Mecklenburg County

Below are articles about Mecklenburg County or about the whole metropolitan region.

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South End: From mills to millennials

Imagine it’s 2030 and Charlotte’s popular South End has grown up like other neighborhoods in an increasingly urban and transit-friendly city. What does this area, just on the outskirts of uptown’s skyscrapers, look like? And most importantly, who is living there?

Charlotte homes in on new Eastland Mall project

A failing Eastland Mall in 2008, before the city bought, demolished it. Photo: Nancy Pierce In recent years, many residents in east Charlotte grew weary and frustrated with the city’s unsuccessful efforts to attract a showpiece development to replace the once-popular Eastland Mall.

A storm shelter for caterpillars

Monarch butterflies generally start arriving in the Uwharries in May.  Their timing seems to coincide with the flowering of the common milkweed in our grasslands. 

Charlotte’s parking deck identity crisis: Can a deck be ‘green’?

What with Lyft, Uber, dockless bike-share and electric scooters, urban travel is changing. Even the basic notion of a parking deck now gets more scrutiny. Commentary.

‘Repackaged Urban Renewal’? Research examines starter-home neighborhoods

Google Earth image shows Henderson Oaks Drive is next to a large industrial-use site. Two researchers conclude in a new article that many starter-home subdivisions in Charlotte, often built in industrial areas, saw neighborhood decline.

Study: Charlotte region lags in food economy, farmers markets

A new report finds Charlotte and its region are underperforming in many measurements of its local food economy. 

Energy action plan for Charlotte inches ahead

Charlotte first adopted a greenhouse gas emission reduction resolution in 2007.  Now, 11 years later, the City Council is considering a new resolution to move the initiative ahead.

Growing Indian population brings new businesses to University City

People born in India are the second most populous group of foreign-born nationals in Mecklenburg County, with University City a popular destination for these newcomers.

Eviction court: Where tenants, landlords, and the law converge

Yellow sign on door announces a padlocking. Photo: Mary Newsom When eviction lands in court, landlords usually have lawyers, and tenants rarely do. A local program to arm tenants with information aims to alter that imbalance.

Parks not keeping pace with Charlotte growth

Moving back to Charlotte after 10 years away, I noticed changes in Latta Park. Were my memories idealized? Had it always looked like this? Or had it been neglected in my absence? Commentary.