Land development

Water for growth? River group raises the alarm

Catawba River in York County, aerial view. Photo: Nancy Pierce Projections are for the Catawba-Wateree River watershed to reach its capacity to provide water to the growing Charlotte region by 2065. With no state laws managing water rights, what happens?

‘This is a symptom of a greater problem.’

A sheriff's deputy stand outside an apartment. Photo: Mary Newsom Each year thousands of people in Charlotte lose their homes to eviction. It’s not just a symptom of larger issues – high child care and transportation costs, rising rents and low wages – but can start a cascade of financial woes.

9 ways (and more) Charlotte could be a better city

Group seated at parklet on North Tryon St. in 2014 What would famous urban observer Jane Jacobs advise Charlotte in 2017? We asked local planners and city thinkers.

Storm clouds over Charlotte? A Richard Florida page-turner

Man pulling shopping cart piled high with possessions Today’s urban crisis, writes Richard Florida, is as bad as the era of white-flight suburbanization and central city decay of the ’50s and ’60s. Book review.

Can Sun Belt sibling cities learn from each other?

Buffalo Bayou looking toward downtown Houston One Sun Belt city was built on a swamp, the other on rolling Piedmont farmland. But Houston not only has some surprising similarities to Charlotte, it may offer a glimpse of the Queen City's future.

His plan: Help Charlotte manage its growth

Ed McKinney and a map As Charlotte booms, how is the city’s planning department working to change city ordinances to bring them into the 21st century? An interview with interim Planning Director Ed McKinney. 

Gen Y, Gen X, Boomers: What they want in a neighborhood

Millennials in the Charlotte region were more likely than other age groups to consider themselves "city people." Photo: Nancy Pierce Are Millennials really so different from other generations? When it comes to housing preferences and opinions, the answer seems to be: Yes. And no.

Booming York County growth provokes zoning, impact fee debates

New construction near Lake Wylie. Photo: Mae Israel The pace of growth in northern York County concerns residents, who worry officials aren’t paying enough attention to the environment or moving quickly enough to deal with problems.

Fighting over growth on Charlotte’s southern border

Property for sale in Indian Land, Lancaster County, S.C. Photo: Mae Israel In the booming South Carolina communities nudging the southern edges of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County a civil war of sorts is erupting over how to manage growth.

Cohousing: Square peg development in a round-hole world

Aracadia, a cohousing development in Carrboro, N.C. Photo: Robert Boyer The concept dates to the early days in America: Shared common spaces along with smaller, private family dwellings. Today, cohousing neighborhoods don’t fit easily into typical development regulations. The second podcast in our Talk of the Towns series features Robert Boyer, a UNC Charlotte assistant professor who studies cohousing.