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The Charlotte Rail Trail: Center City Partners’ vision for a linear park in South End

Posted on 22 Apr 2013 by Justin Ruckman

Charlotte Center City Partners has unveiled its vision for a linear park extending from Uptown to lower South End. Read more on the project’s website, or check out their overview PDF.

Charlotte’s Rail Trail will be a vibrant public park that winds through the very heart of our city, where the unexpected can be found around every bend. The 3.3 mile trail will connect communities and knit together neighborhoods from Sedgefield, Southside Park, Brookhill, Dilworth, Wilmore, and South End to Uptown. But it will belong to everyone in the Queen City.

The Rail Trail will become the place to discover cafés and bars, explore galleries, see artists at work, stumble upon an impromptu concert, stroll with your family, or relax on a bench and watch the city come alive around you.

The walkway alongside the Blue Line already exists, but it could be so much more. With the help of passionate supporters, today’s trail will be transformed into a network of gardens, public art, unique spaces and activities, and an endless string of places to sit, eat and play. The hardest part of building a park—acquiring the land—is already done and a foundation has been laid. Let’s turn it into something extraordinary.

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  1. Vengeful Scribe (@vengefulscribe) 6 May 2013 at 1:53 PM

    And what will happen to the existing structures along this Rail Trail? Will they be considered “blighted” properties so the favored development groups can snatch up the building contracts when the old structures are demolished? Will there be density bonuses to cram as many people into a “mixed use” development? All is not as it seems when it comes to “Smart” growth. Just follow the money. These 2020 plans seem like more of the status quo when you scratch the paint of the green mask.