Articles about Arts & Recreation

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North Carolina’s parks showcase the state’s diverse landscapes
   February 18, 2020
Crystal Cockman
North Carolina is truly blessed with a fantastic and diverse system of state parks and nature preserves, stretching from the mountains to the coast. Read more


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Nonprofit charts a new course for troubled South End development
   January 8, 2020
Ely Portillo
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... Read more


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Enjoy hiking? You should help build a trail
   December 13, 2019
Crystal Cockman
Most people who hike trails don’t take time to think about who makes and maintains paths through the woods.  In the Uwharries, as in most recreational areas, most trail-building is done by dedicated volunteers. Read more


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Recreation as economic development: Lessons from two approaches
   November 20, 2019
Jeff Michael
Rural communities around Charlotte are looking for new economic engines. Urban residents are looking for more outdoor recreation. That provides an opportunity for communities around Charlotte to use their public lands and waterways to fuel growth. And two areas in the region that were ahead of the curve offer lessons for other communities trying to tap this potential source of growth.  Read more


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A changing landscape: Who are the Uwharries for?
   November 20, 2019
Ruth Ann Grissom
In the years after World War II, my dad could roam the Uwharries with his .22 and his trusty squirrel dog, a feist named Spot. A boy didn’t have to worry about trespassing on a neighbor’s property; he only had to avoid the occasional moonshine still. Despite changes in land use — and an influx of outdoor enthusiasts from across the Piedmont and beyond — boys (and girls) in the Uwharries can... Read more


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A border problem? Unexpected ways the state line influences our behavior
   November 11, 2019
Bill Graves, Katie Zager
We don’t often think about crossing state lines. Other than changes in gas prices or the availability of fireworks, there’s little visible difference as you cross from North Carolina into South Carolina, or vice versa. But that line appears to influence our behavior, at least when it comes to how we spend leisure time. Read more


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Charlotte's arts scene is growing - and at a crossroads
   April 23, 2019
Mae Israel
As rapid growth and development reshapes Charlotte's urban personality, the cultural arts scene is expanding and becoming more dynamic, as a number of new festivals and venues show. But arts advocates say funding has stagnated, and more is needed to maintain the growth.    Read more


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Charlotte arts institutions seek out more diverse voices
   April 23, 2019
Mae Israel
As Charlotte has become more urban and cosmopolitan, grassroots artists and organizations have energized the visual and performing arts. But some say there have largely been two separate arts scenes in Charlotte: One shaped by established arts institutions and the other by a more diverse group of artists and arts organizations emerging outside the establishment. Read more


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“We are not giving ourselves credit." Charlotte’s arts scene is growing, changing.
   April 23, 2019
Mae Israel
Is Charlotte's arts scene growing? Becoming more diverse? Does the city need a dedicated arts district? Read what some of the city’s key advocates and artists have to say about Charlotte's art community.  Read more


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Houston finds $220 million to build greenways
   June 30, 2017
Mary Newsom

In addition to studying how to accommodate growing ethnic diversity – needed in many cities, not just Houston and Charlotte – there’s another lesson Houston might hold for Charlotte: Finding the money to build out an ambitious greenway plan.

They call them bayous. We call them creeks. But both Houston and Charlotte have a number of small streams and both cities envision them as holding...

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