in reality sprawl is as evident here as in most U.S. metropolitians. in my personal reality - it almost doesn't exsist @ all. i live within walking distance to many of my destinations and short commutes to others. most of the neighborhoods that my life revolves around are older, more established and denser ones...
i think it is apparent that the people of charlotte are well aware of the learning curve that has been given by bigger cities in regards to sprawl... as the pro-transit mandate (landslide) would indicate.
however, i do hope our leaders will continue to fine tune their progression towards transit. case in point: charlotte mayor pat mccrory has now referred to 2 traffic corridors as "corridors of crap." the problem i have with that - is that i believe he was mainly referring to the economic downtrodden appearance - not just the traffic.
now, i am all for our LTR trying to tackle both of those issues on 1 of the deemed "corridors of crap" - but as we move forward i hope we will tighten our definition of "crap" to mean traffic and lack of alternatives.
as i was driving (parking) in traffic the other day through a well-to-do part of south charlotte, on providence rd., i was reminded of the term "corridor of crap."
so, to answer your question on sprawl... damage has certainly been done, but i think the future looks optimistically progressive.