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

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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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Number of homebuilding permits highest since 2008 (access required)

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Despite the wettest late spring-early summer in recent memory, the Charlotte-area boomlet in residential construction that started in January continued apace, according to building permit records kept by Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement.

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Renovation Report: Kaleidoscope ─ The Business Center @ South Main Square (access required)

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South Main Square, in the arts district in the town of Davidson, has a little bit of everything. Well, almost everything.What it was missing was a large meeting space – for both business and social uses. But after some renovations to the former space of Davidson Beverage Co. and previously Masterworks School of the Arts in The Business Center, South Main Square will offer Davidson just such a space.

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