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A clash of cultures on Lake Norman

In the 1980s and early 1990s, rapid growth around Lake Norman  led to culture clashes between long-time residents and “those lake people.” Land use and planning were at the heart of the conflict, PlanCharlotte's Chuck McShane writes in this excerpt from his book A History of Lake Norman: From Fish Camps to Ferraris.

Has Charlotte metro income really declined?

Recently the site reported that of the largest U.S. metros, only Charlotte’s median income, “experienced a statistically significant decline” in 2013. What’s going on?

Talk of the Towns: Iredell County

This installment of our series of planner interviews heads to Iredell County, where Matthew Todd describes efforts of industrial recruitment, rural farmland preservation and the challenges of planning in a diverse county that includes suburban Charlotte to the south and rural foothills to the north. 

A before and after look at how simple design changes could dramatically improve the Charlotte region. For more information visit