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North Carolina Flooding

Looking Beyond FEMA Flood Maps, Cities Raise the Bar for Buildings in Floodplains

Cities across the country are developing floodplain construction standards that are more stringent than those required by FEMA.

April 2, 2019 - Inside Climate News

NCCU Station Rendering Durham

Duke Faculty Support N.C. Rail Project; University Opposes It

Duke University will not sign an agreement for a regional rail project that has widespread support from the campus community.

March 6, 2019 - Streetsblog USA


Cities Positioning for an Expanding Venture Capital Market

Cities outside of the big coastal tech hubs have characteristics well suited for the high-tech sector.

November 15, 2018 - TechCrunch

Interstate Research Triangle Park North Carolina

‘Nudging’ Durham Commuters Toward More Sustainable Modes of Travel

Behavioral science is informing the city’s efforts to change the way people commute.

November 4, 2018 - CityLab

Charlotte North Carolina

For Many Charlotte Residents, Affordable Housing Still Isn’t Affordable

Over the last decade and a half, the city has put millions of dollars into affordable housing. But the help is not reaching Charlotte’s neediest residents.

October 25, 2018 - The Charlotte Observer

Downtown Freeway

In Sprawling Charlotte, Traffic Jams Point to Climate Solutions

A look at the relationship between sprawl and climate change mitigation in the fast-growing North Carolina city.

June 22, 2018 - Yale Climate Connections

Durham, North Carolina

The Cities Best Positioned for Growth Based on the Right Mix of Jobs

Having the right mix of jobs in a local economy might be a predictor for future growth.

December 13, 2015 -

First Wind Energy Farm Blows Into the Southeast

Elizabeth City, North Carolina, will host a 204-megawatt wind energy facility—the first in a region known for steady coastal breezes. The project is a collaboration of European-based Iberdrola Renewables, LLC, and Seattle-based Amazon.

July 20, 2015 - WRAL

Coal Ash Waste

North Carolina County Reluctantly Accepts Toxic Coal Ash Stockpile for $19 Million

Chatham County, North Carolina agreed to not oppose a planned coal ash landfill in exchange for $19 Million from Duke Energy, which would help fund environmental monitoring and disaster insurance.

June 20, 2015 - The Raleigh News & Observer

North Carolina Map

North Carolina Planners: Where to Build Light Rail (and Should it Be Built)?

This week residents in the North Carolina Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) will provide input on key segments of a future regional light rail system. The project has been analyzed for 15 years, yet the question of whether to build it remains.

November 22, 2014 - The Durham News

North Hills Raleigh

Southern Fried Urbanism

You do not hear much talk about meaningful urbanism in the Southeast U.S. Until political winds shift, don't expect that to change.

March 14, 2014 - Mark Hough

Should Your City Build Its Own Broadband Network?

April 30, 2012 - Christopher Mitchell

To Fund New Plan, Voters Willing To Pay Higher Taxes

A passing of a a half-cent sales tax increase dedicated to transit in Durham County shows that voters are willing to invest for new public transportation options. This is the first step towards upgrading North Carolina's mass transit system.

November 9, 2011 - the transport politic

Appalachia Creates a 'Suitability Map' to Entice Responsible Development

A key idea of western North Carolina's Mountain Landscapes Initiative is to create a map of land already in conservation, layered with land that should be preserved, so that developers, builders, and residents together can plan responsibly.

July 24, 2008 - New Urban News

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