Before and after: Charlotte loses its tree canopy, one building project at a time

Charlotte lost 7,669 acres of tree canopy – or about three football fields per day – between 2012 and 2018, according to Charlotte’s most recent tree canopy measurement.

These before-and-after photographs show changes in canopy one building project at a time.

16th Street

16th Street in the Optimist Park neighborhood just east of uptown: 2016
16th Street in the Optimist Park neighborhood just east of uptown: 2016
16th Street in the Optimist Park neighborhood just east of uptown: 2021
16th Street in the Optimist Park neighborhood just east of uptown: 2021

North Brevard Street

North Brevard Street, just outside Interstate 277: 2017
North Brevard Street, just outside Interstate 277: 2017
North Brevard Street, just outside Interstate 277: 2019
North Brevard Street, just outside Interstate 277: 2019

Nolley Court

Nolley Court near Matthews: 2019
Nolley Court near Matthews: 2019
Nolley Court near Matthews: 2021
Nolley Court near Matthews: 2021

N. Tryon Street

North Tryon Street near the University City Boulevard Station: 2017
North Tryon Street near the University City Boulevard Station: 2017
North Tryon Street near the University City Boulevard Station: 2021
North Tryon Street near the University City Boulevard Station: 2021

Wonderwood Drive

Wonderwood Drive in Cotswold: 2014
Wonderwood Drive in Cotswold: 2014
Wonderwood Drive in Cotswold: 2021
Wonderwood Drive in Cotswold: 2021

Duckworth Avenue

Duckworth Avenue just west of uptown: 2016
Duckworth Avenue just west of uptown: 2016
Duckworth Avenue just west of uptown: 20212
Duckworth Avenue just west of uptown: 20212

Mt Holly-Huntersville Road

Mt Holly-Huntersville Road in north Charlotte just off Interstate 485: 2016
Mt Holly-Huntersville Road in north Charlotte just off Interstate 485: 2016
Mt Holly-Huntersville Road in north Charlotte just off Interstate 485: 2021
Mt Holly-Huntersville Road in north Charlotte just off Interstate 485: 2021

Sardis Road

Sardis Road in south Charlotte near Sardis Road North: 2018
Sardis Road in south Charlotte near Sardis Road North: 2018
Sardis Road in south Charlotte near Sardis Road North: 2021
Sardis Road in south Charlotte near Sardis Road North: 2021
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