Mary Newsom

Mary Newsom is an associate editor at the Charlotte Observer where she writes a weekly op-ed column. Her blog for the Observer, The Naked City, www.marynewsom.blogspot.com, focuses on growth, development, and transportation. She spent 2007-08 studying at Harvard as a Nieman Fellow. Follow her on Twitter @marynewsom.

Ditching the car in NASCAR country

Charlotte does light rail right

Charlotte is car-loving NASCAR country, a vast suburbia of cul-de-sacs and strip malls. Yet its new light rail line is a national model for success, outstripping ridership projections and inspiring millions of dollars in high-density …