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

Behind the scenes on MoRA’s First Big Zoning Case

No doubt about it. Tackling a rezoning case is hard work.  First of all, the process is long and tedious, requiring constant attention.  It is also full of arcane language, a few unforeseen twists and baffling procedures.  Add to that, the petition proposed by the...

Cross Charlotte Trail’s Protected Bike Lane Update

Charlotte is making strides in becoming a safer and easier place to bike. There has been a lot of buzz about the Cross Charlotte Trail, which will run from Pineville through UNC Charlotte and to the Cabarrus County line once completed. We have previously spotlighted...

First look inside Monroe Road’s City Barbeque, and it is awesome

We have been closely watching the construction of Monroe Road's newest restaurant. City Barbeque, an award-winning barbeque joint, opened their first Charlotte location in Ballantyne last year. Construction on their second just finished in south MoRA. We finally got...

Art@thePoint Community Workshops

Art@thePoint is well on its way to becoming a reality for our southeast Charlotte community!  So far, MoRA has raised more than 80% of the total $150,000 required through private contributions. You can help MoRA raise the final $20,800 for Art@thePoint by booking a...

New Common Market location coming to Monroe Road

You aren't the only person who thinks southeast Charlotte is underserved. Common Market's Graham Worth thought the same thing when looking for another location for the Charlotte staple. They found the space, location, and neighborhood they were looking for on Monroe...

Monroe-Idlewild rezoning and new development update

After years with virtually no rezonings in the area, MoRA has had two in quick succession.  While a MoRA Land Use committee is hard at work, it always welcomes your input. We are meeting at Independence Library on Tuesday the 31st at 6:30 p.m. for your input on...

Groundbreaking news

Groundbreaking on Monroe Road’s iconic public art project Art@thePoint We’re excited to announce a successful groundbreaking on the $150,000 community art project Art@thePoint, a collaborative sculpture that will define southeast Charlotte. “The sculpture will be an...

Private School Coming to MoRA’s Iconic, Big White House

This part of town, and this specific location, was absolutely perfect for us for so many reasons. - Tomis Parker, director for ALC Mosaic We have all seen the big white house on the corner of Monroe and Rama. The big estate was built way back in 1933, and was even...