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  • Music in uptown Shelby

    The Carolinas Urban-Rural Connection is featured on TV

    As urban areas boom while many rural areas and small towns struggle, experts and local leaders are looking at success stories like Shelby as a roadmap to revitalization.  That’s the topic of UNC-TV’s ncIMPACT this week. The show, focusing on strategies to help communities that have lost manufacturing and textile jobs, is set to air Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m.
  • Trash in Catawba River
  • Prothonotary Warbler

    Here are the five best springtime Uwharries hikes

    Cold and wintry weather have (finally) settled in, but spring will be upon us before you know it. In honor of the soon-to-be warmer weather, here are some of my favorite hikes for springtime. There are lots of great places in the Uwharries to hike any time of year, but these five trails are particularly nice from March to June, because of the flora and fauna that show up when winter gives way to springtime.
  • Trash on an island in the Catawba River

    The biggest environmental issues facing Charlotte share a common root

    Air pollution, runoff and sediment in our waterways, disappearing open space and development chipping away at our tree canopy: Charlotte’s facing many environmental challenges with one common cause. Growth. 
  • Storm drain lowering Blue Line construction

    ‘Raise our expectations:’ Four takeaways from Charlotte City Council’s retreat

    Charlotte faces a wide range of needs, from affordable housing to more police, bigger parks and better transit, but they all share a similar root cause: growth.  That was one of the main themes at City Council’s annual planning retreat, held this week over four days in Durham at the Washington Duke Inn. There was little anxiety about when the city’s boom might end. Instead, the focus was on ways to manage, change and deal with the side effects of a booming city.  “We’re growing faster than we’re putting in that critical infrastructure around it, and people are feeling the pain,,” said council member Tariq Bokhari. 
  • Charlotte Area Transit System uptown bus center

    Should Charlotte make its transit system free?

    There’s been a lot of planning lately for Charlotte’s growing transit system, with new rail lines, improved bus service and the first inter-county transit links in the works — as well as questions about how to pay for that growth But one Charlotte City Council member raised a different idea this week at the group’s annual retreat: How about getting rid of fares altogether?
  • Job alert: Join the Urban Institute team

    The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute is hiring an Associate Director of Research who will also serve as the Director of Community Research Services.
  • Brookhill Village housing Charlotte NC

    Nonprofit charts a new course for troubled South End development

    A new, mixed-income housing development is set to take the place of a long-troubled, low-income housing complex in South End.  Brookhill Village is a paradox: An oasis of affordability in the midst of a booming and fast-gentrifying part of the city, but full of run-down units, many of them boarded up and visibly decaying from the street. Developed in the 1950s by the late C.D. Spangler, a wealthy Charlotte businessman, the complex of one-story buildings occupies 36 acres. Less than two miles away, uptown’s skyline glitters on the horizon.
  • Construction on Stonewall Street in Charlotte, NC

    Would Charlotte be better off with less planning?

    Charlotte has a lot of ambitious, master-planned efforts underway right now, but it is the more spontaneous, less-planned areas that have seen truly explosive growth. Consider six areas: Brooklyn Village, Eastland Mall, North Tryon, South End, NoDa and Stonewall Street.
  • New houses on Wonderwood Drive in Cotswold

    A brief HunterWood history lesson

    HunterWood and several surrounding neighborhoods were carved from 200 acres once owned by the Hunter family, whose homestead still stands on Charlotte’s Sardis Road. The Rev. John Hunter, installed as the minister at nearby Sardis Presbyterian Church in 1859, began assembling the property during the Civil War in the 1860s and lived there until he died in 1890, according to an overview prepared by the Mecklenburg County Historical Landmarks Commission.