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Community Conversations

Through the hundreds of community conversations we have conducted over the past two years, we have listened to and understand the issues that matter most to the people in neighborhoods across our region.

Through “kitchen table” style conversations, we were able to get a pulse on community issues and understand our neighbors concerns.

What we heard

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We want a more equitable community.

We want a more equitable community.

  • Create opportunities for economic equality regardless of background
  • Provide information about available resources for neighbors in need
  • Decrease segregation among races and economic classes
  • Increase acceptance and respect for different cultures
  • Increase job opportunities by hiring locally
  • Gain better access to healthcare
  • Inform citizens on community issues

“Charlotte is a diverse city, but there is still divisiveness.”

"There are all of these preconceived notions about where you live - where you live can change the way people look at you.”

“These days, the poor will stay poor and the chances of getting out of that are slim.”

Every child should have equitable educational opportunities.

Every child should have equitable educational opportunities.

  • Close the achievement gap so that all are performing well
  • Increase teacher pay
  • Offer more career readiness programs for at-risk youth
  • Implement financial literacy courses
  • Lower college tuition
  • Offer trade education earlier, maybe in middle school

“How long will school segregation be able to continue before the government steps in? I don’t’ see it changing anytime soon, but I agree it has to.”

“Every student should get the same education, the same quality of education, and have the same supplies regardless of where they live.”

“I feel like it comes down to school. School can either make you or break you. If your home is bad, school is all you have.”

We want a safer community.

We want a safer community.

  • Decrease crime and violence
  • Increase trust in law enforcement
  • Make the streets and schools safer for kids
  • Reduce high rental turnover in neighborhoods and get to know your neighbors

“It’s sad that we know we have to be ready for anything to happen.”

“I know I am unsafe walking in my neighborhood, but now I’m numb to it.”

Our community needs to be more cohesive.

Our community needs to be more cohesive.

  • Raise awareness of what is going on
  • Provide information on how people can help
  • Promote collaboration among all areas: government, private sector, nonprofits
  • Bring neighborhoods together across socio-economic barriers
  • Take care of one another
  • Include international populations who often feel isolated

“We gloss things over when we say that our local community has made huge strides to dissipate racism.”

“People live by each other, but do not fellowship with one another.”

“Don’t just live life; participate in it!”

Each conversation included a diverse mix of business and community leaders, students, parents, and neighbors varying in race, age and income level. Through active listening and collaboration, we were able to gain a better understanding of the aspirations and challenges of those who live and work in the Charlotte region.