerve those already skeptical about the project.
  • But stakeholders say it's all part of the plan.

Why it matters: Some community members are frustrated with the pace of the 17-acre Brooklyn Village redevelopment. Descendants of Brooklyn, once Charlotte's largest Black neighborhood, have waited decades for some type of restitution.

The latest: Donahue Peebles, CEO of The Peebles Corporation, tells Axios it was always their intent to bring on a third-party purchaser that would build in line with the vision for Brooklyn Village.

  • Horizontal construction of infrastructure and roads is underway to prep the site for multi-family and hotel buildings. Peebles expects work to finish late this year.

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2. πŸ› EDIT sale is back

The season's sale is packed with patterns and color. Photo: Brianna Crane/Axios

Charlotte's extremely popular designer consignment sale is back this week.

  • The semi-annual EDIT sale is filling a warehouse at Camp North End with 5,000-plus items from brands like Proenza, Ulla Johnson and Sue Sartor, Axios' Brianna Crane writes.

Stop by: The sale runs Feb. 28 to March 3. Hours are 10am-8pm Wednesday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday-Saturday; and 10am-4pm Sunday.

  • No bags, coats or strollers are allowed inside, and you can pay with cash, card or Zelle.

5 things to know before you go

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3. πŸ—“ Things to do this week

The Rose in South End hosts country karaoke every Wednesday night. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

The week ahead is full of exciting things to do in Charlotte, from karaoke nights to local art shows, Axios' McKenzie Rankin writes.

🎷 Monday: Enjoy a night of live jazz at Petra's. $7. 7:30pm. Details.

πŸͺ Tuesday: Play "The Big Bang Theory" trivia at Middle James Brewing. Free. 7pm. Details.

🐎 Wednesday: Sing country karaoke at The Rose Honky Tonk. Free. 8-11pm. Details.

🎡 Thursday: Watch contestants perform in Charlotte Idol at OpenTap. Free. 7-11pm. Details.

🎨 Friday: Take in the local art scene at South End's gallery crawl. Free. 5-9pm. Details.

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4. πŸ—ž Historic Charlotte FC goal and other speed reads

A packed Bank of America Stadium. 62,291 were in attendance. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

🏟 Charlotte FC beat New York City FC 1-0 in Saturday night's season opener. It was the first time the team scored in the opener. (Axios)

πŸ“Ί The "Love is Blind" live reunion is on Wednesday, March 13, at 9pm. (X)

🐢 The Charlotte Knights want you to meet "Dog." He comes from Obedient K9 Academy and will be at all "Bark in the Ballpark" dates this season. (X)

⚽️ Iconic English soccer teams Manchester United and Liverpool will play at South Carolina's Williams-Brice Stadium on Aug. 3 as part of the Rivals in Red tour. (Axios)

5. Charlotte's air quality expected to worsen

Estimated days with unhealthy air quality, 2024
Data: First Street Foundation; Note: Maximum count of days with unhealthy air quality from anywhere within each county; Map: Axios Visuals

After decades of progress in the U.S. toward cleaner air, climate change-related events will cause a steady deterioration through 2054, Axios Generate's Andrew Freedman reports.

Zoom in: Mecklenburg County will bear the impacts as the number of harmful air quality days increases over the next 30 years.

  • Based on current climate conditions, there will be an estimated five days with an air quality index of 100 or higher in 2024 and six in 2054, per a new report from nonprofit First Street Foundation.

The big picture: An increase in large wildfires in the West, along with heat waves and drought, are already yielding a growing "climate penalty" to air quality, the report finds.

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6. 🎧 "Underground" electronic club expands

DROCK performs at Rebel. Photo: Courtesy Aaron DiDonato

EDM nightclub Rebel has outgrown its unassuming club on Central Avenue and is moving to a bigger space.

The big picture: Interest in house, techno and all electronic genres is growing in Charlotte, Axios' Emma Way writes.

  • Rebel, with its underground vibes and notable DJs, is a leader in the scene.

What to expect: Rebel's new and much larger location will give Charlotte "access to bigger artists," owners Basam Cheema and Ryan Pearce posted on Instagram Thursday.

  • The duo hasn't announced an opening date, but tickets are now available for a March 16 show featuring Paco Osuna at 6432 East Independence Blvd.

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🌸 It was exciting to see Charlotte so lively this weekend for soccer. It feels like spring is right around the corner.

  • I'm also looking much, much forward to those later sunsets come March 10.

Thanks to Katie Peralta Soloff for editing and Lucia Maher for copy editing this newsletter.