Did you know Charlotte is projected to add nearly 400,000 people in the next 20 years? Over the past 50 years, Charlotte has grown from 288,000 to more than 857,425 residents. Such impressive growth requires an equally impressive plan.
The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan is a policy document that explains the community’s vision for the future and addresses key issues like housing affordability, displacement, transportation, economic segregation, and creating complete neighborhoods across the city.
The Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan creates equity by design. It begins with a recognition of the history of redlining and urban renewal that exacerbated racial disparities, advantaging whites at the expense of communities of color. The plan acknowledges and addresses the enduring legacy of segregation in our city, and creates a roadmap to ensure that all residents of Charlotte – our current neighbors and those who have not yet arrived – have equitable access to the benefits of our city’s growth.
Over the past two years, RTGC has focused our major home repair efforts in the Druid Hills neighborhood through our Building a Healthy Neighborhood program. We were able to identify 16 residents in need of critical home repairs in large part due to the support of Reverend Darryl Gaston, the former Druid Hills Neighborhood president, and his wife Melissa, the leader of the North End Community Coalition.
Before completing projects and moving on to our next target neighborhood, we wanted to host one last community event in Druid Hills. RTGC staff worked with Darryl Gaston to plan a neighborhood clean-up event that was designed to thank homeowners for letting us come into their community to repair their homes. Unfortunately, a few weeks into the planning process, we received heartbreaking news of Darryl’s passing. Faced with the discussion of whether to continue with the event or not, and with the feedback of Darryl’s wife Melissa Gaston, we soldiered forward with the event. But the event took on a whole new meaning.