Union County

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Articles about Union County

  • Concord store aims at Latino customers. Photo: Nancy Pierce

    Mapping ‘Latino’ in the Charlotte region

    The term “Latino,” like “Hispanic,” covers many different countries and cultures. The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute decided to map the home countries of the Charlotte region region’s foreign-born Latino immigrants.
  • High school graduation, 2010, North Mecklenburg High. Photo: John Chesser

    Report finds strengths, challenges in United Way’s Collective Impact initiative

    Research by the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute for United Way of Central Carolinas has found that almost 90 percent of at-risk Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students who took part in programs from 14 local United Way-funded agencies over three or more years graduated from high school.
  • Providence Road and I-485. Photo Nancy Pierce

    What they said about Charlotte’s outerbelt

    Charlotte leaders have been talking about the outerbelt, Interstate 485, for decades. While most residents were concerned primarily with what it would mean for drive times, planners and others spent time contemplating the highway's effect on the area's growth. A sampling of comments over the years.
  • Wine for sale in downtown Bessemer City, which OK'd alcohol sales in 1969, mixed drinks in 2006. Photo (2011): John Chesser

    Hitting the bottle: Do drink sales shape where growth goes?

    Planners and others say alcohol sales are a primary catalyst for attracting the development of restaurants and stores. Government officials like the extra tax revenue. But in some places, voters still say no.