Apr 24, 2012
Over a decade ago, developers sought to build a downtown in a town that did not have one.  Harrisburg, N.C., which is  four miles east of Charlotte, was a collection of subdivisions and highway retail without a traditional center. Today, the 97-acre site remains incomplete.  What happened, and what should happen next?
Apr 20, 2012
I’ve been struggling with the question of what exactly makes a place feel like "a place." You may be baffled by that language, but if you think about it, you probably recognize that being in different kinds of places imparts a different feeling. This mysterious characteristic of place can be defined, but it isn’t easy....
Apr 03, 2012
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.
Feb 29, 2012
A railroading resurgence is rolling into the Charlotte region – and through some people's back yards. From Davidson to Harrisburg to Gaston County, efforts to capture some of a national increase in freight rail traffic have upset some residents. And the possibility of freight NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard) might create another obstacle for commuter rail from Charlotte to Iredell County.