Overall Charlotte's quality of life good, some in flux

The recession has taken a toll on some Charlotte neighborhoods, with seven more communities now considered "challenged," according to the city's Neighborhood Quality of Life study released Monday.

But the report found that the city is still in better shape than in 2002.

Since 1997, the city has partnered with UNC Charlotte to study its neighborhoods, using a multitude of data such as changes in home values, the number of housing code violations, crime, education levels, teen pregnancy and the percent of people receiving food stamps. The report didn't study the rate of foreclosures, which have become a major problem since 2008, when the last study was done.

Most of the city's "stable" neighborhoods are in south Charlotte, and in suburban areas in the southwest and near University City. The city's most troubled neighborhoods - those deemed "challenged" - are mostly in west Charlotte and northeast of uptown. Much of east Charlotte is considered "transitioning."

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