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Crisis in craftsmen: Construction activity is up again, but the industry faces another, more troubling dilemma (access required)

Crisis in craftsmen: Construction activity is up again, but the industry faces another, more troubling dilemma <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Construction industry insiders now rushing to determine how best to cope with a labor shortage and its primary cause: Young people largely aren’t interested in joining the trades. Contractors are struggling to find skilled labor, a trend that could hinder future construction work.

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South End by southwest (access required)

Call it what you want, but South End, which was largely carved out of an industrial, railroad-crossed section of westernmost Dilworth in the 1990s, when people thought developer Tony Pressley might be a little nutty, is now rapidly spreading far beyond the traditional boundaries of its historic district.

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Gold Line misses grant, city mulling other options (access required)

Gold Line misses grant, city mulling other options <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

City officials have begun looking at possible alternative options for funding its Gold Line streetcar expansion project, but have not given up on receiving a federal grant. Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation handed down the list of recipients of $474 million in federal money for transportation projects nationwide.

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Collaborating in the cloud: Access to 3-D plans allows easy fix for construction emergencies (access required)

Collaborating in the cloud: Access to 3-D plans allows easy fix for construction emergencies <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

The future is now on view – both on iPad touchscreens and in good old-fashioned steel, concrete and dirt – at Morrocroft, the mixed-use office/business/retail park. That’s where Carolinas HealthCare System’s Facilities Management Group, BBH Design architects, Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors and Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement are collaborating in a virtual, three-dimensional cloud to build a new emergency department at the Carolinas Medical Center-Morrocroft health care pavilion.

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A mixed brew of Barnhardt, beer and political intrigue in Cornelius (access required)

The Cornelius Planning Board passed – again – on Barnhardt. But they said “yes” to beer. Meanwhile, Cornelius Mayor Lynette Rinker said she has not ruled out seeking a seat in the N.C. General Assembly.

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NoDa mill nears finishing stage: New developer is ready to start work at Mecklenburg Mill (access required)

NoDa mill nears finishing stage: New developer is ready to start work at Mecklenburg Mill <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

A Boston-based nonprofit developer is planning to start renovations on a historic textile mill within a month, after a years-long effort by the city of Charlotte to convert the building into affordable apartments.

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Deconstructing economic theory: Construction activity up in Charlotte despite sluggish economy (access required)

Deconstructing economic theory: Construction activity up in Charlotte despite sluggish economy <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Traditional economic theory says people follow jobs. In the Queen City over the last four to five years, however, jobs have either decreased or remained relatively stagnant while the city continues to attract migrants, said Bill Graves, assistant professor of economic geography at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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NEWS ANALYSIS: Attorney warns that based on recent ruling, N.C. homeowners unlikely to get money (access required)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Attorney warns that based on recent ruling, N.C. homeowners unlikely to get money <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

A recent, and murky, N.C. Court of Appeals decision that appears to limit 10-year construction warranties to six years has been invoked by a homebuilder’s attorney, who nonetheless has said his client will make the necessary repairs. The key to this little paradox involving a seven-year-old house in Monroe is, apparently, understanding the difference between two legal phrases.

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