Mae Israel

Mae Israel

Stories by Mae Israel

Booming York County growth provokes zoning, impact fee debates

The pace of growth in northern York County concerns residents, who worry officials aren’t paying enough attention to the environment or moving quickly enough to deal with problems.

Fighting over growth on Charlotte’s southern border

In the booming South Carolina communities nudging the southern edges of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County a civil war of sorts is erupting over how to manage growth.

Disease and old age afflict Charlotte’s tree canopy

Lurking silently beneath the beauty of Charlotte’s tree canopy is a persistent problem with ailing trees. The issue significantly affects the city’s efforts to preserve and replenish its most...

A city of trees, but for how long? Canopy is loved but threatened

In Charlotte, a shared passion about trees inspires community activism, marked by a keen admiration of the beauty of trees and pragmatism about protecting their environmental significance to the city...

More N.C., S.C. cities eye downtowns for development potential

The efforts vary from city to city. Kannapolis, for instance, bought 50 acres of downtown property. Initiatives to revitalize downtowns across the Carolinas range from renovating aging buildings to...