Monroe Road Streetscape

The neighborhood board has been asked to pass this information to our residents.

The Monroe Road Streetscape is having an online engagement activity. The city really would like residents to take a moment and participation in the online story map and provide with feedback and comments.

Below is information about the online engagement and a link to the story map.

The city would like residents to provide them feedback on the project. For the health and safety of the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, the project team is using online engagement to share new information about the Monroe Road Streetscape project, including:

The preferred typical section; The area selected for constructing the preferred typical section; Preliminary design plans; and Other proposed improvements.

The online story map concludes with a brief survey for you to provide your feedback. Click on the link for the story map:

Please respond by 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 8th.

Donna Thomas

Amity Gardens Neighborhood Board

Activities & Social Media Coordinator

Great Event!

Thank you to all the Amity Gardens neighbors that stopped by for our social distancing ice cream event. We enjoyed seeing many of the long time residents and meeting many new ones.

We are planning to do this again in August and will publish the date as soon as it is set.

Who LOVES Ice Cream? Mark Your Calendar!

ALL Ages Welcome! SUNDAY, July 12th! The Amity Gardens Neighborhood Association typically hosts two ice cream sundae socials in the summer, but due to Covid-19 we are having to change it up a bit.

This July and August we will host a “walk by, drive by, run by, etc….” frozen treat on a stick event! The first one will be this SUNDAY, July 12th from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Stop by the front yard at 5362 Buena Vista Avenue and get a frozen treat from your neighborhood board members. We will have a a variety of frozen treats to chose from. We will be practicing social distancing so sadly there will no porch sitting and hanging out this time.

Happy 244th Birthday to America! ❤️🇺🇸💙

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain in 1776 actually occurred on July 2, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain’s rule. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it two days later on July 4.

Happy Flag Day!

President Woodrow Wilson declared June 14 as Flag Day in 1916, and Congress designated it an official holiday in 1949. The date goes back to June 14, 1777, when the Second Continental Congress approved use of the flag as the symbol of the United States. 🇺🇸

Amity Gardens June Yard of the Month!

Congratulations to Randy Stimpson and Charlie Ross of 2237 Lanier Avenue for being chosen for the Amity Gardens June Yard of the Month!

I (Randy) have owned my home in Amity Gardens since 1993. Charlie and I have been together since 2016 (she is the reason for Yard of the Month).

I have moved away several times—but always found myself back here—this is home to me.

Way back in 1958 my newlywed parents bought one of the first houses in Amity Gardens, on Unaka. They had three little girls, my sisters Kathy, Lisa, and Kim—and suddenly outgrew their home. They moved to Rama Road and shortly after, I was born.

Independence Boulevard was in it’s Golden Years…the world’s largest domed Coliseum, Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey, the bowling alley pins spinning non-stop and South 21 was all the rage. South 21 still is of course…but a lot has changed over the years.

I grew up going to Rama Swim Club, eating with my Mom at Eckerd’s lunch counter in the Amity Gardens Shopping Center, played sports for Providence Day and East Meck and did a lot shopping and hanging out at Eastland Mall. I worked at Victoria Station, Baskin Robbins, TGI Friday’s, Darryl’s, Grady’s, The Scoreboard and finally went on to publish Prowler Magazine, Southern Sports Journal and Charlotte’s Best Magazine. You can find digital copies of Charlotte’s Best online at to see more of Charlotte over the years. It’s been a great ride.

It’s nice to see the neighborhood as it is now—everything is beautiful, the new faces and new enthusiasm make Amity Gardens a very special place, tucked away in trees and flowers with a comforting chorus of birds, busy wildlife and nice neighbors—and when you’re ready it is just 5 minutes from uptown Charlotte. We all have it pretty good here.

Charlie moved from her lake house at Lake Wylie and just loves the neighborhood. We are working on a vintage horse trailer *(you may have seen) to restore it for her food service business “Charlie’s Dogs”—she serves incredible hot dogs with dual purpose—we foster and adopt out dogs at events.

Charlie and Randy live on Lanier with their three dogs Kota (Pom), Josie (Pom) and newest edition Pepper (Jack Russell-the loudest you’ll hear in the window as you walk by), and several cats (and frequent fosters), plus a ball-python snake named Pockets. We are not snake people but Pockets needed a home and she, believe it or not is the sweetest of all of our animals. If she’s out in the yard, come say “Hi”.

May Yard of the Month

Congratulations to Mr. John Beaver at 1029 Dudley Drive for being chosen for Amity Gardens May Yard of the Month!!

“I am really caught off guard, my yard seems so ragged now. Thank you for the Honor and, yes, I will accept.

As for my back ground; I have lived in this neighborhood since late 2016 for the second time. I live with my best feline friend, Gilligan who is 16 years old. My wife and I bought our first home in 1968 in Amity Gardens on Dudley Drive and lived here until 1980. I don’t live in the same house now that we first bought but I knew the neighborhood and like where I now live. There are quite a few changes since living in the neighborhood earlier. We used Unaka Drive for our main entrance and exit, there was no going under Independence Boulevard there was a traffic light at Independence and Pierson Drive. And there was no Walmart.

My wife and I had three (3) children and the want for more bathroom space we moved to Mint Hill in 1980. My children are now grown, two live in Charlotte and 1 lives in Mint Hill. Sadly, my wife passed away in 2008 after a bought with cancer. Following her death I felt it best to move from Mint Hill and the house I now live in became available. There are many points about the house/yard that appeal to me. My neighbors are fantastic.

I do try to maintain my yard, I enjoy the outdoors, flowers and trees. A previous owner has left many beautiful shrubs. With the shrubs along Eaton Rd along the north side of my back yard and shrubs along the south side provide a privacy that I enjoy.”

Thank You,
John Beaver