Foodie Court concept a Knight Cities Challenge grant finalist

Community artist Leslie Scott has designed a creative project that will take on the “food-desert” aspect of our area. With no grocery stores, coffee shops or farmers markets, few restaurants, and no access to arts and culture along our section of Monroe Road, we also lack those natural opportunities to connect and build community. While Meridian Place is attracting amenities to its development, it’s likely to be two to five years before they’ll be a reality.

In the meantime, Leslie has a plan for us to work together to create a “Foodie Court” at the heart of our community. This dynamic gathering space will give neighbors a place to congregate, access to quality food (community garden, farmer’s market, food truck events) and engage local talents (collaborative public art installations, performances by area artists and East Meck choral, theater, and music groups). This space will connect amateur and professional ‘foodies’ RIGHT NOW!

It’s an inspiring plan that Leslie has proposed: a pop-up, flexible, multi-purpose gathering spot accessible to all. To fund this effort, Leslie has applied for some significant local and national grants. Good news:  On January 12, it was announced that Foodie Court for Monroe Road is a finalist (out of 4500 national entries!!!) to the 2016 Knight Cities Challenge.  Stay tuned!

Community Tree Lighting + Bonfire + Refreshments + Carols

Our First Annual Community Tree Lighting was Saturday, December 12, complete with bonfire, caroling, and holiday treats.  The beautiful tree was a generous contribution provided by Bartels Construction Solutions.  Thanks also to the East Mecklenburg Chamber Choir who performed and led caroling, and The Coffee Priest for providing hot chocolate and warm drinks. The tree lights, hay bales, chalk board wish list, and other supplies — and many hours of effort — were donated by a team of individuals who came together in the spirit of the season for their community.

Community Block Party + Food Trucks + Flat Tire Trio

On November 5, 2015, MoRA came together with M Station and Meridian Place and hosted a community block party with a keg, bluegrass, and great food. M Station opened its doors so we could seetheir chic model apartments; Mexican cuisine food truck Tin Kitchen and cupcake specialty Southern Cake Queen provided great food, and the Flat Tire Trio made the evening fun and fantastic. For a few hours, this casual welcoming event was the place for neighbors – singles, families, kids and dogs – to hang out and get to know one another.  Check out the pictures and video.

Demystification! (of land use and transportation decisions)

On October 7, 2015, MoRA hosted two workshops and an open house at McClintock MS to help residents connect with the services of our city and county to understand how decisions relating to land use, transportation, and other issues important to know about are made. Citizens had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with representatives from thirteen agencies, have their questions answered, and receive help and resources. Traffic calming, sidewalks, public safety, rezoning issues, transit and transportation were all issues that were covered in the two workshops. Click here for information that was provided to attendees.

Creative Brainstorming workshop

Community artist Leslie Scott engaged community members at the Independence Library on November 4 in a dialogue about how we see our area of Charlotte, its history, its future, and its strengths. Together we uncovered those key, deeply valued characteristics of our community that will inform the creation of public art installations at Meridian Place and around the Monroe Road corridor.  Leslie described some of the current initiatives in the works and opportunities for collaboration on public art projects in the area.

And then there was MoRA!

From information gathered at the Town Hall meeting paired with the feedback of several surveys for the middle Monroe Corridor, it is clear that we are much more than a neighborhood coalition. Our all-volunteer group of engaged citizens and area stakeholders are passionate about the potential of our area and we are intent on driving the impending transformation. We are a place where community-building events and initiatives can get started, and we plan to be a resource for key information. We are MoRA: Monroe Road Advocates and we invite you to join our efforts!

First Annual Town Hall Meeting at East Meck HS

On September 2, 2015, the Monroe Road Community Association hosted a Town Hall meeting at East Meck High School.  An enthusiastic turnout of 150 confirmed that our community desired a more vibrant, livable area and is ready to come together to create it.  Our presenters described how we got here, our achievements to date, the unique assets available to us, and what’s in store for the future.  Click here for the PowerPoint presentation, and stay tuned for our Second Annual Town Hall Meeting planned for September 2016!

MoRA Awarded NBS Grant

In August 2015 the Monroe Road Community Association was awarded a Neighborhood Matching Grant from the City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood & Business Services. This funding has allowed us engage in branding and brainstorming activities, create a logo, build this website, and begin our outreach to the community. In return for volunteer hours and in-kind contributions, the City awarded MoRA $10,761 in matching funds. This one-year grant was recently successfully completed by MoRA — more than six months early — and another grant is being applied for.  Thanks, NBS, and shoutout to Jennifer Duru, our NBS Southeast Area Team Manager, who shows up on Saturdays and keeps us in the loop.