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.

A new kind of zoning ordinance could help - or hurt - development

Exit 30 in Davidson used a form-based code
A new kind of zoning code, called a form-based code, can stimulate development or deter it. Will it make approvals even more onerous, or streamline them? Commentary.
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