Excitement and events build for LYNX launch on March 16

Excitement and events build for LYNX launch on March 16

Are you excited yet? In just 30 days, we can finally board the long-awaited LYNX light-rail trains to Center City. To celebrate this transformative event, University City Partners and our friends are throwing a party! Join us for free kids’ rides on the train, free coffee and donuts with our police, St. Paddy’s Day shopping specials and much more! Here are the latest details, with more information coming as we have it. More events also are in the works.   March 16 UCity Station Job Fair at Camino Center 10 am-2 pm at the Camino Community Center, 133 Stetson Drive near the University City Boulevard station and parking deck. The Camino Center will host a citywide job fair focusing on opportunities available near our new light-rail stations. The center is on the side street next to the Waffle House restaurant.   March 17 Kids Ride the Train event 10-11:30 am at the JW Clay Boulevard Transit Station. Bring the youngsters for an entertaining first train ride with Norm the Niner and our Chick-fil-A cow. Children under age 12 can ride for free. We’ll have Light Rail buttons/stickers and healthy snacks for the kids from Carolinas HealthCare System, and more goodies from Chick-fil-A University Place. Panera Bread will have free coffee for the adults.   St. Patrick’s Day specials at nearby shopping centers Many University City stores within walking distance of our transit stations along North Tryon Street will have special promotions. Look for free T-shirts at the University City Boulevard station!   March 19 CMPD Coffee and Donut Giveaway with our Cops 7-8:30 am at the University City Boulevard Transit...
Must-read, watch and do news about LYNX

Must-read, watch and do news about LYNX

Light-rail service between University City, Center City and beyond is bringing changes both large and small. These articles offer looks at how the service may transform our communities, our university and even local bus service. Learn how light rail is luring Millennials to University City. MORE Get details this Thursday about many bus-route changes linked to LYNX. MORE Read and watch how LYNX will help UNC Charlotte students (and many of us, too)....
Amazon’s lesson for Charlotte: We must grow our higher-ed horsepower

Amazon’s lesson for Charlotte: We must grow our higher-ed horsepower

The race to become Amazon’s second headquarters city has passed us by. Our region must learn from that loss and respond – or risk missing out on future game-changing opportunities, UNC Charlotte Chancellor Phillip Dubois wrote recently. His advice: We must aggressively grow our region’s “higher-education horsepower.” Chancellor Dubois’s essay ran recently in The Charlotte Observer as well as on the university’s website. Read the full article....
Police commander for UCity takes new assignment

Police commander for UCity takes new assignment

Capt. Brian Foley, commander of the CMPD University City Division since 2015, has accepted a new assignment in the Special Investigations Bureau effective this month. Captain Allan Rutledge, a 25-year CMPD veteran, assumed the post of division commander on Feb. 12. “This is a new opportunity for me with different work but I will truly miss the amazing communities and wonderful people that reside within the boundaries of our Division,” Capt. Foley said in a news release issued by CMPD. Capt. Foley said he will work with Capt. Rutledge to ensure a “seamless transition.” The University City Division covers the central University City Municipal Service District and most of the greater University City except for the area near I-77. The division office is at 8401 University Executive Park...
Get your Wine Fest tickets before they’re gone!

Get your Wine Fest tickets before they’re gone!

General-admission tickets just went on sale for one of the best events in town – the second annual University City Wine Fest (and beer garden!) on April 14 at University Place. Enjoy plentiful fine wines and beer, good times and tasty food while helping the literacy programs at University City and Sugar Creek public libraries. Most of the festival booths and activities will take place along the beautiful University Place lakefront! University City Partners and Tim Wallace of The Wine Vault created the University City Wine Fest to complement our community wine culture, promote the wine industry and raise funds for literacy programs at our University City and Sugar Creek public libraries. This year’s event will feature scores of fine wines, often poured by experts who can help you build appreciation with each sip. Nearby restaurants will have tasty samples. Several artisan vendors will also be on hand. New this year will be a local beer garden. This fun festival addition will feature local beers and ciders with beer-garden style seating and live music.   Learn more about the University City Wine Fest Watch the 2017 action on our post-event video Visit the 2018 Wine Fest website Like our Wine Fest Facebook page to get regular...