Articles

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Three special pines
   December 10, 2010
Ruth Ann Grissom

Ask an outdoor enthusiast to name a special natural area in the state and he might mention mountain bogs, Carolina bays or longleaf pine savannas.  If pressed to identify one in the piedmont, he might squint and scratch his head and stammer.  The piedmont is often described as fragmented, cultivated and compromised.

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Persistently Green: Landscapes in Transition
   December 10, 2010

Sara Gleave

It’s no secret that the Charlotte region has been rapidly growing more urban over the past few decades.  Yet despite the record expansion of the urbanized area experienced during economic boom times, private landowners cling to over two million acres of undeveloped land in the Charlotte metropolitan region.  Why do these remnants of green...

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The changing face of Mecklenburg
   December 3, 2010

Mecklenburg County, N.C. is home to the state's largest city, Charlotte. Most people living in Mecklenburg County today were born outside of North Carolina. U.S. Census Bureau data estimates from 2009, released earlier this fall, put that number at just over 58 percent. The new diversity of the county has some interesting twists. For instance, more people living in the county today were born in... Read more


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Marbled Salamanders
   December 3, 2010
Crystal Cockman

During our recent hike in the Birkheads, I noticed more than ever one of the most significant aspects of being in the woods this time of year – and that is just how quiet it is. Other than the occasional loud sounds of crunching leaves under our feet, most of the normal sounds of the forest are very subdued this time of year. Not many birds chirping or frogs calling, as much wildlife...

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The Future Isn't Free
   November 22, 2010

Charlotte is once more at a crossroads: future challenges abound—in education, environmental sustainability, and social equity to name only three. Even more important is the question of transportation infrastructure, and I make no apologies for returning to one of my favorite topics because of its primary importance to the economic growth and prosperity for our city.

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Charlotte Biotech: A Life Sciences Cluster Emerges
   November 12, 2010

Marjorie Benbow

A few weeks ago, UNC Charlotte hosted the ninth annual Charlotte Biotechnology Conference.  The original idea for this event was that it serve as a barometer of the “life science cluster” in the Charlotte region.  Sensing increased activity in patents and start-ups ten years ago, UNC Charlotte's Office of Technology Transfer and the regional...

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To covet a covey
   November 4, 2010
Crystal Cockman

This region is home to a variety of native species that are both important naturally and historically occurring species, and also important game species. White-tailed deer, gray squirrel, and wild turkey are just a few of the more commonly encountered ones that fall into this category. For a number of these, certainly for the turkey and deer, they are around today to be hunted largely as a...

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Environmental Quality of Life by the Numbers
   November 3, 2010

How do you paint a picture of the region’s progress on environmental issues? The Charlotte Regional Indicators Project does it by the numbers. “Environment” is one of several areas covered by the Indicators Project, and includes quantitative measures for air, water, and land. Specifically, the indicators include: unhealthy air quality days, vehicular emissions, water consumption, impaired streams... Read more


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Casting for Recovery
   October 28, 2010
Ruth Ann Grissom

Four years ago, my sister, Amy, was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Her treatment – six rounds of chemo, two surgeries and 33 sessions of radiation – took a toll on her right shoulder.  Her surgeon suggested some basic exercises for strength and mobility.  She also started swimming laps.  She liked being buoyant in the warm water and found the backstroke especially helpful....

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Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont
   October 28, 2010
Jeff Michael
As a guide to the literary trivia of the Piedmont, Georgann Eubanks’ new book, Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont (UNC Press), is a gem. The book will be treasured by those who love literature and the rich tradition of homegrown and imported talent that has not only celebrated this region in words, but at times taken it to task for its prejudices and occasional insularity. Read more