About MoRA

MoRA is a grass roots organization intent on shaping the rebirth of Monroe Road from Oakhurst to Matthews.

Inclusive and collaborative, MoRA includes residents from surrounding neighborhoods, area businesses, East Mecklenburg High School and the Independence Regional Library. Our work and programs include:

  • Focus groups and surveys for area amenities have been conducted since 2014.
  • Annual town hall meetings and a government agencies open house have been held since 2015.
  • Community improvement projects and branding.
  • Neighborhood cleanup and beautification projects.
  • Ongoing work on creating an identity for this area. Creative video soliciting Trader Joe’s. Placemaking grant application submitted to the Knights City Challenge was a 2016 finalist.
  • Public art sculpture Embrace envisioned for the MoRA community by artist and community placemaking expert Leslie Scott, implemented by Lee Baumgarten, inviting collaboration by neighbors and the public.

MoRA is qualified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to MoRA are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Our Mission

Bringing together residents, businesses, and community institutions to forge a more vital and vibrant community.

Our strategic initiatives:

  • Promote and support the social, educational, cultural, artistic, and economic vitality of this diverse, welcoming area of Charlotte.
  • Provide a forum for sharing information, viewpoints, and ideas.
  • Identify common needs and ambitions for discussion and advocacy.