Articles

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Are America’s Neighborhoods Frozen?
   December 14, 2022
Aaron Houck

‘Tis the season for holiday movies. We can choose a variety of films–comedies, dramas, even horror–but regardless of whether we’re watching an old classic or a new release, Hollywood tends to stick to a standard script when it comes to...

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The Chrysanthemum Chronicles
   December 14, 2022
Ruth Ann Grissom

My front yard in Charlotte was a blank slate.  I had lofty aims – a garden of native grasses and perennials that were appealing to the human eye as well as birds and pollinators.  A dear friend offered me several pass-along plants,...

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Affordable City: Strategies for Putting Housing Within Reach (and Keeping It There)
   December 2, 2022
Aaron Houck

In September 2022, the median home sales price in the Charlotte region was $380,000, according to the Canopy Realtor Association. And a search on Rent.com for Charlotte rentals listed for $1,000 or less per month resulted in only 46 properties of 1,769...

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Transit Time: Can an app make Charlotte's streets safer?
   December 2, 2022

Lindsey Banks

Three voices blared simultaneously through my car’s speakers Monday morning in South End: One was my GPS directing me toward Krispy Kreme. Another was Taylor Swift and her new “Midnights” album. The third was the City of Charlotte’s new...

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2022 SCHUL FORUM VIDEOS
   November 17, 2022

SCHUL FORUM PANEL 1

SCHUL FORUM (KEYNOTE ADDRESS & 2ND PANEL)

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Transit Time: More questions on CATS' push for underground bus station
   November 10, 2022

Steve Harrison

The Charlotte Area Transit System gave the City Council’s transportation committee its recommendation on Monday for how to rebuild the new bus station uptown.

As expected, CATS backed the idea originally proposed by a private developer: placing the bus station underground to clear the way for a new tower with offices, retail and a hotel. The other possibilities include rebuilding the...

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Transit Time: How to build a regional transit system
   November 4, 2022

Tony Mecia

Q&A: There’s a vision for better Charlotte-area transit — and it’s time to move it forward, says head of regional group

 

If a big transit plan for Charlotte is going to happen, it’s going to take a regional approach.

And Geraldine Gardner, executive director of the Centralina Regional Council, has been working on a regional approach to Charlotte-...

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Introducing the homelessness prevention integrated data report
   October 31, 2022
Bridget Anderson
Jenny Hutchinson, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute

(This article has been reposted with permission from the Building Bridges Blog. To see original article, visit http://mecklenburghousingdata.org/)

Last year my family found itself in a difficult situation. As we approached the end of our lease, our landlord notified us that our rent would increase $150 per month if we renewed....

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A Vision for Piedmont Roadsides
   October 27, 2022
Ruth Ann Grissom

Along the backroads of the Uwharries, the trees seemed especially brilliant this fall. Through the windshield, the blur of sourwoods, sweetgums, black gums and maples was a psychedelic kaleidoscope. But something was missing. Where was the riot of yellow and purple in the herbaceous layer?  There were no sunflowers. No goldenrods. No ironweeds, asters or liatris.

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