Chart Charlotte region's progress toward CONNECT goals

How will the Charlotte region grow? Photo of Mecklenburg subdivision: Nancy Pierce
After three years of citizen engagement, which led to a Regional Growth Framework for the Charlotte region, the CONNECT Our Future initiative moves into implementation, including a set of 31 quality-of-life indicators, now available online.

Hitting the bottle: Do drink sales shape where growth goes?

Wine for sale in downtown Bessemer City, which OK'd alcohol sales in 1969, mixed drinks in 2006. Photo (2011): John Chesser
Planners and others say alcohol sales are a primary catalyst for attracting the development of restaurants and stores. Government officials like the extra tax revenue. But in some places, voters still say no.

Weigh in on North Carolina's 'Great Places' 2015

Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse in Concord is on Union St., a winner of the Great Places award in 2013.  (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
Do you have a favorite Main Street, greenway, or historic rehabilitation? Join in this year’s competition to nominate and vote on your favorite North Carolina places.
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