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

Based on having visited a number of friends at the Sir Walter over the years it is not quite accurate to rank it so poorly.

More important is the Sir Walter's location--right downtown on out state capitol's most visible street. What a great location for some of the affordable housing serving a truly diverse population we say we want.

Sure the Sir Walter needs some refurbishing. It can be done and the affordable housing units can be preserved right where they are.

Concerning the claims that the city can't get involved for various reasons: How was it possible for the city to buy a bank on Fayetteville Street and convert it to a restaurant (now home to Bolt) and still be the landlord?

From what is heard around town, the department Mr. Jarvis heads has dispensed with millions of dollars in order to create housing opportunities. Seems like the city could work with its outside land use experts who are currently studying how to dispose of or build out city owned land to figure out how transform the Sir Walter into an ongoing affordable housing operation which could be managed through some sort of public private partnership or other model without city involvement.

If not, the message from city leaders might possibly be, "we will buy a bank and build out a restaurant and stay on as the landlord but we will not temporarily take over the Sir Walter in order to manage the situation to preserve a wonderful affordable housing opportunity right downtown where we say we want to encourage diversity which the Sir Walter contributes and can continue to contribute."

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Posted by Hank living downtown on 08/29/2016 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Little Brother breaks up

It was Jay-z.

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Posted by Fuji Flynn on 08/28/2016 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Remembering Quail Ridge Books Founder Nancy Olson, a Reader's Best Friend

Hi Zack,

I'm reading this again after seeing it almost 5 months ago. Our new Quail Ridge Books is open at North Hills. It is large, eclectic, and colorful. The children's section is magical and there is an upstairs that includes books, magazines, a reading nook, and a great view of the first floor. I never would have imagined 5 years ago that I would own a bookshop, especially one that was opened and lovingly kept by a rockstar like Nancy. Now I have put my stamp on it, under hers.

There are nuances of the former store there: the fireplace and comfy chairs, book club meetings, the "paperback boat," special sections that include Southern writers and NC writers, and the framed author photos in the bathrooms. Of course we have a beautiful picture of Nancy prominently placed, as she should be.

It's a different store with a different vibe. But the booksellers are the same genuinely kind people you always knew. The same great literature is shelved. We continue to present wonderful authors, poets, and town hall guests.

If you haven't already, I hope you will come in to see us. Bring your coffee in and have a seat, for as long as you like.


Lisa Poole

Posted by Lisa Robie Poole on 08/28/2016 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Fast-track trade for the TPP: David Price says — No. (With an *) Plus, an afternoon update …

Trying to make some sense of the TPP. All you need to know it´s that while we are busy with Trump, Hillary and the election; they are moving forward with this Pacific Trade Treaty that is going to move more jobs to Southeast Asia. And I do not have anything against those countries, but everybody understands what more unemployment would mean for the US. Plus, it would make US laws powerless against big corporations... Yep, the fine print of TPP is not fun.

Posted by jsanchez on 08/28/2016 at 11:10 AM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

"Helmet usage should not be elevated among implementation of infrastructural efforts to improve bicycling safety." Pretty sure I was doing the exact opposite.
In any event, I hope your tin-foil hats work well to prevent brain injuries, fellas. Glad to know our GoTriangle employees are so on top of it...

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Posted by Grayson Currin on 08/27/2016 at 4:27 PM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

Please see

Key conclusion: "When the analysis is updated by adding four new studies, the protective effects attributed to bicycle helmets are further reduced. According to the new studies, no overall effect of bicy- cle helmets could be found when injuries to head, face or neck are considered as a whole."

Also: "The findings of this study are inconsistent with other meta- analyses, in particular a Cochrane review published in 2009. However, the study inclusion criteria applied in the Cochrane review are debatable."

A final note from the article: "On balance, the evidence suggests that: (1) soft shell helmets offer less protec- tion than hard shell helmets, and (2) soft shell helmets appear to have become more common over time." From my unscientific observations, most bicyclists wearing helmets wear soft-shell helmets.

Aa 2000 meta-analysis that has been seriously questioned in the intervening 16 years is not "an excellent article on the issue." More importantly, helmet usage should not be elevated among implementation of infrastructural efforts to improve bicycling safety.

(Full disclosure: I work with Erik but not for him.)

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Posted by Geoff Green on 08/27/2016 at 4:20 PM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

The degree to which helmets provide protection is indeed a point of debate, Erik. And there is consensus that helmets do create some safety problems for cyclists and, of course, that helmets are not a panacea for bike safety issues. (No one has really ever argued they are.) We need a better bike infrastructure, and we need better education among both cyclists and drivers to make the roads safer for everyone.

In the meantime, helmets do provide a necessary and helpful barrier between your skull and the street. And here's "an excellent article on the issue":…, which concludes: "This review included five well conducted case‐control studies and found that helmets provide a 63–88% reduction in the risk of head, brain and severe brain injury for all ages of bicyclists. Helmets were found to provide equal levels of protection for crashes involving motor vehicles (69%) and crashes from all other causes (68%). Furthermore, injuries to the upper and mid facial areas were found to be reduced by 65%, although helmets did not prevent lower facial injuries. The review authors concluded that bicycle helmets are an effective means of preventing head injury."

Suggesting that "provide virtually no actual safety benefits for cyclists" is completely irresponsible.

Signed, someone who has banged his head more than once while cycling, thankfully while wearing a helmet.

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Posted by Grayson Currin on 08/27/2016 at 3:50 PM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

How so? There is no consensus in the scientific community about the safety benefits of wearing a helmet while cycling. I understand that runs counter to what you've been told your whole life, but it's true.

Here's an excellent article on the issue:…

Better yet is the video embedded in that article - start around 4:00 mark for the parts about how safe bike helmets really are:

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Posted by Erik Landfried on 08/27/2016 at 3:27 PM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

Wow, that's some real C-grade sophistry from a transportation official, Erik.

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Posted by Grayson Currin on 08/27/2016 at 3:16 PM

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: “New Poll: Pat McCrory Is Screwed

DJ17 McCory has never been right on anything....He has his head so far up duke powers ass and he cant see for all the BS...Every time he opens his mouth he tells another lie.......2016 will be good riddance to that useless taint.

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Posted by Tony D on 08/27/2016 at 2:41 PM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

Helmets provide the illusion of safety, but provide virtually no actual safety benefits for cyclists. In fact, safety outcomes would improve more for pedestrians and motorists if they wore helmets than cyclists. So if you think cyclists should wear helmets, do you also think motorists and pedestrians should too?

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Posted by Erik Landfried on 08/27/2016 at 1:39 PM

Re: “New Poll: Pat McCrory Is Screwed

McCory=One term asshole.....see ya bye bye....

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Posted by Tony D on 08/27/2016 at 11:14 AM
Posted by Tony D on 08/27/2016 at 11:11 AM

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: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

For an article that talks about how to bicycle safely in the city, it is incongruous that the biker is not wearing a helmet!

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Posted by SnoresLikeBuffalo on 08/26/2016 at 7:08 PM

Re: “WRAL’s Elizabeth Gardner on Conquering Your Fears on the Whitewater

Thanks for mentioning the Carolina Kayak Club. We do have beginning, intermediate, and advanced trips all the time, and instructional classes, too. But we're geared for flatwater rivers, lakes, and tidal estuaries. Whitewater kayakers around the Triangle join the Carolina Canoe Club. Despite their name, they love kayaking down rivers with lots of whitewater. And it's all good!

Posted by SnoresLikeBuffalo on 08/26/2016 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Wake County Judge Michael Denning: 'China Wouldn't Be So Bad If It Weren't for All the Chinese'

I'm no staunch conservative and have no strong opinion of the judge but I don't think that statement means what the author is implying it means.

Was it the best way to put that sentinent? I'd say probably not. But I think it makes much more sense that the nuances of an unfamiliar culture can be difficult to adapt to make more sense when talking about parenting and custody than a blatantly racist or culturally insensitive statement.

What I do know from someone who has worked in his office is that he is fair, fastidious (some might say takes a long time to make decisions but they're well thought out when he does), and can smell crazy. The things I think you want in a Family Court judge.

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Posted by Frankie 1 on 08/26/2016 at 5:44 PM

Re: “'Transgenderism' Is a 'Feeling,' Explains Dan Forest, Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina

Just another case of a religious idiot who thinks his Bible trumps science.

Vote them ALL out this November!

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Posted by Tori Browning on 08/26/2016 at 2:51 PM

Re: “New Poll: Pat McCrory Is Screwed

No scientific proof that transgenders are trapped in the wrong body.., climate change, no ransom paid, no confidential email on the servers, didn't know it was not approved, Does anyone notice a common theme to those statements from the leadership in D.C. ? Lies / half truths. All to keep the Democrats in power. America, wake up. Take back your country. Vote Trump 2016. Any other vote is just a continuation of the present crash course.

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Posted by Martin Weigand on 08/26/2016 at 12:38 AM

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