Articles

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Restoring habitats: Start with a baseline inventory
   June 20, 2012
Ruth Ann Grissom
Several years ago, when we were planning to change the way we manage some of our land, I happened to meet Bob Askins, a biology professor at Connecticut College and author of Restoring North America’s Birds: Lessons from Landscape Ecology. Read more


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Growing the market for local foods
   June 19, 2012

Two different organizations in the Charlotte region are using borrowed land and volunteer labor to get fresh, local food on the plates of people who need it most. Read more


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Amid sustainability criticism, poll finds public prefers planning
   June 14, 2012

Amid a political environment attacking sustainability initiatives, a new national poll by the American Planning Association finds bipartisan support for planning, and a belief that community planners play a key role in economic recovery. Read more


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You get a line, I’ll get a pole, we'll go fishing in a crawdad hole
   June 13, 2012
Crystal Cockman
What better summertime activity for a kid in the country than playing in a creek? If you look, you may find salamanders, mayfly or dragonfly larvae. If you wait patiently until the silt settles, you just may see a cautious crustacean with pinchers waving. Read more


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How urban should Park-Woodlawn area become?
   June 11, 2012

Many say the future of Charlotte's Park Road-Woodlawn Road area inevitably will be more urban than its past. But how urban should it be? City planners and residents are grappling with that question as they craft a vision for the area. Read more


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Charlotte region: Getting older, growing younger
   June 11, 2012

The nation as a whole is getting older, but variations in population growth and immigration can create big differences in the median age from place to place. The Charlotte region is no exception. While Mecklenburg's median age has risen only marginally, some neighboring counties are getting noticeably older. Read more


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Stadium could be spectacular city amenity
   June 7, 2012

Marley Carroll

This article supports plans to build a new ballpark for the Charlotte Knights uptown. Read architect Murray Whisnant's article opposing the idea here.


A new Charlotte Knights stadium uptown will be a catalyst for urban development, add to the character of the...

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Don't squander chance for a great public park
   June 5, 2012

Missing from recent discussion about granting more public money for a privately developed baseball park in Third Ward is any talk about the potential advantages of using the land for public purposes year-round. Architect Murray Whisnant would save the Virginia Paper Co. building and build an Energy Park. Read more


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Pro / Con: Build uptown ballpark – no, don't!
   June 5, 2012

Marley Carroll
What does uptown Charlotte need more: a baseball stadium or a large public park dedicated to showcase energy technology and local food? As the Charlotte City Council prepares to vote on using $7.25 million in city money to help the Charlotte Knights build a ballpark, Charlotte architects Murray Whisnant and Marley Carroll take opposing positions.   Read more


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Charlotte region: Understanding the new diversity
   June 4, 2012

The rise in the number of Hispanic, Asian and multiracial residents has been the biggest change in population diversity in the Charlotte region for more than a decade. A series of new maps and charts from the institute's researchers highlights the differences among the urban, suburban and rural communities from 2000 to 2011.  Read more