Articles about Arts & Recreation

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Recreation as economic development: Lessons from two approaches
   November 20, 2019
Jeff Michael
Rural communities around Charlotte are looking for new economic engines. Urban residents are looking for more outdoor recreation. That provides an opportunity for communities around Charlotte to use their public lands and waterways to fuel growth. And two areas in the region that were ahead of the curve offer lessons for other communities trying to tap this potential source of growth.  Read more


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A changing landscape: Who are the Uwharries for?
   November 20, 2019
Ruth Ann Grissom
In the years after World War II, my dad could roam the Uwharries with his .22 and his trusty squirrel dog, a feist named Spot. A boy didn’t have to worry about trespassing on a neighbor’s property; he only had to avoid the occasional moonshine still. Despite changes in land use — and an influx of outdoor enthusiasts from across the Piedmont and beyond — boys (and girls) in the Uwharries can... Read more


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A border problem? Unexpected ways the state line influences our behavior
   November 11, 2019
Bill Graves, Katie Zager
We don’t often think about crossing state lines. Other than changes in gas prices or the availability of fireworks, there’s little visible difference as you cross from North Carolina into South Carolina, or vice versa. But that line appears to influence our behavior, at least when it comes to how we spend leisure time. Read more


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Charlotte's arts scene is growing - and at a crossroads
   April 23, 2019
Mae Israel
As rapid growth and development reshapes Charlotte's urban personality, the cultural arts scene is expanding and becoming more dynamic, as a number of new festivals and venues show. But arts advocates say funding has stagnated, and more is needed to maintain the growth.    Read more


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“We are not giving ourselves credit." Charlotte’s arts scene is growing, changing.
   April 23, 2019
Mae Israel
Is Charlotte's arts scene growing? Becoming more diverse? Does the city need a dedicated arts district? Read what some of the city’s key advocates and artists have to say about Charlotte's art community.  Read more


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Charlotte arts institutions seek out more diverse voices
   April 23, 2019
Mae Israel
As Charlotte has become more urban and cosmopolitan, grassroots artists and organizations have energized the visual and performing arts. But some say there have largely been two separate arts scenes in Charlotte: One shaped by established arts institutions and the other by a more diverse group of artists and arts organizations emerging outside the establishment. Read more


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Houston finds $220 million to build greenways
   June 30, 2017
Mary Newsom

In addition to studying how to accommodate growing ethnic diversity – needed in many cities, not just Houston and Charlotte – there’s another lesson Houston might hold for Charlotte: Finding the money to build out an ambitious greenway plan.

They call them bayous. We call them creeks. But both Houston and Charlotte have a number of small streams and both cities envision them as holding...

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Follow the Cross Charlotte Trail across this map
   June 7, 2017
Clayton Hanson
This interactive map takes you on a virtual visit along the proposed Cross Charlotte Trail, with photos, updates on construction, little-known facts and information on plans for the future. Read more


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The Earth works well for N.C. artist Sayre
   June 15, 2016
Jeff Michael
A North Carolina artist who works in red clay helps us ponder Charlotte’s agrarian roots, its aspirations and its complicated relationship with history and the arts. Commentary. Read more


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The addictive allure of bird-watching
   December 15, 2015
Ruth Ann Grissom
The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count gives citizen scientists a chance to assist in research, and the formal bird count at the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refute offers the opportunity to see tundra swans, among other waterfowl. Read more