Articles

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500 Million Years To Create Such Gentleness
   August 16, 2010
Ruth Ann Grissom

“They come from Tennessee in a covered wagon.”  That was all I could get out of my grandfather..." So begins this essay by Ruth Ann Grissom, first published in 1998 in the newsletter of The LandTrust for Central NC

Guest contributor Ruth Ann Grissom is a freelance writer who splits her time between Atlanta and the Uwharries. ...

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Downtown Davidson
   August 10, 2010

Downtowns around the Charlotte region are coming back to life.  This video highlights the Town of Davidson and the strategies used there to attract people to the town center. 

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Dynamic downtowns
   August 10, 2010
Bill McCoy

Twenty years ago, the downtowns in our region were believed to be destined for oblivion.  Retail was leaving, if not already gone, locating along a major thoroughfare somewhere on the suburban fringe in the vicinity of the latest big box retail store, often Wal-Mart. Professional offices, if any existed at all, were shutting their doors and moving away from downtowns.  Residences...

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United Way Partners with UNC Charlotte Urban Institute on Five County Needs Assessment
   August 10, 2010

Jane McIntyre

At United Way, we talk about “creating lasting change for those most in need.”  Fulfilling that mission requires not just measurement of community needs, but a source of data that is sufficiently comprehensive to ensure that changes are far-reaching and can be tracked over time.

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The Carolina Raptor Center
   August 10, 2010

Staff

The Carolina Raptor Center is a unique local resource.  Please check out this video to learn more about this organization.

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Mapping historical development patterns and forecasting urban growth in Western North Carolina
   August 10, 2010

Monica Dorning, John Vogler, Doug Shoemaker & Ross Meentemeyer

The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at UNC Charlotte expanded the urban growth mapping and forecasting into 19 counties in the Western part of North Carolina: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes,...

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Nearly 570% Increase in Development in Western NC Mountains Since 1976
   August 10, 2010

Sara Gleave

From 1976 to 2006, land development in the North Carolina mountains increased 568 percent - from 34,348 acres to 229,422 acres - and is expected to increase another 63 percent by 2030.  Population, meanwhile, increased only 42 percent between 1976 and 2006 and is projected to increase only another 25 percent by 2030.  The result?  An increase in the average number of developed...

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Commercial Remote Sensing Project
   August 9, 2010

The intent of this multi-year research project is to develop and validate Commercial Remote Sensing (CRS) applications that can enhance current bridge management systems (BMS). As part of the research, a prototype Integrated Remote Sensing and Visualization (IRSV) system has been developed. IRSV can serve as a remote sensing data management and decision-making tool. Read more


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2009-2010 Transportation Service Indicators Report
   August 8, 2010

Rob Hamby

The Transportation Service Indicator Report is released annually by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and compiled at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute in cooperation with the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at North Carolina State University. 

This report summarizes operational data for every North Carolina public school district.  Based...

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Reporting on Growth and Open Space
   August 4, 2010

The Reporting on Growth and Open Space Project produced the Open Space Journalism Resource Manual. The manual combines a wealth of information for journalists on generating story ideas and researching stories on growth, open space and related issues. The Open Space Journalism Resource Manual is available in our web publications section. (Note: this is a large document and requires additional...

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