Economic development

Talk of the Towns: Rock Hill

A street festival in downtown Rock Hill. Photo: Nancy Pierce This installment in our series of planner interviews heads to Rock Hill, where Bill Meyer describes how the city has encouraged a mixed-use development at the old Celanese plant site, revitalized downtown and is looking at its long-range planning. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)

Enthusiasts envision an arts district emerging in Cornelius

This block of older buildings on Catawba Avenue in downtown Cornelius has lured new businesses. Photo: Chuck McShane Could downtown Cornelius one day be home to an artsy district like Charlotte’s NoDa or Asheville’s River Arts District? As a tap room prepares to open next month, some local arts supporters are enthusiastic about what they’re calling Old Town Cornelius.

A day for neighborhoods to explore their future

Neighbors from Coventry Woods in east Charlotte wore matching green T-shirts. Photo: Mary Newsom 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? (Photo: Mary Newsom)

Talk of the Towns: Salisbury

The historic Rowan Museum in downtown Salisbury, which has created incentives for historic preservation. Photo: Nancy Pierce Salisbury hopes to draw new residents to downtown, a key to increasing the customer base for stores and restaurants, says Salisbury Planning Director Janet Gapen. The city's other big push: remaking some streets so they are safer for pedestrians. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)

Talk of the Towns: Albemarle

PlanCharlotte kicks off an occasional series of conversations with planners around the metro region. The first visit is with Keith Wolf of Albemarle, a town dealing with slow population growth. (Photo: Chuck McShane) 

Housing on $20K a year: What Charlotte stats tell us

It's hard to know which of the mountains of housing statistics really matter. To me, two important sets of numbers unlock the story. Commentary from Ken Szymanski. (Photo: Melissa Currie)

Long dreamed, an urban farm sprouts at Garinger High

One year after a nonprofit group took over a neglected corner of Garinger High's back lot, the grand opening of the Friendship Gardens Urban Farm welcomed the neighborhood, the school and local food enthusiasts to a celebration. (Photo: Marla J. Ehlers)

Vote for your favorite N.C. Great Place

From now through May 9, the public can vote from among four Charlotte-area places as part of the Great Places in N.C. contest from the N.C Chapter of the American Planning Association. (Photo: John Chesser)

To stimulate airport area, invest in west Charlotte transit

Charlotte leaders cite Crystal City, outside Washington, as a model for new development they envision west of the airport. But this vision misses what makes Crystal City work: mass transit. (Photo: Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil)

Growing greens indoors to boost local foods, job skills

Just northeast of uptown Charlotte, in a previously abandoned and cluttered warehouse, is Lila's Garden. It's more than a for-profit hydroponic garden. The owners hope it could be a key to revitalizing a struggling neighborhood. (Photo: Selena Skorman)