In small towns across North Carolina, churches function as more than places of fellowship and gathering for people — they’re also de facto economic engines.
This research was used by USA Today for an investigative series called 'Segregated by Section 8.' The series is available online here (subscriber-only...Read more
Across the United States and around the world, children and families are starting a new school year. Typically a time of excitement and new beginnings, the first day of school has again been overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We’ve learned a lot about the virus over the past 18 months. However, the ways in which COVID-19 impacts the youngest children (from birth to age 5),...Read more
Where you live in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County might reflect your race, income, education level, how old you are and even how likely you are to be in an area where eligible streams are adopted for clean-up.
Newly updated maps from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Quality of Life Explorer let...Read more
Health and economic mobility are connected, and the burdens of poor health don't fall equally on different groups in our society.
In Charlotte, where you live — along with your race, income and other demographic factors — has a big impact on aspects of health, from access to pharmacies to fresh food and even average age of death.
On Aug. 26, a panel of local experts convened...Read more
A study released this week by the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute sheds light on the unique challenges minority-owned small businesses face and how the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community can better support these enterprises, which are key to community well-being and wealth-building.
Defined as businesses with fewer than 500...Read more
Editor's note: This story originally appeared on Mary Newsom's blog The Naked City. The first three paragraphs are from Newsom. I stood in line two hours today to order chicken from Price’s Chicken Coop, the iconic fried chicken takeout joint on Camden Road in South End that had ...Read more
Here we are in the midst of graduation season. Even though the school experience has been different for the past year, young people are still celebrating this milestone and figuring out what to do with the rest of their lives. In rural areas like the Uwharries, that often means leaving for opportunities in other places. And yet, some find reasons to return....Read more