The Lynx Blue Line extension from uptown to UNC Charlotte opens in just a month. CATS has been running empty trains on the new light rail tracks since January. On Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2017, a few citizens were the first to try it out, and they’re already imagining the possibilities. I rode along and talked … More First ride on CATS Blue Line light rail extension | WFAE
Mecklenburg County said Thursday hackers have tried again to attack its computer systems, after the county rejected a ransom demand Wednesday. I talked with WFAE host Mark Rumsey during “All Things Considered” Thursday about why the county refused to pay, the sequence of events, and more. Listen here – Dec. 7, 2017, WFAE.org, “What … More After Meck County refuses to pay, what we know & don’t know about the ransomware attack | WFAE
A New York developer wants to breathe new life into a historic industrial park off Statesville Avenue north of uptown. Camp North End would be a creative hub, with offices, apartments, shops and restaurants, as well as space for light industrial and educational uses. As old factory sites go, the Hercules Industrial Park between Statesville … More Former Model T & missile factory up for redevelopment in Charlotte’s North End | WFAE
It’s Race Week in Charlotte – between last weekend’s NASCAR All-Star Race and this Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Drivers had the night off Tuesday – so what were they doing? Racing, of course, at a go-kart track in Mooresville. It was the fourth annual Little 600, a kart race with racing stars … More What NASCAR drivers do on their night off: Race go-karts
An update on that Davidson asbestos site I’ve been following for WFAE: Contractors have finished installing a plastic liner, fresh earth and a fiber mat over an asbestos site at the Metrolina Warehouse at 301 Depot St. Last fall, runoff was discovered flowing from a slope behind the old mill, off Sloan Street in Davidson.
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.