ProudlyUnaffiliated.....Well You sure wrote a fkn mouthful about shit unrelated to this story and added your political twist and felt the desire to mention my name...First no one gives a twiddle fuck what you think or you political fantasies....Unlike your name..I think you are proudly affiliated...(with GOP assbags)..So here ya go close your eyes...Im going to say,,it,,,GFY you might just like it and by all means try to have a nice day.
Chris, I used a zoom lens!
Q: "8 feet off the ground, is an odd spot for a light switch.
How did one reach the switch?"
A: Same way you took the picture: standing on something,
or being tall, or using a switch-flipper (patent pending).
Very neat, as a 38 year old skateboarder, one of the things I've always talked about, since I was a teen, to often disinterested ears, is the way skateboarding has you looking at the objects and buildings and stairs and sidewalks around you very differently, often causing you to notice completely odd, or lost or misplaced things. There are phenomenon of switches and handles to nothing, stairs to nowhere, doors into oblivion etc, which gets your mind going off the cliches of everyday experience. Very cool find indeed.
At her lecture yesterday, Dr. Fullilove mentioned that the redlining mortgage maps were unavailable except by visit to the National Archives in College Park, MD.
Later, Katie Spencer of the Museum of Durham History said they would soon have an exhibit about the map. Spirit House is also working with local cartographer Tim Stahlmann to create a large-format version of the map. Great news on both fronts.
There are plenty of places online to view and examine the Durham redlining map, however. WUNC posted a scan of the original printed map here: http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wun…
UNC's Richard Marciano has an interactive version of the map (and of Asheville's) here: http://salt.umd.edu/SRC/demo/demo.html
From this web map you can click on each color-coded area and discover non-sugar-coated racism in a Federal document: the South Mangum (nee McMannen) Street area near the current Bulls ballpark is described as "formerly a good white residential street, but negroes are gradually taking up the area."
Marciano's team had an earlier website that doesn't appear to be fully functional at the moment, but does offer additional background and insight: http://mainstreet.lib.unc.edu/projects/hay…
Finally, map nerds who don't already know about Digital Durham, a site put together by Duke's Trudi Abel, need to visit it now. Lots of original material there, including an oft-referenced 1937 Durham Public Works map that shows the racial composition of town, street-by-street, and that works in tandem with this redlining map. It is also, perhaps unwittingly, an early map of environmental (in)justice: http://digitaldurham.duke.edu/hueism.php?x…
Wow! I know John as a guitar student of Jon Shain's and have seen him play at student recitals the Shains hold every couple of months. I had no idea that he was such an accomplished accordion player. Thanks, Lisa.
Glad you asked, Erik… For Blacknall church specifically, the long-term problem is the threat of losing Sunday access to off-street parking – a need currently met by Duke’s 705 Broad St. parking lot. (In 2008, this threat was all but realized with the planned re-development of 705 Broad as a new Whole Foods Superstore site.) If the Duke lot privilege goes away, Blacknall congregants are left a weekly "hunting expedition" for scarce on-street, or remote off-street, parking.
Would the church seek creative solutions? Certainly. Remember, Blacknall has flourished for nearly 100 years without owning a single parking space! But a quick glance at the neighborhood's rapidly expanding skyline gives pause... Where is the tipping point?
Permanent solution, Erik? Structured parking. A parking garage situated between Ninth St. and Iredell St. would serve the needs of multiple stakeholders and fuel imagination for future re-development. Blacknall would gladly join a coalition of joint venture partners to bring this to fruition. Heck, sounds like a lot of fun!
In the mean time, a few $41,000 parking spaces will have to do...
Tp (Member of Blacknall's Land Acquisition Committee)
Every time I come across this I'm struck by what a great photo this is. Just wanted to say so.
Ok. What's the permanent solution to the long-term problem, Tp?
We'll clarify that the 39 parking spaces are a temporary solution to an immediate problem – loss of weekday parking. Blacknall Church believes that surface parking is clearly NOT the highest use for this property. Tp
Actually, just FYI, the Fun Zone has been out of business for over a year. Granted, those chairs WERE from the Fun Zone, but the stolen plants were next to the door of what is now the Crafting and Quilting Room of Sew Crafty, a sewing studio located on the second floor of said building where kids come to learn how to sew on a sewing machine.
In this intellectually bereft time, I expect the mob to be screaming racism and demanding that we close the gun death achievement gap.
If the boy doesn't pull a Trayvon Martin and physically assault an armed man with a gun who is put in fear for his life, then his chances of a premature death will decrease dramatically.
If the boy doesn't pull a Mike Brown and assault an officer and try to take his gun, then his chances of a premature death will decrease dramatically.
If the boy doesn't pull a Eric Garner and choose to put his body under severe stress while resisting arrest while being obese, having a heart condition, diabetes, and asthma, (note to the ignorant, the cops didn't suffocate Garner, break any of his bones, or crush his windpipe . . . the man's body gave out from the stress he created for himself by fighting with the cops), then his chances of a premature death will decrease dramatically.
If the boy doesn't pull a Derek Walker and point a gun at a police officer, then his chances of a premature death will decrease dramatically.
if the boy doesn't pull a Jose Ocampo and take a out a knife and disobey a lawful order to drop it and then behaves in a threatening manner towards the cop with a gun on him, then his chances of a premature death will decrease dramatically.
If the boy doesn't pull a Freddie Gray try to create an injury, (likely to claim police brutality . . . he's seen the race hustling scams with Trayvon, Garner, Brown, etc.), by throwing himself around the back of a metal police van, then his chances of a premature death will decrease dramatically.
If the boy doesn't pull a Jesus Huerta and shoot himself with a gun he kept hidden from cops, then his chances of a premature death will decrease dramatically.
To summarize: if the boy doesn't engage in criminal behavior and if he doesn't display threatening behavior towards the police or assault them (or other civilians), and if when given lawful orders by the police he obeys them (simple ones too, like put your hands behind your back or drop the weapon), then his chances of getting killed either by a civilian or police officer will decrease dramatically.
Sorgie, I'm surprised you don't know this stuff. It's pretty basic.
If you're so worried about him dying, it shouldn't be in a police article. He's most likely to be killed by another black person. Your concerns would be more relevant in a different article, one that examines a culture and specific set of behaviors that lead to death by cop.
Or in other words, the sort of article your politics would prevent you from ever writing.
Thank you, Bruce. I appreciate your kind words.
Thank you Lisa Sorg! I thought your article on Hicks (the one I read in print just yesterday) was an incredibly penetrating piece. It went miles beyond the current commentary, so well-grounded in its logic and incisive in its analysis. I hope it gets picked up internationally.
I've been enjoying how that dish has gradually lost panels over the years.
Dude, I salute you and feel less alone here now.
It's pretty clear this guy was a liberal. I'm sure many Indy readers are severely disappointed this guy didn't turn out to be a Tea Party Republican, but instead one of them. He actually reminds me of Tony Dockery who in this comment thread fantasizes about prison rape. The angry, hate-filled liberal, spewing invective, and thinking his beliefs justify violence on top of violence.
What you won't see in the left-wing Indy or the liberal mainstream media was that this man, as noted by his Facebook likes, was fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Rachel Maddow, Huffington Post, various gay marriage groups, and other progressive causes. He was an atheist and political liberal. So perhaps we should blame anti-religious zealots like Indy writers, instead of the NRA, which Sorg for some reason believes should comment? Maybe we should hate on MSNBC? Because we all know that if this had been someone who leaned conservative, it would be blowing up the news feeds. Instead, to borrow a phrase from Sorg, we have . . . crickets.
What's sad is how the first thing people think of when hearing that an altercation involved a white and a non-white is that it is automatically is the result of racism on the part of the white. It's like thinking all blacks are criminals. Or all Latinos lazy. Or all Irish people are drunks.
BTW, when is the last time you heard of a white victim of a hate crime?
As has become clear, this has nothing to do with being Muslim (as one neighbor at the apartments said, Hicks was an "equal opportunity" offender), and had to do with a parking dispute. Which, it appears, had to do with multiple instances of disrespect towards Hicks from the victims. One of whom, from his Twitter feeds, drops the n-word repeatedly appears to be both anti-Semitic and prejudiced against whites. One wonders if this is why they wouldn't quit parking in his space?
Sadly, some people, like Sorg, try and divide us. Most of us can see through the lie. But some are so invested in it to explain their own lack of success, or just plain ignorant, that they'll buy it, and then create more pain and suffering in the world, from the burned buildings in Ferguson, to two dead cops in New York.
One could argue there is a direct line of responsibility from people like Sorg to dead cops and white civilians who are murdered by non-whites motivated due to perceived racial grievances stoked by the left-wing media. It would be a bad argument because we a responsible for what we do. Guns are not responsible, nor is a book, or a TV show, or a painting, or a radio broadcast. We all make choices in life for which we alone are responsible. Sadly, next time a killer does something, left-wing nutjobs are going to be jonesing for it to be a white male who leans to the right, and if it is, the media will have a field day and report who the GOP, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, and anyone who isn't a liberal is responsible.
@Vidvis: No offense taken. I wasn't sure whom the comment was directed at. It's a very emotional time and I expect people to have strong feelings about this situation for quite a while.
Sorry for the misdirected ire, Lisa. My comment was meant to be adrressed to somebodyneeds2pay.
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