Articles

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Charlotte annexations keep adding to city’s area
   July 7, 2021
Ely Portillo

When it comes to growth, Charlotte continues to add not just people, but land. 

Unlike many other large cities landlocked by either political borders, rivers or oceans, Charlotte is still surrounded by thousands of acres of unincorporated land that can...

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Supporting Charlotte’s minority-owned small businesses
   June 29, 2021
Angelique Gaines

A study released this week by the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute sheds light on the unique challenges minority-owned small businesses face and how the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community can better support these enterprises, which are key to community well-being and wealth-building.

Defined as businesses with fewer than 500...

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Charlotte’s transit future comes into focus, but big questions remain
   June 29, 2021
Ely Portillo

After the City Council narrowly approved the 2040 plan, Charlotte leaders are turning from questions of how we grow to another key part of the city’s future: how we move around. 

Ambitious transit plans that call for a new sales tax funding the Silver Line east-west light rail, the stalled Red Line to...

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Charlotte's back to work conundrum: where to park, and how to grow?
   June 24, 2021
Ely Portillo

This story is part of Transit Time, a joint production of The Charlotte Ledger, UNC Charlotte's Urban Institute, and WFAE. Learn more here, and subscribe to get weekly updates on how the Charlotte region moves. 

With smaller employers returning to the office and the big banks bringing...

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Two additions augment Urban Institute’s staff
   June 24, 2021
Ely Portillo

Two recent staff changes at the Urban Institute have increased our capacity to work with partners and serve the community with data, research and outreach. 

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Saving pollinators: The Great American Bee Count
   June 21, 2021
Ruth Ann Grissom

The plight of honeybees has been well documented in recent years – their steep decline due to habitat loss, pesticide use, and disease. The crisis has inspired many people to take up beekeeping in an effort to help stabilize bee populations. Even though honeybees aren’t native to the Americas – they arrived with European colonists in the 1600s – we have come...

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With Price’s closing, South End loses the last vestige from before “South End”
   June 18, 2021

David Walters

Editor's note: This story originally appeared on Mary Newsom's blog The Naked City. The first three paragraphs are from Newsom. I stood in line two hours today to order chicken from Price’s Chicken Coop, the iconic fried chicken takeout joint on Camden Road in South End that had ...

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Poverty suburbanization and job access: A new study tests ‘spatial mismatch’
   June 16, 2021
Ely Portillo

Does where you live — and what jobs you have access to — influence whether you work, and how much you earn?

The long-held “spatial mismatch” theory posits that inner city unemployment and poverty has been driven in large part by the increasing physical separation of inner city residents from job opportunities, as suburbs boomed and employers dispersed away from urban cores. As Black...

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Wall Street-backed landlords now own more than 11,000 single-family homes in Charlotte
   June 9, 2021
Ely Portillo, Justin Lane

For decades, the single-family home rental market was a small-scale industry, made up almost entirely of local landlords who rented out a few houses they bought as investment properties, or perhaps inherited, or held on to after relocating.

But the years since the Great Recession have witnessed a dramatic shift, as Wall Street-backed rental companies moved in to...

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Three key terms to understand in the 2040 plan
   June 9, 2021
Ely Portillo

For something that’s supposed to be a big-picture, high-level peek at the future, the Charlotte 2040 vision plan has gotten bogged down in the details since its debut last fall. 

After months of tense City Council meetings, contested straw votes, community and industry groups pushing for and against the plan, and...

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