Table of Contents July 2012

July 2012

Cover story

New route

Gene Conti tries to get somewhere with moving the politics out of state transportation planning.
By Edward Martin

Politics had long been the rule of the roads in North Carolina, with a seat on the N.C. Board of Transportation one of patronage’s prize plums. Marc Basnight, for example, had used his as a springboard to a 27-year career in the state legislature, including 18 years as Senate president pro tempore. By the time he retired in 2011, U.S. 64 barreled across the coastal plain, a highway of almost interstate quality from Raleigh to his hometown of Manteo. What got built where often was based not so much on need as whom you knew and what strings they pulled.


Playing ball

Minor-league teams pitch new parks as a way for downtown development to hit a home run.
By Spencer Campbell and Erin Dunn
Durham’s success at its downtown ballpark has inspired copycats and wannabes. Greensboro and Winston-Salem have opened downtown ballparks, and the Charlotte Knights want one in the Queen City’s  “uptown.” Kalkhof, Habel and Durham Mayor Bill Bell recently met with Wilmington City Council members, who are considering a proposal from developers to construct a stadium and bring minor-league baseball there. All of these — save Greensboro’s — required or will require public funds to build


Photo Feature

Ink spot

The ink that's used to decorate almost every drink can made in the U.S. comes from Charlotte-based INX International Ink Co.
By Edward Martin, Photography by Mike Belleme

Once a day every day, what INX International Ink Co. makes in its Charlotte plant reaches everyone in the U.S. At least it works out that way on paper. Domestic consumers go through more than 100 billion aluminum cans a year — nearly one a day per person. Their colors come from this factory, the world’s largest producer of ink to decorate two-piece metal cans. Virtually all of it that is used in this country is made there.



Up Front
Finis print.

Readers write
Letters from Business North Carolina readers.

NC Trend
How the economy turns.

Fine Print
G.D. Gearino's final words.

Capital Goods
Legislators, whether the old Democratic regime or the new Republican majority, have been swayed by the arguments of corporate taxpayers.

Regional Report
Eastern Triangle Triad Charlotte Western

Special Advertising Sections and Publications

Buncombe County Round Table


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