About this project

Up & Out: Urban Development in North Carolina features a number of reports digitized through an LSTA-funded Access to State Government Information Initiative grant, administered by the Digital Information Management Program at the State Library of North Carolina (SLNC). The digitized versions reside along with numerous born-digital and digitized documents in the North Carolina Digital Collections. Reports were digitized at the Carolina Digital Library and Archives on a Scribe machine through their partnership with the Internet Archive.

About these reports

The reports featured on this site are part of the State Publications Collection at the State Library of North Carolina (SLNC). Partially funded through a federal urban planning grant under the Housing Act of 1954, these reports were the product of efforts by the Division of Community Planning under the North Carolina Department of Conservation (now the Department of Environment and Natural Resources). Counties and towns would contract with the state to develop an urban planning program, part of which involved studying a designated community or area and then presenting its findings to local leaders.

These reports give snapshots of communities throughout North Carolina in the 1960s with an eye toward future urban development. Many contain detailed maps of the cities and their business districts. Also common are demographic statistics, urban area photographs, traffic circulation reports, descriptions of local establishments, land use surveys, growth projections, and development suggestions.

The SLNC holds many more urban development reports beyond those featured through this site, and these can be found through the SLNC catalog. We are pleased to bring you digitized versions of some of the oldest reports in the collection, and hope to add more in the future.