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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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The highest- and lowest-priced single-family home sales from Feb. 11 to 18 (access required)

1116 Berwick Court, Marvin

For Katherine Mazoyer, this Union County house offered something different than almost everything else she's seen on the market. So different was the house, Mazoyer, the Katherine Mazoyer Realty agent who sold the home, said she wasn't able to generate much interest in it from locals. The only interested parties were foreign buyers, she said.

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Commercial Confidential: Northlake Mall

A burst of residential construction around Northlake Mall will help it succeed, said a local retail analyst. Photo by Payton Guion

Northlake Mall opened in 2005 in north Charlotte, an area that seemed primed for residential growth. But just a couple of years after the mall opened, the Great Recession came on the scene. According to Andy Misiaveg, a partner in the Charlotte office of the Atlanta-based Shopping Center Group, the mall didn’t have time to solidify its tenant mix before the economy tanked.

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Renovation Report: Label nightclub (access required)

"You look at a client, such as Harris Teeter, and they're going to renovate before they build new," said Dave Winston, project manager for Jefferson-based Vannoy Construction. "It sounds cliché, but people are still talking about the economy.

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