Articles

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Census 2010: South Carolina Counties in the Charlotte Region
   May 19, 2011

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... Read more


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Dam Removal and the American Shad
   May 12, 2011
Ruth Ann Grissom

In 1805, one of my ancestors, Stephen Grissom, signed a petition to the state’s General Assembly on behalf of American shad.  The petitioners were concerned that mill dams on the Uwharrie River blocked the passage of this migratory fish.  The petition says those living on or contiguous to the river were “being deprived of the benefits that providence by nature has bestowed upon us…”...

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Alcoa and the Yadkin River: What’s next?
   May 12, 2011
Jeff Michael
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... Read more


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Smart Growth and the 2010 Census
   May 5, 2011
Jeff Michael
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... Read more


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Birding along the Uwharrie, without binoculars
   April 28, 2011
Ruth Ann Grissom

It’s an unfortunate fact of life for birders in the Uwharries – spring migration peaks as trees come into full leaf.  Trying to identify palm-sized birds flitting through the canopy can lead to a serious case of “warbler neck.”  If you like to bird along the Uwharrie River, as I do, you also risk ruining a pair of binoculars, as I have. 

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Gardening for Life
   April 28, 2011

Sow Much Good, a local community organization dedicated to empowering residents to improve their health through better nutrition, has created an outdoor classroom and garden at Ashley Park Elementary in Charlotte.  Supported through local corporate groups including Wells Fargo, Sow Much Good’s founder, Robin Emmons has worked with...

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Planning and Responding to Disasters: A Risky Proposition
   April 20, 2011

Jim Walsh

“Which is more likely to kill more Americans in the US in the next year, a nuclear meltdown similar to Chernobyl  or a hurricane similar to Katrina?”

(Please write down your answer, and then read on…)

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Mayapple
   April 19, 2011
Crystal Cockman

It seems to me that many flowers have bloomed earlier this year than most years, probably as a result of warm weather and rain. Trout lilies and trilliums have already put on their show, and just this past week the pinxter azaleas have gone full bloom as well. I spotted one other interesting plant with a beautiful blossom while kayaking the Little River this week that confirms my suspicions...

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Land Art
   April 15, 2011
Ruth Ann Grissom
In the early 1970s, a group of artists rebelled against the market-driven forces in New York. They moved out West and began to use the earth as their canvas. In time, their works became known as earth art or land art. The Lightning Field by Walter De Maria is one of the best examples. On a high plain in the mountains of New Mexico, he placed 400 stainless steel poles in a rectangular array that... Read more


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Geographers, doctors and community members
   April 15, 2011

Heather Smith
In 2005 and 2006 researchers from the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute partnered with the Latin American Coalition, our region’s largest Latino outreach and advocacy organization, to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment of Mecklenburg County’s rapidly growing and transitioning Latino population. Read more