Some suburbs facing the dilemma of high growth vs. low taxes

St. Johns Forest subdivision on N.C. 84 in Union County touts the county's low taxes and "good schools." Photo: Nancy Pierce
In cities and counties surrounding Charlotte, tensions are swirling over rapid residential growth and – especially – how to pay for it. Can their low tax rates support urban services new residents want? (Explore interactive maps.)

Charting Mecklenburg's path toward a livable future

Latta Arcade, in Charlotte during a busy night in the city. Photo: Nancy Pierce
The 115 ideas for creating a more livable Mecklenburg range from protecting more historic buildings to better training the local workforce to rethinking local residents’ reliance on fescue lawns.

Charlotte eyes stronger pedestrian policies

Pedestrians cross a street in uptown Charlotte in 2011. Photo: Nancy Pierce
Charlotte’s transportation department is launching – again – an initiative to highlight pedestrian needs and improve policies. In the past year the city landed on some not-so-flattering lists ranking walkability.
A before and after look at how simple design changes could dramatically improve the Charlotte region. For more information visit