Our 12 Most-Read Stories of 2017



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FROM THE TOP SUBURBS around Charlotte to deeply personal essays, this year’s most-read stories are a diverse collection of topics and approaches to telling the city’s story. Which one was your favorite?



1. Charlotte's 12 Best Suburbs: 2017 

The definitive, unbiased, statistical ranking of the top places to live and visit around Charlotte

By Michael Graff, Jodi Helmer, Adam Rhew, and Kristen Wile


2. 50 Most Powerful People in Charlotte

The people on this list may not be the ones you want to be in power, but there’s no doubt their actions shape the way we live.

By Emily Ethridge, Rachel Jones, Michael Graff, Ron Green Jr., Greg Lacour, Adam Rhew, Andy Smith, And Kristen Wile



3. Our Last Home

A blue bungalow, a big backyard, and a future that was all too short

By Jesse Soloff



4. Inside a 1920s Gastonia Mansion 

Jessica and Alex Churchill preserve the grandeur of the era

By Laurie Prince



5. 50 Best Restaurants in Charlotte: 2018

Our definitive ranking of the best spots in and around the city

By Kristen Wile


6. The Charlotte Spots Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Here’s a list of places Guy Fieri’s visited as part of the cross-country traveling show, and what he ate at each one

By Jared Misner


7. Charlotte’s 50 Best Craft Beers

Argue away at these choices, but do so with a pint of your favorite local beer.

By Matt McKenzie


8. A Davidson College Prank Lives Forever on Campus

Remember Bill Edwards? The wild adventures of a long-lost Davidson classmate

By Jen Tota McGivney



9. 25 Things Every Charlotte Family Must Do

From the Zack's Special to holiday favorites

By Andy Smith and Jen Lover


10. Essay: A Charlotte Native Remembers Fish Camps

'When I was a kid, I was friends with a pirate.'

By David Joy



11. Charlotte's Best Burgers: 2017

Read about the nostalgic ones, the show-offs, the unexpected, and more

By  Keia Mastrianni, Adam Rhew, And Kristen Wile


12. 25 Must-Try Fried Foods in Charlotte

Grab a handful of napkins, and step away from the scale.

By Michael Graff, Adam Rhew, And Kristen Wile

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