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Re: “Why does the N.C. Senate want to cut funding for mental health organizations?

@Mick Voiland: The NC Senate thinks if a program is actually working as it should, that must mean it has too much money! How can they privatize anything if it's working as is?

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Posted by glenwoodbrooklynite on 08/26/2015 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Can the City of Oaks become the City of Spokes?

"—and roughly half of new bike lanes are "sharrows," meaning, essentially, car lanes with markings indicating that bicyclists may use those lanes, too. Those generally aren't all that appealing to less-experienced riders."

Shared Lane Markings are not bike lanes, and are not supposed to be placed like fake bike lanes at the edge of the road. Such use is unethical. Their correct placement is at the center of the lane to indicate optimal bicyclist position, even to those less experienced. Planners should quit trying to induce imaginary would-be bicyclists with conflict riddled bike lanes no wider than a sidewalk and instead treat bicyclists as drivers of slow vehicles entitled to the large buffer that using a full lane offers.

Of course, bicyclists have always been able to use the full general travel lane (what is erroneously called a car lane); centered Shared Lane Markings simply announce that long standing right. The pavement markings should rightly be called Full Lane Use Markings and be paired with the Bicyclist May Use Full Lane sign.

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Posted by Wayne Pein on 08/26/2015 at 1:04 PM

Re: “African-American neighborhood stands in the path of Cary's growth

Is there a follow up to this story? I googled Evans Street because I drive it each day and was looking at properties on it. It is a beautiful street but this story made me really sad. The description of what life on the street used to be like speaks to my soul. We just moved here from a tiny, rural town in PA. These imminent domain cases are everywhere and impact people of all classes, colors and creeds. It seems that the more time that passes the more that people forget what freedom and liberty are supposed to look like. I feel so badly for the families impacted by this case. I hope that they were able to at least get some restitution. The mayor or whomever made the decision to desecrate a child's grave should be ashamed.

Posted by Providence on 08/26/2015 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Can the City of Oaks become the City of Spokes?

Mr. Billman, you have identified the issue perfectly: The City has been good about serving bicycle athletes, but not regular folks who want an environmentally friendly mode of transportation. The bicycle has always been my principal form of transportation. But I’m a 55-year-old office worker, not an athlete! Some of the City’s recent street work makes bike travel harder for folks like me. The newly popular sidewalk bumpouts are a case in point. Brookside Drive used to have bike lanes. They weren’t marked as bike lanes, but they served that purpose. Now the City has put sidewalk bumpouts at the intersections, cutting off the bike lanes. Now we just have painted arrows in the auto lanes, where people are driving 45 mph! Likewise, the “improvements” to Hillsborough St. serve as impediments to bike travel.

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Posted by Matthew Brown on 08/26/2015 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Paddy O’Beers owners charged with destruction of city property for moving benches

This is ridiculous. Zack, Ben and Brad are clearly being targeted as small business owners downtown. They are being fined and cited at Coglins for capacity issues every single weekend. As a result their sales have dropped significantly. Name one successful bar in this town that does not blow capacity at 12:30 on a Saturday. Nearly impossible. But the city has decided to target this group of guys for more personal reasons in my opinion. It is spiraling out of control. And this bench removal isn't even worth discussing. THEY DID NO HARM. The city is treating them as someone who tagged the side of a building, or spray painted street signs. They moved a bench to cooperate with a ridiculous city ordinance. I bet Hatem could move an entire street without permission and get away with it. Then again, it helps when you have 80% of city council and other Raleigh officials in your pocket. #hailhatem.

Bottom line... These guys need to be left alone. The only thing they are guilty of is trying to contribute to the growth of raleigh and make it a more vibrant city.

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Posted by Kellie on 08/26/2015 at 12:29 PM

Re: “This isn’t the Summer of Trump, it’s the Summer of Bernie

Excellent analysis as always, Bob. Thank you!

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Posted by Matthew Brown on 08/26/2015 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Paddy O’Beers owners charged with destruction of city property for moving benches

Clearly, Zack is a menace to Raleigh and must be stopped. He's been in the news about wanting to allow us to drink on a patio (the horror) and now, a bench was moved (err, DESTROYED) to allow people to use the sidewalk. He must be stopped. That poor bench did nothing to deserve a fate of being moved 10 feet. #cecilthebench

I think Raleigh needs to form a new committee to follow Zack around and make sure that he doesn't do anything to try to successfully run a business in Downtown Raleigh.

When will this madness stop? It is crazy that a few businesses continue to get picked on by trying to make money in this area. By next year, I suspect we'll have a curfew and will only be able to drink water and whisper to each other.

29 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by STOPZACKNOW on 08/26/2015 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Paddy O’Beers owners charged with destruction of city property for moving benches

Zach Medford's businesses have always been great places to eat and drink. Why someone is targeting him and his business partners is beyond me, but it seems that whomever it is wants to see downtown Raleigh run into the ground. Why wouldn't officials want concerned, active business owners to thrive downtown?!

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Posted by ARA1118 on 08/26/2015 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Paddy O’Beers owners charged with destruction of city property for moving benches

I see our city leaders are just as stupid as our state representatives.

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Posted by Darth Beverage on 08/26/2015 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Paddy O’Beers owners charged with destruction of city property for moving benches

Is anyone else exhausted from the bullshit? Raise your hand.
::raises both hands;;

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Posted by Amaris Hames on 08/26/2015 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Paddy O’Beers owners charged with destruction of city property for moving benches

It's clear someone is targeting Mr. Medford and his bars. Someone who really Hatems patios.

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Posted by Downtown DJ on 08/26/2015 at 12:10 PM

Re: “The INDY has a new editor but the same mission

Thanks for this feedback, Dave.

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Posted by Grayson Currin, INDY Music Editor on 08/26/2015 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Try Big Spoon Roasters' new energy bar

No gluten!

Posted by Grayson Currin, INDY Music Editor on 08/26/2015 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Why does the N.C. Senate want to cut funding for mental health organizations?

"Why does the N.C. Senate want to cut funding for mental health organizations?"

That's easy. Alliteratively speaking, because it's a callous and uncaring cabal of conservatives, comfortable only in cutting or curbing critical "common good" causes.

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Posted by Mick Voiland on 08/26/2015 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Paddy O’Beers owners charged with destruction of city property for moving benches

Paddy O'Beers should be charged with construction of Oirish stereotypes for using that stupid name.

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Posted by Philippic on 08/26/2015 at 11:29 AM

Re: “This isn’t the Summer of Trump, it’s the Summer of Bernie

I wish political primaries weren't pre-ordained conclusions in this country. Bernie is out there speaking to the 99% and making sense. But the democratic establishment won't back him with support of money. And without these two things, he can't overcome Hillary's lead.

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Posted by aburtch on 08/26/2015 at 10:42 AM

Re: “The INDY has a new editor but the same mission

Please restore longer articles to the paper. It seems the feature articles are about half the length they used to be. (and there are less of them than readers used to be treated to).

I'd also suggest restoring the original name Independent Weekly (or moving it to something more professional sounding). Indy Week sounds like a cliffnotes cutesy version of a newspaper lite which it doesn't seem like is the mission of this paper as you laid out in the letter. (plus grammatically it doesn't seem to make sense).

I'm hoping to see substantial improvements in the months and years ahead. Thanks.

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Posted by Dave Wofford on 08/26/2015 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Try Big Spoon Roasters' new energy bar

...but are they gluten-free? Celiacs want to know.

Posted by Joules on 08/26/2015 at 10:26 AM

Re: “The assault on abortion rights gets ugly in the Triangle

We are so lucky to have caring people like Ms. Broders in our community and teaching our kids.

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Posted by Phil on 08/26/2015 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Fall Guide: Editor’s picks for top concerts and festivals

Hey, Paul! It's in the lede, and because it is so close to now, time-wise, I didn't want to spend much of this limited space talking about it. We'll do a rather sizable preview package in two weeks. Thanks!

Posted by Grayson Currin, INDY Music Editor on 08/26/2015 at 9:58 AM

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