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Plaza Midwood getting $1M makeover

Posted on 14 Dec 2011 by Justin Ruckman

The City is about to break ground on a million-dollar-plus pedestrian-centric redevelopment project in Plaza Midwood, starting in January 2012, according to WBTV.

You can download a full PDF of the “Plaza-Central Pedscape Plan” from the City of Charlotte’s website.

Included in the plan are improved pedestrian crossings, improved pedestrian-scale street lighting, bicycle parking, tree plantings, public art installations, even a mid-block pedestrian path connecting Thomas St. and The Plaza, in the place of the current parking lot corridor between Whiskey Warehouse and Thomas Street Tavern.

It remains to be seen how much of this plan will make it into reality, but it’s promising to see this neighborhood getting some infrastructural attention to encourage more walkability.


  1. Ann - Create-ster 14 Dec 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Hi Justin,

    Would you mind fixing the PDF link? I downloaded the PDF, but when I tried to open it, it gave me an error and wouldn’t open.

    Anywho, I’m surprised to see they are thinking about installing a streetcar on Central. I wonder where it will start and end? However, I do like the proposed improvements, and glad to see it’s still maintaining the vibe of Plaza Midwood! This place is very walkable and many people bike, so the light installations and bike routes are definitely a must. This will be really great for the local businesses stationed there.

  2. tPet 14 Dec 2011 at 12:54 PM

    PDF opened fine for me. I’m not entirely sure about the streetcar, but the rest looks very interesting.

  3. Ann - Create-ster 14 Dec 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Thanks for fixing the link. It works perfectly now!

  4. stu 15 Dec 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Ann, the streetcar will be the same one that is beginning with a starter line from CTC to Presbyterian down Trade/Elizabeth. Eventually it will run from Beatties Ford, down Trade/Elizabeth, turn left on Hawthorne, then right on Central and out all the way to the Eastland Mall transit center.

  5. sara bickerton 15 Dec 2011 at 1:15 PM

    i am flipping over this great news. a nicely timed announcement, for me anyways.

    since moving here this past july (2011), i have been struggling most with how charlotte has managed to continue existing as a city and still it remains so (seemingly) oppositional to the concept of urban pedestrianism … most problematic with such obstruction is (i think) how the culture of an urban environment is consequently prohibited from maintaining flow (artistically and intellectually; naturally and transformationally).

    so, valentina (my dog) and i say YAY FOR THE (our) PLAZA MIDWOOD HOOD!!!

    • Andrew Israel 16 Dec 2011 at 10:01 PM

      I thing Margaret Mead said it it best:

      Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”