Developers Turn Their ‘Dozers Northward


By the early 1980s, southeast Charlotte was exploding with development, and city officials were worried. Traffic was getting bad. Infrastructure was overloaded.

Meanwhile, the area around UNC-Charlotte was mainly undeveloped -- nothing but green land and winding country roads. Some people saw that as open space that needed to be preserved. The city saw it as an opportunity.

Rather than wait for requests, the city council decided to go ahead and lay sewer lines north of the city, in hopes that development would follow.

The plan worked, perhaps too well. The university area now suffers from many of the same problems that plagued southeast Charlotte twenty years ago. But Charlotte is a different place because the City Council laid some pipe.

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