David Boraks

Reporter

David Boraks is a reporter and host at WFAE, covering energy & the environment, politics & government, affordable housing, 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 Annenberg/Knight Block-by-Block News 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.

Nicole Seekely chairs the Hulsey Yard Study Committee in Atlanta, where neighbors support redevelopment of a big vacant rail yard, including affordable housing.
DAVID BORAKS / WFAE

A frequent obstacle to developing affordable housing is NIMBY, which stands for "not in my backyard." Neighbors bombard elected officials with concerns about traffic, crime and demand on city services as they try to halt new developments. Often, they succeed in blocking developments.

But in some cities, there's now a growing pro-development movement called YIMBY — for "yes in my backyard." 

A car was still partially submerged June 10 after flooding the night before on Riverside Drive in northwest Charlotte.
DAVID BORAKS / WFAE

Federal regulators say Duke Energy did not violate its license when it released water from Catawba River dams in June that caused flooding downstream. But in a letter this week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asked Duke to review its high-water management and notification procedures and recommend improvements. 

DAVID BORAKS / WFAE

North Carolina’s seemingly endless 9th District congressional race is over.

Republican Dan Bishop won the special election last night by 2 percentage points over Democrat Dan McCready in a race that drew national attention as a possible preview to the 2020 election.

If you get TV over the airwaves (not cable or satellite), you'll need to re-scan the channels next week.
FCC

Many TV stations nationwide are switching to new broadcast frequencies this month as part of a federal effort to open up new spectrum for high-speed wireless services, including 5G. That means if you get TV over the airwaves you'll have to re-scan the channels on your TV.

Affordable Housing advocates sat with signs at Monday's council meeting.
David Boraks / WFAE

New donations have pushed Charlotte's private-sector affordable housing fund to $53 million, beating a $50 million goal.

DAVID BORAKS / WFAE

About 500 Duke Energy line workers, damage assessors and construction crews are headed to Florence, South Carolina, where they will be ready to restore any electricity outages from Hurricane Dorian.

Owners of Lake Arbor Apartments in west Charlotte want all residents out by Dec. 31 to make way for "revitalization and improvement."
DAVID BORAKS / WFAE

Saturday is the deadline for the first group of tenants to move out from Lake Arbor Apartments in west Charlotte, after the New York-based owners announced plans to shut the complex for major renovations. 

CLINT PATTERSON / UNSPLASH

North Carolina regulators have proposed new rules that would make clear that public utilities cannot charge customers for political and charitable contributions or lobbying expenses. The rules would apply to electric and gas utilities and large water and sewer systems. 

CATS will talk with the new partners about redeveloping the Charlotte Transportation Center, on East Fourth Street.
David Boraks / WFAE

Updated Aug. 29, 2019
Charlotte Area Transit System has picked a partner for a potential redevelopment of the main bus station uptown.  CATS says it will begin discussions soon with a joint venture of Charlotte developer White Point Partners and Texas-based Dart Interests. 

Officials say the joint venture was chosen in part because it can provide an interim site for bus stops on land it owns across East 4th Street from the current Charlotte Transportation Center, or CTC. CATS also cited the group's "design approach and financial standing."

Duke Energy has seven coal-fired power plants in the Carolinas, including the Allen Steam Station in Belmont.
DAVID BORAKS / WFAE

North Carolina regulators this week approved Duke Energy's latest 15-year energy plan as "adequate." But they also ordered the company next year to show why it still makes economic sense to keep old coal plants open and how it will help meet state goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department headquarters.
Logan Cyrus

The Charlotte City Council on Monday approved money for improved security at Charlotte-Mecklenburg police stations, including police headquarters. And the council agreed to fund a study of a proposed rail trail along the planned Silver Line.  

About 20 percent of the CATS bus fleet is hybrid diesel-electric buses like this one. More could be on the way.
David Boraks / WFAE


  The head of Charlotte Area Transit System told the City Council Monday he's stepping back from plans to buy diesel replacement buses this year and instead says he'll ask his board to approve buying diesel-electric hybrid buses. The change comes as the city debates how to meet a zero-carbon goal for city vehicles by 2030. 

Owners of Lake Arbor Apartments in west Charlotte want all residents out by Dec. 31 to make way for "revitalization and improvement."
DAVID BORAKS / WFAE

Tenants being displaced by the planned closure of a west Charlotte apartment complex need about $350,000 for temporary housing and other relocation assistance. That's based on an assessment by social service agencies that have met with tenants of the run-down Lake Arbor Apartments off Tuckaseegee Road.  

The bridge would connect the Charlotte Rail Trail between the Lynx Blue Line Carson Street Station and Charlotte Convention Center.
CharlotteRailTrail.org

Charlotte Center City Partners says public and private funding is now in place to begin work on a long-discussed $11.5 million pedestrian bridge over Interstate 277 that would connect uptown with South End. 

Companies would be able to contract for solar or wind power with third parties under the new Duke Energy program.
DUKE ENERGY

Duke Energy is rolling out a new program that clears the way for large customers to buy solar or wind energy from independent power producers.

Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and Charlotte soccer fans are still waiting for word on whether Major League Soccer will put a franchise here. But the league announced Tuesday that St. Louis will become its 28th team. 

Gaston Shoals Hydro Station is among five plants Duke Energy has sold to Northbrook Energy.
Duke Energy

Duke Energy has completed the sale of five small hydroelectric plants in the western Carolinas that it says have become too expensive to maintain and operate. It's taking a loss on the sale, which it eventually hopes to recover from customers. 

Public comments are due Sept. 9 on the draft plan.
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality

State environmental officials have released the draft of a proposed North Carolina Clean Energy Plan, a requirement of Governor Roy Cooper's executive order on climate change last year. 

Charlotte Pride board president Daniel Valdez says this year's festival will celebrate diversity, on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
David Boraks / WFAE

Thousands of visitors will be uptown this weekend for the annual Charlotte Pride LGBT festival and parade. Organizers say they expect to match or top last year, when 165,000 people attended the Saturday-Sunday event.

Hurricane Florence
David Boraks / WFAE

It's hurricane season and government forecasters last week said they're now expecting above-normal activity, with five to nine Atlantic hurricanes, including two to four major storms with winds over 110 miles an hour. A conference at Duke University Wednesday looked at North Carolina's ongoing recovery from past hurricanes and what needs to happen to make the state more resilient in the face of stronger and slower moving storms. 

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