April 2009

Real Estate

The New Real Estate Reality

This time last year, Charlotte’s housing market seemed largely insulated from the market slowdown in other regions of the country. But now things are different, and we’re feeling the heat. Here’s a case-by-case guide on how to navigate the new real estate reality

By Jen Pilla Taylor

Nonprofits in Charlotte

Attention, Charlotte: The Nonprofits Are Now in Charge

Charlotte’s traditional business leaders are busy watching the bottom line and testifying before Congress. Which means the nonprofits are running the city. Here’s your illustrated guide to the new pecking order

By Richard Thurmond

 New Real Estate Reality

The Good, the Bad, and the Blue

Now that the second building boom is ending, it’s time to review the results. The verdict: a blend of bland and almost inspired -- and thank God it's not 1986

By Richard Maschal

Departments

Perspective
It wasn't just Wachovia or BofA -- we all got a little greedy. And now we're all paying for it 
By Kenneth Allen

Lifelines
The day after the inauguration, I had a conversation I thought I'd never have. It's a start
By Laurie Prince

Arts
With Actor's Theatre's new show, a world premiere it commissioned (and that ridicules a notorious moment in Charlotte arts history), it steps into the spotlight
By Perry Tannenbaum

People
Local restaurateur and chef Jim Noble wants to feed you—physically and spiritually
By Sarah Crosland

In Every Issue

TheBUZZ

Spotlight Molly Barker keeps running … and running … and running
Reality Check Monied women shoplifting. Plus, upgraded porn
QC Culture How local companies are joining the eco wars
QC Culture Jobless? Learn how to roll Twitter, sell on eBay, and taste wine
Health Here’s your toolbox for a sneeze-free allergy season

Life/Style

To Die For Umbrellas that brighten rainy days
In Search Of Gardening goods
Stylemaker Living organically never looked so good Shopping Scene Yoga-centric Manipura opens shop
Shopping With Erin Dougherty of Isabella
City Seen The month’s best party pics

Back Page

A Different Perspective

Photograph by Chris Edwards

Charlotte Guides

Agenda
Spotlight The Avett Brothers open for the Dave Matthews Band
Best Bets Jimmy Buffet sings about paradise. Plus, Legally Blonde
Calendar A month of what to do
Conversation Famed singer and political activist k.d. lang talks about her latest album

Eat, Drink
Local Flavor Coffee! Croissants! Petits Fours! All 24/7 at Amelie's
Global Table Great empanadas for a buck at this Colombian spot Nightlife No girls allowed: a cigar bar just for the guys
Restaurants The city's savviest restaurant guide