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James’ divisive comments raise worries about economic impact (access required)

Bill James could be bad for business in Mecklenburg County. At least that’s the concern of some in Charlotte. James, a Republican representing District 6, has been one of Mecklenburg County’s most polarizing and talked-about politicians, offending blacks, gays and ...

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Nonprofit wants to plant green-minded residents near river (access required)

The Catawba River generates electricity, fuels the Charlotte-area economy and provides a place to play and drinking water for most of Charlotte, Mount Holly and Belmont — all with little fanfare. Even the land surrounding the river has yet to ...

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How much are Meck’s parks worth? $985M, study says

For those who don’t consider the community value of local parks priceless, The Trust for Public Land has put a dollar value on Mecklenburg County’s parks, recreation centers and greenways: approximately $985 million. In 2009, the assets that fall under ...

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Lack of funds leaves streetcar idling (access required)

When the city of Charlotte won a $25 million federal Urban Circulator Grant to build a starter streetcar line through uptown, from Time Warner Cable Arena to Presbyterian Hospital, supporters touted the 1 1/2-mile section as an important step toward ...

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Neighborhoods brace for loss of libraries, schools, rec centers (access required)

Thanks to budget shortfalls, Mecklenburg County facilities, such as recreation centers, libraries and schools, have found themselves on the chopping block. In some neighborhoods, though, the impact is worse than in others. Some communities are losing multiple facilities, which could ...

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Movers and shakers back visionary’s ‘Sustain Charlotte’ (access required)

Shannon Binns’ message isn’t new, but he’s hoping how he delivers it and who helps him will make people take notice. But first he has to get the Charlotte community, particularly the business community, to financially back his vision, a ...

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Republican addition could bring board bipartisanship (access required)

Despite the red wave that swept the House of Representatives across the country Tuesday, the Democrats on the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners were able to hang on to their majority, losing only one seat. Although all six seats held ...

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Decision 2010: Board of Commissioners at-large race (access required)

(Editor's note: The following is part of The Mecklenburg Times' coverage of the Nov. 2 elections.)

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