North Carolina

Lynx Light Rail

New Light Rail Station Coming to Charlotte

A new station will be added to the Lynx Blue Line light rail route in a quickly growing, industrial part of the city.

September 15, 2021 - The Charlotte Observer

Baltimore MTA Bus

Bus Transit Still Faces Social Stigma

Improving headways and making service more reliable can help reduce the negative public image faced by urban bus transit.

September 3, 2021 - Transit Time

A line of buses on campus at North Carolina State University, pictured with fall leaves on the ground.

Fare-Free Transit Gains Momentum in Raleigh

The pandemic has provided a proving ground for fare-free transit in cities all over the country. For some cities, it might make fiscal sense for these experiments to be made permanent.

July 26, 2021 - Governing

An image of the Raleigh skyline, with older residential buildings in the foreground and taller commercial buildings in the background.

Duplexes and Townhomes Legalized in Raleigh

Raleigh, North Carolina is the latest city in the United States to relax zoning restrictions in residential neighborhoods as a component of a housing affordability strategy.

July 8, 2021 - The News & Observer

Charlotte

Charlotte's New, Controversial Comprehensive Plan to End Single-Family Zoning

A tight vote after months of controversy has produced a major zoning reform effort that differs significantly from recent examples on the West Coast and in Minneapolis.

June 30, 2021 - Charlotte Observer

COVID-19 Eviction Crisis

$425 Million in Rent Relief Never Reached Those in Need

A damning investigation reveals the immense financial resources that states could have spent on rent relief but failed to do so, whether willfully or not.

June 29, 2021 - The Center for Public Integrity

Raleigh

Planners Working on Parking Reform Legislation in Raleigh

Raleigh, North Carolina is the latest in a series of cities pursuing a significant departure from the 20th century planning status quo.

June 4, 2021 - The News & Observer

Los Angeles, California

Two Demographic Firsts, Both Losses, for California

The nation's most populous state learned from the Census Bureau last month that it would lose a congressional district for the first time in its history. On Friday, it revealed that 2020 was the first year since 1850 to experience a population loss.

May 10, 2021 - CALmatters

Basement Apartment

Rents Rising Despite the Pandemic

The latest data from CoreLogic from December 2020 shows that despite headlining-grabbing rent declines in San Francisco and New York, some rents are continuing and even surpassing pre-pandemic trends.

February 23, 2021 - Inman News

Congress

Biden Diversifies Cabinet With EPA Administrator, Interior Secretary Picks

President-elect Biden made two historic cabinet selections: Michael Regan, who heads the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, to run the U.S. EPA, and Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico, to head the Interior Department.

December 21, 2020 - The Washington Post

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