45 projects that could turn SouthPark into a walkable, green neighborhood

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The city of Charlotte unveiled 45 pedestrian crossing, street improvement and trail projects on Tuesday that are under consideration for the SouthPark area.

Put together, these projects would go a long way toward fixing some of SouthPark’s most persistent problems — like being woefully car-centric, difficult to walk around and full of concrete and asphalt.

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Some of them will be carried out with $10 million in city money dedicated to the area. The rest will go into a “playbook” as SouthPark neighborhoods and businesses begin to raise their own money to improve walkability and community feel.

The next step? The city of Charlotte plans to narrow down this list to a few finalists by March.

Want to weigh in? You can fill out a survey from the city here. Want high-def maps and explanations of all 45 projects? Click here.

Here’s the full map of all 45 projects.

Sorry if it’s hard to read. Zoom in for a better view.

Some of the coolest projects are trails.

The Park Loop — No. 7 on the map — would wrap around the entire area and connect with the Cross Charlotte Trail to the west.

The SouthPark Loop would trace a more compact path around the central business district.

The Backlot Trail would connect Park Road Park all the way through SouthPark.

All of them would be bike- and pedestrian friendly and many would incorporate public art.

The rest are all about roads and making them safer for walkers and bikers.

Some of the high-profile potential projects include:

  • Filling gaps in the sidewalks near the Morrison Regional Library
  • Putting in a sidewalk along Barclay Downs Drive
  • Connecting Phillips Place with Sharon View Road
  • Adding pedestrian crossings along Fairview Road, Morrison Boulevard or Sharon Road

  • Improving bike and pedestrian accommodations on Archdale Drive, Park South Drive, Sharon View Road or Barclay Downs Drive

  •  Reducing Barclay Downs Drive, Carnegie Boulevard or Morrison Boulevard from 4 lanes each to 2 lanes.
  • Reconfiguring intersections throughout SouthPark

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