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Nonprofits lift Elizabeth Heights (access required)

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GRIER HEIGHTS – Elizabeth Heights, the affordable new neighborhood within this historically black neighborhood that is trying to free itself of a bad rep, is off to a ripsaw-roaring start toward its 36-house urban revitalization goal. Four of the first ...

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Cornelius is honing its zoning (access required)

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CORNELIUS – The town of Cornelius might be ready to switch rather than fight. The town’s elected Board of Commissioners and appointed Planning Board, operating under a land-use plan that dates all the way back to 1996 and a zoning ...

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News analysis: Controversy over Davidson school a lesson in self-governance

News analysis: Controversy over Davidson school a lesson in self-governance

DAVIDSON – Democracy is a funny business – both ha-ha and just plain weird. Writ large – as in the federal shutdown – the comedy and tragedy of our system of government fills the cable news network airtime. But on ...

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Shad Spencer: A big fish in a big pond (access required)

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The Sept. 11 decision came without warning and in the middle of the week: Longtime Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Manager Katrina Young would no longer be in charge of enforcing the city’s zoning ordinance, effective immediately. Into the breach came Shad Spencer, a longtime city-county planning coordinator, after Planning Director Debra Campbell announced he would replace Young temporarily, and – pending an evaluation of his job performance – perhaps more permanently.

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Buildings spring up in The Park: Huntersville mixed use center revived following recession (access required)

Rooftops+Recovery+Recent Hospital Expansion=Commercial Real Estate Revival. That appears to be formula at work in The Park-Huntersville – and its joined-at-the hip spin-off, the Gilead Center – where seven new construction projects are underway or in the pipeline.

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Davidson board to decide Monday on Green School (access required)

After an extensive search, Davidson Green School co-founder Jennifer Jakubecy thought she had found a perfect place for her innovative environmentally conscious school: a 3,370 square-foot house on South Main Street that backs up to an extensive natural area. But after the school bought the house and just before the school year began, nearby resident John R. Burgess hired a lawyer and filed an appeal to block the project, forcing the school to open in a church where co-founder Kathleen McIntyre’s husband is assistant pastor.

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