CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - On November 28th, 2016 WBTV aired a one-hour special presentation, Community Conversation. The show explored disparities in Charlotte when it comes to housing, educational opportunities, economic opportunities, and access to fresh food.
WBTV Reporter Sharon Smith really dug into the issue of affordable housing in Charlotte – the current state of affordable housing and a push right now to create more of it.
WBTV Reporter Dedrick Russell looked into how affordable housing, or lack of it, in certain neighborhoods affects education.
Sharon and Dedrick gathered so much more information than what they could include in their television stories.
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Community Conversation Hosts Molly Grantham and Steve Crump sat down with Russell and Smith in the WBTV newsroom to hear more about what they found.
After the hour-long special aired, Grantham, Crump, Russell and Smith were joined by Jamie Boll and Brigida Mack for an extended conversation on WBTV's Facebook page in a live chat.
Quality of Life Explorer
In doing research for WBTV's Community Conversation special, we came across an interactive tool called the Quality of Life Explorer.
It's on the City of Charlotte's website and was created as a partnership between the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute.
You can use it to compare different neighborhoods in Charlotte in many categories including home ownership, education level, the age of death, and proximity to things like public transportation, grocery stores, and pharmacies.
City of Charlotte meetings
In the show, we mentioned one way for people to be involved in the process of reducing and eliminating those disparities is to attend community meetings on the issues.
Here is a link to the City of Charlotte website where they list upcoming City meetings.
Organizations mention on Community Conversation
During the November 28th, 2016 Community Conversation special that aired on WBTV we talked to representatives from several organizations about disparities in Charlotte and what's being done to address those disparities.
Here are links to websites for those organizations if you'd like to find more information: