Articles

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Women, Wages and Work- Third Quarterly Report
   January 27, 2012

This report focuses on the disparity in earnings between men and women across industries in Mecklenburg County. The wage gap or ratio is an often cited statistic to highlight the disparity between the earnings of men and women. Most sources cite the wage gap in the United States being between 75 and 80 percent, meaning women only earn 75 to 80 percent of what men earn. Read more


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Women and the Great Recession- Fourth Quarterly Report
   January 27, 2012

This report analyzes how women fared in the workplace at the national level after the Great Recession, which ended in June 2009, compared to their status before it began. This report also compares women to their male counterparts before and after the recession in terms of total job growth, job growth in the public sector, and wages earned. Read more


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An (un)conventional, but globalizing Charlotte
   January 25, 2012

UNC Charlotte's Heather Smith, a geographer who studies Hispanic "hyper-growth" in the South, talks about Charlotte's growing role as a "globalizing" – not a global – city, and why she wasn't surprised when the Democratic Party chose Charlotte for its national convention. Read more


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Eye-catching purple gallinule rare in N.C.
   January 25, 2012
Crystal Cockman
A guess-this-bird photo contest last week on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Facebook page was just a glimpse of a really spectacular bird – one with shiny purple and green iridescent feathers, long bright yellow feet and toes and a white tail. I wasn’t familiar with it but was instantly intrigued. Despite the photo showing only the back side and legs, many other people  quickly identified... Read more


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When cities, counties merge: Lessons for Charlotte?
   January 19, 2012

When it comes to city-county consolidation, citizens should know that nothing is guaranteed. And some of the commonly held beliefs about consolidation may not, in fact, be accurate. One prime example: Despite fears in Mecklenburg's towns, in many recent city-county consolidations the smaller municipalities in a county weren't part of the merged body. Read more


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Save local forests: Use local firewood
   January 18, 2012
Ruth Ann Grissom
Cutting your own firewood not only can help with the heating bill; it can stop the spread of invasive insects that travel long distances on firewood shipped in from other states. Read more


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Carolina Thread Trail takes steps toward reality
   January 11, 2012

Imagine being able to hop on your bicycle in Huntersville and pedal on greenways and trails to your job near UNC Charlotte. The Carolina Thread Trail promises to make  options like that a reality all over the Charlotte region. Try out our new, online map to help you find trails that are open and ready for you to explore. Read more


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One-of-a-kind longleaf pine forest now protected
   January 9, 2012
Crystal Cockman
A newly preserved tract of longleaf pine is a stand of old-growth trees, some near 200 years old. Longleaf pine forests are a unique ecosystem with a whole suite of endemic species that call them home. ... Read more


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Survey finds uptick in business optimism
   January 5, 2012

The first quarter 2012 Charlotte Business Confidence Index report, released Jan. 3, shows Mecklenburg County business leaders' optimism about economic prospects in the first quarter improved compared to their expectations for the fourth quarter 2011. The overall index value of 54.6, an increase of 8.3 points compared to the fourth quarter, returned to a positive outlook on business... Read more


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Looking back, looking forward
   December 19, 2011
Jeff Michael
This has been a year of change and growth for the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute.  As I look back on the year’s highlights – and look forward to a new project we’ll debut early in 2012 – I’m reminded of the role the institute has played since 1969 in the greater Charlotte region. Read more