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‘What did not change, was racism’: A conversation with Charlotte civil rights icon Harvey Gantt

We’ve come for lunch, but all they’re serving is breakfast. It’s almost noon on June 23, one day after four people were killed on Beatties Ford Road, two...

Why Minneapolis matters everywhere — yes, even Charlotte

A few thoughts about things that seem far away … — A long time before this very long week, on August 11, 1897, a white woman stepped in front of a...

75 years after defeating the Nazis, Charlotte’s WWII veterans mark the occasion in Covid quarantine

He reached out to shake my hand, then remembered we couldn’t do that. “Let’s just do this then,” Sgt. Eugene “Doc” Deibler said as he closed a fist...

Hook Shot Charlie is spreading hope throughout Charlotte. If you want some of it, just try The Hook

He’ll keep shooting until he makes one, then until he misses one, and then … “Hold on, Michael. I got this one,” he tells me. He’s shooting...

11 images of hope Charlotte needs to see this week

This woman hugging the National Guard Seen in Uptown Charlotte by @JayatWUNC #CLTProtest #KeithLamontScott pic.twitter.com/b1g2LSIbHU — WFAE (@WFAE)...

More than peaceful vs. violent. Exactly how Charlotteans are protesting varies throughout the crowds

The dominant narrative surrounding Wednesday night’s protests in uptown Charlotte was one of violence, destruction and chaos. But while the late-night...

For Charlotte, there is no easy way out

There’s no right way to grieve the sudden and traumatic shooting death of your father. But when Lyric, one of Keith Lamont Scott’s seven children, live...

Charlotte’s identity crisis is a good thing

I have a love-hate relationship with the city of Charlotte. When I moved here I wanted out, immediately. A few years and few solid human connections later, I...

The story behind Uptown street photographer Charles Pike

If you’re a frequent Uptowner, chances are you’ve seen this man roaming the streets with his Fujifilm Pro camera snapping subtle shots of...

What it’s like coming home to a completely new Charlotte

(Note: The “Our City” series is brought to you by Levine Properties, building a better Charlotte one project at a time.)  What if I told you there...

What’s the key to growing Charlotte’s economy so everyone wins?

Inequality is a big issue in Charlotte. As you’ve hopefully heard by now, a child who grows up in Mecklenburg County has some of the worst odds of climbing...

#CityJamCLT: How jamming is changing the future of Charlotte

At the close of the three-day Best Minds #CityJamCLT this weekend, every person in the room was on their feet in a standing ovation, many wiping tears from...