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The power of active citizenship and civic engagement in seeking justice for youth
   July 20, 2020

Elise Lyght
The COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing protests for racial justice have shone a spotlight on the social inequalities present in our country. A swirl of head-spinning news has essentially left citizens across the nation and within our own communities feeling slightly helpless or lost, and asking the question “What can we do now?” Fortunately, there are plenty of answers, prominent among them civic... Read more


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Child and youth integrated homelessness data report: Part 2
   July 15, 2020
Bridget Anderson
Courtney LaCaria
Last week’s blog post featured the release of The Child... Read more


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Charlotte’s losing its green canopy, despite efforts to save trees
   July 13, 2020
Ely Portillo
Doug Shoemaker
Charlotte is losing over three football fields a day worth of trees. That’s the sobering conclusion of a study by the University of Vermont in collaboration with TreesCharlotte, detailing how development, age, storms and other factors have cut down Charlotte’s tree coverage. The percentage of Charlotte covered by tree canopy fell from 49% to 45% of the city between 2012 and 2018. Read more


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Child and youth integrated homelessness data report: Part 1
   July 8, 2020
Bridget Anderson
Courtney LaCaria
There are thousands of children and youth in households every year in Charlotte-Mecklenburg that access housing or housing-related services as a result of their experience of homelessness and/or housing instability. However, these services and the data collected by them, are not linked. This means that describing child and youth homelessness using one data source provides only a sliver of the... Read more


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Charlotte region's Hispanic population grows at a rapid pace
   July 7, 2020
Chuck McShane
It’s been nearly a generation since the 2000 Brookings Institution Report that classified Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham as “Emerging Immigrant Gateways,” based largely on the rapid growth of Hispanic/Latino immigrant population. Hispanics now make up more than 10% of the population of the 14-county Charlotte region, according to recently released U.S. Census Bureau population estimates. Read more


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Sun Belt cities are driving much of our urban growth. Let’s study them.
   July 6, 2020
Mary Newsom
The U.S. population, like that in Charlotte, is growing, and much of the growth is in the cities of the Sun Belt. A new report from a Houston university research center says the country should be paying more attention to those Sun Belt cities – treating them as a specific genre that needs its own body of research. Read more


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How gig work is changing during the pandemic
   July 2, 2020

Nathan Griffin
Kevin Ross runs a pet care service from his home in Indian Trail through Rover.com. By mid-March, as cases of COVID-19 were rapidly rising in the US, his typically steady stream of clients began to dwindle. When states began issuing stay-at-home orders, many of his clients started working from home or cutting out travel. That’s when he saw a wave of cancellations.  Read more


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Three ideas that could shake up planning and development in Charlotte
   June 30, 2020
Ely Portillo
The coronavirus pandemic has slowed some of the region’s planning efforts and stopped public meetings, but the virus hasn’t stopped Charlotte’s rapid growth. And in a city that’s added more than 150,000 new residents in the past decade, the effects of that growth are visible everywhere from the rising skyline to ever-more-clogged highways. That’s one reason so many new plans — covering... Read more


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A breath of fresh air for your mental health
   June 30, 2020

Sandra Abbey
I don’t know about you, but I am tired of being stuck at home. While I understand the need during a global pandemic, months of “the new normal” has me missing the old one. Not being able to go to the gym, church, or the movies has got me—and a lot of other people—feeling anxious, and sometimes, pretty down. As it turns out, this is pretty normal, according to research. Folks at the Pew Research... Read more


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Myths about closing the racial wealth gap
Most efforts to increase economic stability operate under the assumption that helping individuals increase one key asset will eliminate wealth disparities. Educational attainment, long seen as the surest path to equality, is a great example. Education broadens career choices, enhances specialized skills, and raises earnings. But the value of an education —  and specifically its impact on... Read more