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Brew Urbanism (access required)

When Todd Ford opened NoDa Brewing Co., he was limited in where he could be located. Photo by Payton Guion

When Todd Ford opened his brewery, Charlotte’s zoning ordinance restricted him to the fringes of the city’s business corridors, the industrial districts. Since breweries were thrown into the industrial category, Ford couldn’t set up shop as he pleased, but had to settle for what the city allowed. He found space in an industrial building on North Davidson Street, about a mile from the heart of the NoDa neighborhood.

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On the Level: Bridget Dixon is drafting zoning policy for Charlotte beer-makers (access required)


It was 10:30 a.m. in a cubicle on the eighth floor of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. So there was no beer. About 50 people work in the Charlotte planning department, but we specifically wanted to talk to the beer-lady: Bridget Dixon. We wanted to know why she worked for the department from 2003 to 2006, left, and then came back. And we wanted to talk about beer. Good beer.

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