Articles

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Research looks at Triangle development patterns, foresees increase
   February 28, 2012

Sara Gleave
From 1976 to 2005, developed land in the 16-county Greater Triangle and Rocky Mount region increased nearly 570 percent, from 39,743 developed acres in 1976 to 264,883 acres in 2005. By 2040 this figure is expected to increase nearly 150 percent or an additional 393,925 acres, according to projections just released from a forthcoming study by researchers at the Renaissance Computing Institute (... Read more


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United Way announces new Collective Impact project
   February 24, 2012

Only 65 percent of economically disadvantaged students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools graduate on time, compared to 74 percent of all students.  United Way of Central Carolinas aims to diminish this disparity with a new, innovative program. United Way of Central Carolinas announced Thursday, Feb. 23, the beginning of a new initiative to improve academic success for at-risk students.... Read more


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Boosters: Downtrodden downtowns can thrive
   February 24, 2012

Around the Charlotte region, many downtowns share similar histories: A long-ago heyday followed by decay as dollars and foot traffic flowed to suburban malls and interstate eateries. Read more


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Jobs not jails: Helping youth turn their lives around
   February 23, 2012

Children without hope can be found in every community.  Father Greg Boyle has been working on this issue for decades through Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles.   He spoke in Charlotte this week about Homeboy, which is recognized as the largest gang intervention program in the country.  Homeboy Industries' slogan is, “nothing stops a bullet like a job.” Read more


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No, greenways are not a U.N. conspiracy
   February 22, 2012

There I was, pencil poised over a large drawing of Gastonia. It was 1997 and I was running a public workshop to design a network of greenways and open spaces for residents to enjoy as recreational and natural amenities.  Someone in the background was fiddling with a radio. Then, as I remember the moment,  the strident sounds of a local radio station blared through the room. “Did you... Read more


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Affordable housing policy: voluntary or mandatory?
   February 15, 2012

Dustin Read
Studies of programs like the one the City of Charlotte is considering, which use incentives to encourage developers to include affordable housing units in new development, suggest that voluntary programs aren't as likely to create as many affordable units as mandatory programs do, and may not be as likely to spread affordable housing into more affluent areas. On the other hand they're not as... Read more


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Wintering in the Piedmont
   February 14, 2012
Ruth Ann Grissom
Many birds lead lifestyles of the rich and famous – they “summer” in one location and “winter” in another.  Find out more about our winter visitors and add to the scientific knowledge about these species by participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 17-20. Read more


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Cheap land? Low prices frustrate cash-strapped preservationists
   February 10, 2012

A Faison subdivision off Beatties Ford Road and Abersham near Davidson were purchased by Mecklenburg County for parks, after the developments stalled. But generally, the region's land conservationists lack money to protect tantalizing properties available after the financial crash.  Read more


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Updated Youth Services Catalog is now available
   February 10, 2012

The Goodwill Youth Services Catalog has been updated.  This catalog includes all organizations and programs that provide services related to workforce development for at-risk and disconnected youth in the Charlotte area.  It contains a range of information on each program/organization, including basic contact information, the mission, who it serves, what services it offers, and how it... Read more


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Goodwill Youth Needs Assessment Presentation
   February 10, 2012

In September 2009, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont commissioned the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to assess the need for a workforce development program for youth in the community and recommend any changes that should be made to put its fledgling Youth Job Connection program on the right track. Read more