Advocating for Monroe Road

Advocating for improved transit, bikability and walkability, strong schools, and small biz

MoRA Community Run/Walk

Free run/walk on Wednesdays.

Local Art

Journals, scarves, totes, and more. Merch inspired by MoRA’s community murals.

Certified Wildlife Habitats

This neighborhood is on target to be the first.

LovN On Each Other

Community Mural across from East Meck HS

We elevate and celebrate.

Moving forward with art, advocacy, and more.

From creating public art to hosting community workshops, Monroe Road Advocates is making an impact in the community.

Join our all-volunteer, passionate group of neighbors and stakeholders as we champion Charlotte’s Monroe Road corridor.


Since 2016, MoRA has advocated for Monroe Road, an area that had been overlooked for decades. Charlotte’s exponential growth makes it essential that we all have a voice at the table for walkability, transit and the Silver Line, responsible development, and investment in our schools and public safety.


Monroe Road Advocates brings the community together to create iconic public art. The Embrace sculpture has become the area’s gathering place for events. The Tapestry mural created a rich cultural message of welcome. And Patchwork Crosswalks connected the Monroe Road corridor through street murals.


Monroe Road is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and businesses—large and small, long-established and newly-formed.  Monroe Road Advocates elevates businesses and connects them to one another and to the community. Our directory lists many of our local businesses.


MoRA understands the power of communications to connect and inform. Events like Thursdays Live (our free summer concert series) and the annual Winter Social bring people together and galvanize community.


For information about featuring your company on our homepage and in our online business directory, please contact us.

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Support our work on behalf of great neighborhoods. Support thriving public art, schools, shopping, and businesses. Support safe cycling, walking, and better transit.

Latest News & Events

The ‘Everything You Need in One Store’ Store

MoRA has heard for years that the UPS Store on Monroe Road has especially loyal customers. So when local small business owner Vikee Koh wrote and told us why, we wanted to pass it on. By Vikee KohDesigner Diva Media OK, it’s really called The UPS Store! But after you...

Thank you Tricia Tam

Thank you, Tricia Tam MoRA's communications will look a little different in 2024 It’s daunting to write a thank you message to Tricia Tam. Because this is what she’s so good at. For the past few years, she has been the one crafting the MoRA message. And finding the...

Dick Darlington remembered

A MoRA Founder, Remembered Richard Stiles Darlington  1943 - 2023 In September, MoRA lost one of its founding members, a renaissance man with strong views and an open mind. Dick Darlington was foundational. Whatever he chose to spend time on seemed more important,...

Concert for the Human Family

Friday, November 10 • 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. East Mecklenburg High School • 6800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte, NC 28212 “Pay as You Can” Tickets at eventbrite.comWhat could happen if barriers dissolved, preconceptions faded, and only the art and its message remained center stage?...

Fall Activity Guide, October 15-31

With festive activities around every pumpkin-piled corner, October feels like a month of Saturdays along Monroe Road.   Month of October - “Pumpkins for Parkinson’s” at Vaulted Oak. All pumpkins are $10 or enjoy a pint + a pumpkin for $15. Proceeds benefit The...

Marco’s Pizza opens on Monroe Rd

Former neighbor (and MoRA board member) Marc Seelinger, Jr. and wife Cherry have found their way back to the area. This time, as business owners of a new Marco’s Pizza. A lot of life has happened since their move to Belmont years ago. They welcomed two baby...

Kick Cancer fundraiser & soccer match

East Meck Student Congress and Claire's Army invite the community to the 𝗞𝗜𝗖𝗞 𝗖𝗔𝗡𝗖𝗘𝗥 𝗙𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗥𝗔𝗜𝗦𝗘𝗥 at 5:30pm on Wednesday, October 11, 2023. Free admission to the game with a donation.   100% of the proceeds from sales snacks & baked goods will benefit Claire's...

Live Jazz at Embrace, Oct. 15

Live Jazz at Embrace FREE concert from Culture Blocks Sundays are made for relaxing with neighbors and friends...and listening to the soulful rhythms of jazz. Gather 'round Embrace to hear the powerhouse musicians of A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas, a west side...

Latin Jazz, free concerts at Embrace

Latin Jazz live at Embrace Two FREE concerts from Culture Blocks Get ready for two Latin Jazz Concerts at Embrace this fall. The FREE music events are sponsored by ASC’s Culture Blocks - a community partnership funded by Mecklenburg County. Featuring:  A Sign of the...