‘Bland Charlotte’ forum set for Tuesday evening

1100 South, a new apartment building on South Boulevard.
1100 South, a new apartment building on South Boulevard.

Do you think the wave of new apartments and construction in Charlotte is too bland? That’s the topic of a forum Tuesday evening uptown.

Civic by Design, a monthly discussion series for urban planners, students and interested people in the community, is taking up that topic at 5:30 p.m., at the Levine Museum of the New South. Here’s a description of the event and agenda sent out by organizer Tom Low, an architect and urban planner.

The forum will focus on “the challenges of recent wave of bland buildings and urbanism.”

“The following topics will be included:

1. Learn about recent concerns with the design and quality of recent development,

2. Review the key top issues affecting this trend,

3. Hear explanations from a panel of leading Architects and Planners, and

4. Explore ways we can fight back against this Charlotte trend with innovative tools, coalitions, and civic design.”

The event is free, open to the public and usually runs about an hour.

Also Tuesday, the WFAE show “Charlotte Talks” will focus on the same topic. You can listen at 90.7 FM at 9 a.m., or find the show after it airs at

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo