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Sustainability report card ranks Mecklenburg fair to middling

A new sustainability report card for Charlotte-Mecklenburg from Sustain Charlotte finds the area lags the nation on most measures, but it sees upward trends in five of nine categories.

Gaston towns study future of Wilkinson Boulevard

When Wilkinson Boulevard opened in 1926, a Charlotte Observer writer described it as "a showplace of the South."  Today, Wilkinson Boulevard lacks the luster it once possessed. But a group of Gaston County towns hopes a new planning effort can restore some of the boulevard's reputation.

A day for neighborhoods to explore their future

If Charlotte is a city of neighborhoods, what happens when almost 20 of those neighborhoods spend a half-day at a retreat to encourage goal-setting?

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