The Midwood Mile
The "Midwood Mile" initiative which aims to enhance the CDOT design on The Plaza by adding art, beautification, and other placemaking elements. The vision is not only to make The Plaza a safer street for everyone, but also to create a welcoming, vibrant, and people-friendly place that encourages activity, facilitates connections, and builds community.
Have you noticed the tulips popping up on The Plaza? Support the Midwood Mile and enjoy even more beauty year-round.
As part of our first fundraising effort, we partnered with our friends at Charlotte Cycles to raffle off a brand new Pedego Electric Bike. Because of your support, we sold 150 tickets and raised $3,000 towards the Midwood Mile. Congratulations to Myrna and Marilyn, also known as the "m&m" ladies of Tippah Ave, who won the raffle and are super excited to start zooming around the neighborhood on their new e-bike!
But that was just the start of things.
The Midwood Mile is a long-term placemaking initiative to create both an amenity and an attraction for the Plaza Midwood neighborhood on The Plaza between Parkwood Avenue and Central Avenue. This road is both a gateway and main travel spine for our neighborhood and a thruway for our Charlotte neighbors.
The first phase of this project is represented by the “road diet”, activating the bike lanes, installing planters and pedestrian crossings which concluded in a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony on February 22, 2020.
As this phase concludes, the Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association is initiating a program in which we plan to implement a multi-year strategy to make The Plaza a must see / experience location for pedestrians, bikes, scooters and vehicles.
To build on this momentum, the PMNA established a demonstration project to build publicity, excitement and support for this long-term project by planting (with the work of over 40 neighbors) 9000 tulips in five sections of the median. As the tulips begin to bloom, imagine what beauty and interest might be created with a sustained effort to plan and implement place making along our neighborhood’s driveway. This is were you come in. If you have an interest in supporting the planning and execution simply let us know and, if possible, please also support this effort financially with a donation. Your help will ensure that the beauty that will bloom before your eyes over the next several weeks can be something we enjoy everyday.
The pilot project is just the start of this multi-year project. If you'd like to support this project and help us make The Plaza a more beautiful and people-friendly place, please DONATE and look for volunteer opportunities. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more ways to help!
MORE COMING SOON!