No flood in your city? Lessons from New Orleans still apply

Damaged house in New Orleans in 2006 Photo: Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is proof a city is a hard thing to kill. In We're Still Here Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City, Roberta Brandes Gratz writes about the city’s community-led rebirth.

Change is coming to South End. Don't blame Gaines Brown

Gaines Brown on South End lot used for food truck Fridays. Photo: David Walters
As an important block on Camden Road faces likely development, its recent history reveals a complex narrative of a once-derelict area and a man with a vision, and shows how success changes a neighborhood. Commentary.

I-485, the road that shape-shifted Charlotte growth

I-485’s last segment opened June 5, but for two decades its route lured development. A look at the road's past, with a map showing how it shaped Mecklenburg County growth patterns since the 1980s.