Observer Staff Reports
Originally published by The Charlotte Observer: Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Public radio station WFAE-FM (NPR 90.7) is hosting a forum Thursday to look at community investments in uptown and other Charlotte neighborhoods, and the impact on quality of life.

The free event, which is titled “ One Charlotte or Many? A Neighborhood Perspective,” is set for 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday in the McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square in uptown. To sign up, visit

Panelists include new Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee; Diane Langevin, president of the Winterfield Neighborhood Association; Tim Timmerman, founder of South Mecklenburg Alliance for Responsible Taxpayers; and

Vee Veca Torrence, president of the Thomasboro Neighborhood Association. WFAE reporter Julie Rose will moderate the event.

The radio station said the forum will address topics such as whether “Charlotte has invested in its Uptown at the expense of neighborhood improvements or if a vibrant Center City contributes to quality of life in other neighborhoods.” Other areas will focus on effective ways to invest in older or blighted areas; the effect of safety, transportation and recreation investments, according to the WFAE website.

Thursday’s event is the latest in a series of public conversation forums held by WFAE. Past forums focused on topics such as gun control, same-sex marriage and “Stand Your Ground” laws.

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