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February 08, 2024

Good morning, Charlotte. It's Katie.

⛅️ Weather: 60° and partly sunny.

🎈 Happy birthday to our Axios Charlotte members Katie Trotter, Kay Tawney and Lisa Boyle!

Today's Smart Brevity™️ count is 991 words a 4-minute read.

1 big thing: 🗑️ Let's talk trash

The special services crew at work, dumping businesses' trash receptacles. Photo: Alexandria Sands/Axios

Plenty of residents and visitors complain about how much trash there is in Uptown. Turns out, however, the city has an entire 24/7 crew dedicated to keeping the area clean.

  • Axios' Alexandria Sands recently rode along with Darnell Dandy of the city's Solid Waste Services to see how this crew operates.

Why it matters: As the city grows, it's harder to keep it clean. Unkept streets and sidewalks not only make Uptown look bad, they also pose health threats.

Details: Charlotte's special services department sweeps cigarette butts and broken glass. Employees dump businesses' cans and clean up the graffiti that appears daily.

  • They're also in charge of pressure washing sidewalks, bus shelters, garbage cans, recycling bins and benches. This crew washes light rail platforms daily, too.

Yes, but: City crews don't handle cleanup everywhere around Uptown.

  • The N.C. Department of Transportation is responsible for some areas, like underpasses, around I-277. That means they're out of the city's jurisdiction, and cleaned less frequently.
  • An interstate maintenance unit comes out just once a month to the I-277 corridor, an NCDOT spokesperson told Alex.

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2. Quote of the day: No Yafo for Uptown

Uptown Charlotte. Photo: Alexandria Sands/Axios

Good news and bad news for Uptown, depending on whom among a panel of market experts you ask, Alex writes.

  • Expect the vibrancy to return eventually, predicts Travis Garland of Portman.
  • But don't expect to get a Yafo, Midwood Smokehouse or any other Frank Scibelli establishment in Uptown any time soon.

Driving the news: Scibelli, Garland and developer Hank Farmer of Third & Urban offered perspectives on this year's commercial real estate market at a panel this week that was moderated by Christianna Williams, SVP of the commercial real estate firm Cresa.

Scibelli's take: While other restaurants do well in Uptown, he says he's not as willing to take the risk.

  • "I can take the same money and invest it in another area that's got a little daytime population and nighttime population and get a better return," he said.
  • He added that he'd like to add "probably two to four restaurants a year," including possibly another Paco's.
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3. 🤠 A South End honky-tonk

Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

The Rose Honky Tonk opened this week in the former Oak Room spot, Axios' Laura Barrero writes.

Why it matters: It's a new spot from the Bottle Cap Group, a local hospitality firm that owns Ink N Ivy, All American Pub, Slate, Whiskey Warehouse and Brazwells.

  • After more than 10 years in South End, Oak Room "ran its course," the president of the group, Britton McCorkle, told Charlotte Five.

Zoom in: The Rose is the second honky-tonk bar to open in recent months. The Grinning Mule in Plaza Midwood rebranded to Grinning Mule Saloon and Kitchen last October.

  • They join Coyote Joe's on Wilkinson Boulevard to offer something that Charlotteans have clamored for — country music and line dancing.

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4. A big-name visitor and other speed reads

Photo: Axios archives

🏫 A record number of North Carolina families are applying for state funding to help them pay for the cost of attending a K-12 private school. This comes after the state legislature expanded the private school voucher program. (Observer 🔒)

Greensboro officials filed a court order to see police body camera footage from an alleged assault that involved city manager Taiwo Jaiyeoba, Charlotte's former planning director, and his two adult daughters. (WFDD)

🏥 First lady Jill Biden will travel to Charlotte on Friday. She'll visit Atrium Health Levine Cancer, where she will highlight the Biden administration's efforts to expand access to cancer patient navigation services, her office said in a statement.

🐭 A mouse was caught on camera scampering around inside Charlotte's airport last weekend. (WBTV)

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5. 💕 The weekend ahead in Charlotte

Photo: Andy Weber/Axios

There are plenty of fun ways to fill your weekend in Charlotte, whether you're interested in Super Bowl watches or looking to get a jump on Valentine's Day.

A sampling of our latest weekender from Axios' Alexis Clinton:

🤼 Spend the evening watching WWE wrestlers fight Friday at Spectrum Center.

🍷 Taste over 100 global wines at the Uncorked: Charlotte Wine Fest at Discovery Place Science on Saturday.

🎶 Put on your noise-canceling headphones for Silent Disco Emo Night at Hi-Wire on Sunday.

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6. 1 last update to go

My husband, Jesse, and daughter, Talia, walking on UNC's campus in Chapel Hill on a recent afternoon. Photo: Katie Peralta Soloff/Axios

Closing out this newsletter with a bit of personal news.

  • This weekend, my family is moving to Chapel Hill — my husband recently accepted a new job affiliated with UNC. While we're thrilled for a new adventure in the Triangle, we're sad to leave Charlotte.

Yes but: I will remain closely connected to this wonderful city of ours. I'll continue to edit the Charlotte newsletter, which is in terrific hands with the team of local reporters we have here.

What I'll miss: A lot. NoDa. The skyline view from the Matheson bridge. Curry Gate takeout on a random Wednesday. My parents, and my dad's whole side of the family in south Charlotte out to Matthews. Giddy Goat's nitro cold brew. My girlfriends and my book club. Our house. Salud. Our daughter's day care.

Yes, but: Be it for work, family or friends, I plan to come back often. It really is an easy drive or train ride.

The big picture: My family moved here for my dad's job when I was in high school. That was tough on a 17-year-old, but Charlotte quickly made me feel home.

  • I've worked in journalism in Charlotte for almost a decade. The city's had highs and lows over the years. It's been gratifying work, telling local stories and holding power to account.

The bottom line: Thank you, Charlotte readers. I've loved learning from you. And I look forward to continuing working in this space — just a little farther away.

What's next: I'll help out the tremendous Axios Raleigh team periodically — you can subscribe here for punchy, relevant news from the Triangle.

  • Keep sending me Charlotte tips and feedback: [email protected].
  • Please also share any news tips (and restaurant recommendations!) in the Triangle that you've got.

🛒 One notable thing I'm excited to explore in my new town: Wegmans.

  • I'll continue to dig into whether the beloved grocer has any plans for Charlotte.

This newsletter was copy edited by Lucia Maher.