David Boraks

Reporter

David Boraks covers energy & the environment, politics & government, transportation and other topics for WFAE.  He's a veteran Charlotte-area journalist who also has worked at The Charlotte Observer (1993-2000) and published the online community news network DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net (2006-2015).

He also has worked for American Banker (2000-2005), The China News in Taipei (1991), The Cambridge (Mass.) Chronicle (1989-1991) and The Hartford Courant (1986-89).  He has been a Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow (1997), won the North Carolina Information Technology Association Media Award (1998), won the Davidson College Sullivan Community Service Award (2009), and was an Annenburg/Knight Block-by-Block New Entrepreneur fellow (2011). 

David has a bachelor's  degree in history from Cornell University and a master's degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.

People rode scooters on a sidewalk in uptown Charlotte at lunch hour in June.
David Boraks / WFAE

A pilot program allowing electric scooters on Charlotte streets is continuing through October, when city officials say they'll evaluate how it's working. On Monday, city council member Larken Egleston warned that some users are behaving dangerously and said he doesn't think the city should wait to talk about new rules.

The old Eastland Mall was torn down in 2013.
WFAE file photo

Two of the four development groups that offered proposals for redeveloping the old Eastland Mall site have joined forces, and won the endorsement of city staff to pursue the project.

Crosland Southeast and Eastland Community Development Group both had proposed a mix of uses for the mall site, off Central Avenue about five miles east of uptown. After discussions in recent months, they decided to combine their efforts.  

Crescent Communities said Monday it will donate 4 ½ acres for affordable housing in the planned River District project in west Charlotte. The land — worth $2 million — eventually will be developed by Laurel Street Homes of Charlotte, which plans to build 124 units there by late 2021.

Sheldon Scruggs tends goats on his farm in western Mecklenburg County.
David Boraks / WFAE

Mecklenburg County has more than 230 farms, about half the number of 40 years ago. Residential and commercial development, rising land costs and urbanization are to blame. But renewed interest in local food and the growth of farmers markets offer hope for reversing the trend. Farm advocates say Voluntary Agricultural Districts could protect remaining farms, and maybe encourage more. 

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Harris Teeter will phase out single-use plastic bags by 2025, along with other grocery stores owned by its parent company, The Kroger Co. of Cincinnati.  

Bethlehem Church Road would be closed at the bridge, just west of Prince Road near Aquadale.
NCDOT

The North Carolina Department of Transportation says it wants to close a little-used bridge over the Long Creek in Stanly County because replacing it would cost too much.

Monument to the North Carolina women of the Confederacy in Union Square, Raleigh. One of the three statues at the Capitol Gov. Cooper proposed to move.
UNC Chapel Hill Libraries, "Commemorative Landscapes." DocSouth.unc.edu

The North Carolina Historical Commission voted 9-2 Wednesday against removing three Confederate monuments from the State Capitol Grounds.

Renaissance West sits on 41 acres off West Boulevard where the Boulevard Homes housing project once stood.
David Boraks / WFAE

The Charlotte City Council will vote next month whether to revise or eliminate the city policy on where affordable housing can be built. Officials say the policy is outdated, and conflicts with the council's goal of adding more affordable units. Residents are being asked to comment at meetings beginning this week.

I-77 MOBILITY PARTNERS

Updated Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018
State Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon told Lake Norman area leaders Wednesday that the Department of Transportation cannot buy out its contract with a private company building toll lanes on I-77 north of Charlotte. 

This former high-occupancy lane over I-85 on I-77 southbound will be widened to carry two toll lanes.
David Boraks / WFAE

State Transportation Secretary James Trogdon will be in Cornelius Wednesday afternoon to brief the NCDOT's Local Advisory Group on options for modifying the controversial I-77 toll lanes project. The visit comes three months after most local officials in the group backed their own proposal: Buy out the $650 million contract with the private company building the lanes and convert one toll lane to a free lane.

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