April 2015

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World Tour: Charlotte’s Sister Cities

From Peru to China, Charlotte’s eight sister cities span the globe and have helped promote economic development and diplomacy for more than 50 years. Meet your international family.

The Story of Charlotte: Parts 1-12

Visions of the New South: Q&A With David Goldfield

By the Numbers: Real Estate in Charlotte

Rising rents, hot neighborhoods for investors, and other facts you need to know about the real estate market this year.

Stacked City: Real Estate 2015

Home sales are down, rental prices are up, and everywhere you look in South End, a new apartment complex is rising. Charlotte is finally attracting legions of young professionals to its urban center, but that means some families are fleeing to the outskirts of town. The latest real estate boom raises an old question: Will we grow up, or out?

The Lure of the (Other) Lake

New developments and rising home sales in Lake Wylie signal big changes for the quiet, close-knit community

Works in Progress: Kids Making Art in Charlotte

When school budgets are tight, arts courses often are the first to be cut. But for many kids in Charlotte, art isn’t just a fun break from math or science—it gives them a place in the world

Ron Carlee's Charge: Deal With It

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee has had to handle a state attempt to seize control of the city’s airport, a hot-potato transit project, and an arrested mayor. He’s done so by getting to work, and remembering when times were far worse

The Story of Charlotte, Part 12: Blotting Out the Sun

Led by Hugh McColl and a motivated banking industry, Charlotte becomes the world-class city it’s always wanted to be. Or does it?

Spruced Up: Accessories for Men

Men don’t often discuss accessories, but that doesn’t mean they can’t wear them. Now’s the time to try a new belt, watch, or pocket square.

Atlanta Envy

The other Southern city’s growing fascination with being more like Charlotte

Modern Banker: Kathryn Black

She proves corporate style doesn’t have to be boring

From North Carolina to Sundance: "Finders Keepers"

The Mandrake: Searching for Staying Power

Restaurant looks to find success with uptown small plates

Best Classic Cocktails

With the help of vintage recipes, herbal spirits, fresh ingredients, and innovative methods, bartenders are bringing drinks of another era to the modern bar. Here are four of our favorites.

Take a Taste of Europe

A couple in Matthews serves up traditional Polish dishes in an inviting atmosphere

A Vessel of Song: Gene Kavadlo

The clarinetist is an ambassador for klezmer, the Jewish folk music of his youth

On the Fourth Day in Chapel Hill

A portrait of a reeling college town in its most difficult week