Charlotte Neighborhood

14 | Rama Road in front of Rama Elementary School by keihly moore

Put a multi-use path, planted median, gateway, and nice flowers on it!

By Keihly Moore

Before: Rama Road in front of the Elementary. Notice what you run into when you cross the road to go to school. 

After: Take four 12' lanes and bring more diversity to the street with an 8' multi-use path on both sides, planted median where no one is turning, and create an interesting gateway into the school, creating an easy connection.

The street is designed for speeds higher than the posted speed limit. As a result, vehicles move fast and it's uncomfortable to walk along the road, much less bicycle, or cross the street. With two schools on this stretch of road, which is bordered by many neighborhoods, it's especially important to build walking/cycling infrastructure so families can increase their health by walking and reducing the traffic on the street. 

Instead of four 12' lanes with two 6' sidewalks on either side (and no buffer), why not design two 11.5' travel lanes with a 13' planted median/turn lane,  4' planted buffer, and 8' multi-use trail? These new improvements fit into the existing ROW. We must strive to increase the diversity of the street users, to make the quality of life better for all. 

13 | Monroe Road Street Fix by Aleksandra Borisenko

Put a planted median, on-street parking, street trees, multi-use path, pedestrian crossing and urban housing on it! 

by Aleksandra Borisenko

  Before:   Monroe road is a 4-lane road that lacks infrastructure for pedestrians and bicyclists. The two-story apartments will soon be demolished and they will be replaced by a new multi-use development. 

Before: Monroe road is a 4-lane road that lacks infrastructure for pedestrians and bicyclists. The two-story apartments will soon be demolished and they will be replaced by a new multi-use development. 

  After:   With the new development, there's a fantastic opportunity re-imagine Monroe Road as a more attractive and safe street for different modes of transportation. A planted median and on-street parking can help the road feel more intimate and make it safer for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross. A generous multi-use path provides a much needed infrastructure for residents to get to the new development and surrounding neighborhoods by foot or on bicycles.  

After: With the new development, there's a fantastic opportunity re-imagine Monroe Road as a more attractive and safe street for different modes of transportation. A planted median and on-street parking can help the road feel more intimate and make it safer for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross. A generous multi-use path provides a much needed infrastructure for residents to get to the new development and surrounding neighborhoods by foot or on bicycles.  

6 | Reid Park : Vacant Lot to a Neighborhood Park by keihly moore

Put a neighborhood pavilion and a splash pad on it!

by Dylan McKnight

  Before : Vacant neighborhood lot in Reid Park

Before: Vacant neighborhood lot in Reid Park

  After : Put a neighborhood pavilion and a splash pad on it!  This concept to put the park back in the Reid Park neighborhood is a part of  Dylan McKnight' s Master thesis work. Working with the community, they came up with a vision and presented it to the the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation department. The funds have been committed to this project and the park will be constructed in the near future, all though a community-led process!   See this video  for a look at how the community design process unfolded.  Here is a link  to the beautiful boards Dylan designed to communicate his ideas. 

After: Put a neighborhood pavilion and a splash pad on it!

This concept to put the park back in the Reid Park neighborhood is a part of Dylan McKnight's Master thesis work. Working with the community, they came up with a vision and presented it to the the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation department. The funds have been committed to this project and the park will be constructed in the near future, all though a community-led process!

See this video for a look at how the community design process unfolded.
Here is a link to the beautiful boards Dylan designed to communicate his ideas.