Uptown’s Polk Park demolished without public input + New bike lane sweeper name revealed

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1. Charlotte’s Polk Park demolished without public input. Now, community wants answers.

Construction is underway at the former Polk Park in Uptown on Thursday, May 25, 2023
Construction is underway at the former Polk Park in Uptown on Thursday, May 25, 2023

There’s a little less green in uptown this week after Polk Park’s teardown.

Earlier this year, there was a $5 million fundraising plan to renovate the existing uptown park and retain its historic elements. Instead, city officials chose to demolish the beloved park on Wednesday.

Genna Contino shares more on a community looking for answers.

2. Charlotte’s Roxbury nightclub to close next month

Roxbury owner Jody Sullivan, who goes by DJ Jody Jam.
Roxbury owner Jody Sullivan, who goes by DJ Jody Jam.

What is love? Oh baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, no more.

If you’ve ever enjoyed a night out at the Roxbury in Charlotte, you have some time to say goodbye. The local ‘80s and ‘90s nightclub is closing its doors next month after 11 years.

Melissa Oyler has the details on the closure.

3. How Charlotte named bike lane sweeper Sweepy McSweepface

Charlotte’s Department of Transportation is asking the public for help naming its latest employee: a bike lane sweeper.
Charlotte’s Department of Transportation is asking the public for help naming its latest employee: a bike lane sweeper.

An example of democracy working at its finest.

Charlotte’s new bike lane sweeper has been named after the public provided suggestions and voted on a winner. The new moniker? Sweepy McSweepface.

Julia Coin explains the story behind the magnificent name.

4. Some more stories to read

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Drew Nantais is a Senior Growth & Engagement Producer for the Charlotte Observer.
Drew Nantais is a Senior Growth & Engagement Producer for the Charlotte Observer.