Mae Israel

Stories by Mae Israel

Residents wait to see if they can stay in fast-changing South End

Debbie Williams grew up in Charlotte’s Brookhill Village, a neighborhood of one-story duplex and triplex apartments built for black families in the 1950s. She has watched while its owners let the...

Growth and change surge in Charlotte’s Historic West End

Sitting in a gas station turned into a café and coffee shop along Rozzelles Ferry Road in Charlotte’s Historic West End, J’Tanya Adams, a longtime community activist, spotted a commercial real estate...

Small towns and rural communities seek to boost affordable housing

Although housing affordability is often thought of as an issue in big cities, rural and suburban communities alike are struggling with the affordable housing crisis. And, like Charlotte, smaller...

Farms and sprawl: Conservationists worry they’re losing the battle

About 45 minutes from Charlotte in neighboring Cabarrus County, the owners of 1,000-acre Porter Farms raise chickens and pigs on part of their land. The chickens are sold to Tysons Foods, and the...

Urban and rural leaders embrace common ground in this program

Many programs focus on developing leaders in the Charlotte region. One, the Charlotte Region Chapter of the American Leadership Forum, intentionally chooses its participants from across the...