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Ballantyne and the Politics of Secession


Ballantyne and the Politics of Secession Recently the Ballantyne neighborhood dominated the local news scene because some of its residents spoke of seceding from the city of Charlotte. There are many suburban neighborhoods in our region and, over time, they develop their own identities and business cores but does that prepare them to become incorporated municipalities? The question raised by Ballantyne residents could reverberate around the community so we'll look at the prospect of separation and incorporation for Ballantyne or other outlying Charlotte neighborhoods. Guests Warren Cooksey - District 7 Representative, Charlotte City Council Bill McCoy - Consultant, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute Oliver Porter - Principal Associate with PPP Associates LLC. He Was the lead consultant on the creation of Sandy Springs, a 100,000 resident city in Georgia and one of the leading authorities on incorporation. Charlotte Observer | Ballantyne residents look into splitting from Charlotte Charlotte Observer | Editorial: Secession: Wrong solution to real issue Your opinion: Should Ballantyne or any large neighborhood be able to secede? Add and read comments