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

Popular massage studio Mood House opening in Oakhurst this summer

Mood House opened their Dilworth flagship location in 2021 and will open a second location this summer in Oakhurst Commons, the new mixed use development at 4008 Monroe Road (next to Take 5). The modern massage studio with a Palm Springs vibe boasts over 800 monthly...

Fridays Live kicks off May 17

By Kathy Hill Beginning Friday, May 17, Edge City Brewery will host the Fridays Live concert series every third Friday through November. MoRA began this FREE community concert series seven years ago at the Embrace Sculpture – our community gathering place at 6697...

MoRA installs new bike racks along Monroe Road

By Stephanie Marshall Cyclists on the Monroe Road corridor have new places to park and explore! MoRA recently created 12 custom-designed bike racks funded in part by a 2022-2023 Infusion Grant. The bike rack project reflects MoRA's advocacy for affordability, mobility...

Nurture nature with the Mason Wallace Park Advocates

By Dave MolinaroMason Wallace Park Advocates Dear Neighbors, For years, our dedicated team of volunteers, the Mason Wallace Park Advocates, has been the heartbeat of Mason Wallace Park, transforming it into a vibrant sanctuary for all to enjoy. We’ve rolled up our...

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...