MichaelB | Indy Week

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Re: “Fullsteam

Great, inventive beer styles, though likely to be different from what you're used to. The tavern is a fun post-industrial space complete with a good juke box, pinball, and ping pong. They've upped the food options recently, but you can still bring in your own food or get it delivered, which makes it almost like an indoor beer garden.

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Posted by MichaelB on 01/07/2011 at 2:58 PM

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Re: “Against the odds, the Durham Co-op opens, adds new life to a neighborhood

Thanks to Lisa for writing a wonderful article. One nitpick, but an important one to co-op principles, is in the second paragraph. We weren't trying to get people to "donate," but to invest. (I know it says "to get investors to donate . . . " so "invest" would be awkward.)

DCM was a volunteer effort and a community effort, but it is not a charity. We were trying to create (and now trying to sustain) a for-profit business where the investment comes from and is returned to the community. Yes, we depend to some degree on people's altruistic natures, as we can't offer the kinds of risk/return rewards that private firms can, but it's still a money-making investment for most people.

A small difference, but as I said, one that's important to us.

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Posted by MichaelB on 04/01/2015 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Record review: Rhiannon Giddens' Tomorrow is my turn

Man, I seriously don't get music critics. They invariably pan the albums I like and promote crap I can't stand.

I've been listening to the album in the car all week. I think it's fantastic and a vibrant and shows a confident and imaginative idea of what music can be.


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Posted by MichaelB on 02/22/2015 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Triangle Transit proposes major changes to light rail in Durham

Until we find a way to get the NCRR corridor either fully grade separated or moved out of downtown, this is going to keep happening over and over again. This will happen again with the commuter rail line, and then again with the high speed rail corridor, and then again with inevitable improvements NCRR will want to make such as electrification. This won't be easy, but continuing to accommodate a corridor that is only going to get busier through the heart of downtown is going to slowly split downtown in two. Do something like follow the south side of Willard and Jackie Robinson from Chapel Hill and parallel the freeway to past Fayetteville. But don't keep neglecting the issue with the NCRR corridor smack in the middle of town.

Posted by MichaelB on 01/20/2015 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Durham development: What's being built where and who can afford it?

Irv919, the problem is that a lot of that affordable housing that you refer to is substandard, and as demand for in-town neighborhoods goes up, that housing is getting converted into much higher rent.

There's a fundamental problem here -- the market simply can't supply housing for lower income residents on its own. The numbers don't add up for a private investor. There are a number of proven ways to get affordable housing in town and to make sure that downtown doesn't just become a playground for the well-heeled, but it requires things like inclusionary zoning and land trust banking to make it happen. Simply expecting the market to solve the problem means it won't get solved.

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Posted by MichaelB on 08/10/2014 at 3:01 PM

Re: “How the Senate budget hurts nearly everybody

ProudlyUnaffiliated -- you mean the way it was for 100 years in NC, during which the state went from a poor, overlooked backwater to the 10th largest and one of the most economically robust states in the country?

Yes, I trust Raleigh to fund schools across the state and give power to local school boards to staff and direct their districts, with oversight. If, you know, the state actually follows its CONSTITUTIONAL mandate to do so. When the legislature begins to abandon that mandate, I have hope that they'll get thrown out on their collective behinds. (A majority of voters in the state already tried in the last election.)

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Posted by MichaelB on 06/09/2014 at 11:03 AM

Re: “The Wake County Commissioners race will decide the future of the region

ProudlyUnaffiliated, your reading comprehension leaves a lot to be desired.

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Posted by MichaelB on 06/04/2014 at 2:15 PM

Re: “His presidential bid could give Hillary's a boost—or the boot


The most broken, reactionary, ossified branch of government right now is Congress. CONGRESS. We need Sanders and Warren THERE more than we need them in the White House, and we need more of them. Until we can start electing progressive Senators across the country, STOP WHINING ABOUT HOW THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES DON'T MEET YOUR PERSONAL STANDARDS.

Sanders at least seems self-aware enough that he understands that he's doing a primary challenge for the sake of spreading a message, not a Cervantes-worthy tilt at winning the Electoral College. Good on him, and I'll happily support him in that.

But enough with the Warren nonsense.

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Posted by MichaelB on 05/28/2014 at 12:09 PM

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