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Here are ways to observe Black History Month – 2021 style

Here are ways to observe Black History Month – 2021 style

Groups across Charlotte and North Carolina aren’t letting a pandemic get in the way of Black History Month, nor will we. In recognition of the achievements and central role of African Americans in American and Charlotte history, we have assembled links to several Charlotte  and NC virtual events, activities and research that you can explore. Events and activities with University City ties “Why we need Africana Studies” – Essay by Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachery, chair of the Africana Studies Department at... read more
Update on University City Regional Library’s future home

Update on University City Regional Library’s future home

Darlene Heater, Executive Director, University City Partners. I am so proud of your advocacy and support for our library.  The people who will determine the future home of University City Regional Library have heard our community’s concerns. Leaders of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Mecklenburg County have communicated they are working through the process of choosing a new location for Mecklenburg County’s second busiest branch that is in the best interest of our community, and that your voices matter in... read more
These Vance High students are dreaming big – They need our help

These Vance High students are dreaming big – They need our help

Just about every part of the high school experience at Vance High has gone virtual or gone away since March 16, 2020, the day that COVID-19 shut the schoolhouse doors across North Carolina. Students haven’t returned to Vance High classrooms for 10 months and counting. In the year of Zoom, Facetime, virtual lessons and televised graduations, faculty member Vikki Harmon and her team of 21 students are determined to give Vance High teens one iconic and lasting memory of... read more
Commercial Real Estate Roundup – January 2021

Commercial Real Estate Roundup – January 2021

January 2021 report on commercial real estate in University City – Charlotte Centene East Coast HQ leads 2020 business news, says Charlotte Ledger “That’s the huge one,” Ledger Executive Editor Tony Mecia tells WFAE. Total jobs could top 6,000 – biggest jobs announcement in NC history, Mecia says. Centene news also helps NC earn “2020 State of the Year” title from Business Facilities. MORE NOVEL Research Park sells for $69.5 million Charlotte Observer says price is among highest ever... read more
Check out this light show, courtesy of Duke Energy

Check out this light show, courtesy of Duke Energy

North Tryon Street near the University City Walmart just got a colorful new look between dusk and dawn. At the request of University City Partners, Duke Energy recently added multicolored illumination to its large substation just south of Shopping Center Drive. “They look best the later and darker into the evening it gets!” said Catherine Grella, who represents public engagement for Duke Energy’s Transmission division. Color-changing LED lights are programmed to illuminate the North Tryon Street substation nightly from... read more
Help us secure the right home for University City’s library

Help us secure the right home for University City’s library

Money is short, and time is running out. We need your help – NOW – to speak up for our library. (Updated Jan. 6, 2021) Major decisions over the next month will likely decide the location and scale of University City’s next library. The current facility at 301 E. WT Harris Blvd. must soon relocate because the library’s lease is expiring. The two groups that will decide the library’s future – the leadership of Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries and the... read more
Teens’ hopes fly high in NASA Challenge

Teens’ hopes fly high in NASA Challenge

The future of NASA exploration – or at least the dreams of several teenagers – recently flew down the dirt-bike track at Hornet’s Nest Park. The teens, members of the Vision Builder Adventures program, were testing their emerging entry in the 2021 NASA Rover Challenge. “Testing the Rover was wild and awesome fun!” said Marshall George, a student leader with Vision Builders. Johnny White founded Vision Builder Adventures 14 years ago to help area youth learn and have fun... read more
University City Night Market to offer new shopping and entertainment experience

University City Night Market to offer new shopping and entertainment experience

University City Partners announces the start of an outdoor nighttime marketplace, University City Night Market, at the lake and boardwalk at Shoppes at University Place. University City Night Market will support small local businesses, while building and highlighting some of the best of the city’s culture. The market will open on Small Business Saturday, November 28, and continue each Saturday through December 19 from 6 – 9 p.m. In time for the holidays, the open-air night market will offer... read more

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