Editor's Notes

Aug 2, 2012

Zoning out when maybe we shouldn’t be

When we move to a new city, we look into the public school system. We inquire about crime rates. We ask about taxes, housing costs, gasoline prices and the availability of public parks. The information in the zoning ordinance seems just as important as anything else you could know about a community. But who reads manuals?

Jan 27, 2012

Andy Cox reflects on how 
his latest chapter began

In 2005 and 2006, companies were expanding left and right in Charlotte. Building permits were skyrocketing, and if you were in the construction industry, times were good. Really good.

Jan 22, 2012

10 reasons why you should 
be reading the Meck Times

My 4-year-old son is sort of obsessed with David Bowie. When he was 3, he wanted, for Halloween, to wear the pirate costume that Bowie dons in the video for […]

Jan 16, 2012

If I worked in economic development, I’d totally link to this column

Winter isn’t feeling very wintery in much of the U.S., and the warm temperatures are putting people in a panic. For example, in Ohio, up around Lake Erie, the ice fishing industry is still waiting for some ice and, in the meantime, losing money.

Jan 6, 2012

Could this mean taco trucks in The Vue?

Over in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department, there have been talks about what to do with all the vacant and underused lots scattered across the city.

Dec 16, 2011

From NAR, a lump of statistical coal

As if things weren’t bad enough, NAR has another reason to reach for bottles sealed with cotton (or corks). In a revelation that could make some question the trustworthiness of NAR’s figures and sully its reputation forever – OK, maybe that’s going a bit too far – the association this week announced that its home sales data going back about five years might be too high.

Dec 10, 2011

Steak and potatoes for CRCBR 
but no more alphabet soup

At first, it was known as the Charlotte Region Commercial Property Exchange. A mouthful of a name, it became shortened to CRCPE, still a beast among acronyms. So everyone just […]

Dec 2, 2011

Before DNC, condo owners should go to their docs

The dollars signs are already in property owners’ eyes, even though the Democratic National Convention isn’t until September. That a lot of convention-goers will be in need of a place […]

Nov 26, 2011

Education, education, education

In January, the U.S. government released a report on what caused the financial meltdown of 2008. Of course, every American has already read it, front to back, perhaps even multiple […]

Nov 18, 2011

And who said no one in 
real estate is making money?

Michael Williams, the CEO of Fannie Mae, won me over this week when, while testifying on Capitol Hill about big fat Fannie executive bonuses and multimillion-dollar salaries, he said this: […]

Nov 12, 2011

Tonight we’re gonna bowl like it’s 1959

It’s getting chilly around Charlotte, which makes it a good time to transition from outdoor exercising activities to indoor ones. (Or a good excuse for stopping exercising altogether, if you […]

Nov 5, 2011

‘Murder,’ she wrote, but it’s not required

Halloween’s over, and, amazingly, the decorations have already been picked up at my house. That’s the work of my wife. If I were in charge of putting them away, they’d […]

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