Our 2022 Charlotteans of the Year set out to make things better, however and wherever they could: the environment, the arts, professional sports, our food scene, our library system. That’s always meant something. But nearly three years after the pandemic’s shock wave, acts of civic purpose mean even more. This city will get bigger, even more complex, at times disorienting. Charlotteans like these show us how to get out of the forest.