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Monday, February 28, 2011

Light rail to go OVER the Boylan Avenue Bridge?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 5:25 PM

This image of an elevated light-rail line is from India — i.e., general idea only I know y'all were planning to get to the next round of TTA transit planning sessions starting March 22, but just to whet your appetite: I've heard it twice now from well-informed Raleigh officials that the TTA's latest scheme for getting light-rail transit through downtown Raleigh is to go OVER the Boylan Avenue Bridge. (As someone just said on an email thread, you mean under? No, I mean over.) [TTA's response, according to a spokesman, is that they aren't proposing any single option to serve...

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Moore Square re-do: The tilted lawn a good idea?

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 1:55 PM

View looking east of the tilted lawn concept Fans of Moore Square should mark Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m. in their calendars. That's when the city's Parks, Rec & Greenways Advisory Board meets to formally receive the new draft master plan and take public comment on it. The board meets at the Chavis Park Community Center, 505 MLK Jr. Blvd. The board is advisory, as its name says. Whatever it thinks, the final call is the City Council's on whether to accept the plan, change it or reject it. The plan can be viewed here: 2011MSqMasterPlanDocument.pdf it was developed by a...

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Jim Hunt & Gary Pearce at QRB tonight (and a correction)

Posted By on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 1:07 PM

In our "8 days a week" listings in the Indy, I plugged the appearance at Quail Ridge Books tonight of former Gov. Jim Hunt and Gary Pearce, his longtime spokesman and author of the new Jim Hunt: A Biography. A major thread in the book is the race issue in North Carolina and how Hunt confronted it at every stage of his long public career. Hunt entered politics on the side of Democrats like Terry Sanford who were progressive on race at a time when the Democratic Party was in open warfare with itself over the issue; soon the segregationist...

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Shameless promotion dept: Lenovo hearted Hopscotch

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 2:14 PM

We interrupt State Fair week to bring you this Lenovo plug for how cool they were to be associated with the Indy's inaugural Hopscotch Music Festival a few weeks ago, which Lenovo thinks — and I do too — was chill. (Is that the word?) And great for Raleigh....

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Cameron Village apologizes: PDA's are cool, gay or straight

Posted By on Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 6:07 PM

An apology from Lynne Worth of York Properties, which manages Cameron Village, about yesterday's kissing incident: Cameron Village is a family friendly shopping center that welcomes the entire community. We sincerely regret Wednesday's events and have attempted to contact Ms. Breedlove and invite her to meet with us. We have arranged a meeting for 3:00 pm tomorrow (Saturday). The officers’ actions do not reflect the views of Cameron Village and York Properties. The officer involved was immediately suspended. The supervising officer and all security officers will receive additional sensitivity training. Cameron Village is committed to maintaining an open and welcoming...

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

No kissing at Cameron Village? Or no kissing if you're gay?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 6:04 PM

[Update 10/15: Cameron Village has apologized. You can read it here. (Much the same as geekypoet's response in the comments below from Regency, the shopping center firm that owns CV.] I'm pretty sure they're not anti-kissing at Cameron Village, Raleigh's oldest and usually up-to-date shopping center. On the CV website, note all the hugging couples. All hetero- couples, however. What about gay couples? *** I heard about this incident last night — third hand. Now come the details: A lesbian couple say that they were cuddling a little on a bench at CV yesterday after lunching at the Flying...

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

High-speed rail: Residents' "hybrid" plan gains with City Council, DOT

Posted By on Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 9:18 AM

The big news out of last night's City Council hearing on the Southeast High-Speed Rail Project: The hybrid plan put forward by a citizens group — variously called NC4 and the NC1/NC2 Avoidance Alternative — will be given serious consideration by the Department of Transportation's Rail Division. Pat Simmons, head of the rail division, told the Council that his staff will work with the city's transportation staff to see whether the hybrid idea can be made to work and if so, exactly where that cross-Capital Boulevard railroad viaduct could be located and what its impacts would be. Before the hearing,...

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Inaugural African-American Festival coming Sept. 3-5

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 5:14 PM

In the it's-about-time category, Raleigh launches its first African-American Cultural Festival next weekend, just before Labor Day. This should help make up for the loss of the CIAA basketball tournament to Charlotte. (The less said about efforts to replace it with the MEAC tournament, the better.) Raleigh's got a long way to go in putting its rich black history and culture forward. Hopefully this event is a step in that direction. Anyway, the program sounds good: Inaugural African-American Cultural Festival Set For Sept. 3-5 Raleigh residents are invited to enjoy their Labor Day weekend at the first ever African...

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Anybody in Raleigh FOR high-speed rail? No, seriously —

Posted By on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 11:15 AM

A little history. The state DOT picked a general route for the Southeast High-Speed Rail line from Richmond to Raleigh eight years ago, when nobody was paying any attention and there was no prospect of it being funded in anybody's lifetime. The general route: Right through Raleigh; details to follow (or they don't matter). So two years ago DOT showed up at City Hall and said the specific routes they had in mind would requiring closing and/or screwing up the streets that connect Raleigh's first successfully revitalized downtown neighborhood — Glenwood South — to the second revitalizing downtown neighborhood,...

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Advocates launch DixLegacyPark.com

Posted By on Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Map by Dix Visionaries It's going on four years since our Indy cover story, "Imagine Dix," about the potential for a Raleigh Central Park on what remains of the Dorothea Dix Hospital campus — about 306 acres of land. I see, within that story, the subhead, "Decision in '07?" No, there was no decision in '07, or '08, or '09, and there won't be one in '10 either, because Dorothea Dix Hospital is not yet closed and won't be — shouldn't be — as long as the state's mental health programs remain screwed up to the max. But someday, we...

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Very cool: New BikePed Googlemap for Raleigh

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Courtesy of Mr. Steve Waters — member of the Raleigh Bike Ped Advisory Commission — comes this one-stop look at Raleigh's greenways and bicycle routes, current and future. (Mostly, in the case of bike lanes, future.) Check it out....

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Shop Local Raleigh: Saturday at Seaboard Station, 2-8 pm

Posted By on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 4:05 PM

You've certainly heard all the arguments in favor of buying from locally owned businesses instead of chains, no need to repeat them here. (Or is there? Money stays in town, your neighbors are employed, they buy stuff, pay taxes, it's good for everybody — you know. Even if you shop at Wal-Mart, in your heart, you know.) So Saturday, 2-8 pm at Seaboard Station (off Peace Street next to Peace College across from the State Government mall), local businesses in the Shop Local Raleigh organization will kick off National Independents Week. No, the week isn't named for the Indy, though...

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

From Horseshoe Farm to the Bolton tract: Sometimes, the citizens win

Posted By on Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Friends of Horseshoe FarmA note from someone who read this piece about the Bolton property and the West Morgan Study Area. "Please see," she writes, "[this} link to an update about Horsehoe Farm Park. I witnessed part of the struggle between citizens and staff as to the character of that park. This news reminds me to feel optimistic that citizens can influence the outcome for the West Morgan neighborhood." Ah, Horseshoe Farm — remember that battle? Now comes the news: Horseshoe Farm Park Will Test Sustainable Landscape Rating System The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) announced the selection of Horseshoe Farm...

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Following up: Senate budget has $$ for Harriet's House, Our Children's Place

Posted By on Fri, May 21, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Photo by Jeremy Lange Following up on our story in the Indy last week, Harriet's House in Raleigh and Our Children's Place in Chapel Hill, programs to help women make a successful transition out of prison, were scheduled to get the ax in Gov. Bev Perdue's budget plan. (Online, we ran a sidebar interview with Onia Royster, who is a case study of how Harriet's House helps.) Specifically, Harriet's House, after a 25 percent cut in state funding a year ago down to about $207,000 a year, was due for zero in 2010-11 under Perdue's plan. Ditto for Our Children's...

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Friday, February 12, 2010

HK on J postponed to 2/27 on 'count of the weather

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Democracy NC and N.C. Justice Center both tell us so. It was scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) in Raleigh....

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

HK on J is coming Feb. 13 -- it's not a march, it's a movement worth joining

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 5:58 PM

The Rev. William J. Barber II called a press conference today with three dozen of his friends and allies. The state president of the NAACP was bursting with news: * The U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights division has initiated its own investigation into the NAACP's complaint about school resegregation in Wayne County, joining ("coordinating with" the U.S. Department of Education's investigation. * Barber continues to press the Wake County school board for a public airing of the NAACP's case against ending diversity and adopting resegregation in its stead under the veil of "neighborhood schools." He's asked School Board Chair Ron...

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Bett Padgett's house concerts ruled a business; the limit is three a year.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 5:22 PM

The Raleigh Board of Adjustment, after a nearly three-hour hearing, voted 4-1 to uphold the inspections department's decision that Bett Padgett's house concerts violate the city's residential zoning. The fact that she hosts more than three concerts a year, the board decided, makes them a business even though she doesn't sell tickets, doesn't make any money or try to (and spends her own money on refreshments), and they're in her living room. She does accept donations and gives the money to the artists. Freedom of assembly? Board Chair Larry McBennett thought so; but four other members decided that, even if...

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

City's crime crackdown: Step a-w-a-y from the house concerts, Bett Padgett.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 10:44 AM

(Update: The decision is in; I have a post up about it -- here's the link.)  The question before the Raleigh Board of Adjustment on Monday: Are the house concerts hosted by Bett Padgett at Bill and Bett’s Little Lake Hill home—all proceeds go to the musicians—a very nice thing to do? Or an illegal business? The city’s inspections department says they’re illegal, a violation of the rules limiting the types of business you can operate in your house. Little Lake Hill, off Dixie Trail, averages nine concerts a year with audiences of up to 100, says Inspections Chief...

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Cast a vote for Doc Hendley: A "candidate" everyone can love

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Take a minute to check out this website -- Doc Hendley, NCSU Class of '04, is the founder/leader of an organization, Wine to Water, that's doing great work in the Third World using money raised courtesy of good old American drinking. Doc's one of 10 finalists in CNN's national "Hero of 2009 balloting" -- the website explains how to vote for him. It's a no-brainer for members of the Wolfpack Nation as well as right-thinking backers of all other North Carolina institutions. There was a Brickyard ceremony today at State to rally support for the Hendley campaign and Hendley's group,...

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

"It's beginning to look a lot like ..." -- Rockefeller Raleigh?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 5:24 PM

There's gonna be ice skating on Fayetteville Street this winter -- from December 4 to the end of January. Did you know that Winterfest is a Raleigh tradition? Me neither. But it's going to be, says the newly re-elected Mayor Meeker. It's all in the press release from the Downtown Raleigh Alliance -- below the fold -- and on the RaleighWinterfest.com website:...

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Wake schools to come apart? Will the new school board fire Del Burns?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 2:10 AM

"Neighborhood schools" candidates went 4 for 4 in the Wake school board elections. Actually, it was 3.99 for 4. One could be facing a runoff, but he got 49.4 percent of the vote, and the runner-up less than half that amount -- and the runner-up is for neighborhood schools too. (District by district results here.) So long story short, there are now five members of the school board who represent suburban Wake County districts and four who represent Raleigh districts. And the question is, will the suburban representatives act to separate their schools from the city schools, which is --...

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Future of Five Points area is the subject of city charrette on Saturday

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 5:45 PM

City staffers will no doubt be armed with colored dots and paper rolls -- the stuff of your basic planning charrette. Be there or be unaware of what's coming next around the key Five Points intersection. Do RSVP, y'all. Details from the city are below: CITY OF RALEIGH TO HOST CHARRETTE FOR FIVE POINTS AREA ON SATURDAY At the request of business owners in the Five Points area, the Raleigh Department of City Planning and the City’s Public Works Department will host a charrette on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1500...

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Carolina Rollergirls bounce back to take 5th place in Eastern regional

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 12:34 PM

(Cross-posted from Triangle Offense.) Your (our) Carolina Rollergirls put on a great show this weekend, playing host to the Women's Flat Track Derby Association's Eastern Regional tournament at Dorton Arena in Raleigh. The home team, unfortunately, was upset in the opening round Friday night by Boston, which cost them any chance to advance to the nationals in November. They bounced back Saturday to drub the team from Virginia, and on Sunday grabbed 5th place (out of 10 teams) with a convincing win over the Providence, Rhode Island club. "What happened Friday was a big surprise to us," said Pink...

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

1,000-plus at health care rally chant: Public option! Yes, we can!

Posted By on Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 11:31 PM

Excellent turnout in downtown Raleigh for the pro-health care reform rally put together by President Obama's Organizing for America bunch -- easily 1,000. (Update: DNC says 1,500, which I wouldn't dispute; I've copied their press release below the fold. Amazing how the local media just about ignored this event -- for the "why" on that, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne is worth reading.)  Interesting that they weren't all that cranked up by OFA Deputy Director Jeremy Bird the first time he spoke, nor by Congressman David Price, though they liked both. It wasn't until Rhonda Robinson, as she was winding...

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Obama rally brings change -- now it's at Progress Energy Center, Thursday 5-7 pm

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 11:29 AM

The big pro-Obama health care reform rally you're going to read about in the printed Indy today when it hits a coffee shop near you -- the Let's Get It Done: Raleigh National Bus Tour Stop (Health Insurance Reform Now) rally that was scheduled for Thursday night, 5-7 pm at the WakeMed North campus -- well, they've changed the venue. No, really. I just talked to Lindsay Siler, who is state coordinator for Obama's Organizing for America operation. (She's in Greensboro today, btw, delivering petitions to Sen. Hagan. She's got a lot on her plate.) The WakeMed site fell through...

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