I cannot speak specifically for the Durham area, as I lived closer to Raleigh until recently moving, but as I still call the Triangle home and try to stay up to date on everything that happens, I want to address many of the points stated in the anti-light-rail comments here.
In response to the most recent comment, I don't understand how making transit viable enough that poor people and rich people alike benefit and use it is a BAD thing. That's a step forward to end the residue of defacto segregation and the ramifications of gentrification and other forms of class separation.
Next, the thing that makes a light rail green has almost nothing to do with how full it is. Modern light rail (if it's done right) runs entirely on electricity. The thing that makes it "green" is the fact that there are less emissions than even hybrid buses in most situations. I understand the point about capacity, but if you've never ridden an overcrowded public bus you may not understand that while a good amount of people need to be on the train in order for a project to be a success, the train being slightly under capacity actually means you have room to ride comfortably and aren't having to stand up or be crushed against a bunch of strangers.
The idea of a light rail is not that it serves everywhere, but that it serves the areas that need it the most and provide a way to reach more people by allowing buses serving other areas to feed into it. It seems like a lot of you are thinking of light rail or transit as an infinite web. The idea is it acts as more of a tree. The light rail serves as the trunk, which allows for more "branches" of feeder buses to serve the areas too far to reach by the trunk.
And to address other comments, Wealthy students? Ha. Ever heard of student debt? College is not cheap. Just because someone attends an expensive university does not make them "wealthy". I know, I'm a full time student myself. Me and 90% or so of my peers are broke, if not in extreme debt. It's not that simple. Incomes vary.
From a student perspective, I live in Charlotte now attending UNC-Charlotte, a campus that will in one year's time be connected to Uptown (for those who don't know, Charlotte's downtown is called Uptown) for the first time by light rail. This is huge for me and my peers on campus. Currently we have to use a super overcrowded bus that takes about 50 minutes to get Uptown. The light rail will nearly cut that time in half. This also means that we'll be able to reach Uptown much easier for educational opportunities, events, etc. Almost everyone on my campus I've spoken to plans to utilize it at least occasionally. I don't know definitively if students at Duke, UNC, and NCCU will have the same positive response. But at least ASK THEM. See what their thoughts are. I have a feeling that sentiments would be similar, especially considering that these schools seem to be walking campuses as far as I know.
And as for the hospitals at Duke and UNC, the point isn't to get the doctors there and back, although that's part of it, the primary point is to make it easier for the PATIENTS to get there. There are low income families that need better access to specialists and such that they struggle to reach in many circumstances. This is trying to help fix it.
I'm not saying that light rail is absolutely the best fit for Durham. You may be right, maybe there is a better option. I honestly was a little surprised to see light rail embraced so quickly, and I do agree that perhaps more studies should have been done, more voices heard and more things taken into consideration. But these ignorant comments seem to completely miss the point of the light rail to begin with and show an obvious lack of consideration of the people who actually would use it.
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Transgender students who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria deserve to have their medical privacy intact.
Donnie Harrison does not respond kindly. It's because he is not a kind man. Many people know this.He knows it has to do with HB2. He prefers not to tell the truth.
A consistent policy is a good thing. School systems should consider using the South Park method of three restrooms: "Boys", "Girls", and "Other", where "Other" is the creepy transphobic people who sexualize children and restrooms.
The bus system: "We don't want all those poor people downtown"
& "We only want beautiful people downtown" & "We don't want the 'riff-raff'
on that bus". Also note there's no schedule any more for the BCC
(FBB Free Bus to the Bars for Duke). I've timed it; as little as 5
and as much as 29 minutes between busses. The BCC comes whenever.
ALSO, you can get to the Board of elections from the terminal,
but you can't easily get back, especially if handicapped,
and if you take the outbound, they won't let you ride around back to the terminal;
you have to get off the bus and catch the next bus,
or they can arrest you for "trespassing".
Board of Elections sites are
all good for drivers, but almost all bad for bus riders.
NEED SHUTTLE RUNNING TO AND FROM BOARD OF ELECTIONS
ALL DURING EARLY VOTING!
Maybe we should move to down under and start biting there, so when he scratch himself there, he remembers his words comparing us with those critters!
Is this restaurant open now? What is the address? Can't find it on google maps.
I am a Cohn Bros. fan whatever the subject and I thought the movie was great. I agree with Stewart this music seems mislabeled as "bluegrass". OTOH I am grateful for the music and the article. More please.
I appreciate the need for a focus word, but surely most of the music in "Oh, Brother" is from the era before Bluegrass (which, of course, was invented by Bill Monroe in the mid 1950's). We're talking about Old-Time or Mountain Music are we not? For me Bluegrass is the Punk to Old-time's Rock'n'Roll and Rhythm'n'Blues, and I can't listen to it for long. It's high-speed and samey to my ear, Where Old-Time is varied and goes straight to the heart and Soul, rather than the funny-bone. It seems the term Bluegrass has steamrollered over these other more subtle words and obliterated them - a pity...
this guy is an ass
Last election we had a formidable, competent and sober-minded gentleman running against Harriidon by name if Willie Rowe, a former Sheriif Office Major. Folks voted for Harrison so this is what we get. They'll be another election and if so inclined folks, don't get amnesia and remember this and vote him out and bring progressive ideas and policies to that agency!
(Correction on last paragraph in my post)
The sheriff hardly sends emails but his staff emails for him.
Your request should read, all emails, written correspondence, and documents between the Wake County Sheriff's Office and all persons regarding HB2. The sheriff harfkycejsils but his staff emails for him!
Happy to see the INDY using reliable John Locke Foundation as a source. Good work.
What a fucking baby. It'd be funny if he didn't have the power to put people in jail.
Great post! I agree with Richard that Unemployment insurance should be voluntary and paid for the employee. There is absolutely no reason that employers should pay into a program that employees draw benefits from. By the way, if someone is searching for a IRS W-2 , my business filled out and esigned a fillable form here "http://pdf.ac/1xIAfc".
This was a great essay that precisely mirrors my own experience. I too opted not to vote in 2000, in my case because Nader wasn't on the ballot in NC. As a 20 year-old I should have known better, but I can't fully condemn young voters for clinging to Stein or Johnson since I made the same mistake myself. As for the 30 and 40 and 50 year-olds out there though, there's no excuse. If you don't vote for Hillary then you are unequivocally demonstrating that you are OK with a Trump presidency. If that's how you feel then fine, I think you're wrong but at least you're not playing yourself. As you so succinctly put it though, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein are not going to be president, and when you do anything besides vote for Clinton, you are saying I'm doing nothing tangible to keep President Trump from happening.
This is a great article. And thanks for the links. I've just raided the entire Kossoy Sisters catalog
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
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