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Gold in them hills? Maybe it's in South End

Imagine a Gold Museum, homes, stores, offices – even a bowling alley and skateboard park – in a corner of South End. That's the vision of business and property owners in the area, which they've dubbed the Gold District.

Imagine Charlotte places, remade: Week 4

In honor of our second anniversary, is asking readers to nominate spots in the Charlotte region that need a design makeover. This week's suggestion is to re-connect neighborhoods north and south of Independence Boulevard. (Image:

They'd rather not drive, thank you

Some hardy local city-dwellers are opting to take transit and bicycle even when they own cars and can just as easily drive. For some, it's about the environment. For some, it's about doing their part to make the city more livable, and more urban. And for some, it's becoming a way of life.