Despite the Trump administration’s freeze on new Environmental Protection Agency contracts, a federal cleanup of asbestos found at homes in Davidson remains on track. Meanwhile, state officials say work will start next week to cap asbestos that spilled near an old factory in the neighborhood. Here’s my latest story at WFAE, with details on next week’s … More Work begins Mon. on asbestos site; EPA cleanups still on track | WFAE
I’ve been spending time in recent weeks talking to people about the Metrolina Warehouse in Davidson, which lies between downtown and the West Side. A new redevelopment plan – a four-story building with 183 apartments – is farther along than any in the 24 years since I’ve lived in Davidson. But there’s still the problem … More Davidson mill redevelopment unearths asbestos, old tensions | WFAE
City officials declared Sunday’s Panthers-Vikings football game an “extraordinary event.” That meant lots of police downtown and extra security measures. There was a small protest, but most people welcomed the distraction after a week of unrest. See my Coverage at WFAE.org, “After Protests, Charlotte Takes A Breather With A Panthers Game”
The police killing of Keith Scott on Tuesday and nightly protests since then have hit Charlotte’s black community hard. People are dealing with anger, fear and concern about the community’s long-term challenges. I covered a press conference on North Tryon Street with black business owners Friday afternoon, and talked to WFAE All Things Considered host Mark … More Business owners see a need for community building | WFAE
It’s a been a crazy week in Charlotte, triggered by Tuesday’s police shooting of Keith Scott in northeast Charlotte. Protesters have been out nightly since then. A few people have come downtown to cause trouble, and that’s getting most of the national news media attention. That’s not right.
At an NAACP forum Wednesday called “Stop Police Violence,” Aryana Crawford told Charlotte Mecklenburg police leaders she was afraid of them. The recent police killings of African-American men in Louisiana and Minnesota have brought sharper focus to an issue that many know too well. Then something extraordinary happened that began to change Aryana’s view. I captured the … More CMPD Hears Fears From Charlotte Residents At Forum | WFAE
If you’ve been to Davidson Farmer’s Market recently, you’ve seen Dover Vineyards’ stand, and maybe even had a taste of their local wines – the Chambourcin red, Villard Blanc white and a Rosé. I wanted to learn the story behind the wines, so I’ve been spending some time this spring with owner/manager Elizabeth Ann Dover. … More What it takes to grow a vineyard | WFAE
A bill calling on NCDOT to cancel a contract to build toll lanes on I-77 north of Charlotte has died in the state Senate. LINK: June 22, 2016, WFAE.org, “Anti-Toll Bill Grinds To A Halt In Senate“
The House OKs a bill calling on NCDOT to cancel the I-77 toll lane project north of Charlotte. But will it die in the Senate? Meanwhile, the bill does more than just cancel the toll lanes: It would delay a dozen road projects in the Lake Norman area. Details here. … More Will Senate take up bill to cancel I-77 tolls? And what about those ‘suspended’ projects?
The state House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill calling on NCDOT to cancel the I-77 widening project north of Charlotte. The bill now goes to the Senate, where Senate leaders have said they don’t see a need to cancel the project. Read the full story: WFAE.org, House Approves Bill To Kill I-77 Tolls