By: Colin Amos
We often say that Better Blocks are like speed dating for communities. They are quick projects that help identify and organize leaders in neighborhoods. For neighborhoods that are going through change, with long-time residents and newer transplants, these can be helpful exercises. Such was the case in the Belmont neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Situated east of Uptown between the thriving neighborhoods of Noda and Plaza Midwood, Belmont is a historic African American mill village. Belmont’s proximity to Uptown, Plaza Midwood, and Noda and its relative affordability have attracted many new residents to the neighborhood, primarily young families. As a result, Belmont has two distinct voices, each with its own vision for the development of the community; the original residents and the newly transplanted.
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