Easy access to work? Charlotte’s not atop list

Charlotte ranks near the bottom in a recent study of access to jobs via automobiles in the top 51 U.S. metro areas. Raleigh ranks even lower. The study, Access Across America, by David Levinson, the R.P. Braun/CTS Chair in Transportation Engineering at the University of Minnesota, ranks the Charlotte metro area No. 40, with the […]

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 […]

Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition at the foot of the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington. The picture shows some of Chihuly’s huge blown glass artworks in a garden setting as nature and art intermingle. Photo: Melissa Currie

Environmental art: A photo gallery

Categories: Charlotte, Gallery, Mecklenburg

Defining environmental art is about as difficult as defining art itself. It’s a catch-all term encompassing different types of art-environment fusion. Writer Melissa Currie tries to sort out the different types of art that, together, make up environmental art in this article.

Historic landmark mid-century houses in Mecklenburg County

In Charlotte: The Praise Connor and Harriett Lee House3714 Country Ridge Road in the Mountainbrook neighborhoodBuilt in 1963; designed by architect Praise Connor LeeDesignated in 2002 The Robert and Elizabeth Lassiter House726 Hempstead Place in Eastover neighborhoodBuilt in 1951 (oldest Modernist house in Charlotte); designed by architect A.G. OdellDesignated in 2003 In Davidson: The James […]

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 […]

When cities, counties merge: Lessons for Charlotte?

It is commonly expected that consolidating Charlotte and Mecklenburg County will result in less government fragmentation, fewer elected officials and lower the cost of service provision. It very well may, but citizens should know that nothing is guaranteed when it comes to city-county consolidation. And some of the commonly held beliefs about consolidation may not, […]

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 […]

Crowd in Charlotte watches Fourth of July fireworks from the Hawthorne bridge.

A Carolina summer comes to an end

Summer officially ends Friday, and the close of a week of cloudy, unseasonably cool weather marks an occasion to look back and remind ourselves of the Carolinas Piedmont in summer 2011. It was a summer of hail storms, high winds and in some parts, even the fringes of tropical storm Irene. The National Oceanic and […]

Assessing our learning curve 10 years after 9/11

Ten years after the events of 9/11, if we want to assess how well we have learned about the threat of terrorism we need to look back. But we also need to look at our world today, to see how well our learning curve compares with those planning and carrying out terrorist events. And we […]