City Life

Bringing Community Together in Graham Heights

When the Bailey Concert Band, a drum corps of nine from the United House of Prayer, made their dramatic entrance at the Graham Heights Spring Festival Block Party, they struck the right beat for the day: perfect synchronization. The group captivated the 150 or so neighbors lining Ennis Avenue, just north of Charlotte’s center city, and illustrated the residents’ own coordinated efforts to create a successful community event.

The gathering, which was partially funded by a Crossroads Charlotte “Achieving Community Today” (A.C.T.) grant, was made possible by the efforts of dozens of volunteers. They recruited sponsors like Food Lion and other area grocery chains to defray food expenses, set up the borrowed tables and chairs, prepared and served the food, and organized a raffle for gift cards worth up to $725 apiece from Lowe’s South End to be used toward purchasing Energy Star Appliances.

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6 of the best kept secrets of Park Road Shopping Center

March 15, 2016

When a Charlotte landmark reaches 60 years, you know there must be something special about it. We Charlotteans tend to knock down and rebuild in a NASCAR minute.

Park Road Shopping Center is still thriving with an eclectic range of restaurants and specialty shops. Here are six secrets you may have been missing out on.

(1) A time capsule was buried for 50 years on the grounds of the Regal Cinema. With festive flair, it was unearthed in May 2014 by then-Mayor Dan Clodfeldter.

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Grown-up places your kids will love, too

May 12, 2016

Let’s face it, if you’re a parent, you probably spend a lot of time compromising on the places you go with your kids to keep the peace. But Charlotte happily is home to many destinations that can satisfy multiple generations. As the days get longer and summer break draws near, here are some fun grown-up locales that your kids will dig too.

Each destination is rated on a scale from 1 (worst) to 5 (best) for: *W* wriggle room (i.e., is it ok for your kids to move around, touch stuff, make noise?), *F* fab food options, and *L* learning while having fun.

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The Key to the City

May 11, 2014

Sometimes the things you look forward to the most don’t turn out exactly as planned…  That was today’s lesson, as we stood shoulder to shoulder with a crowd outside of Charlotte’s Regal Park Terrace cinema, waiting for a fifty year old time capsule to be cracked open.

To my surprise, I felt more like a Charlottean than ever before as sixties music filled the air and people browsed through a display of artifacts from the era — a local phone book from the ’50s, a vintage Battleship game, an air raid protocol poster, old records, a retro TV, a viewmaster, and more.

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