Charlotte Loop Vision Study

In this vision study, we explored the need for more greenspace investments in the SouthPark suburb – a highly auto-dominated area. Whether by public or private interests, we developed a plan for the integration of great streets, more parks and plazas, improved greenspace, and safer intersections. The team also explored substantial changes to existing road sections with clear hierarchies to shift automobile patterns and include space for bikes and pedestrians.


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Charlotte, NC

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Urban Design

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Kimley Horn

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Located approximately six miles south of Uptown Charlotte, SouthPark is a dynamic activity center comprised of residential, retail, office and hospitality land uses. Anchoring the neighborhood, SouthPark Mall is 1.6 million square feet, one of the largest malls in North Carolina. Development in the area has historically been more suburban in context, largely represented by single-use projects that are heavily reliant on automobiles. This has created poor connectivity, leading to problems with traffic congestion and pedestrian safety.

We explored the need for more greenspace investments. Whether by public or private interests, we developed a plan for the integration of great streets, more parks and plazas, improved greenspace, and safer intersections. The team also explored substantial changes to existing road sections with clear hierarchies to shift automobile patterns and include space for bikes and pedestrians.

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For many, SouthPark has become private and disconnected – a place where you make point-to-point trips from your vehicle. Even residents are reluctant to go out an explore their neighborhood. Because of investments like these, SouthPark will continue to be a premier regional mixed-use activity center that creates a more connected and vibrant public realm.

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