Articles

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Trains, buses and people: More lessons for Charlotte
   February 10, 2020
Martin Zimmerman
In his recent book, Trains, Buses, People – An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit, Christof Spieler dispenses a refreshly forthright  assessment of 47 of America’s larger systems, including Miami, Atlanta, Austin, Houston, Dallas and other Sun Belt cities. Never before has a publication compared this many cities and transit modes for a mainstream audience. Research included photographs at... Read more


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Charlotte just wrapped up its busiest decade ever for uptown development
   February 6, 2020
Ely Portillo
The 2010s in uptown Charlotte were a decade with a split personality, starting with an epic crash and swinging to a huge boom that transformed the skyline and left an enormous mark on the city. At the start of the decade, rusting rebar poked up from the EpiCentre, a reminder of a condo project that never got started. Now, those buildings are full and cranes dot the skyline, picking their... Read more


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What Charlotte needs to grow into a great city
   February 3, 2020
Ely Portillo
In more than three decades since she moved to the city, UNC Charlotte professor Deb Ryan has seen a lot of changes. At Charlotte City Council's annual retreat in January, Ryan said she thinks it’s time for the city to raise its expectations of developers.  “We’re not the needy little city we used to be,” Ryan said.  Read more


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What will Charlotte look like? This new tool makes it easier to visualize
   February 3, 2020
Ely Portillo
The skyline changes every year in a fast-growing city like Charlotte, as parking lots morph into high-rises and humble houses or older building are demolished to make way for the next big thing. It can be tough to keep track of the changes, and even harder to visualize what a proposed development might look like once it’s actually built. A new tool the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department... Read more


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Finding the exceptional in the ordinary: Goldenrod galls
   January 31, 2020
Ruth Ann Grissom
Mama has a knack for finding four-leaf clovers. We’ll be strolling along, chatting, and she’ll stoop down and pluck one. She doesn’t break stride to stop and search – they just jump out at her.  She doesn’t focus on finding the oddity. Instead, she takes in the sameness of the masses until something different catches her eye. I’ve tried her approach, but I still fail miserably with four-... Read more


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The Carolinas Urban-Rural Connection is featured on TV
   January 27, 2020

Staff Reports
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. Read more


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This week: Environmental justice speaker at UNC Charlotte
   January 27, 2020

Staff Reports

Naeema Muhammad, organizing co-director of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, will speak on campus this week at UNC Charlotte. 

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Here are the five best springtime Uwharries hikes
   January 24, 2020
Crystal Cockman
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... Read more


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The biggest environmental issues facing Charlotte share a common root
   January 21, 2020
Ely Portillo
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.  Read more


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‘Raise our expectations:’ Four takeaways from Charlotte City Council’s retreat
   January 16, 2020
Ely Portillo
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... Read more