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We are a nonpartisan, applied research and community outreach institute at UNC Charlotte, seeking solutions to the social, economic and environmental challenges facing our communities.
Jan. 27, 2016, Mecklenburg volunteers seek homeless people. Photo: Peter Safir

Latest count finds drop in county homeless population

The most recent count of homelessness in Mecklenburg County—undertaken on one night in January— found overall homelessness had decreased by 36 percent since 2010.

  • How laws, regulations cleaned our air

    Beginning with the 1970 Clean Air Act, government laws and regulations have helped improve the air we breathe. Here’s a quick history of some of the most important measures.
  • Winning strategy for air quality? City design

    What’s the state of air quality in Mecklenburg County today? A discussion with Brian Magi, a UNC Charlotte academic who studies air pollution.
  • Revering the Presence

    Trees do so much more for us than provide a romantic notion, exemplifying human experiences, tragedy, triumph and the seasons of life. An essay from photographer Linda Foard Roberts.
  • These trees are the champions

    In a city that loves its trees, some stout survivors have won a special, statewide honor: Champion Trees.

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