See how many people in your neighborhood have taken the Census

The 2020 Census is crucial for making policy, assigning Congressional seats and divvying up resources for the decade to come, but it’s one of the many institutions facing a big challenge from the coronavirus. Census response forms were sent nationwide last week, inviting people to respond online. People who respond online, over the phone or […]

Charlotte's 1903 Carnegie Library, one of thousands built by industrialist Andrew Carnegie. Photo: UNC Charlotte, Atkins Library, Special Collections

Charlotte’s library through the decades

Charlotte has had four main libraries on the same site since 1903. Here’s a look at them, and what the changing architecture says about our city.

How our changing landscape sustains us all

Ecosystems such as forests and wetlands provide clean air and water, food, building materials and recreational opportunities. The benefits people receive from nature are referred to as “ecosystem services.” Our interactions with ecosystems can have a positive impact, boosting our health and the economy. We can also have a negative impact on the health and […]

Farms and sprawl: Conservationists worry they’re losing the battle

About 45 minutes from Charlotte in neighboring Cabarrus County, the owners of 1,000-acre Porter Farms raise chickens and pigs on part of their land. The chickens are sold to Tysons Foods, and the pigs become sausage, pork chops and spare ribs for Smithfield Foods. Another part of the property is a cattle farm, and since […]

Freshly picked squash at the Sandhills AGInnovation Center. Photo: Nancy Pierce.

The Sandhills AGInnovation Center promotes farming

Categories: Gallery, Richmond Tags: AGRICULTURE, Farming

The Sandhills AGInnovation Center works to nurture rural farmers in Richmond and Montgomery counties, while connecting them to urban markets.

Davon Goodwin, manager of Sandhills AGInnovation Center in Ellerbee, NC, inspects crops. Photo: Nancy Pierce

Innovative agriculture connects farmers to urban centers

The Sandhills AGInnovation Center works to nurture rural farmers in Richmond and Montgomery counties, while connecting them to urban markets.

Cramerton takes pride in its history of producing "Army khaki" for U.S. military uniforms during World War II. Photo: Nancy Pierce.

Transforming the South Fork of the Catawba River and its towns

Categories: Gallery, Gaston Tags: Habitat, Nature, Open Space, River

Cramerton has turned to the South Fork of the Catawba River, which once powered mills and was known as a hotbed of pollution, to help power the town’s revival in the wake of the textile industry.

Street art celebrates Don Gibson's music in Shelby. Photo: Nancy Pierce

Downtown Shelby turns to music for a revival

Music has helped power the revival of downtown (or uptown, as the locals call it) Shelby. The Earl Scruggs Center and Don Gibson Theatre draw on the town’s musical history.