Rowan County

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

Home values in region: Clusters of highs, lows

How much are homes in your neighborhood worth? The era of upside-down mortgages and foreclosures has left homeowners across the country anxious about home values – theirs and their neighbors'. In the midst of this housing market upheaval, explosive growth in the Charlotte region has reshaped residential patterns.

2 Piedmont cities vie for Main Street award

Davidson and Salisbury are among six finalists for a People’s Choice award in a contest intended to recognize North Carolina’s best Main Streets. Voting ends April 30.

A region by many other names

How the region is defined depends on who's defining it. Recent headlines have trumpeted the U.S. Census finding that between 2000 and 2010, the Charlotte “urbanized area” was the nation’s fastest growing among areas with 1 million or more people. But it also highlighted the inconsistent, even chaotic, differences in how the so-called Charlotte region is defined.

Effort aims to unify state's top cities

Greensboro skyline: One of N.C.'s three largest metro areas along I-85. Photo: Greensboro Area Convention and Visitors Bureau A new, grant-funded initiative, the Piedmont Crescent Partnership, aims to bring together residents and officials from that broad Piedmont area to address shared issues and maybe help the region’s leaders more often speak with one voice on matters such as transportation, economic development and growth.

Boosters: Downtrodden downtowns can thrive

Downtown Bessemer City. Around the Charlotte region, many downtowns share similar histories: A long-ago heyday followed by decay as dollars and foot traffic flowed to suburban malls and interstate eateries.

Cheap land? Low prices frustrate cash-strapped preservationists

The unfinished Abersham development near Davidson is now a county park. Photo: John Chesser A Faison subdivision off Beatties Ford Road and Abersham near Davidson were purchased by Mecklenburg County for parks, after the developments stalled. But generally, the region's land conservationists lack money to protect tantalizing properties available after the financial crash.