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Trips for Kids Donates Bike Repair Station to NoDa

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20131221140303 Bike StandCharlotte Trips for Kids, a local recyclery and charity located at Area 15, installed a bicycile repair station near Smelly Cat this month as a gift to the NoDa neighobrhood. The stand is one of eight stands that the recyclery purchased this year. Five were placed by Mecklenburg Park & Rec on the County’s Greenways. Two others were placed at the Urban Ministry and at the Goodwill Industries Training Center on Freedom Drive. The eighth was placed right here in NoDa.

When asked why NoDa was included in this project, Trips for Kids Treasurer, Harry Johnston, told us:

"We chose this location not only because of it’s proximity to our shop but also because of the sheer number of cyclists that either live in the neighborhood or simply frequent it. But more to the point, we also wanted to underscore our long standing relationship with the NoDa neighborhood and the support its residents and businesses have continually extended to us. The outreach has been both broad and significant. It certainly starts with the multitudes of NoDa residents who have made the trip down North Davidson to the Recyclery to purchase one of our reconditioned bikes; continuing to the many NoDa businesses and organizations who have designated Trips for Kids as a beneficiary in their various fundraising campaigns; to Will & Lauren Puckett’s 24 Hours of Painting concept to which our NoDa neighbors came in droves to help produce our iconic mural (pictured below)."

NoDa NBA's Greenification Committee assisted with the installation.

An expenditure like this is a substantial sum for a non-profit organization that sells only used, reconditioned bikes to cover costs. But, as the Recyclery is a integral component of Charlotte’s bicycling community, they were happy to contribute a few more bike tools and air pumps available in order to help the community pedal a little further.


Revolution: The Winds of Change

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Frank Haas and Kimberly Connelly-Willner will start an outdoor mural project in front of Revolution Ale House today through the end of the week. It's entitled "The Winds of Change."

The mural takes the viewer through an interpretational/visual-based history of the area from background to foreground/black & white to full color.

The artists met through Wine & Design Charlotte where they are studio artists and decided to combine their artistic forces.

Frank and Kimberly would like to invite YOU to watch our progress with "The Winds of Change" mural and hope you can offer your artistic hand at the wall! Days on-site will be all this week from 9:30am-2:00pm until   Thursday, October 24th .

Color prints of the mural artwork will be for sale.

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National NoD as Warehouse Arts District

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Article in the Charlotte Observer
By Hilary Trenda


Charlotte’s North Davidson arts district – better known as NoDa – is drawing national attention after being named one of the country’s thriving art enclaves by The Saturday Evening Post.

In the feature titled “Warehouse Chic,” author Iyna Bort Caruso said the seven selected locales embody the successful execution of a concept known as adaptive reuse.

In cities and towns across the country, areas of industry – with warehouses and manufacturing plants dating to the early part of the 20th century – have “essentially become urban ghost towns,” Caruso said.

“With adaptive reuse, these buildings have been reclaimed, rehabbed and become lynchpins in creative new zones.”

Typically, artists and students have been the first to return to these areas, attracted by cheap rents, with other types of new businesses following, she said.

In many successful cases, boutiques and restaurants began to catch the eye of architects and urban planners, and “municipalities saw they had these structurally sound and historic buildings worth saving,” Caruso said.

Caruso said she started with a list of roughly 30 places and narrowed the field by considering the area’s history, adaptive reuse, geographic diversity and successful establishment.

“They’re not new or emerging (areas), but people have worked really hard to make them work,” she said.

With NoDa, Caruso said, the history of textile industry; proximity to uptown and ease with which tourists can experience it made the area attractive.

“I didn’t want to just pick communities (where) people have to find their own way,” Caruso said. “I wanted to make it easy for tourists to have a good experience.

NoDa has a great website, they have gallery walks … NoDa had community support.”

The Crepe Cellar, The Evening Muse and the area’s first- and third-Friday gallery crawls were among the local venues and events highlighted in the article.

Caruso said she selected them with feedback from the local community and suggestions from the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.

CRVA Media Relations Manager Laura Hill said the organization often works with freelancers and pitches ideas to national publications. When she heard Caruso was looking for warehouse arts districts, she suggested South End and NoDa.

“NoDa is just one of those neighborhoods that has a lot of appeal for national publications. … They’re drawn to how eclectic it is,” Hill said.

“The details on how it’d become a hot spot for cast members of ‘Hunger Games’ while they were filming in North Carolina, and the ‘Homeland’ cast, that pop culture information helped, too.”

Hollis Nixon, president of the NoDa Neighborhood and Business Association, said those who live and work in the area are “overjoyed” by the national exposure.

She noted the mills and warehouses that helped the neighborhood find its way into the “Warehouse Chic” list aren’t just appealing, they’re “integral” to the community.

Similarly, Crepe Cellar and Growlers Pour House owner Jeff Tonidandel has been in NoDa nearly five years and said the community isn’t one to knock buildings down for new construction.

“The whole neighborhood has this outlook to use what we have there. … People have tried to keep and refurbish those old buildings and keep some of the historical (feel.)”

Growlers Pour House is located inside an old brick building that can make cleaning and upkeep a challenge, but it also adds great character, Tonidandel said.

After having been included in Draft Magazine’s “America’s 100 best beer bars” for the past three years, Tonidandel said, the business has experienced first-hand how national exposure can lead to more customers.

But overall, Tonidandel said, NoDa is thrilled to add “nationally-recognized arts destination” to its list of unique assets.

“I was walking the neighborhood Friday night and saw minivans and cabs dropping off five to six people …,” Tonidandel said. “We’ve gone from a visual arts place to an all-arts kind of focus and are keeping the culture of arts alive.

“We think it’s a wonderful place to visit and an important and different part of Charlotte.”

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