So much music – so little time!

So much music – so little time!

The next month is flush with great music in University City. Performances from jazz to classical will draw crowds to our popular music venues. Many performances are free. Some are sponsored by us! Here are the details.    Free fall concerts at Shoppes at University Place 6-9 pm every Thursday in September, lakeside at the bridge at University Place. Enjoy sweet music from popular regional performers as well as a stroll around the lake and beverages dinners and desserts at nearby restaurants. Upcoming performances are The Voltage Brothers on Sept. 12, Southside Station Band on Sept. 19 and Coconut Groove Band on Sept. 26. Sponsors include Shoppes at University Place, University City Partners, Famous Toastery, V & Three, Boardwalk Billy’s, the YMCA, The Wine Vault and Paschal Events. Details.  Directions   Celebration of women composers at UNC Charlotte 7:30 pm Sept. 9 at Rowe Recital Hall. The Department of Music presents a Faculty & Friends Concert, featuring Assistant Professor of Clarinet Jessica Lindsey with special guests Judith Porter and Erin Palmer (piano), Mira Frisch (cello), Chelsea Karpeh (clarinet), and CarlosAlexis Cruz (narrator). The program celebrates music by women composers and includes a delightful setting of poems by Shel Silverstein. Details and tickets.  Directions   Violinist David Russell and friends at UNC Charlotte 7:30 pm Sept. 16 in Belk Theater at Robinson Hall. The Department of Music presents a Faculty & Friends Concert, featuring Anne R. Belk Distinguished Professor of Violin David Russell. Joining him will be guest pianists Kyle Linscheid and Eric Malson. The program includes Shubert’s Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano, and Sonata No. 4 in...
Primary election is Tuesday … or now!

Primary election is Tuesday … or now!

The 2019 primaries for Charlotte Mayor and City Council take place on Sept. 10. Democrats have many candidates on the primary ballot for mayor, at-large council seats and University City’s District 2 and 4 seats. Early voting continues through 7 pm Friday. The best place to get voter information is the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections. You can get a sample ballot, voting location and other details at the Board of Elections website.   Vote early through Friday, Sept. 6 Early voting continues 10 am-7 pm daily through Friday, Sept. 6, at several locations around Charlotte including the former Pier 1 store at 8802 J W Clay Blvd. in University Place. Directions The Hal Marshall Center at 618 N. College St. in uptown is open 8 am-7 pm through Sept. 6. Here is the list of all early-voting locations.   General primary election information The 2019 Primary will take place 6:30 am-7:30 pm Sept. 10. A second primary may be held on Oct. 8, if necessary. The general election on Nov. 5 will also include the election of at-large members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education and a countywide vote on whether to increase the Mecklenburg County sales tax from 7.25 percent to 7.50 percent to help fund arts, parks and education.   Who’s running in the primaries? The Charlotte Observer has published several articles about the candidates for mayor and the Charlotte City Council. Here is some basic information and links to each article.   Charlotte mayor Democratic Mayor Vi Lyles seeks to become the first mayor to win a second term since Democrat Anthony Foxx in 2011....
Tell county on May 9: Fund land for parks now!

Tell county on May 9: Fund land for parks now!

Our community’s last great chance this year to speak out for more parks comes Thursday, as our County Commissioners seek our opinions on a proposed budget with 9.1% more spending in the coming year yet absolutely NO FUNDING FOR NEW PARK LAND! The public hearing on the draft 2020 budget will start at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center. BE THERE to speak, show support for parks, or both!   Our united message WILL MATTER Our commissioners just received County Manager Dena Diorio’s draft 2020 budget and will spend the rest of May hammering out the final plan for spending $1.9 billion in county tax dollars. The public hearing on Thursday is our big chance to speak up for parks! Tell our county leaders that the last decade of minimal investment in parks must end. We must preserve land for parks now, before that land is lost to development.   Time IS running out! Our county’s population has grown by nearly 200,000. Property prices have exploded. New neighborhoods, office parks and shopping centers are swallowing up land that might have made good parks both large and small. Even a year’s delay in securing future park sites will be disastrous in high-growth areas such as near the new LYNX light-rail stations along North Tryon Street. Thousands of people will eventually live near each station. Without money NOW to buy land for parks, these urban centers may never have parks where residents can play, keep fit and find peace. On June 4, commissioners will vote on the final budget that takes effect on July 1, 2019....
A message from University City Partners

A message from University City Partners

Like all of Charlotte, we at University City Partners begin this day with shattered hearts and in disbelief. We grieve with all of the UNC Charlotte community and beyond for those who died, suffered wounds and lived through Tuesday’s frightening tragedy. We are deeply thankful for UNC Charlotte and University City CMPD officers and others who acted quickly and courageously to end the attack despite grave risk to themselves.   University news Chancellor Dubois has been sharing information via local television and radio stations. His letter to the UNC Charlotte family and community is included below. If you need to check on the status of family or friends, UNC Charlotte asks that you use the Niner Central number (704) 687-8622. The Chancellor’s office says that decisions about exams will be made today and shared through website and internal communication channels. Commencement will continue as planned.   How you can express your support Here are a few simple ways to express your support of our Niner community: The Chancellor’s office requests that we show our support by posting the Charlotte Strong icon on social media. If your building has the ability to change outdoor lighting colors, join our Uptown community by changing your lighting to green. Post messages of support and appreciation to UNC Charlotte on Facebook and on Twitter @UNCCharlotte, and to CMPD on Facebook and on Twitter @CMPD. Please follow UNC Charlotte Facebook and Twitter channels and the university website for updates and news that may inform the community on how best to support their needs. We hope and pray for full healing – of wounds, of hearts,...
We’re winning the war on litter!

We’re winning the war on litter!

First impressions matter, right? That’s why University City Partners recently began paying for weekly litter patrols along our highways. “There’s a huge difference, and I notice it everywhere,” says Tobe Holmes with UCP.   Other groups also are tackling litter, too! The Mallard Creek Initiative hopes you will join them this Saturday, April 27, for a Cleanup Day. The following weekend, Scout Troop 13 will be scouring Clark’s Creek Greenway and nearby trails in University Research Park for old tires, litter and other cast-offs.   About the UCP’s litter cleanup University City Partners began paying a contractor in March to clean up litter along North Tryon Street, W.T. Harris Boulevard parts of other major roadways within University City’s Municipal Service District. The state of North Carolina is responsible for the litter cleanup, but the state cleanup schedule has not kept up with the volume of trash. The contractor, Phoenix Landscape Management, is also working with property owners along these highways to keep their properties clean and mowed.   Mallard Creek Initiative Cleanup Day on April 27 This community group is concerned about the amount of trash on the roads, says one of its leaders, University City resident and Realtor Robin Faison. “We want to see a change in behavior from the citizens,” she says, and the group invites us to help them pick up trash this Saturday, April 27, from 9:30 am to noon. The group will gather at 9:30 in front of Nona’s Sweets, in the Worthington shopping center at W.T. Harris Boulevard and Technology Drive. Directions For more details, contact Faison at robin.faison@gmail.com.   Troop 13 Clark’s...
NC 49 project meeting draws a curious crowd

NC 49 project meeting draws a curious crowd

Last updated April 29, 2019 An information meeting to explain and get feedback on University City’s biggest upcoming road project drew more than 100 people to UNC Charlotte on April 23. The project, set to start construction in about 3 years, will widen NC 49 to six lanes near campus, launch a new highway to Independence Boulevard and close a busy railroad crossing. At least two critical decisions remain to be made. The path of the new highway once it crosses the NC Rail Corridor and nearby Hanberry Boulevard. One option would slice through woods and wetlands planned for a future park. How to lower University City Boulevard several feet while maintaining high traffic volume between I-485 and the university campus. One option would require removing several commercial buildings. The drop-in information meeting took place in the Cone University Center, where visitors could move through several information stations dealing with various aspects of the three projects.   State’s reason for six lanes A short video display explained why the NC Department of Transportation believes that University City Boulevard (NC 49) needs to be widened to six lanes between I-485 and John Kirk Road and redesigned to eliminate left turns from cross streets such as Mallard Creek Church Road. Watch the video. University City Boulevard carries more than 40,000 vehicles per day, with significant rush-hour congestion and numerous accidents, particularly at the Back Creek Church Road/Pavilion Boulevard intersection. Transportation planners estimate that the volume will double in 20 years. A state Transportation Department staff member said the new design will accommodate that greater volume and cut accidents while providing safe movement...