Lincolnton: Moving beyond a textile town past

Downtown Lincolnton (shown at 2006 Apple Festival). Photo: Nancy Pierce
The town of Lincolnton, population 10,500, is making it easier for manufacturers to come to town, since the textile industry has left industrial sites vacant. The installment of “Talk of the Towns” interviews Lincolnton Planning Director Laura Simmons.

No 'small house' trend in region; houses keep growing

Large homes along Lake Norman in Mecklenburg County town of Cornelius. Image: Bing Maps
Since the 2008 housing crash, there’s been talk of Americans downsizing and Millennials rejecting large houses. But recent U.S. Census data show that in the Charlotte area, homes only got bigger after 2000.

November events highlight recycling, tree-plantings

Metrolina Recycling Center processes about 60,000 tons of recyclables a year. Nancy Pierce photo
A Friday “sustainability fair” in uptown Charlotte will mark the city’s participation in America Recycles Day. And Saturday and Nov. 22 will be the annual Creek ReLeaf tree-planting events.
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