The Charlotte Observer

April 25, 2009, 1pm PDT
Mecklenburg County commissioners are scheduled to debate whether to add a second half-cent sales tax to fund transit in the Charlotte area.
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April 24, 2009, 2pm PDT
Two new light rail projects near Charlotte were planned to get built at the same time, but the economic recession is forcing officials to choose one and delay the other.
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April 21, 2009, 12pm PDT
Residents of Charlotte, NC are pushing the State to change a zoning rule to allow a WalMart to go in on Independence Blvd. Land around the boulevard is being held for a possible freeway, but residents claim the area is stagnating from the strictures.
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November 9, 2008, 11am PST
Lofts and ground floor retail envelop a new Lowe's store in Charlotte, forming a buffer between the large store and the surrounding Dilworth neighborhood.
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October 8, 2008, 9am PDT
Charlotte faces a number of challenges in the 21st century, from rising immigration to declining industry to sprawl. This <em>Citistates Report</em> suggests one strategy to harbor a healthy future: go green.
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December 12, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>High foreclosure rates are turning Charlotte's new starter home suburbs into bastions of crime and decay.</p>
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November 27, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Charlotte, North Carolina, overwhelmed by turnout for free rides on new light rail line, which exceeded capacity nearly three-fold. Officials now wonder if their ridership estimates have been placed too low.</p>
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November 8, 2007, 6am PST
<p>The effort to repeal Mecklenburg County's half-cent transit tax was defeated by a wide margin at the polls on Tuesday.</p>
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November 2, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>An art park is being planned as an anchor for future transit oriented development near one of Charlotte, North Carolina's new light rail stations.</p>
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September 13, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>A high-tech elevator for cars is being considered as a way to save space in a condo conversion planned in Charlotte, North Carolina. The elevator will also help preserve the historic building's facade.</p>
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September 7, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Columnist William Blackburn laments school trailers and their effect on the psyche of America's youth.</p>
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June 27, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>A recent column cites the phenomenon of subdivision walls as an example of how Americans are neglecting and shunning the public realm.</p>
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June 14, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Parents who grew up in the city but raised their children in the suburbs wonder if they made the right choice.</p>
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June 5, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Well intentioned but loose zoning regulations are threatening the character some of the city's historic neighborhoods.</p>
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February 28, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>Plans by the developers of Vermillion, a 400 acre New Urbanist community outside Charlotte, call for the addition of hundreds of 4,000 square foot homes to the original neighborhood of townhomes and small lot houses.</p>
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October 9, 2006, 8am PDT
<p>Can retirement migration be a replacement for former industries?</p>
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September 27, 2006, 12pm PDT
While the city's light-rail system is plagued with construction delays and cost overruns, developers are waiting in the wings with plans for urban transit villages along the line.
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November 24, 2005, 11am PST
As planners in cities across the US fight the bland design and high vacancy rates of of encroaching big box stores, the industry becomes more flexible and begins experimenting with new designs.
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August 18, 2005, 6am PDT
With mid-sized cities like Charlotte gaining population, developers are looking at the alternatives to suburban living.
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June 10, 2005, 11am PDT
City officials are making a strong case for NASCAR to build its Hall of Fame museum in Charlotte, instead of Atlanta or Kansas City.
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