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Who's in Charge in Charlotte?

Once, the city was run by a group of civic-minded business leaders who wanted to transform a small city into a national player—and succeeded. But they’ve stepped aside, and the city has become a Babel of atomized and often conflicting interests. Political leaders squabble, and many corporate leaders live elsewhere. What happened?

In Memoriam: Anton Walkes, 1997-2023

Charlotte FC’s first season was filled with joy: the national anthem moment at the first home game, the raucous crowds, the jubilation after the Chelsea FC win. But Thursday morning, the club announced news of the death of defender Anton…

Here Are the 2022 Charlotteans of the Year

Our 2022 Charlotteans of the Year set out to make things better, however and wherever they could: the environment, the arts, professional sports, our food scene, our library system. That’s always meant something. But nearly three years after the pandemic’s shock wave, acts of civic purpose mean even more. This city will get bigger, even more complex, at times disorienting. Charlotteans like these show us how to get out of the forest.

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