A speaker-and-project series featuring national thought leaders presented by Charlotte Center City Partners and the City of Charlotte.


Supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.


A speaker-and-project series featuring national thought leaders presented by Charlotte Center City Partners and the City of Charlotte.


Sponsored by the Knight Foundation.

Over the course of several months, a series of national and international thought leaders will visit Charlotte and work with residents and leaders to move the needle on key issues related to the city’s built environment.

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Featured Speakers:

Thursday, May 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (EDT)
Charlotte, NC

Building Equitable Cities with special guest Henry Cisneros

Join us for our next Building Community: People + Places + Partners event featuring special guest Henry Cisneros at Project 658! The studies and rankings make it clear: we all need to work together to build an equitable Charlotte. But how?

Join us for this crucial, action-oriented conversation with Henry Cisneros, former mayor of San Antonio and former HUD Secretary under Pres. Bill Clinton. Cisneros offers practical people-based and place-based strategies for driving equitable growth in cities, with a healthy dose of inspiration and vision.

Cisneros is also the author of Building Equitable Cities: Driving Economic Mobility and Regional Growth.

This is a free event. Light appetizers will be provided.

We are excited to offer complimentary childcare during the event. If you would like to take advantage of this, please email your name, child’s name and age to carbenevents@gmail.com.

Thursday, May 23th, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Project 658 (3646 Central Ave.)

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Neighborhoods With More Neighbors

“For the first time in three generations, Charlotte is writing a new comprehensive, city-wide plan. At the same time, our city is struggling with rapid gentrification, a severe affordable housing shortage, and defining equitable development. Big challenges require bold solutions. Hear from two cities that took the bold step of eliminating single-family zoning. How bold is Charlotte willing to be?”

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President & CEO, Center For Active Design Presenting the national debut
of Assembly: Civic Design Guidelines

Learn how individuals, leaders and organizations can harness design and access resources to strengthen communities.

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Planning to Win: Charlotte’s Vision. Mitchell Silver, FAICP

Planning to Win: Charlotte’s Vision. A presentation and question/answer session with Mitchell Silver, FAICP moderated by Joe O’Connor of WFAE. Silver, the New York City Parks Commissioner, was previously the Chief Planning & Development Officer for the City of Raleigh and the President of the American Planning Association. He is widely recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues.

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Place It! Workshop with James Rojas

Rojas is an artist, urban planner, and community activist. He has developed an innovative public engagement and community-visioning workshop called Place It! that uses art-making as its medium. Rojas brings along a 3D model or gathers found objects and asks the workshop participants to invent a vision for their communities. Designing by manipulating objects allows neighbors to model their experiences in a place.

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Jason Roberts with Better Block
July 11th

Jason Roberts is the founder of the Oak Cliff Transit Authority, an originator of the Better Block Project, and co-founder of the Art Conspiracy and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff. His focus on revitalizing inner-city neighborhoods was recognized with a Champions of Change award from the White House in 2012. Jason’s consulting firm, Team Better Block, has been widely recognized, including being showcased at the United States Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

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Janette Sadik-Khan April
4th 2017

One of the leading voices on urban transportation policy, Janette Sadik-Khan is internationally respected for her transformative redesigns of New York City streets and rapid-implementation strategies that are being replicated today in cities around the world.

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