Report finds strengths, challenges in United Way’s Collective Impact initiative

Research by the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute for United Way of Central Carolinas has found that almost 90 percent of at-risk Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students who took part in programs from 14 local United Way-funded agencies over three or more years graduated from high school. The research also found that at-risk students served by UWCC-funded agencies […]

Off Brickyard Road near U.S. 21, Fort Mill, S.C.: In 1763 Thomas Spratt – the first white settler in Fort Mill area, Revolutionary War soldier and friend of the Catawba Indians – built his home near the Nation Ford Road. The Spratt family cemetery remains on the spot in a wooded area near the present-day bustle of U.S. 21.

A road runs through it: U.S. 21 tells the region’s story

Photographer Nancy Pierce’s visual story of people and places along U.S. 21 offers a window into the way the road, like the region, has reinvented itself over time. The map (left) shows the areas along U.S. 21 that the photo gallery shows. The links to the three inset areas give a PDF map with more […]

Advanced manufacturing: Economic lifeline?

“In 1965, if you had a good back and a good alarm clock, you could make a good living in Milwaukee,” Mayor Tom Barrett told a recent Raleigh conference, because of the strength, at the time, of that city’s manufacturing sector. Although rural Stanly County is very different, that Milwaukee attitude was also the prevailing […]

Face-painting at Anne Springs Close Greenway in April 2010.

The allure of greenways, throughout the region

Contributor: Nancy Pierce Communities around the Charlotte region are building greenways for residents to use for walking, bicycling, hiking and even skating. The Carolina Thread Trail has played an important role in making these new pathways a growing transportation and recreation resource. The Foundation For The Carolinas helped initiate that project and The Catawba Lands Conservancy […]

Kings Mountain's mural portrays a Revolutionary War-era mountain scene.

Murals tell the Piedmont’s history

Photographer Nancy Pierce created this photo gallery of some of the murals found in many of the small towns and cities throughout the Charlotte region. Some were 1976 U.S. Bicentennial projects; others are just a few years old: Kings Mountain: This mural in the Cleveland County town of Kings Mountain was completed in June 2000 by […]

Davidson Farmers Market - Honey

Gallery: Farmers Markets of the Charlotte Region

While they have a long history in the area, farmers markets have seen a burst of activity in the Charlotte region in recent years. New markets are now springing up inside Charlotte as well as in the towns that ring the center city. Photographer Nancy Pierce visited several farmers markets to capture the life and […]