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  • Chapter 1
    On a vacant stretch of farmland,
    developers build the suburb of our future
    Cows Rural and urban life still co-exist at Exit 25. But can that last much longer? Patrick Schneider
    The transformation began less than a decade ago in a lonely field of alfalfa and fescue grass, 15 miles from the towers of central Charlotte. Developers had a plan. They would introduce Charlotteans to a new type of community -- one built around a highway interchange instead of a town hall.