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    Ideas and creativity of three innovators make Charlotte, N.C., a more livable city

    Sept. 18, 2014, 11 a.m., Posted by Susan Patterson

    Deborah Triplett hangs her own yard art, a "clothesline" tribute to her mother and grandmother, entitled "You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone.” Photo courtesy Deborah Triplett. 

    Charlotte is a wonderful place to live, thanks to many things and many people. I’m putting the spotlight here on three women whose ideas are making our community even better.

    First, meet Deborah Triplett. She’s a fine photographer, an advocate for and volunteer with The Light Factory, and most importantly, she’s the creator of Yard Art Day.

    Every Labor Day, Deborah invites Charlotte residents to share their creativity in this community-wide art installation. It’s free. There are no judges. There is, however, a map. First, participants plan and create their art and then add the information to the Yard Art Map on Facebook.

    It’s fun to participate, but it’s even more fun to take the map and drive around town and see others’ art. This year, one creative team created a “car-digan” – a car covered with their knitting.

    What I especially like about Yard Art Day is the organic nature in which it develops. Deborah launched this idea in 2012, which coincided with the Democratic National Convention being held in the city. She wanted our visitors to see creativity outside of Uptown.

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    Bianca St. Louis, CODE2040: 'I envision libraries as a creative space and entrepreneurial hub'

    Sept. 18, 2014, 10:30 a.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

    Knight News Challenge: Libraries offers applicants a chance to share in $2.5 million by focusing on the question “How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?”

    Above, Bianca St. Louis, program coordinator for the nonprofit CODE 2040, a previous Knight News Challenge winner, discusses the role libraries can play in the digital age, the gaps in news and information they can help fill and how they can be hubs of creation and community support that connect diverse groups.

    To submit an entry or provide feedback on other submissions, visit You can join us for virtual office hours from 1 to 2 p.m. ET Sept. 23. Participants can access the meeting online ( using ID 731675489), or participate via phone at 1-888-240-2560. Knight News Challenge: Libraries closes at 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 30. Winners will be announced in January.

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    Tiger Strikes Asteroid gets down and dirty

    Sept. 18, 2014, 10:16 a.m., Posted by CSchwartz

    The urban landscape is littered – literally – with the discarded stuff of (mostly human) life. Food refuse, trash, industrial decay… bits and pieces, and odds and ends that have lost their meaning by way of their inglorious disposal. While it may be the ultimate cliché to say that one...

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