York County

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

Contest: Show us the places you love

What places in our region have a hold on your heart? For our first anniversary, PlanCharlotte.org is sponsoring a photo contest for our readers. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)

Environmental art: Nature, enhanced

Defining environmental art is about as difficult as defining art itself. The term encompasses different types of art-environment fusion. Writer Melissa Currie sorts it all out.

Is the Charlotte region ready for another boom?

Times have been tough in the local economy, but it looks as if we’ve finally turned the corner. If growth is starting to make a comeback, exactly where will it be? Is your county ready? (Photo:  U.S. Census Bureau, Public Information Office)

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.

Stadium could be spectacular city amenity

Don't squander chance for a great public park

Missing from recent discussion about granting more public money for a privately developed baseball park in Third Ward is any talk about the potential advantages of using the land for public purposes year-round. Architect Murray Whisnant would save the Virginia Paper Co. building and build an Energy Park.

Pro / Con: Build uptown ballpark – no, don't!

What does uptown Charlotte need more: a baseball stadium or a large public park dedicated to showcase energy technology and local food? As the Charlotte City Council prepares to vote on using $7.25 million in city money to help the Charlotte Knights build a ballpark, Charlotte architects Murray Whisnant and Marley Carroll take opposing positions.  

Piedmont prairies offer glimpses of region's distant past

The Shuffletown prairie sits under power lines in northwestern Mecklenburg County. Photo: Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Only about a dozen of these rare landscapes remain in the Charlotte region, but those that have been protected are doing well, experts say. 

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.