Are Other Cities’ Good Ideas a Threat to Charlotte's Future?

Blog post by Aaron Houck
October 4, 2022

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute   (Charlotte)

What does the growing liberalization and rationalization of land-use policies in superstar cities mean for Charlotte? It could mean the elimination (or at least a significant reduction) of an important source of Charlotte’s growth. If superstar cities permit their housing markets to function more freely, we might expect to see Charlotte’s comparative advantage in cost of living decline. Without that advantage, Charlotte may lose people to the high wages of superstar cities–not just prospective residents who would otherwise move to the Charlotte region, but current Charlotteans who leave for the “greener” pastures of highly productive, superstar cities.