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We’re The Future. We Vote (#WTFwevote) is a non-partisan approach to civic and political engagement. Stories written by Amy Chiou and Elizabeth Goodwin.

City Smart: Santa glacier removed from SouthPark Mall to paid patriotism’s impact on Charlotte sports

3 Important Things Global Warming at the Mall. Earlier this week, SouthPark Mall set up a fancy new glacier for photos with Santa that would make the...

City Smart: Voter ID law heads to trial to early voting begins

3 Important Things  N.C. voter ID law headed to trial. In 2013, the state legislature passed a voter ID law (along with other changes), and it has been in...

City Smart: 50 miles of greenway by 2020 to Fortune 500 companies in Charlotte

3 Important Things Parks & Rec. The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously (9-0) to endorse the master plan proposed by the parks...

City Smart: CMS turnover rate to new tanning bed regulations

2 Important Things Turnovers are better when they are fruit-filled. This school year, 1,420 teachers left Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to teach elsewhere or...

City Smart: Charlotte named a ‘Startup Hotbed’ to Jeremy Lin’s hair

3 Important Things Key endorsement in run-off election. In a press conference on Monday, Councilman David Howard endorsed current mayor Dan Clodfelter over...

City Smart: Primary voting results to Doppler radar legislation

3 Important Things Primary Voting Results. The winners of the Democratic primary for city council at large are Vi Lyles, James “Smuggie”...

City Smart: Charlottean on the ‘Politico 50’ list to an increase in turnout for early voting

3 Important Things Magnetism. CMS Superintendent Ann Clark gave a sneak peak of her soon to be released magnet school plan. Clark indicated that her plan,...

City Smart: Historic preservation tax credit to Charlotte’s television market

3 Important Things Zoning in. Charlotte’s zoning code is due for a rewrite. With the last major rewrite in 1992, the code focuses on separating...

City Smart: State unemployment benefits to streetcar ridership

3 Important Things Legislative hypocrisy. North Carolina has the stingiest unemployment insurance benefits of any state in the country: Our unemployed...

City Smart: No budget agreement as CMS starts the school year to health clinics

3 Important Things  School’s back! CMS students started class on Monday, as did students at most of North Carolina’s 2,422 public schools....

City Smart: Publix cakes online to Charlotte crime on the rise

3 Important Things  Charlotte political figures come under fire. Last week Charlotte’s former mayor turned Secretary of Transportation was sued by the...

City Smart: “Pop the Cap” Anniversary to Charlotte’s walkability score

3 Important Things Secret Plans. Rep. Rob Bryan (R-Mecklenburg) has been working for weeks on a plan to transform the worst elementary schools in the state...