Curiosity, coincidence led to rediscovery of Gaston magnolia

Bigleaf magnolia in bloom in Myers Park. Photo: Mary Newsom
Aided by some surprising coincidences, a curious and determined librarian located the Gaston County site where a famous French botanist first recorded the bigleaf magnolia tree.

Ever wondered ... are there secret creeks in uptown Charlotte?

Map of creeks uptown, from 1877 and today. Map: Garrett Nelson
Mecklenburg’s 3,000 miles of creeks run through every part of the county, including uptown Charlotte. But many of uptown’s small creeks are hidden from view. An 1877 map offers clues to finding where those creeks once ran.

Updated data tool analyzes neighborhood trends, comparisons

Ballantyne Village-Nancy Pierce-ResourceSpace
No single factor can define a “healthy community.” The newly updated Charlotte-Mecklenburg Quality of Life Explorer lets viewers assess a wide variety of community issues and indicators.
A before and after look at how simple design changes could dramatically improve the Charlotte region. For more information visit