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Nashville, with its music scene, and Charlotte, a bank town, compete for convention biz (access required)

Although more than 400 miles and the Great Smoky Mountains separate Charlotte and Nashville, the two cities have a lot in common. For one, they are about the same size. Second, they are examples of progressive “New South” cities. As ...

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ESPN offices in Ballantyne being renovated

Work is under way on a renovation at offices in Ballantyne for ESPN Regional Television and ESPNU, a television channel that specializes in college sports. Charlotte-based real estate firm Bissell Cos. owns the 37,000-square-foot building at 11001 Rushmore Drive, said Christina Thigpen, ...

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Destination still unknown for Independence Boulevard area (access required)

When it comes to lengthy and convoluted planning processes, the Independence Boulevard project is one of Charlotte’s most notorious examples. And it doesn’t look like things are going to improve any time soon. Multiple public agencies are involved in the ...

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Owners of large homes hit the ceiling over builders going smaller (access required)

Jim Houston said he got a great deal when he bought a 3,600-square-foot house in March 2008 for $260,000. The house is in Fieldstone Farm, a subdivision in fast-growing Indian Trail, southeast of Charlotte in Union County. Houston and his ...

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The Tuesday Interview: Krista Long, president of the Home Builders Association of Charlotte (access required)

Hometown: Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. Age: 42 Family: husband, Mike; children, Ryan, 16, Kyle, 12 Education: bachelor’s degree in business administration, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Krista Long, who took over as president of the Home Builders Association of Charlotte ...

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NASCAR hall marketing hits a speed bump (access required)

Already falling well short of attendance and revenue projections, the NASCAR Hall of Fame was dealt a blow in January when the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority sliced the hall’s budget by $4.7 million. Part of the cuts included an $826,292 ...

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Still waiting for the acceleration (access required)

Bruce Stewart was expecting more. When the NASCAR Hall of Fame opened nearly a year ago, he thought business at his diner, Lola’s, would hit the gas pedal. After all, Lola’s, on South Brevard Street, is across the street from ...

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Recession can’t compete with youth, amateur athletics (access required)

During the first weekend of May, about 1,500 people are expected to convene in Charlotte for the New South Swimming’s Long Course Invitational. The three-day event, hosted by the Charlotte-based NSS and held at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in ...

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NASCAR hall turns 1 next month but faces deficit and disappointing attendance

Charlotte is just weeks away from celebrating the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s first birthday May 11. But it remains to be seen whether the more than $190 million project is being hamstrung by the recession or is one of the ...

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