Articles

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Stick to basics in affordable housing strategy
   March 22, 2012

A city task force looking to expand housing opportunities for the less affluent is on the right track with the idea of a voluntary density bonus. Read more


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Hum's the word
   March 21, 2012
Crystal Cockman
One of my fondest childhood memories is sitting on the front porch of my grandparents’ house, gentle breeze blowing, sweet tea in hand, listening to the buzz and flight of hummingbirds as they gracefully sipped sugar water from bright red feeders. Read more


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The Charlotte region's data encyclopedia
   March 20, 2012

Whether you need to know what county in the Charlotte region grew the fastest last year, or where in the region support for the arts is strongest, a new interactive tool can answer your questions. Table Explorer, available through the Charlotte Regional Indicators Project contains a wide range of data for the Charlotte region as well as comparative data between the Charlotte metro area and... Read more


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Charlotte rolls toward N.C.'s first bike-share system
   March 19, 2012

If all goes as hoped, paying users could access 200 high-tech bikes at 20 stations in and around uptown Charlotte by this summer. Read more


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Transit station futures: Gloomy or bright?
   March 9, 2012
Mary Newsom
Is it prescient and forward-thinking for the city to encourage subsidized housing at rapid transit stations in coming decades? Or would that kill any near-term chance to halt a pattern of sinking property values near some of those stations, especially in east and northeast Charlotte? Read more


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CMS: Mapping measures of progress and pain
   March 7, 2012

Data on schools and school districts are abundant.  Both the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s websites hold a wealth of data at both levels.  But with a district as large as CMS, it is painstaking work to analyze school-level data in a meaningful way. 

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Two secrets to city success: Trust and explore
   March 7, 2012

Tim Campbell
Smart cities around the world use two secret weapons to form leadership and stay ahead of the pack in planning and economic development.  One mechanism is internal, an informal, diverse but cohesive planning elite. Another is external, an outward-looking and systematic search for new knowledge, often by visiting other cities. Read more


'Green' author: Redevelop in increments
   March 5, 2012
Mary Newsom
Architect, planner and author Stephen Mouzon, did more than just give some lectures from his book, Original Green: Unlocking the Mystery of True Sustainability, when he was in town recently. He also took a look at a section of south Charlotte that he thinks might be ripe for a different kind of long-range plan: the Park Road-Woodlawn Avenue neighborhood. Read more


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Low Water Bridge recreational access improvements
   March 5, 2012
Crystal Cockman
If you’ve driven by the Low Water Bridge recently, you probably have seen a good bit of bulldozer activity and wondered what exactly was happening to this beautiful natural area. The LandTrust of Central N.C. is partnering with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to create a recreational amenity that will improve access to one of the region’s precious natural resources. Read more


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Some react to freight resurgence with ‘Not In My Back Yard’
   February 29, 2012

A railroading resurgence is rolling into the Charlotte region – and through some people's back yards. From Davidson to Harrisburg to Gaston County, efforts to capture some of a national increase in freight rail traffic have upset some residents. And the possibility of freight NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard) might create another obstacle for commuter rail from Charlotte to Iredell County. Read more