Mary Newsom

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Urban and suburban issues, Charlotte region and North Carolina politics and government, writing, editing and journalism.
A.B. Journalism UNC Chapel Hill
Mary is a lifelong newspaper journalist who spent several decades at The Charlotte Observer as an editorial board member and columnist, concentrating on Charlotte regional urban and suburban growth, planning, urban design, transportation and land preservation. She left the Observer and joined the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute in June 2011, where she works on strategic community and university partnerships and oversees the institute’s online communications. She had a year-long Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and was a Knight Fellow in Community Building at the University of Miami.

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Urban and Regional Affairs
UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
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Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 14:31
Biography Addie Balenger is a senior at Davidson College where she is double majoring in Economics and English and serves as a co-editor of the school paper, The Davidsonian. She was an intern with the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute in the summer of 2014 through the Davidson Education Scholars...
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 07:05
A multimedia presentation describes research into dropout behavior in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools from 1996 to 2010. Learn about the effects of concentrated poverty and segregation on students.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 20:46
Flycatchers are excellent fliers. They have been observed bathing not by standing in water, but rather by diving into water from above, hitting the water with their chest, and then returning to a perch to preen and shake.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 13:20
With more people cycling in Charlotte, a movement is emerging to make the Queen City into a more bicycle-friendly city. A couple of community conversations, to encourage wider discussion about cycling, are planned in the next few months.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 13:15
The town of Lincolnton, population 10,500, is making it easier for manufacturers to come to town, since the textile industry has left industrial sites vacant. The installment of “Talk of the Towns” interviews Lincolnton Planning Director Laura Simmons.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 16:36
Eric Zaverl is an urban activist and walkability advocate who serves as the President of the South End Neighborhood Association.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 07:36
Tarantulas are not native to the Carolinas, or anywhere east of the Mississippi. That doesn’t mean there are none here, so keep your eyes peeled.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 14:10
Since the 2008 housing crash, there’s been talk of Americans downsizing and Millennials rejecting large houses. But recent U.S. Census data show that in the Charlotte area, homes only got bigger after 2000.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 09:16
Biography Tim Campbell has worked for more than 35 years in urban development with experience in scores of countries and hundreds of cities in Latin America, South and East Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa.  He was awarded a Senior Fellowship, Comparative Domestic Policy Program, The...
Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 11:22
BiographyErika is an intern with the LandTrust for Central North CarolinaEducation Erika is a master’s degree student in environmental management at Duke University.Expertise