The Report below is the second in the 2016 Housing Instability & Homelessness Report Series, which is designed to better equip our community to make data-driven decisions around housing instability and homelessness.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Strategies for Affordable Housing Development Report

Educational Toolkit for Strategies for Affordable Housing Development Report


Zoning and housing policy changes can help provide a long-term solution to racial and economic isolation.

Housing policies helped build and sustain our sorted out city. Changing those policies requires acknowledging that impact, and finding the community will to take positive steps for change. Pamela Wideman’s PowerPoint presentation (download) to OneMECK on January 5, 2016.


Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class, and Urban Development in Charlotte, 1875-1975

by Thomas W. Hanchett

Hanchett argues that racial and economic segregation are not age-old givens, but products of a decades-long process. Well after the Civil War, Charlotte’s whites and blacks, workers and business owners, all lived intermingled in a “salt-and-pepper” pattern. The rise of manufacturing enterprises in the 1880s and 1890s brought social and political upheaval, however, and the city began to sort out into a “checker-board” of distinct neighborhoods segregated by both race and class. When urban renewal and other federal funds became available in the mid-twentieth century, local leaders used the money to complete the sorting out process, creating a “sector” pattern in which wealthy whites increasingly lived on one side of town and blacks on the other.