I have lived most of my near large universities, and while Chapel Hill certainly has its unique issues, a lot of the difficulties businesses here are having can be found in pretty much every College Town, USA. One thing this article doesn't touch on is the mind-blowing cost of higher education nowadays, and the crushing debt students incur when they have to borrow money to pay for school. Even for relatively carefree college kids, it has to be pretty hard to get excited about going downtown to shop or eat or drink - not to mention taking time away from studies - with the knowledge that you're going to be looking down the wrong end of a six-figure student loan debt upon graduation. Hell, students are even staying away from football and basketball games in record numbers. If you have a business that depends largely on student spending, you're probably hurting right about now.
The headline of this story is "Carrboro to re-evaluate revolving loan program." You quote Alderman Dan Coleman as saying "I think there's a desire to kind of take a fresh look at how we evaluate the loan, the business plan and the kind of feedback we are giving to businesses." That's about as non-committal as it gets. No other town official is quoted as saying anything that would indicate there's any type of concrete action toward actually re-evaluating the loan program. To reiterate: one alderman - not the entire board, or the mayor, just one alderman - says he "thinks there's a desire to kind of take a fresh look" at how Carrboro decides who gets a loan. And Mr. Russell says he would "like to see" more support for businesses with loans from the town. Again, no plan of action. I have no idea how you get from that to "Carrboro to re-evaluate loan program."
Not to split hairs, but the 50,000 and 24,000 numbers you cite are circulation, not readership. Circulation is the number of papers sold or delivered, readership is the estimated number of people who read the paper.
If not for the existence of "Jersey Shore", we never would have had the opportunity to view the YouTube clips of actors from the current off-Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" performing transcripts from "Jersey Shore" in character. You have not lived until you have heard the line "Work blows dick for Skittles" spoken in an upper-class British accent.
irony [ahy-ruh-nee, ahy-er-] noun, plural -nies.
1. the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning: the irony of her reply, How nice! when I said I had to work all weekend.
In the print version of the Indy, this article ran across from a full-page ad for Coors Light. I look forward to the discussion on the letters page as to why tobacco ads are evil while ads for alcohol (which many experts now call America's #1 health problem) are okay.
The University of Alabama football stadium isn't 4 miles from the coast. It's in Tuscaloosa, way up in the northern part of the state near Birmingham. Somebody either misspoke or was misquoted here, or just has their facts wrong.
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