• Vernacular Architecture

    A friend came to visit on a cold, cloudy day in early April. As I showed her around the Uwharries, she commented on a brick ranch house perched on a windy knoll. She figured the owners had chosen the site because it provided them with a nice view of their land, but she thought they should have built the house on lower ground down in the river valley.
  • Long-tailed Weasels

    As you've likely gathered from a number of both my and Ruth Ann Grissom's past articles on this website, it is pretty safe to say that there's still a lot about wildlife we just don't know in the Uwharries, and a lot of other places as well. One factor that is largely responsible for this for many species is that, quite frankly, they don't want to be seen.
  • Census 2010: South Carolina Counties in the Charlotte Region

    The recently released South Carolina data from US Census 2010 now allow for a more complete picture of growth in the Charlotte Region in the last decade. The South Carolina counties of Chester, Lancaster and York form the southern flank of the 14-county Charlotte Region. The census data show York County was the second-fastest growing of all South Carolina’s counties since 2000 with a population increase of over 37%.
  • Alcoa and the Yadkin River: What’s next?

    Last week, the Appellate Court for the District of Columbia ruled against Alcoa’s petition requesting that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proceed with issuing the company a new license to continue operating its dams along the Yadkin River. This ruling was not the final determination concerning who will own and operate Alcoa’s dams and reservoirs in the future, but rather just the latest chapter in a protracted – and for many people, confusing – battle over the future of an important natural, cultural and economic asset.
  • Hanging Rock State Park

    We are fortunate in North Carolina to have a number of high quality natural areas full of scenic beauty and natural wonder preserved for our benefit and accessibility. I enjoyed a wonderful day trip to one of our amazing state parks this past weekend – Hanging Rock State Park.
  • Smart Growth and the 2010 Census

    The following commentary first appeared in the April 29, 2011 issue of the Charlotte Business Journal: Initial population data from the 2010 Census show that the Charlotte region maintained its status as one of the nation’s fastest growing metro areas. Charlotte grew to a population of 731,424 in 2010, an increase of 35.24% since 2000. Mecklenburg County is now home to 919,628 residents, an increase of 32.23%.
  • 2010 census findings: Charlotte metro grows at record pace

    As the 2010 Census of Population results have been rolling out, demographer, Dr. William Frey at the Brookings Institution, has been analyzing the new numbers and providing informative and sometimes surprising interpretations of America’s population changes during the 21st century.