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Re: “GoTriangle Plots Additional Light-Rail Spur to N.C. Central

Its disappointing that elected officials continue to endorse a plan that fails to deliver on the promise of regional transportation. What happened to basic common sense? Wake figured it out quickly. Why cant Durham? or Orange?

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Posted by Bonnie Hauser on 09/23/2016 at 1:51 PM

Re: “GoTriangle Plots Additional Light-Rail Spur to N.C. Central

While it is laudable that GoTriangle and the Durham City council have recently discovered the importance of NCCU, it is amazing that they have just now discovered that NCCU was missing from the original DOLRT plan (despite years of letters from public). The Final Environmental Impact Study (FEIS) was submitted to the federal government and now GoTriangle is projecting that NCCU may be the highest station ridership in Durham? What does that say about the efficacy of the DOLRT planning? Surely we as taxpayers deserve better!

Having submitted the FEIS to the Federal government and failed to secure the anticipated 25% state funding, GoTriangle is now recognizing NCCU as a viable destination while projecting the second highest station ridership? This after all of the extensive studies culminating in the FEIS, and they just ‘woke up’ to this realization now that they have failed to secure state funding?

With the NCGA reiterating the earlier 10% state funding cap (and requiring DOLRT project be re-evaluated in 2 years with other competing state requests in the NC state transportation budget), GoTriangle is desperately trying to perpetuate DOLRT fantasy by shifting objectives yet again. This despite the failure to secure Federal or state funding.

Meantime, GoTriangle bureaucracy continues, consuming our hard-earned tax monies, studying and restudying the same information, desperately hoping for a different answer (and inflated ridership) to perpetuate this ill-conceived albatross of a project called DOLRT without addressing local residents concerns. DOLRT will serve less than 2% of our current population!

And within 72 hours of GoTriangle’s press release, our elected Durham officials unanimously approve the expansion of a $1.6 BILLION project with only cursory public comment.

Stop this madness. Stop this runaway train. We need a viable transit plan. Where is Plan B?

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Posted by Alex Cabanes on 09/22/2016 at 9:52 PM

Re: “GoTriangle Plots Additional Light-Rail Spur to N.C. Central

A common misconception I hear from conservatives and neoconservative hipsters alike is that this rail will cost too much money and only serve rich people. Please consider that most of this rail will mostly serve poor and minority populations who will ALL be able to afford it. It will be FASTER than the bus, which is proven to be the main factor which lifts people out of poverty. Also consider that mixing poor people and rich people contributes to societal cohesiveness (a GOOD thing). Being a cynical pessimist might make you feel smart, but the reality is that this light rail is a no-brainer for the region.

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Posted by James Jones on 09/22/2016 at 8:13 PM

Re: “How Much Has HB 2 Cost North Carolina? As Much as $395 Million—and Counting. estimated that the loss was about $500M, which is less than .001 (1/10 of 1%) of the State Economy.

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Posted by John Trololo on 09/22/2016 at 7:46 AM

Re: “GoTriangle Plots Additional Light-Rail Spur to N.C. Central

Now the can pretend to care about poor people despite this plan focusing primarily on carting around wealthy duke/unc professors and students.

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Posted by jargas mince on 09/21/2016 at 3:15 PM

Re: “GoTriangle Plots Additional Light-Rail Spur to N.C. Central

This light rail is a joke and nothing but a black hole for tax $$. The citizens of Durham/Orange will fight it to the end. The dollars and environmental impact has been studied and published.

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Posted by Barbara 2 on 09/21/2016 at 2:48 PM

Re: “How Much Has HB 2 Cost North Carolina? As Much as $395 Million—and Counting.

You can't lose what you never had. The ACC will lose when it's fans don't leave to the state to view games.

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Posted by Barbara 2 on 09/21/2016 at 2:44 PM

Re: “How Chapel Hill’s “Bicycle Apartments” Became LUX

This article really misses the mark. There are lots of things wrong with some of these new developments, but too little parking is not one of them. Mandatory minimums for parking are worthless and just encourage more car-centric behavior and planning. I'm heartened to hear that this apartment complex has a parking shortage. Indeed, I'd be thrilled if Chapel Hill had a town-wide parking shortage - maybe then we would get some real bike lanes and paths (instead of the worse than useless and idiotically named sharrows), along with a bus system that caters to the broader community beyond UNC.

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Posted by eg on 09/21/2016 at 1:31 PM

Re: “North Carolina Tried to Defend HB 2 in Federal Court. It Didn’t Go Well.

How much tax money has McCory spent on lawyers trying to defend the UN-defendable....McCory is an idiot a moron....anything but smart...This is our fearless leader who has put NC out as the laughing stock of the country just like Kansas....2016 LETS SEND THIS BIG STOOP HOME...

Posted by Tony D on 09/21/2016 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Abandoned mobile homes plague North Carolina

I would love a decent fixer upper mobile home to make into my very own Work /Craft Shop. I love doing all kinds of hobbies and crafts such as decorating Gourds, sewing, making jewelry, making bird houses etc. But i need somewhere to work. Please let me know if you have something cheap that i could fix up for my work Shop. I am 60 and on disability and having something to do that I enjoy is very therapeutic.

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Posted by Kaybird on 09/21/2016 at 1:41 AM

Re: “The Quiet Battle for the N.C. Supreme Court Matters More Than You Think

Should a judge be allowed to be reelected by a retention vote if he or she had not been first elected after the date the retention vote process became effective?

Posted by Doug Johnston on 09/19/2016 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Death Watch

This man is my uncle. I never had the chance to meet him. He is missed very much by his sister/my grandmother. I want my uncle to now that his family has forgiven him. I want him to know that I am currently roaming the same mountains that he did as a boy, and that when I am roaming them I often think of him. I wish that I could have met you. My grandmother still talks about you to me sometimes. She still cries for you and your mom sometimes. I hope you know that you was and still are loved.

Posted by sarahwalker on 09/19/2016 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Abandoned mobile homes plague North Carolina

i am a widow i have property to put a home . my husband past with out warning ' i am 65 i still work but health is getting to a point not sure how much longer i can work 'my mortgage is more than i can afford without working . i take care of my brother with learning disabilities and my great grandson. i would love to be able to get a free mobile home or a good one for a few thousand cause i would have to pay for well septic and power

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Posted by Bonnie Hall on 09/18/2016 at 8:05 PM

Re: “The Party Barn: Are Rustic Weddings Destroying a Way of Life in Rural Orange County?

To those commenting here who appear to be confused by the NC laws and regulations related to agrotourism and bona fide farms, I encourage you to read the laws and, at the very least, read the article on which you're commenting. Agrotourism in North Carolina was intended to help real farmers and their existing farms diversify and become more financial resilient by relaxing zoning regulations, not to allow commercial businesses to work around existing zoning laws by pretending to be farms. Southeast Property Group bought some land that had not been farmed in years and was entirely wooded. The only way for the Brewers and Southeast Property Group to build their commercial wedding and event center on this property (which is not zoned for commercial use) was to either obtain a Special Use Permit (which Orange County refused to grant them) or to meet one of the criteria to become a bona fide farm. Even though there was no farm - just woods - on the property, Southeast Property Group was able to obtain a Farm Service Agency number, thus meeting one of the criteria. At the time they received the number, the small flower bed, the chestnut saplings, and the rented beehives were not on the property. No farm, no barn storing equipment, nothing - just woods. If Southeast Property Group succeeds in building their event center, they will not be inviting people to visit their farm, they will be renting out their $735,000 "utility building" (complete with chandeliers and a bride's room) for "elegant farm weddings." Zoning laws exist for a reason. If they weren't there, "ProudlyAffiliated", "Devil's Advocate", and "The Honorable...Presh", your neighbor's house might be replaced by a Walmart.

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Posted by sbeeman on 09/18/2016 at 1:08 PM

Re: “After a Federal Court Strikes Down North Carolina’s Voting Restrictions, State Republicans Try to Circumvent the Decision

It's amazing that the GOP has become so brazen that they don't even try to hide their bigotry anymore.

Posted by Erik Engberg on 09/18/2016 at 12:42 PM

Re: “The Party Barn: Are Rustic Weddings Destroying a Way of Life in Rural Orange County?

If you look at the facts, carpet bagger fits where landed gentry does not. Again, the Brewers enterprise is a cynical back door exploration of an unintentional hole in the law, to enable an enterprise that would not pass muster on a level playing field.

This is not a property rights issue.

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Posted by where's the beef? on 09/18/2016 at 11:47 AM

Re: “The Party Barn: Are Rustic Weddings Destroying a Way of Life in Rural Orange County?

So let me get this straight - neighbors expect the new owners to abide not by the law, but by whatever unwritten rules they feel will protect their cherished way of life. And expect the government and the public to have sympathy for them because of their history and pedigree?

The term "landed gentry" comes to mind. Not too surprising. Welcome to the south yall.

On the plus side it sounds like most of these dinosaur neighbors will be dead in a few years. And they say entitlement and privilege is limited to millennial narcissists.

Bless their hearts.

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Posted by ProudlyAfilliated on 09/18/2016 at 10:06 AM

Re: “The Party Barn: Are Rustic Weddings Destroying a Way of Life in Rural Orange County?

this doesn't seem to inspire envy from my perspective.

Posted by theseatree on 09/17/2016 at 9:53 PM

Re: “The Party Barn: Are Rustic Weddings Destroying a Way of Life in Rural Orange County?

Folks, please. The Brewers are event planners, not farmers. Do so research on Kara Brewers business career for goodness sake. The Brewers want to build an event business for +300 people where the land will not support it unless thy can get an exemption. Their original application was exactly that. They could not get a permit for what they want to do, so they are using a well-intentioned but flawed law to disguise a poorly thought out business as a farm.

They want to build an event center NOT a barn that is used for the occasional wedding. They will not live on the property and have made no effort to join the community or mitigate the obvious impacts.

If they can get it off the ground (which is dubious), my guess is they will flip the business as soon as they can.

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Posted by where's the beef? on 09/17/2016 at 1:39 PM

Re: “The Party Barn: Are Rustic Weddings Destroying a Way of Life in Rural Orange County?

It's true gentrification starts with legislators raising inheritance and property taxes making it hard for families to maintain family lands. It is a standard set by realtors and developers building to sell and make more money on posh housing tracts. They are the sectors lobbying your representatives and lawmakers.

Here we have one developer on one piece of land solving a growing demand for the next sector of the farm to table. It sounds very similar to me. Farrington House in Chatham County built by the first generation of the culinary greats, the Neal's, who have inspired a generation of chefs and farmers to sustain the land. The land is being used! In my mind the property isn't just going to be a nest of angry hornets who use the land as a resting place commuting and rushing about breaking speed limits through neighborhoods while on their cell phones. It's a destination where people will travel to cultivate the next generation and forming unions.

The one thing that personally seemed gross to me is the article set a scene where the writer was graciously welcomed on the property by the owner who suspected no ill intent.

Gentrification will only change with attitudes and action. Not by sitting in cigar parlors sipping micro brews and mini cocktails debating on the type of spandex you buy so you can ride your 5k commuter bike.

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Posted by aLoHa 1 on 09/17/2016 at 9:39 AM

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