Going back to when the city passed liquor-by-the-drink in 1978, Charlotte has sped away from the communities that surround it. In 2016, though, the great urban-rural divide dominated the national conversation. Charlotte lost business, control of its destiny, and a sense of self, in part because of how quickly and thoroughly it had gone forward. Can—and should—it go back?
Two years ago, city leaders set out on a mission to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. It was an ambitious goal—one very few cities in the country have even considered. So, how close are we?
On the road with a seafood salesman, searching for truth in fish stories
He was an honor student at West Charlotte, a football player, a shoe salesman, and a role model. In 2007, he was dancing at a birthday party when someone fired a deadly shot into the room. How does nobody know who did it?
Paul Booe was a beloved mixed martial arts trainer who taught hundreds of students how to fight their way out of difficult situations. But few people knew the battles being waged in his head, until one day, Mother’s Day 2015, he was gone
After a disappointing loss to close the regular season, the Myers Park football team hits the road for the playoffs, and some players prepare for life beyond football.
What happens when development strips away our grimy, grungy music venues?
The weather turns colder, the games become more important, and the lessons hit home harder. The Myers Park football team, which is split nearly evenly along racial and socioeconomic lines, hits the heart of the 2015 season.
Decades removed from the moonshine-runnin’ days, local distilleries are bringing back liquor
Thirty-five white players. Thirty-two black players. Some rich. Some poor. All Myers Park Mustangs. We spent the entire fall with them to see what happens when you put kids from different backgrounds together for a season. The result is this three-part story of hard lessons, lifetime friendships, stupid mistakes, and endless optimism about uncertain futures.
No matter how much Charlotte grows, no matter how much money pours into the city, no matter how many fancy restaurants we open or breweries we build, one disturbing statistic will define our future if we don’t fix it. Right now.
A working mother fights to give her kids a better life in a city where that’s next to impossible
In an era when chefs become celebrities, and as Charlotte’s food scene gains more recognition, he and his team have turned the spot into one of the best restaurants in the city. But you’ll never hear him say that
One member of Queens University’s swim team is competing for more than a national title. He’s trying to avoid a war
Incidents involving police officers and young black men dominated the news locally and nationally in 2015. One Charlotte program, started by a barber with a hard past, aimed to bring the two together
Architect wants his projects— big and small—to help create a community
How do you live with the loss of your son? Or daughter? Or the sudden loss of another loved one? One organization in Charlotte, KinderMourn, spends every day helping people move closer to finding an answer that may not exist
He made a name for himself a few years ago as the face of Occupy Charlotte. The movement has ended, but the 29-year-old remains involved in local politics. In fact, he’s closer than ever
Cam Newton signed a huge contract extension this summer. But when we asked him to share a few of his favorite things, most of them didn’t cost a cent—well, aside from the shoes
For years, Charlotte’s Latino community consisted mostly of laborers from Mexico who come here to eke out a living. But a new wave of affluent, entrepreneurial immigrants—including Manolo Betancur—is establishing itself in unexpected places. They may be the city’s, and the country’s, future
As he begins his final season in the NFL, the former Panthers star has more than a few words about icing up, carpool duty, and life after football
He was a fast-rising young businessman when he moved to Charlotte in 2005. Over the past 10 years, he’s changed alongside the banking industry