It's no surprise that prices have increased in downtowns. In the past, the residents in downtowns were primarily low-income citizens. Now we see an influx of new apartment and condos marketed to the upper-middle class and the wealthy. It would be a surprise if average housing prices had not increased! Or to put it differently, housing prices in 27701 and 27601 had nowhere to go but up
To the victor go the spoils. Look, the root cause of dissatisfaction here is that Democrats lost control of both the Governor's mansion and Jones Street. I suppose you can try to mitigate the damage by creating more local elected offices, but bear in mind that unlike Durham County or Orange County, Wake County hasn't always voted 100% Democrat consistently -- and for that matter, Raleigh has been known to elect a Republican mayor (although I think it's unlikely it will happen again). In other words, you could conceivably wind up with a Republican-dominated Wake County elections board while a Democrat is governor.
Do we really want more elections on the ballot, or is the simple solution for Democrats to help Roy Cooper get elected in November?
Very well written. The City of Rocky Mount spent money to improve the appearance of its downtown core, and they succeeded. But they didn't succeed, or haven't yet, in filling the renovated storefronts with real tenants. The buildings are still mostly empty, although they look much better than before.
And it's not just the small towns and cities down east that are struggling. Out in the rural areas there are many abandoned houses, once family farms that either cannot compete with big ag or cannot attract a new generation of farmers.
The referendum will have difficulty in the outer precincts of the County. To pass, it needs solid support ITB including African-American support. Gentrification and a perception that the City wants to run the poor out of downtown (the Moore Square debacle) have created mistrust among African-Americans. They are right to ask these questions.
Who did the outside audit in 2014 that failed to find the discrepancies, and what's their reaction?
It's true that construction of the new train station is way behind the original plan, but mainly that's attributable to construction costs that are much higher than original estimates. The price tag went up several times as contractors began to understand the challenges they face. Despite all the hoopla over the project, it's a very difficult site on which to build a train station. It took a while to find the additional money. City staff are not to blame for that.
The good news is, the longer it takes to open the station, the greater the chance that there will actually be adequate parking nearby. (The new station will have fewer onsite parking places than the existing station. Again, that reflects the inherent difficulties of the new site.)
PayPal headquartered in Singapore? Nonsense. Go to the SEC EDGAR archive and see for yourself. PayPal Holdings, Inc., the company at the top of the pyramid, is incorporated in Delaware and headquartered at 2211 N. First St., San Jose, Calif. They do have a wholly-owned subsidiary based in Singapore that conducts their business in some countries outside the U.S. But the U.S. operations are handled by a different wholly-owned subsidiary, PayPal Inc., that is not in Singapore.
What an idiot.
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