Public Conversations http://wfae.org en What's In Our Water? http://wfae.org/post/whats-our-water <p>At WFAE's Public Conversation on "What's In Our Water," reporter Ben Bradford opened the community forum by presenting an overview of the Catawba River Basin including the lakes that provide Charlotte's drinking water supply, threats to the regions water quality, and the water treatment process.</p><p><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfae/files/201404/Water-Intro.pdf?__utma=100058712.1810474877.1389368090.1398273624.1398278118.272&amp;__utmb=100058712.52.7.1398279594512&amp;__utmc=100058712&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=100058712.1393950316.109.2.utmcsr=t.co|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/KtBOg5cixT&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=183257766">View slide presentation to accompany introduction.</a> (Attached as PDF.)</p><p>This Public Conversation&nbsp;offered perspectives from Charlotte and Mecklenburg County water quality and water treatment officials, the local Riverkeeper organization, and the real estate and building industry. The discussion covered topics from water quality monitoring and government regulations, to concerts about the pollution from coal ash stored near North Carolina rivers and lakes.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Moderator:<br />Lisa Miller, </strong>WFAE reporter</p><p><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Panelists:</span></strong><br style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: normal;" /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: normal;"><strong>Richard Gaskins,</strong> executive director at Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation</span><br style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: normal;" /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: normal;"><strong>Barry Gullet,</strong> director at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities</span><br style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: normal;" /><strong>Joe Padilla, </strong>Executive Director; Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition<br /><strong>Rusty Rozzelle, </strong>Water Quality Program Manager; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Stormwater Services<br style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: normal;" /><br style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: normal;" />&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:00:00 +0000 WFAE 48297 at http://wfae.org What's In Our Water? Your HOA & You: Who Rules The Neighborhood? http://wfae.org/post/your-hoa-you-who-rules-neighborhood <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thousands of Charlotte-area residents live in neighborhoods that have a local Homeowner Association.&nbsp; </span>HOAs<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are often praised for keeping communities cleaner, safer and more livable.&nbsp; But some homeowners complain that HOA boards can be too rigid and arbitrary in enforcing covenants and restrictions, infringing on homeowners’ rights. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>This WFAE <em>Public Conversation </em>explored the pros and cons of living in an HOA community, along with the rights and responsibilities of HOA residents and boards.&nbsp; Panelists discussed current state laws that govern Homeowner Associations in North Carolina, and proposed changes to those laws.</p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:01:04 +0000 WFAE 43800 at http://wfae.org Your HOA & You: Who Rules The Neighborhood? HOAs And You: A Public Conversations Preview http://wfae.org/post/hoas-and-you-public-conversations-preview <p>We’ve all heard the horror stories about an authority that tells you what’s allowed, what’s required, and what you can’t do regarding your property.</p><p>No, it's not the government, or even Charlotte's tree police.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:23:52 +0000 Greg Collard 44437 at http://wfae.org Charlotte's Arts And Culture Groups: How Can They Survive... And Thrive? http://wfae.org/post/charlottes-arts-and-culture-groups-how-can-they-survive-and-thrive <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Arts and cultural organizations in Charlotte are struggling financially in the wake of the recession and cutbacks in community funding and donations. &nbsp; &nbsp;Many of these non-profits have had to reduce staff and cut costs and services. &nbsp; A few organizations have suspended all or parts of their operations, and others say they have little or no cash reserves to sustain them through any future financial droughts.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This WFAE Public</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Conversation explored the challenges faced by these organizations, how they hope to build a stronger future, and what’s at stake for the community.</span></p></div><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 05:00:00 +0000 WFAE 37990 at http://wfae.org Charlotte's Arts And Culture Groups: How Can They Survive... And Thrive? On Location: The Charlotte Area Film Industry http://wfae.org/post/location-charlotte-area-film-industry <div>WFAE’s Public Conversation on the local film industry provided insights into how movies, television shows and commercials are cast, shot and produced in the Charlotte area.&nbsp;&nbsp; Panelists and audience members also discussed how the film industry impacts the region’s economy.&nbsp; And the forum explored contrasting views on North Carolina’s financial incentives for the film industry.</div><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 23:00:00 +0000 WFAE 34811 at http://wfae.org On Location: The Charlotte Area Film Industry The Gathering Power Of Food http://wfae.org/post/gathering-power-food <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A community forum to highlight and explore the ways in which food brings people together – from food festivals to holiday meals.&nbsp;&nbsp; Panelists and audience members &nbsp;shared experiences and observations on how gatherings around food impact families, neighborhoods, workplaces, churches and other community institutions.&nbsp;&nbsp; The </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Public Conversation</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;explored the role of food in creating cultural identities, facilitating conversation, and marking key life events.&nbsp; Discussion also addressed how the ‘Gathering Power of Food’ can be preserved in today’s “fast food society” and amid busy lifestyles.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 17:02:18 +0000 Public Conversations 29883 at http://wfae.org The Gathering Power Of Food One Charlotte Or Many? A Neighborhood Perspective http://wfae.org/post/one-charlotte-or-many-neighborhood-perspective <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte needs to find new ways to increase its tax base. In the past, annexation provided low-hanging fruit. But there's almost no more space to annex. Today, south Charlotte property taxes provide half the city’s revenue. Policymakers have presented initiatives and projects, such as affordable housing and the street car, but what do neighborhood residents want?</span></p><p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 18:25:44 +0000 WFAE 25186 at http://wfae.org One Charlotte Or Many? A Neighborhood Perspective Voices In The Gun Debate http://wfae.org/post/voices-gun-debate-0 <P><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, He Fri, 01 Feb 2013 21:43:04 +0000 Mark Rumsey 20624 at http://wfae.org Voices In The Gun Debate Respect And Disrespect: What's Up In Our Society? http://wfae.org/post/respect-and-disrespect-whats-our-society <p>This community forum explored what many people see as a widespread culture of disrespect permeating our society and communities today.&nbsp; Panelists and audience members discussed the causes and effects of this apparent breakdown in common respect.&nbsp;&nbsp; The forum also examined the roles of parents, schools, public figures, the media and other groups in fostering an atmosphere of respect, or disrespect, in the local community. &nbsp;<br><br>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 16:03:06 +0000 Mark Rumsey 14545 at http://wfae.org Respect And Disrespect: What's Up In Our Society? Politics In The Streets http://wfae.org/post/politics-streets <p>http://66.225.205.104/PC-DNC.mp3<p> Audience members had plenty of questions and comments for the panelists. Photo: Tanner Latham Panelists and audience members engaged in a lively conversation about the First Amendment rights of protesters during the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, and the city&apos;s plans to maintain order and safety during the DNC. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 17:00:00 +0000 editor 5589 at http://wfae.org Politics In The Streets