What’s next for fast-changing Historic West End?

Motorists drive along Beatties Ford Rd. in front of the Mosaic Village Tuesday, June 30, 2015.
Motorists drive along Beatties Ford Rd. in front of the Mosaic Village Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

Charlotte’s West End is changing rapidly, with an influx of new homeowners, the second planned leg of the Gold Line streetcar and redevelopment altering a historically African-American part of the city.

How best to develop the area while preserving some of the past and character? That’s the topic of a forum Tuesday evening at the Levine Museum of the New South. The free, hour-long Civic by Design forum will focus on the West End’s history, development potential, affordability and diversity in the new area.

Here’s a description of the forum, which starts at 5:30 p.m. (There’s free parking at the adjacent Seventh Street garage:

“As the trade path and setting for transformational events in Charlotte’s history and the birthplace of Charlotte’s Civil Rights movement, the Historic West End has been rightly called “the most historic place in Charlotte” by local historian Dr. Dan Morrill. The Historic West End community is now busy spearheading efforts to revitalize the area while preserving its heritage and character. As the CityLYNX Gold Line brings new prospects for development, the local leading change agents are hard at work ensuring the rapid change doesn’t leave locals behind. Charlotte Center City Partners, local neighborhoods, and the Historic West End Partners have crafted a Tactical Plan to build reflectively and preserve the diversity of the community. Grounded in a struggle for justice, which works inclusively for the life of every member, locals refer to this endeavor as the steps to becoming “the beloved community”. Come to hear more about that vision, including the efforts to pilot a “tactical” market, to seed grass-roots initiatives that restore health and economic opportunity, and to preview some of the future potentials for the area.

The following will be included in this event:

1. What is the history of the Historic West End and why is it “historic”?

2. How can communities embrace change while preserving their affordability and heritage?

3. How can we create the dynamic diversity of “the beloved community”?

4. What is the potential of diversifying transportation choices in transforming communities?

5. Discuss how we can overcome the significant divide of I-77 in Center City.”

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo