(Charlotte Observer) Since its founding in the 1990s, Ballantyne has projected an upscale, pre-eminent image.

But the area’s pride as a landmark community recently took a different twist: Some are frustrated because they believe they are neglected by the city of Charlotte.

For the last several months, a group of south Charlotte activists has pushed for what the N.C. League of Municipalities said has never been done in the state: to break away from an existing city and form a new municipality.

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