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Explore these data sources to learn more about Charlotte
   March 2, 2022
Ely Portillo

Charlotte is a fast-growing city where the skyline changes by the month and neighborhoods are reshaped at a disorienting pace. But there are a multitude of data sources to help you understand the city and your community. 

You can start with interactive maps like the Quality of Life Explorer (produced by the Urban Institute in partnership with the...

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The charm of sourwoods in the winter woods
   February 24, 2022
Ruth Ann Grissom

For those who are partial to the charms of a lush forest in spring and summer, don’t throw shade on the winter woods – they’re far from rigid and stark. Sourwood trees animate the slopes and ridges of the Uwharries with their contorted and even whimsical shapes. They bring a prankish personality to the stately but somewhat staid canopy of hickories and oaks.

The sourwood (...

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What does the future hold for Charlotte's airport?
   February 21, 2022
Ely Portillo

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is one of the busiest hubs in the world, despite the city of Charlotte's modest size. That disproportionate air service is usually cited as one of the city's biggest economic advantages, making the airport one of our most important economic engines. 

But COVID-19 impacted the air travel industry in a profound way, with Charlotte Douglas in the...

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Charlotte transit system reckoning with pandemic struggles and 'structural weakness'
   February 14, 2022
Ely Portillo

After almost two years of pandemic-related challenges, the Charlotte Area Transit System is trying to balance the need to restore service and lure back riders with the need to grow and meet the challenges of a growing region. 

And CATS chief executive John Lewis has a simple message: Charlotte’s transit...

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Golf cart market picks up speed as transportation alternative in Charlotte region
   February 11, 2022

Cristina Bolling

This story was originally published in Transit Time, a newsletter jointly produced by...

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Examining housing needs at Brookhill Village in the event of redevelopment
   February 10, 2022

In 2020, Lookout Housing Ventures proposed a redevelopment plan for Brookhill Village, a 36-acre naturally occurring affordable housing development near the intersection of Remount Road and South Boulevard. Although the proposed development has not moved forward, the approximately 120 households of Brookhill Village may be at risk of displacement if Brookhill Village were to be redeveloped...

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Curating the future in Charlotte
   February 7, 2022
Ely Portillo

What if the future is not just a continuation of present trends, but looks radically different? That's the vision of Curators, a collective of young, multinational designers who hope to develop new, innovative and sustainable ways of life in Charlotte.

Join us as we talk about two pilot ideas they want to see happen in Charlotte: Controlled indoor farming powered by solar panel glass...

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Too much of a good thing: Bunny boom
   February 4, 2022
Ruth Ann Grissom

No spiderworts. No asters. No threadleaf ironweed or liatris. Very few brown-eyed Susans and even fewer green beans. That was the sorry state of my garden last year. No, it wasn’t weather-related, it was rabbit predation.

My neighbor and I noticed a rabbit hanging around our yards last winter. One of its back legs was lame.  Given all the red tailed hawks and barred owls in the...

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When it comes to transit, everyone wants ‘regionalism.’ But no one’s quite sure how to get there.
   February 2, 2022
Ely Portillo

There’s consensus in the new crop of local transportation plans: Whether we’re talking about trains, buses or roads, we’ll have to cross county borders and state lines to fund and operate an effective transit system. 

But in the traditionally siloed Charlotte region, how do we actually create some kind of regional entity — and who will get to control the purse strings and make...

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Join us: Talking Policy in the Queen City
   January 31, 2022

TALKING POLICY IN THE QUEEN CITY

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