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With One Bold Step, a City (Not Charlotte) Goes Big on Affordable Housing

With One Bold Step, a City (Not Charlotte) Goes Big on Affordable Housing

Minneapolis just did something extraordinary for an American city—it banned single-family-only zones. Why can’t Charlotte do the same?
How Often Should City Council Face the Voters?

How Often Should City Council Face the Voters?

Local politicos and council members themselves have generated some heat lately on whether City Council members should continue to serve two-year terms or switch to staggered four-year ones.
A Little Relief For (and From) Charlotte Motorists

A Little Relief For (and From) Charlotte Motorists

Charlotte driving is a pain in the taillight. The City Council, thankfully, has taken some steps to make it less so. Still, though, keep an eye out for those scooters.
5 Questions For Outgoing Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins

5 Questions For Outgoing Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation announced last week that Sam Perkins, a Charlotte native who had held the position of riverkeeper since 2012, was stepping down.
This Is: Bill James

This Is: Bill James

ANALYSIS: When he lost a Mecklenburg County commissioners’ seat he’d held for 22 years, Bill James said, in effect: Screw you guys; I’m going home.
The 2018 Midterms in Charlotte: Strong Turnout and a Blue Shift

The 2018 Midterms in Charlotte: Strong Turnout and a Blue Shift

ANALYSIS: The 2018 midterm elections yielded some good news for Democrats, some relief for Republicans, and a level of voter turnout that suggested American democracy is still alive and thrashing.
CMPD’s ‘Bridging the Difference’: A First Step in RNC 2020 Prep

CMPD’s ‘Bridging the Difference’: A First Step in RNC 2020 Prep

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney is beginning a series of guided conversations intended to close gaps among constituencies in advance of the RNC in 2020. ‘Hardening the target,’ he calls it.
GALLERY: #discussCLT: Higher Education in Charlotte

GALLERY: #discussCLT: Higher Education in Charlotte

What’s Higher Ed’s Purpose in Charlotte?

What’s Higher Ed’s Purpose in Charlotte?

Can Charlotte benefit from a more robust network of colleges and universities?
The Past and the Future in Charlotte Music

The Past and the Future in Charlotte Music

Charlotte’s known more for tearing own its spaces for music than creating them. How can that change, and who can change it?
Should Charlotte Invest More in Higher Ed?

Should Charlotte Invest More in Higher Ed?

Our next #discussCLT event October 17 will tackle the issue of higher education in Charlotte, and whether the relative lack of research and development campuses hinders economic development.
#discussCLT Podcast: A Higher Ed Primer

#discussCLT Podcast: A Higher Ed Primer

Do We Really Care About Our Children?

Do We Really Care About Our Children?

Harvard’s Chetty unveils a new tool to track social (im)mobility, plus the latest on the RNC and scooters.
CMPD Will Buy RNC Gear. When Will the Public Know What It Is?

CMPD Will Buy RNC Gear. When Will the Public Know What It Is?

CMPD will spent an estimated $50 million in federal grant money for security before the 2020 Republican convention but doesn’t plan to disclose what it buys until afterward. This does not sit well with police accountability groups, and at least one City Council member.
When Charlotte Floods, Creeks Carry the Load

When Charlotte Floods, Creeks Carry the Load

Creeks and streams—3,000 miles’ worth—wind throughout Mecklenburg County, carrying untold amounts of water during storms that ends up flooding scattered low spots.
At Gantt Center, ‘Welcome to Brookhill’ Turns Lens Toward Charlotte and Black Displacement

At Gantt Center, ‘Welcome to Brookhill’ Turns Lens Toward Charlotte and Black Displacement

‘Image activist’ Alvin C. Jacobs Jr. spent four months capturing a South End black neighborhood’s struggle against gentrification.
#discussCLT Podcast: Live Event: Charlotte's Transit Future

#discussCLT Podcast: Live Event: Charlotte's Transit Future

In Police-Community Relations, Which Color Matters More—Black or Blue?

In Police-Community Relations, Which Color Matters More—Black or Blue?

New academic research shows that black officers are as likely to kill black suspects as white officers—suggesting that police violence against minorities ‘is more institutional than individual.’
A First Step Toward More Affordable Housing in Charlotte ...

A First Step Toward More Affordable Housing in Charlotte ...

Too much going on: the Charlotte City Council unveils its affordable housing plan and works out a deal that might get something built on the old Eastland Mall site; and the federal courts throw drowning democracy a rope with its gerrymandering ruling.
A Final Word on Charlotte Transit Discussion: NIMBY on the Tracks

A Final Word on Charlotte Transit Discussion: NIMBY on the Tracks

A continuation of the #discussCLT conversation on Charlotte’s transit future: What’s up with the knee-jerk opposition to the very idea of mass transit?
Back and Forth on Charlotte’s Transit Future

Back and Forth on Charlotte’s Transit Future

A recap of our #discussCLT event last week: How will Charlotte pay for its ambitious 2030 transit plan if the state and federal governments won’t help?
GALLERY: #discussCLT: Charlotte's Transit Future

GALLERY: #discussCLT: Charlotte's Transit Future

The Risks of Private Funding for Charlotte Transit

The Risks of Private Funding for Charlotte Transit

Charlotte transit officials are examining ways to raise private dollars to help pay for the $6 billion buildout of its 2030 transit plan. Will the transit system end up defeating one of its main purposes?
Transit Lessons From the PNW

Transit Lessons From the PNW

Charlotte’s trying to fully build out its transit system by 2030. What can it learn from Pacific Northwest cities that committed to mass transit years ago?
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