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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

Charlotte incorporating art into its transit development

November 14, 2007

A developer wants to create an arts and design district along the light rail line being developed in Charlotte (U.S.A.).

On the side of an old asphalt plant visible from the tracks, three of eight silos would be wrapped with the creations of local artists.  The other side would become a massive light and video projection screen for a community art park to include a band stage, a fire-pit gathering place and outdoor sculpture.

The arts part would be only one piece of a 3.8 hectare (9.5 acre) multi-use project named The Silos at South End, which eventually is expected to include 9.3 square metres (100,000 square feet) of commercial space and 500 homes to be developed in three phases over several years.

At The Silos, the project team plans to reserve ground-level commercial condos and lofts overlooking the park and the light-rail line for artists, designers and related businesses.  An ‘art code’ would require ground floor property owners to display art or designs in storefront windows around the park and along a multi-use path paralleling the rail line.

As well, construction is planned or under way on two neighbouring apartment complexes with a combined 631 units, a restaurant-retail centre, a warehouse-to-office conversion and the final phase of condominiums.

Charlotte is one of 259 local governments in the U.S.A. that are currently Members of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the U.S.A., please visit www.iclei.org/usa .

Source:  ‘The art of light-rail development’, Charlotte Observer, 30 October 2007.