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Re: “Durham Homicides Up 31 Percent over Last Year

You mean they are going to do some real police work as opposed to....locking up homeless people for looking poor.

Posted by Tony D on 08/27/2016 at 2:58 PM

Re: “What's going on at The N&O?

hanks for the data about the N&O reorg..

Posted by Fatihien Nuruel on 08/27/2016 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Metered Parking Is (Probably) Coming to Downtown Durham This Fall

I see the proposal mentions the expected revenue....I can't find in the council meeting minutes the cost to purchase and install all of the meters. pay stations, signage, etc nor details of the additional cost for enforcement nor details about ticketing vs booting.

Has anyone seen the a ROI and breakeven point on this project and ongoing yearly costs (labor and maintenance) this will generate?

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Posted by DurhamBrian on 08/24/2016 at 9:13 PM

Re: “When the Sir Walter Apartments Building Is Sold, Raleigh May Lose 140 Affordable Units

I spent some months this spring and summer looking for subsidized housing where I could retire on SSI income. While I had a good tour of the Sir Walter apartments and got a close look, I was warned by several professionals in the social work field to steer clear; Sir Walter has a poor reputation for security, insect infestation, bad parking, and in general not being a very good place to live, even by the reduced standards of subsidized housing. It would be better service to the elderly, disabled, and impoverished clients to build new or renovate elsewhere.

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Posted by Bill Robinson on 08/24/2016 at 8:25 PM

Re: “Metered Parking Is (Probably) Coming to Downtown Durham This Fall

3 visits per week of 1-2 hrs @ $1.50/hr * 4 weeks/month = 3 x 1.5 x 2 x 4 = $36/month on top of a $50 membership, which is a 72% increase.

That's an odd working definition of "not impacted".

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Posted by BullCityBrian on 08/24/2016 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Environmentalists Fear RDU’s Expansion Plans Will Damage Umstead

While the airport spokesman may claim the master planning process has been very transparent, the land use portion of the planning was anything but. I sit on the Policy Advisory Committee for this master planning process, and the consultants working on the land use portion of the plan did not discuss this with the Policy Advisory Committee at all before going public with their plans. Likewise they did not contact any of the airport neighbors, the private land owners along Old Reedy Creek Rd., Umstead Park, Lake Crabtree County Park, etc.... From my perspective the land use plan was done in a vacuum, by people who don't live in, or understand, the area.

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Posted by Matt Jenkins on 08/24/2016 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Metered Parking Is (Probably) Coming to Downtown Durham This Fall

A gym that costs between $40 and $50 a month for an individual will not be impacted by the city charging for parking. People who can't afford to park downtown ALSO cannot afford YMCA memberships. If the YMCA is worried about it, they can pay to lease additional parking around the YMCA for their members.

There are free gyms provided in Rec Centers by the City of Durham Parks and Recreation dept.

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Posted by Natalie Spring on 08/24/2016 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Environmentalists Fear RDU’s Expansion Plans Will Damage Umstead

Nicely written!
Thursday's rally is an opportunity for us to bring the community's desire for RDU to rethink it's 2040 vision plan... Although we would ultimately like the greenspace to stay as is, we understand their need to generate revenue. We just want the airport authority to pause any further action to adopt the current plans so we can explore - together- the idea of creating a destination trail center; with multi-use trails for cyclists, runners, walkers, hikers...families, visitors, high school cross-country teams, students, boy scouts, business travelers, researchers, corporate leaders, etc. We are all out there, all the time.
If we move forward with these plans, we will no longer be able to smile when we hear visitors flying into RDU exclaim, “It’s so green!” The very idea of creating an office park and digging out a quarry is the opposite of preserving natural resources for health and recreation. Man-made concrete trails and distant promises of commercial lakefronts are inconsistent with the critically important benefits of spending time in the natural world.
Once we lose the trails, they are gone. Let's slow down now to really dig deep - together- to create the best plan for the long-term health and vitality of our region's economy and it's citizens.

We have the opportunity to create a destination trail center (and related businesses) unrivaled in the southeast. Let’s give it our best shot!!

Thank you,

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Posted by Deborah Hage on 08/24/2016 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Environmentalists Fear RDU’s Expansion Plans Will Damage Umstead

Help save the forested lands near Old Reedy Creek within RDU's project area. Please read and sign the petition here:…

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Posted by John Hite on 08/24/2016 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Metered Parking Is (Probably) Coming to Downtown Durham This Fall

"Durham to end taxpayer subsidized parking"

You buried the lede. I'm for privilege as much as the next gal, but if people parking are not paying for it, *somebody* is, and math tells us it's the rest of the county, city, and those in lower income areas.

Would you rather have free parking to save a dollar or better schools?

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Posted by ProudlyAfilliated on 08/24/2016 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Metered Parking Is (Probably) Coming to Downtown Durham This Fall

I'm generally in favor of charging for parking downtown. Manage demand, capture some revenue, offset some costs.

My #1 concern is the impact on the downtown YMCA. There isn't enough parking in its own lot to accommodate demand, even during off-peak hours but especially between 5-7 pm, which would fall under meter time. (I don't even try parking in it myself, and just find a spot on the street.)

Parking in the Durham Center lot is officially forbidden but seems (for the moment) tolerated in practice after 5pm. However if the property owners decide to get serious about that (which seems likely if more people start using it to duck the meters) there is going to be a crunch. A lot of people use the Y (rather than other gyms) for budgetary reasons, and if you tack on $1.50-3.00 per visit that changes things rather dramatically. Not everyone lives within walking distance or has flexibility in their schedule.

Not to mention the potential impact on participation in youth programs, etc.

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Posted by BullCityBrian on 08/24/2016 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Environmentalists Fear RDU’s Expansion Plans Will Damage Umstead

The RDU Airport Authority got itself in hot water with the public once before... in 1968, when voters rejected a proposal bond because of the potential impact of airport expansion on Umstead Park. Not many people remember it.

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Posted by ct on 08/24/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Sludge, a free fertilizer for farmers, can pose health and environmental risks

my friend needed a form a few days ago and learned about a document management site with a searchable forms database . If people are interested in it as well , here's a

Posted by Eda Gathers on 08/24/2016 at 5:24 AM

Re: “Abandoned mobile homes plague North Carolina

I'm on disability and can afford 400 to 500 a month but I have no down payment or credit would live something near Greensboro,nc

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Posted by crazygirl4753 on 08/23/2016 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Durham Homicides Up 31 Percent over Last Year

Homicides up by a third; now they plan to use information and "intelligence
to go after people who are committing crimes as opposed to"
going after pedestrians violating secret fashion police rules, color
of clothes, hoodies & hats in rain & sun, skin-color/race & sex:
undocumented racial profiling
harassment of pedestrians in DPD's unposted "target areas". Sounds intelligent.
Go after criminals instead of non-criminals. Good.

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Posted by Chris Tiffany on 08/18/2016 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Coal Ash and North Carolina: A Timeline

Don't forget that by -invite only dinner at the Governors office that won't be discussed attendees included Dirty Duke & DEQ.

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Posted by Keely Wood Puricz on 08/17/2016 at 8:44 PM

Re: “Political Cartoonists Hate HB 2 Just as Much as You Do

Thanks for the shout out! Cullum, JP and I just finished installing the show.

We will be having a reception this Friday from 6-9pm. should be a fun time. Everyone is invited.

Dave / H&B

Posted by Dave Wofford on 08/17/2016 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Coal Ash and North Carolina: A Timeline

GET rid of McCory....He is the asshole of assholes....

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Posted by Tony D on 08/17/2016 at 12:43 PM

Re: “The General Assembly and the Equal Protection Clause: A Love Story

Equal Justice Under Equal Law*.

* Some Are More Equal Than Others

Posted by Jon Howell on 08/17/2016 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Wake’s Early Voting Debate Illustrates Why It’s Time to Rethink Partisan Elections Boards

The republicans were voted into office in NC using the same voter laws they now want to change....Why are they afraid of voter fraud when it clearly does not exist except for the republicans..They are the only frauds I see.....They are afraid of voter revenge for all the crazy shit they have done so they try and rig the vote so they cant be voted out....They alll need to be voted out...They are sleazy crooks and used car salesman.....They lie they cheat and now they want to defraud the people of the right to vote....Lets hope 2016 sees a lot of them gone...especially that scum sucking dirtbag McCory..send him back to duke power thats who he really works for.

Posted by Tony D on 08/17/2016 at 12:39 PM

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