Charlotte Magazine’s Most Popular Stories of 2021

From neighborhood explorations to restaurant histories

1. Served History: The Story Behind Gus’ Sir Beef

Through more than five decades, the spot has served the famous and humble fried squash and other delectables from fresh its farm

By Kathleen Purvis

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Photo by Peter Taylor


2. 25 Unexpected Places and Things to Discover in Charlotte

Welcome to our first-ever Great Fall Scavenger Hunt

By Taylor Bowler, Allison Braden, Greg Lacour, & Andy Smith

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Illustration by Natalie Andrewson


3. How a New Medical School Aims to Change Charlotte

For years, Charlotte has been one of the largest American cities that lacked a four-year medical school. The health care professionals who finally made it happen overcame a series of setbacks, false starts, and failures, and they plan to use their clean slate to create a new kind of community asset

By Greg Lacour

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4. 2021 BOB Awards: The Best of the Best in Charlotte

We’ve named the Best of the Best every year for the past 22, and they’ve always meant something. This year, they mean a little more. Each restaurant, watering hole, beauty salon, recreational hub, and fitness studio—and the others, 396 in all—is a testament to resilience in the face of a public health crisis that tested everyone. So patronize, visit, play. We’ve gotten through it together. We’ll handle the future that way, too.

By CM Staff & Contributors

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PHOTO BY LOGAN CYRUS


5. After COVID, What Does the Future Hold for Charlotte Workplaces?

Leaders from Lowe’s, Truist, Red Ventures, and the Charlotte Hornets weigh in

By Ely Portillo

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PHOTO BY RUSTY WILLIAMS


6. Inside the Charlotte Airport’s Evolution

Things changed in 2020 at the world’s seventh-busiest airport, but CLT fared far better than others in the year of COVID. Airport leaders explain how they’ve kept the planes aloft when so much else was forced to remain on the ground

By Andy Smith

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Photo by Tim Buchman


7. A Look Inside the Past and Future of Eastland

A decade after the mall closed, the city finally lands on a concrete plan for the east side’s anchor

By Greg Lacour

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Photo courtesy of Charlotte Observer Archives, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library


8. Kannapolis Resurrected: Inside a Once-‘Dead’ Mill Town’s Boom

It’s come back to life with a revitalization strategy similar to Durham’s. Is it a new antidote to Charlotte’s skyrocketing real estate prices?

By Jen McGivney

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PHOTO BY TRAVIS DOVE


9. East Side Story: The Future for Charlotte’s Most Diverse Area

As Charlotte continues to build, community leaders are making sure residents don’t get left behind

By Allison Braden

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PHOTO BY LOGAN CYRUS


10. Life Lessons: Allison Latos of WSOC

The WSOC anchor on her hard trek from one episode of loss and grief to another—and the meaning of resilience

By Taylor Bowler

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Photo by Rick Hovis

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