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Opponents, supporters of $203M bonds package point to timing (access required)

With government debt and uncertainty about the economy serving as hot-button topics for this year’s local and national elections, the fate of the $203.6 million Charlotte bonds package on the Nov. 2 ballot seems uncertain — at the same time ...

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Reinventing the subdivision (access required)

In the next few years, Charlotte’s suburban streets could look different. Blocks could be smaller. Sidewalks could be wider and further away from the road. There could be more trees along the roads. The changes would be included in the ...

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Commissioners defer vote on library task force funding

The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners deferred a vote Tuesday night to give $75,000 to a library task force, saying more time was needed to learn where the money would be going. At the commissioners meeting, county manager Harry Jones requested that the ...

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Albemarle nonprofit to replace Open Door

Mecklenburg County’s Department of Social Services has recommended Monarch, an Albemarle-based nonprofit, to take over some of the services that had been offered by Mecklenburg Open Door, a county contractor that has come under scrutiny for unauthorized expenses. County General Manager Michelle Lancaster-Sandlin ...

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Foxx appointment riles committee members (access required)

It was Sept. 16, the night before his first Business Advisory Committee meeting as chairman, that Eric Dudley received a call from Kevin Monroe, assistant to Mayor Anthony Foxx, saying that there had been a mistake. “He said there had ...

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City (sometimes) makes the grade (access required)

Charlotte’s fiscal 2010 year-end report, released Sept. 29 by the city’s Budget and Evaluation Office, shows good news. The goals, broken down into five focus areas — community safety, economic development, housing and neighborhood development, transportation and environment — were ...

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Council members debate value of report (access required)

Every two years, the city of Charlotte has the University of North Carolina at Charlotte put together a “Quality of Life Report” that details economic trends in 173 different neighborhood statistical areas. For the $75,000 the city spends on the ...

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