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....
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...
Builder proposing Research Park’s first for-sale townhomes

Builder proposing Research Park’s first for-sale townhomes

North America’s largest privately owned homebuilder could soon become University City’s leading townhome builder. Mattamy Homes plans to build three townhome communities within University Research Park and a fourth nearby, if Charlotte City Council approves. Rezoning hearings for two sites in the research park will be held on Nov. 20. Mattamy Homes has built more than 90,000 homes, mostly in Florida, Arizona, Minnesota, Charlotte and Canada. The company is building in nine neighborhoods in the Charlotte market including Meridale near I-485 in University City. Products in the Charlotte area include townhomes starting in the upper $200s in Ayrshire (Fort Mill, SC), single-family homes from the mid-$200s at Meridale and higher-end single-family homes starting in the $500s in Lawson (Waxhaw).   General community plans If Charlotte City Council approves the rezoning requests, Mattamy will be the first builder to offer for-sale homes within University Research Park. All four townhome neighborhoods being proposed here by Mattamy would feature buildings of up to three stories. All homes would have garages – some with entrances from the front and some with entrances at the rear, via small alleys. All public and private streets would have planting strips and sidewalks on both sides of the street. University City Partners is working with Mattamy Homes and city staff on the overall design of the three communities located within University Research Park. These details could continue to evolve following the rezoning hearings.   Upcoming hearings Rezoning hearings are usually held the third Monday of each month, starting at 6 pm, in the main meeting room of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. 4th St. The Charlotte...
Day of the Dead Festival – A lively afternoon of arts, learning, fun

Day of the Dead Festival – A lively afternoon of arts, learning, fun

RESCHEDULED NOVEMBER 4TH 2-5PM Don’t let the name turn you off. The Day of the Dead event at University Place on Sunday, Oct. 29, will be full of arts, history, music and fun, while paying homage to the historically rich ancient holiday still observed in many parts of Mexico, El Dia De Los Muertos. The festival will include free educational activities and booths to teach about the traditional Day of the Dead festivities and history and will also be a great cultural experience filled with arts & crafts, music and performances. Among the activities: Traditional Mexican music with the Mariachi Los Caporales. Informational Booth on the history and traditions of Mexico Face Painting with Nelson Morales, Catherine and Maia ‐ A face painting station with designs centered around the Day of the Dead. Paper Flowers Booth with Julio Gonzales ‐ Learn the art of making paper flowers, a traditional decoration for the Day of the Dead. Step By Step painting with Inside|Out CLT Artist Sloane Siobhan ‐ Experience guided painting with Sloane Siobhan and take home your creation! Participants must RSVP Sloane in advance or sign in to join on the day of the event, if there is leftover space in the workshop. BYOP – Bring Your Own Pumpkin with Georgie Nakima ‐ Participants will paint their pumpkins with fun and spooky designs to take home. Mask Making Workshop with Artist Cathay Dawkins ‐ Students will create a day of the dead skull mask, using an array of medium including; paint, glue, markers, glitter, & buttons.   Learn more about Day of the Dead Visit the event Facebook page...
Tasty Tuesday spotlight: Thai Taste

Tasty Tuesday spotlight: Thai Taste

By Michyla Greene: Thai Taste prides itself on its authentic menu straight from the vibrant southeast Asian country of Thailand. Founded in 1988, the local chain has three locations, including one in the Arbors shopping center on Mallard Creek Church Road, which I visited at lunchtime on a recent Tuesday. Thai Taste has several daily lunch offerings. You can see each day’s selection on the restaurant’s website. Prices start at $8.95 for vegetarian, pork, chicken or beef dishes, including spring roll and Jasmine rice. If you dine in, iced tea and soup are included.   Pad Thai or Pud Thai – either way, delicious I decided to go with Pad Thai, a staple dish in Thai cuisine. Pad Thai (or Pud Thai, as it is listed on the Thai Taste menu) is a stir-fried rice noodle dish that is commonly served as a street food and in casual restaurants in Thailand. Pad Thai is sautéed with eggs, bean sprouts, green onions, ground peanuts and Thai spices with your choice of chicken, beef, or pork. Upon ordering you may specify the level of spiciness you wish to have. The spicy levels go from 0 to 5, with 5 being the hottest. I went with level 3. The Pad Thai was absolutely delicious! It was slightly sweet and contained a myriad of flavors from the traditional Thai spices that it contained.   Beware the spiciness! Beware of the spiciness, however!!!! Even though I went with a modest level 3, the noodles still managed to cause my nose to run and for it to feel a little extra toasty in the room....
New at the U: Nothing could be finer than to be a 49er!

New at the U: Nothing could be finer than to be a 49er!

UNC Charlotte’s dynamic Title 1 sports program wasted no time in making its mark this season, as the 2016 Conference USA Women’s Soccer champs knocked off UNC Greensboro Monday night at Transamerica Field to secure Victory No. 200 for head women’s soccer coach John Cullen. The other kind of 49er Football kicks off in just over three weeks (feed your football frenzy here!). And come next spring, Duke and Chapel Hill will by dying to visit us for basketball – as UNC Charlotte hosts the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament! Supporters of 49er athletics can get an inside track on tickets for the big dance. Members of the Charlotte 49er Club, season ticket holders and other special constituents will be able to buy tickets to the Charlotte regionals before they go on sale to the general public in November. Details about the 49er Club Single-game tickets are now on sale for 49ers football. Details Learn about all 49er sports at...