We needed to let Republicans squirm longer until they were ready to swallow their theology and do the right thing. The Democrats are bailing them out.
Thank you, Cora Cole-McFadden, for bringing attention to the need for pedestrian / biking accessibility (and general traffic calming) along N. Roxboro St. The North and East of the downtown core in general could use more attention on this front. Seemingly all the focus to date has been in the South and West parts of Durham (i.e. American Tobacco Trail, Bike corridor projects).
Jeff, while I'm certainly not popping any champagne corks over this bill, I can't rise to your level of outrage, either. The proposed bill is a good example of what we call "politics," which is what we elect politicians to do. Cooper faces a legislature that is absolutely controlled by intransigent Republicans. Your article is notable for failing to suggest how he might have gotten more out of those ideologues at this time, and for good reason: because he doesn't have the votes behind him to do more at this time. So he has accepted a compromise that rights one wrong while leaving another standing...for the moment.
Coop can't just wave a magic wand and make Moore and Berger and their cynical fanaticism magically go away. But we (the electorate) can. And that's what this deal...and others like it to come, no doubt, are counting on: that morally indignant but traditionally low-voting young progressives will, oh I don't know, maybe actually show up at the polls in significant numbers in the next election (2017? 2018?) and hand Cooper the tools he needs in order to accomplish what they want him to do. If we do that, and he still keeps buying into less-than-perfect compromises, then I'll be with you all the way in calling bullshit.
The 2020 date is deliberately picked to make this a presidential year election issue and get the republican base out to vote.
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