Buddy I think most of the people that wanted to keep Albemarle "small" are no longer. I have heard that for years and I think there was a time that this was correct. Do not see it as such now. The internet and growth outward of Charlotte have changed how people do business. I know that a business does not want competition but they also want the shot at more business.My understanding is that 2 board members voted for plan b and 1 against. That left 4 that did not vote but understand the way the motion was put forward those 4 counted as Yes's. I also understand this was a vote to review or study plan b. Am I correct so far? Now bulldognation and btango have made good arguments NOT to close AHS. But My feelings are this is exactly what Dr Griffin and the board are going to do. Close AHS. This has been their Number 1 priority from day one. Weither this is a plot by unforeseen people. I do not know, but their is smell of a strong bias coming from somewhere. I have lived in Albemarle all my life and I know of certain people that have keep industry from coming to town because they did not want to pay higher wages. There are certain well to do people that do NOT want Albemarle to grow. Sad but true.
In the early 1960's the federal government had huge grants to run water and sewer system further into the county especially water. Many people who would lose money due to this fought it and you have seen Stanly County suffer somewhat due to the sewage system not having enough capacity.
I think AHS being on the chopping block is part of the change we see in America. Did you ever expect Wiscassett to close? Bought out, sure, but close, never. Cannon Mills in Kannapolis? Kannapolis was able to change with an influx of money and the proximity to I-85 and Charlotte. Alcoa? Think that has crushed Badin, hurt North and Pfeiffer? Absolutely.
Harris is correct on the Highway 49 corridor. It will be four lanes from Charlotte to Asheboro where it will connect with interstates and other major roadways in the center of the state. There will be growth. I do expect the 24/27 corridor to grow into Cabarrus and Stanly County. Draw a circle around Charlotte and it has prospered in nearly every sliver going outward except into Cabarrus which is one of the last areas with large amounts of land.