A few months ago, humanity (or at least citizens of the United States born before 1990) celebrated Back to the Future Day. For some of us, this was a fun way to commemorate the wispy nostalgia of our youth. For others, it was an eerie reminder of our teenage crushes on Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox). Nonetheless, I didn’t pay much attention other than scrolling through memes from the movie. I was relieved that our fashion choices have stayed relatively normal and felt disappointed that our hover boards do not actually “hover” and may spontaneously burst into flame.
To me, it’s obvious that society and culture, science and technology have all changed quite a bit in the last 30 years. Heck, MTV has become reality TV; there are things called Millennials, and we have access to seemingly endless information via computers in our pockets and purses. Still, it got me thinking. What will all of this look like in another 30 years? Or even 10.
This picture is an artistic rendering of what Charlotte may look like in 2025. Economic predictions state that by 2025 the Queen City will swell to over 2.8 million inhabitants, a growth of 18%. According to sources found here and here, change is just around the corner, if not already upon us. Many can already see and feel these changes whether they come from alterations or complete overhauls. This begs the question, what will our city actually look like in 2025, and will we like it?
At this point, it’s important for me to disclose that I have only lived in Charlotte for 4.5 years. I have not seen the growth and change like many who have lived here much longer than I. Let it also be known that I am not advocating or disparaging the choices made by those in power; I do not have the necessary experience to do so. However, I believe communities should have a voice in the matters at hand. My husband and I recently became members of the Belmont community, and fascination overtook me when I stumbled upon the Belmont Area Revitalization Plan written in 2003. Moreover, similar proposals exist for many parts of the city dating back to 1996. I can only imagine what this walk down memory lane must feel like for native Charlotteans.
When all is said and done, Charlotte is on the up-and-up. Just take a look at the infographic created by LawnStarter. I think it’s safe to say more businesses and more jobs sound great to everyone. At the same time, the opinions of the community need to be heard. So check out an advisory board, or just get out there and explore your neighborhood. After all, we want you to like what you see in 2025.