Articles

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Maps of High-Poverty and High-Minority Schools
   November 2, 2011

This series of maps shows the percent of students at each school in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) district that are a racial minority and the percent that applied for free/reduced lunch at two points in time, the 2001-02 and 2008-09 school years.   The final two maps show only those schools in which the proportion of minority students and students receiving free/reduced lunch...

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See the Bright Beginnings Map
   November 2, 2011

This map shows the location of public recreation centers, libraries, and schools in relation to the quality of life status of Charlotte neighborhoods, with particular emphasis on facilities that have been closed or now have reduced hours. Read more


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YMCA Maps
   November 2, 2011

The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute collaborated with Council for Children's Rights to map all YMCA locations in Mecklenburg County.  These locations were then overlaid onto maps of individual indicators from the 2010 Charlotte Neighborhood Quality of Life Study.  Finally, four of these indicators (teen births, high school dropouts, juvenile arrests, and food stamp recipients) were...

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Snapshots of a resilient America
   October 26, 2011

Amid the pervasive gloom and depression about the future of American cities I was lucky enough to visit recently two very different American places that hold out some hopes for a sustainable future here in the USA. Read more


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Pine plantations can be 'forests,' too
   October 11, 2011
Ruth Ann Grissom
I’ve never thought of a loblolly plantation as a bona fide forest. But my perspective changed last fall after an eye-opening tour of Boon Chesson’s pines. The stand is as beautiful as some of the well-managed longleaf tracts I’ve seen in the Sandhills. Read more


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Gentian abloom in our woodlands
   October 4, 2011
Crystal Cockman
Although the name is hard to pronounce, the gentian is a pretty flower found on all continents except Antarctica, and found in habitats that range from rainforest to desert. In this area, the gentians are beginning to bloom, so keep your eye out for their brilliant blue hues in forest habitats.   Read more


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Comparing two workforce reports
   October 4, 2011

Mark Sivy

A Comparison of Findings and Recommendations of Two Reports:

“Preparing Our Youth for Work: A Community Assessment”,
August 2010
UNC Charlotte Urban Institute

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“Workforce Development Sector Analysis: Focusing on Workforce Development for Adults with Barriers to Employment in...

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Economic outlook grimmer
   September 29, 2011

Local business leaders’ expectations for the upcoming quarter have dipped into negative territory for the first time since March, when a new opinion survey began.  Not only is their outlook negative for the national economy – as it was after the second quarter – but they’re feeling grimmer about the local economy as well. Read more


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Where everybody is above average
   September 28, 2011

In Garrison Keillor’s mythical home town of Lake Wobegon, all the children are above average.  In terms of where the college-educated live, there are a few Lake Wobegons, and then there is everywhere else. Read more


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Find true independence with streetcars, not freeways
   September 20, 2011

A rare joy in Charlotte is being able to live a compact, transit-supported lifestyle, where soul-sapping commuter journeys on interstates or arterial highways can be avoided. Now that I work in UNC Charlotte’s new Center City Building, I can walk to the light rail station, catch the train and walk two blocks to my office. But I get shocked out of my complacency when I have to take the... Read more