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Local News
5:47 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Inflating The Thanksgiving Day Parade

Aaron Randall, right, helps a coworker fix a ribbon for the Charlotte Knights snow globe on Wednesday.
Tasnim Shamma WFAE

There was a chance this year, that for the first time in 67 years, Charlotte would not have a Thanksgiving Day Parade. Once Belk stepped down as the main sponsor, organizers said they were unable to raise the money to keep the parade afloat. But a few weeks later, Novant Health stepped in and committed to be the title sponsor for three years and the parade was back on.

WFAE's Tasnim Shamma joined workers as they put last minute touches on the floats before the big day.

At a parking lot in uptown, there's a row of white tents where a 15-foot turkey will be inflated.

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Local News
10:08 am
Thu June 27, 2013

CDOT Removing One-Way Streets Uptown

The Center City Transportation plan calls for Charlotte to have a lot less of these.
Credit Counse / Flickr

Uptown Charlotte could look a lot different in five years—not the skyline, the streets. Several one-way streets will become two-way streets under the city’s Center City Transportation Plan, which is scheduled for completion around 2020. The plan will also affect Uptown this summer, when the Charlotte Department of Transportation starts converting a section of Poplar Street to a two-way road.

Ben Bradford spoke with Ashton Watson, project manager at CDOT. Watson says one of the goals is to slow down traffic. First, they discussed the upcoming changes.


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A Trifling Place
10:01 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Episode 2: Uptown Vs. Downtown

Angela Haigler stands on the corner of East 6th Street and North Tryon Street in Charlotte.
Tasnim Shamma

President George Washington called Charlotte a "Trifling Place." That’s how our first president described the city during a visit in 1791.

But it’s certainly changed since then. Welcome to "A Trifling Place," a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.  


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Transportation
5:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Uptown Loop Study Identifies Safety Risks

Landscapers planted flowers in the media of I-277 to welcome DNC attendees entering the city center.Researchers will issue recommendations to City Council for improving the Uptown interstate loop system.
Julie Rose

A year-long study of the Uptown loop has been completed and will be presented to City Council Monday night. It's the first step to get funding for improvements to target safety.

Cheryl Myers is the senior vice president for planning and development for Charlotte Center City Partners. In 2011, her group unveiled a set of recommendations to City Council including doing a study of the city's interstate highway system. The city-commissioned Uptown Loop Study is the first comprehensive study of the loop since it was completed in 1981. 

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Local News
12:36 am
Tue October 2, 2012

1930s Building Goes Down Today To Make Way For Uptown Baseball

Virginia Paper Company Building back in the day
Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Construction is underway on the Charlotte Knights' stadium uptown.  To make room for that, another building must tumble.  That's the Virginia Paper Company warehouse built in 1937.  We didn't know much about the building, so WFAE decided to check into its history.

The Virginia Paper Company building looks unremarkable.  It's a two-story brick building on West 3rd Street, just north of Bank of America Stadium.  But it offers a window into the city's commerce during the first half of the 20th century. 

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Sports
3:13 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Knights Uptown Stadium A Sign Of Things To Come

Charlotte Knights owners, supporters use ceremonial shovels to toss sand on home plate of the new baseball stadium to be completed uptown in 2014.
Julie Rose

The Charlotte Knights broke ground Friday on what will likely be one of the last new minor league baseball stadiums built in the next few decades. The Knights began trying to get an Uptown stadium seven years ago, but were delayed by lawsuits, a recession and the reluctance of local government leaders to spend tax dollars on the project. 

The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County ultimately agreed to contribute $8 million each and free use of the eight-acre site. That's less public support than teams have typically received during a twenty-year boom in stadium construction.

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Assessing Charlotte's Skyline
12:00 pm
Tue January 10, 2006

Assessing Charlotte's Skyline

(1/10/06) In Charlotte Wednesday, a discussion will be held that deals with the city's architectural identity. The so-called "Towers" forum is co-sponsored by the Charlotte Region Civic Design Forum and the Levine Museum of the New South. WFAE's Scott Graf spoke with Tom Low, Design Forum member and an organizer of the event.