Neighbors in Charlotte's Wesley Heights neighborhood are complaining about a putrid smell they say is coming from a nearby paper mill. Residents say the smell enters their houses even when the
windows are closed, and the air sometimes reddens eyes and makes
While Caraustar Mill isn't new, some of the neighbors are, and they're actively hoping they can get local officials to do something about the odor. Some say it's the latest sign of growth where affluent residents
move into popular central neighborhoods but bump up against industry.
It isn't clear how far the neighbors will get -- at least one air quality specialist for Mecklenburg County says odor is a fact of life.