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Introduction: More than any other county in the Charlotte region, Union represents the dramatic suburban growth that has transformed rural areas surrounding Mecklenburg into sprawling residential “bedroom...
In the Carolinas, only Charlotte’s metro area tops 2 million people. Raleigh is roughly half Charlotte’s size at 1.2 million. These two metros have pulled away from the pack of the other Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the Carolinas; no others top 1 million in population. Ten years ago, the metros in the two states were surprisingly different.
The implied threat Monday from Charlotte City Council members, to withdraw support for the proposed Monroe Bypass, is more fallout from an increasingly fractious local political battle over control of Charlotte’s airport. And now, that battle might be putting at risk some long-nurtured regional cooperation.