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Lockewood Loyalty (access required)

The Lockewood neighborhood is only about 1 1/2 miles north of uptown Charlotte, but it feels far removed from the sparkling high-rises and busting restaurants and bars. Bordered by North Tryon and North Graham Streets, it is in a troubled ...

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Green Gamble: Bill Thomas’ ‘Agriburbia’ project hasn’t taken root (access required)

As it sits there now, The Farmstead in Rowan County is just another failed and abandoned subdivision. Developers Bill Thomas and John Fletcher had high hopes in 2007, when they paid about $2.5 million for the 120 acres in Granite ...

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Highway to hell: Landowners in the path 
of N.C. 73 realignment stand to lose lots (access required)

North Mecklenburg County has changed dramatically over the years as Charlotte has sprawled and Lake Norman has become a popular place to live and work. What was once a quiet, rural part of the county is now a popular place ...

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Charlotte homebuilders pick up where others left off (access required)

They’re victims of the recession: unfinished communities scattered across the Charlotte area. But for homebuilders like Lennar Corp., they’re an opportunity. Just ask Jon Hardy. Hardy, president of the Miami-based company’s Charlotte division, said that this year Lennar has built ...

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Charlotte lawyer makes a 
living off cases involving HOAs and homeowners (access required)

On one side of the table was Charlotte attorney Ken Davies, who had a small, private practice and handled mostly domestic and personal injury cases and the occasional real estate litigation. On the other side of the table was a ...

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The Tuesday Interview: Dennis LaCaria, CMS director of facilities planning and real estate (access required)

Age: 39 Lives in: south Charlotte Family: divorced; children, Stefan, 18, Nathan, 16 Education: Did not attend college As director of facilities planning and real estate for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Dennis LaCaria oversees about 170 school facilities totaling approximately 21 million ...

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In the 
Shadows: Homebuilders say pending foreclosures harming housing recovery (access required)

Alan Banks looks back at 2006 fondly. A principal at Evans Coghill Homes in Charlotte, Banks said the company’s business has been nearly cut in half since a peak in 2006, when it built about 25 homes. This year, ECH ...

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NCDOT: America’s Park developers are holding up their own project (access required)

For nearly two years there’s been a lot of talk about America’s Park. The proposed 25-field baseball complex in Mooresville has been billed as the largest youth baseball facility in the country. Backers say it is scheduled to open next ...

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