Who We Are

The West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community-driven organization in the West Boulevard corridor. West Boulevard is one of Charlotte’s primary western corridors and serves as the commercial center for established neighborhoods to its north and south. The corridor is a community of over 13,000 residents, united by a powerful desire for an inclusive, sustainable, better way of life; where our neighbors are empowered because of where we come from, rather than limited by our beginnings.   

The residents of the West Boulevard corridor make up 19 communities. The communities are Arbor Glen, Barringer Woods, Bent Oaks Apartments, Capital Drive, Clanton Park, Kingspark Apartments, Little Rock Apartments, Parker Heights Apartments, Pinecrest, Ponderosa, Pressley Ridge Apartments, Reid Park, Renaissance West, Revolution Park, Roseland Apartments, Sandhurst Apartments, Tyvola Crossing, Westover Hills and Wingate.  

The goal of the WBNC  is to ensure that collective efforts involve local residents, churches, community organizations, and businesses in the West Boulevard corridor and benefit the economic development, education, and health outcomes of these residents.

We proudly boast the heritage of:
• Moore’s Sanctuary A.M.E. Zion Church
• Plato Price School
• Carr Heights
• Reid Park
• And much, much more!

We’ve come together, set goals, and gotten to work, determined to do all we can to become all we can be.  Driven to make life great here today and an even better tomorrow.  The time is now, and this moment is ours- We are the West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition!

Download WBNC Playbook

Download WBNC West Boulevard Market Assessment & Strategic Revitalization Study

Our Programs

The West Blvd Neighborhood Coalition (WBNC) sponsors programs in the community that facilitate education, information, and engagement for residents along the corridor.  Our flagship program, Seeds4Change, provides opportunities for community youth to learn about agriculture and participate in farming activities to build both hands-on and social skills.

Initiatives

UPCOMING EVENTS

If you’re interested in getting involved with the West Blvd Neighborhood Coalition, we’ve got some exciting corridor-wide meetings coming up. Don’t miss out! You can check out the schedule on our events calendar.

Events

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to create a foundation for collective community decision-making and drive community-led economic development to improve education and health outcomes in the West Boulevard Corridor.

OUR VISION

The WBNC aims to improve the overall quality of life for individuals and families living within the corridor.

WBNC PILLARS

Our pillars work together to achieve the WBNC’s mission of creating a foundation for collective community decision-making and driving community-led economic development to improve education and health outcomes in the West Boulevard Corridor.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planned efforts to build/create assets along the W. Blvd corridor that increase residents’ capacity and improve their quality of life, making communities within the WBNC empowered, stronger, and more connected.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Building a strong, sustainable W. Blvd corridor by empowering and supporting small businesses, entrepreneurs, and community-owned ventures.

Health Equity

Building a strong, sustainable W. Blvd corridor by empowering and supporting small businesses, entrepreneurs, and community-owned ventures.

OUR PRIORITIES

UPWARD MOBILITY

Upward mobility refers to the ability of individuals or families to move up the socioeconomic ladder and improve their standard of living, typically through education, employment, and increased income. It can potentially achieve a higher social status, financial stability, and better quality of life.

AGING IN PLACE

The ability for an individual to live independently and comfortably in their own home or community as they age, rather than moving to a senior living facility or nursing home, is not granted to all. The goal is to allow seniors to maintain their housing, independence, autonomy, and quality of life as they age.

ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD

Access to healthy food refers to the availability and affordability of nutritious food options within the West Boulevard Corridor. We are driven to provide our families with access to healthy food options to maintain a balanced and healthy diet. Communities should prioritize access to healthy food through initiatives such as Seeds for Change and the Three Sisters Market.

SMALL BUSINESS/WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Small business and workforce development initiatives and programs aim to support the growth and success of small businesses in the West Boulevard Corridor and provide individuals with the skills and training they need to succeed in the workforce. As an anchor in our corridor, our initiatives play an important role in creating opportunities and promoting economic growth within the community.

The Queen’s Garden-Oral Histories of the Piedmont Foodshed
Rickey Hall discusses food insecurity in West Charlotte resulting from food deserts and the importance of the community working internally to combat issues plaguing the area. Click here to listen.

OUR HISTORY

Lizzie Carr, Rachel Parker, and Amay Martin James were foundational leaders on the West side who provided the initial advocacy for development and pride in the community. These women and their families were instrumental in developing this historic Black community. They were educators and advocates for empowerment and change to improve economic outcomes through land development and community building. 

Maggie Freeman, Lucille McNeil-Chambers, and Carrie Graves were strong catalysts for change on the Corridor in the 1970s. They advocated for developing the West Blvd Library, Amay James Recreation Center, and affordable housing.

WE’VE COME TOGETHER, SET GOALS, AND GOTTEN TO WORK – DETERMINED TO DO ALL WE CAN TO BECOME ALL WE CAN BE. DRIVEN TO MAKE LIFE GREAT HERE TODAY AND EVEN BETTER TOMORROW.

MEET THE TEAM

Rickey Hall
Board Chair
Brenda Campbell
Board Vice Chair
Lawrence Taylor
Treasurer
Beverly Clark
Board Member
Elliot Royal
Board Member
Guy Cousins, Esquire
Board Member
Shenequa Thomas
Board Member
Ebony Fairwell
Urban Farm Manager
Janiqua Jackson
Three Sisters Market General Manager