While less than two years old, MoRA has assumed the role of advocate for the Monroe Road area, an area that had been overlooked for some time. Charlotte’s growth, and the opportunities and challenges that come with this growth, make it essential that we have a seat at the table whether it is for transportation, roads, and the Silver Line, investments in our schools, public safety or proposed development and zoning issues.


Public art is one of the initiatives that MoRA has undertaken, bringing neighbors, students, businesses and churches together to create a public sculpture.  Our sculpture at the corner of Monroe Road and Conference Drive has just been completed and will be an icon for this area and symbol of the great things happening in MoRA.


The MoRA area is home to a variety of businesses, both large and small, established and newly formed.  Our task is helping these businesses to flourish and connect with our community and each other.


MoRA understands the power of communications and events that educate and galvanize community. Our events are varied and done in conjunction with area organizations, businesses, and often our schools.

Pushing forward with art, events, advocacy, and more

MoRA is a passionate group of residents and area stakeholders intent on shaping the rebirth of Monroe Road from Oakhurst to Matthews. While formed only two years ago, MoRA and its grass roots volunteers are changing both the landscape and perceptions of this area, working closely with the neighbors, schools, businesses and other organizations that are part of the Monroe Road area.

From public art and town halls to community workshops on transportation, MoRA is making an impact in this area – in our neighborhoods, our schools, and in our businesses. There is excitement building in the MoRA area, and this excitement is contagious.  We have much to do, and we encourage you to be a part of MoRA and this dramatic transformation.

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Latest News & Events

Will the Matthews superstreet make Monroe Road even more dangerous?

The Proposed Superstreet If you have driven through Matthews recently, you have almost certainly seen signs against the proposed "superstreet." Monroe Road extends past the MoRA area into downtown Matthews, the lanes cut in half, and the resulting John Street connects...

The Neighborhood Bash is back with live music, food, and beer

The MoRA Neighborhood Bash is BACK and better than ever. This is definitely the top community event all year that you have to attend. Chat with your neighbors, take in some live music with your choice of drink, and enjoy some local foods. It's the best way to find out...

Free Wheelin’ Friday Bike Community Group Starts This Week

Whether it’s your first time biking to work, or you’re a regular bike commuter, there’s a new event getting started this coming Friday, May 12th, that’s just right for you. As part of Bike! Charlotte, the Free Wheelin’ Fridays bike commuter group is starting a new...

Advisor Mary Hopper helps navigate MoRA’s success

MoRA advocates often hear from people impressed by what we’ve accomplished in such a short time, and who are excited about the community that is being created. The credit, of course, belongs to many. But here’s where much of the credit rightfully goes:  Mary Cagle...

When to expect a new grocer and shopping on Monroe and Idlewild

City Council recently approved a major development on Monroe Road and Idlewild Road, guaranteed to change the face of southeast Charlotte. Rezoning is complete, so when will the new stores open?   Here’s what we know – and a little bit about the influence that MoRA...

First look inside of Monroe Road’s Common Market Oakwold

We have been waiting impatiently for Common Market to open their new and nearby Oakwold location. Southeast Charlotte desperately needs a hangout place, and the quirky and colorful local market easily fills that need. MoRA is excited. We reached out to Common Market...

In memory of artist Leslie Scott

Unexpectedly and shockingly, artist Leslie Scott passed away in her sleep Tuesday, April 4.  It was devastating to her family, and a shock to those of us working with her on her ambitious and transformative art project, Art@thePoint. For those of you who got to know...

Anytime Fitness opening on Monroe Road in May

Southeast Charlotte is adding their most convenient workout facility, the uber popular 24-hour fitness club Anytime Fitness. No more excuses about inconvenient gym locations or limited hours, now that the gym will be opening in Galleria Village shopping center between...