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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: “The Triangle Has Lots of Great Hiking Trails. Here Are Seven of Our Favorites.

Map was screwy, should be fixed now. Our apologies, and thanks for pointing this out!

Posted by Jeffrey Billman on 08/24/2016 at 12:17 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,
Debbie

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

Re: “The Triangle Has Lots of Great Hiking Trails. Here Are Seven of Our Favorites.

Help save the forested lands near Old Reedy Creek within RDU's project area. Please read and sign the petition here:
https://www.change.org/p/rdu-airport-autho…

Posted by John Hite on 08/24/2016 at 11:14 AM

Re: “What Would Possess Someone to Run a Hundred Miles?

Here's a two-year-old blog post by a friend of mine about his completion of the Leadville Trail 100. It's a nice companion piece to this great article.

http://ash-oftenrunning.blogspot.com/2014/…

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Posted by Charlie Reece on 08/24/2016 at 11:10 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:
https://www.change.org/p/rdu-airport-autho…

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

Re: “The Triangle Has Lots of Great Hiking Trails. Here Are Seven of Our Favorites.

I came here to say the same thing... #1 is waaaaaay off.

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Posted by Joseph C. Luthman II on 08/24/2016 at 9:52 AM

Re: “The Triangle Has Lots of Great Hiking Trails. Here Are Seven of Our Favorites.

Good idea, Indy.
Poor execution.
Does no one use a proof-reader anymore?

Posted by Doug Roach on 08/24/2016 at 9:39 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: “The Triangle Has Lots of Great Hiking Trails. Here Are Seven of Our Favorites.

The Lake Trail at Lake Crabtree is one of my favorites - a nice stretch where you usually won't see more than a couple of people. You will have to use some of the mountain bike trails if you want to complete the whole loop, but just keep your eyes peeled - you can see the bikes coming in advance. If it has rained in the last couple of days you should call the park to confirm if the trail is open, as the trail is low-lying and they close it if it gets too muddy. It was much wilder prior to MetLife moving in nearby, and there have been calls to pave it, but for now it's a gem.

Also be aware that there is probably a day use fee for trails at Jordan Lake.

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Posted by maxpower2121 on 08/24/2016 at 9:31 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: “Early Voting in Durham County Tops 1,440 Hours Over Seventeen Days

Ruby, thanks for letting me know about the mistakes. We'll get them fixed. Appreciate it! -LH

Posted by lhorsch on 08/24/2016 at 9:01 AM

Re: “The Triangle Has Lots of Great Hiking Trails. Here Are Seven of Our Favorites.

That #1 on the map in Chapel Hill is definitely *not* where Umstead State Park is located in Raleigh, near Cary...! Completely wrong location.

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Posted by kwix on 08/24/2016 at 8:58 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 http://goo.gl/m2MqLj

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

Re: “Early Voting in Durham County Tops 1,440 Hours Over Seventeen Days

Someone please copyedit this article.

Posted by Ruby Sinreich on 08/23/2016 at 10:35 PM

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: “Rejoice, Raleigh: Harris Teeter to Open in Seaboard Station

yay - another Hairy Peter :-)

Posted by theseatree on 08/22/2016 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Justin Timberlake is very popular, but has he ever done anything of substance?

@David: the people who are prime age for absorbing pop music (i.e., much younger than me, and I assume, you as well) will absolutely remember Taylor and Justin in 50 years. And they will "remember" the Beatles in more or less the same terms I remember Glenn Miller.

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Posted by BullCityBrian on 08/22/2016 at 8:57 AM

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