How Can You Request To Have A Charlotte Street Renamed?

Lately, there's been a lot of focus on whose names are in history books and on monuments, streets and buildings, especially after the recent protests over racial injustice. So how can you request to have a Charlotte street renamed?

Shhhh! Where Is The Quietest Spot In Mecklenburg County?

It's been a noisy election season. You might be looking for some peace and quiet—a place to get away for a few calm moments amid all of the Election Day news. Or you may just want an escape from the constant racket that can come from living near the city. That might be why WFAE listener Katrina Lee wrote to FAQ City asking where she might find Mecklenburg County's quietest outdoor spot.

Why Do CMS High Schools Start So Early?

School looks different for most students these days because of the coronavirus pandemic. But whether classes are in person or online, a lot of Charlotte-area high schools start very early in the morning.

Inside Charlotte's Food Truck Scene

Carolyn Osberger's desire to support Black-owned businesses lead her to food trucks. Charlotte has at least 125 food trucks and they serve all kinds of cuisine: dumplings, tacos, barbecue, empanadas, curry, wings, ice cream.

FAQ City: Fact Or Fiction? Local Legend Says Concord, NC, Is Built Atop Volcano

Editor's note: A version of this story was originally published in January 2020.

FAQ City: Fact Or Fiction? Local Legend Says Concord, NC, Is Built Atop Volcano

FAQ City: What Questions Do You Have About Hurricane Season?

It's hurricane season in the Atlantic, and scientists say this year could be one of the busiest on record. We've already had a record number of named storms — from Arthur to Marco — and at least five people were killed as Hurricane Isaias swept up the East Coast several weeks ago.

FAQ City: Who Coordinates The Lights On Charlotte's Skyscrapers?

FAQ City: Your Questions About Protesting And Policing Answered

It's been about two months since protests first erupted in Charlotte over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Here, across the U.S. and the world, people took to the streets to demonstrate against police brutality and the mistreatment of Black people. We'll take a look back at those protests and answer your questions about policing and protesting.

FAQ City: Your Questions About Schools And Coronavirus Answered

Schools in Charlotte and across North Carolina have been closed since mid-March because of the coronavirus. Online classes became the new norm. Many in-person graduations, sporting events and proms were canceled. Now, state health officials say North Carolina's coronavirus trends are moving in the wrong direction. As fall draws closer, what's next for schools? Will buildings reopen?

FAQ City: Your Questions About NC's Mask Requirement, Answered

People in North Carolina are now required to wear face masks in many public places. It's part of an executive order issued by Gov. Roy Cooper that takes effect at 5 p.m. Friday, June 26. When and where do you have to wear a mask? Can you get a ticket for not wearing one? We answer those questions and others.

FAQ City: What Happened To Charlotte's Earle Village?

Few Charlotteans may remember Earle Village, the public housing community built in First Ward just outside uptown. It was a bustling community that stretched from 6th Street to 10th Street, roughly bordered by Myers Street and Caldwell Street. It was the place where 400 of the city's poorest families resided — until the village was condemned to demolition in the 1990s.

FAQ City: How Are You Feeling?

This weekend... this week... this month... has been a lot. Monday night marked the fourth night of protests in Charlotte as a wave of nationwide protests continue in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis. Throughout the weekend, thousands of protesters have expressed a range of emotions in Charlotte. Which is why FAQ City wants to hear from you.

FAQ City: Your Questions About North Carolina's Reopening Answered

Gov. Roy Cooper has begun gradually reopening North Carolina in a series of three phases. If you're not sure what to expect under each of those three phases, don't worry! You're not alone. Lots of WFAE listeners have been writing in with questions, and we're here to help.

FAQ City: The Story Behind Charlotte's Gold Man Statue

For decades, a four-foot gold statue has stood at the intersection of Queens and Providence roads in Charlotte, his right index finger extended. Sometimes he's dressed up for sporting events or weddings at the Methodist church next door. For an extended period beginning September 2017, he disappeared from the intersection, leaving only a few patches of monkey grass where his pedestal stood.

FAQ City: Your Questions About Unemployment And Stimulus Checks Answered

We're now more than a month into the coronavirus crisis in North Carolina with still no end in sight, and the number of people out of work continues to climb higher and higher. According to some estimates, the U.S. unemployment rate could touch 16% by July — higher than at any point since the Great Depression.

FAQ City: Your Questions About Unemployment And Stimulus Checks Answered

FAQ City: What You Can And Can't Do Under North Carolina's Stay-At-Home Order

Hard to believe that just a month ago, the Charlotte area was still gearing up for all the usual springtime events. Our kitchen calendars still had spaces blocked off for college commencement, spring break, and opening day at the ballpark. Perhaps you were planning to hit the gym or the hair salon to look good for summer. Now, that's all out the window amid a fast-moving pandemic and a statewide stay-at-home order issued by North Carolina's governor.

FAQ City: What You Can And Can't Do Under North Carolina's Stay-At-Home Order

FAQ City: Is It Coronavirus Or COVID-19? Answering Your Questions About The Pandemic

The tumult caused by the coronavirus this week has many WFAE listeners writing into our newsroom with questions about the unfolding pandemic. For instance, "Why do news anchors alternate between saying coronavirus and COVID-19?" "Is there a difference between quarentine and isolation?" "What should I do if I think I have the coronavirus?"

FAQ City: Is It Coronavirus Or COVID-19? Answering Your Questions About The Pandemic

FAQ City: What's Up With Those Mobile Police Towers?

Maybe you've seen one in a parking lot at Walmart, or outside the mall during the holidays. A keen-eyed television viewer might spot them among the crowd at the Super Bowl, or in Times Square on New Year's Eve.

FAQ City: Shhhh! Where Is The Quietest Spot In Mecklenburg County?

Living near the city can be loud. Really loud. Even though we can tune the noise out after a while, the constant racket can have serious effects on our health and our environment. That might be why WFAE listener Katrina Lee wrote to FAQ City asking where she might find might Mecklenburg County's quietest outdoor spot.

FAQ City: What Are All Those Black Poles Popping Up In Charlotte?

A crop of new utility poles and wires is starting to appear around Charlotte. You've probably sped right by them and barely noticed. These poles are black metal, about the size of a wooden utility pole, with a strange cylinder on top. And those wires — you see them hanging from utility poles, or sticking up out of the grass along the roadside. What could all this work be?