Maps

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The decline (and rise?) of Carolina manufacturing
   May 22, 2012

Keith Waters
After decades of decline, manufacturing jobs across the country have seen a modest uptick. This long period of industry restructuring has left a strikingly different geography of manufacturing in the Carolinas; we still make furniture and textiles, but that’s not the whole story anymore. Read more


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Carolinas growth update: urban changes, rural losses
   April 18, 2012

Where are urban regions growing – in their cores or suburbs? What is happening in rural areas? New population figures have fostered speculation about what growth in urban regions will be like in the future.  For rural parts of the Carolinas, the issue isn’t about growth at all, but widespread decline in population. Read more


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Carolina Thread Trail takes steps toward reality
   January 11, 2012

Imagine being able to hop on your bicycle in Huntersville and pedal on greenways and trails to your job near UNC Charlotte. The Carolina Thread Trail promises to make  options like that a reality all over the Charlotte region. Try out our new, online map to help you find trails that are open and ready for you to explore. Read more


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Youth Risk Index and YMCA and Title 1 School Locations
   November 2, 2011

This map shows the locations of YMCA facilities and youth programs (Starfish Academy and the Y Achievers Program) as well as Title I schools, all in relation to the youth risk index of Charlotte neighborhoods. 

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See the Bright Beginnings Map
   November 2, 2011

This map shows the location of public recreation centers, libraries, and schools in relation to the quality of life status of Charlotte neighborhoods, with particular emphasis on facilities that have been closed or now have reduced hours. Read more


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YMCA Maps
   November 2, 2011

The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute collaborated with Council for Children's Rights to map all YMCA locations in Mecklenburg County.  These locations were then overlaid onto maps of individual indicators from the 2010 Charlotte Neighborhood Quality of Life Study.  Finally, four of these indicators (teen births, high school dropouts, juvenile arrests, and food stamp recipients) were...

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Maps of High-Poverty and High-Minority Schools
   November 2, 2011

This series of maps shows the percent of students at each school in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) district that are a racial minority and the percent that applied for free/reduced lunch at two points in time, the 2001-02 and 2008-09 school years.   The final two maps show only those schools in which the proportion of minority students and students receiving free/reduced lunch...

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Dropout Rate for Neighborhoods and High School Attendance Zones
   November 2, 2011

The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute created this series of maps, in collaboration with Council for Children's Rights, in October, 2010, to provide background information and context for principals of Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CMS) high schools and the CMS Investment Group (a group of private donors and community leaders that pledged $55 million to improve graduation rates and narrow the achievement...

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New reality: the rise of high-skilled immigrants
   September 15, 2011

When you think of an immigrant, what comes to mind: the person who helped build your house, or the physician discussing your treatment plan?  New research finds just as many highly skilled working-age immigrants living in the United States as low-skilled ones, with the growth rate of more educated arrivals now outpacing that of immigrants with little education. Read more


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Gaston, onetime manufacturing heavyweight, now lags Union
   July 19, 2011

Local perceptions may not have caught up with the new reality in the Charlotte region’s manufacturing economy. Even before the recession began in 2007, declines in the textile and furniture industries were changing the structure of local employment. Read more