ICV09 Center City talk w/ Hugh McColl
Posted on 17 Jun 2009 by Justin Ruckman
photo: Justin Ruckman; view this photo on Flickr
Everybody loves Hugh. As a Charlottean, it’s hard not to.
He had Theater 3 at the Epicentre in the palm of his hand today, talking about Charlotte’s past and what he sees as the future. Here’s a summary.
- Charlotte’s 2020 plan includes inviting people from all over the county & surrounding counties, on the whole moving beyond 277.
- There’s nothing more exciting in his time here than linking UNC Charlotte to Uptown, wants to make N Tryon a boulevard all the way to University.
- Our future demands more density.
- From his perspective looking out at the city from the towers uptown, the area around Johnson C. Smith occupies high ground with potential, as he says, a “beautiful piece of dirt”.
- He just spent a week in Europe, mostly Paris, and came away w/ how important open, public, green spaces are for cities.
- He believes won’t see more high rises any time soon, perhaps for a decade, but doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pursue more mid-rise development.
- We need to prioritize, what matters most to our city? The 2020 plan calls for continuing to link our communities together.
- He thinks it’s important to see Charlotte from above to understand its development and see the big picture.
- Our medical community is the most undersold asset we have.
- When we address collaboration between organizations and businesses, we need to have clear targets; what do you want to collaborate on, not just do you or don’t you?
When asked how he defined his vision, Hugh talked about imagining a skycastle — that we need to build a skycastle for our city. It’s a nice thought to think about, the idea of imagining grand solutions to realize practical results.
This all came after a fun short film interviewing McColl from atop the TradeMark building, discussing similar ideas while looking out on the city. Here’s a short preview available on YouTube.
credit: Charlotte Chamber; watch this video on YouTube
Several more pictures from today:
photos: Justin Ruckman; view these photos on Flickr