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.
Meant to say I work on West Franklin, not East. Doh!
The problem with East Franklin is simple -- the landlords there think they own property on Times Square, and that they can charge whatever rent they feel like. Yes, for a very, very brief time 15 years ago there was the Gap and upscale designer clothing stores. It didn't work then, it was a flash in the pan, and they're gone, not coming back.
I work on East Franklin St. There's an absolute embarrassment of riches when it comes to restaurants and retail down here. Ham's was a junky chain dive bar stuck in the 90's. It's been replaced by Mellow Mushroom, still a chain but a much better one.
Yes, the urban design of E. Franklin needs serious work. If there's a block in the Triangle that's made for a shared space arrangement, that's it. Diagonal parking, a roundabout at Franklin and Columbia, textured pavers, and removing several of the stop lights would be a start. Panhandlers are just a convenient excuse, and always will be.
And Remo wins the prize for being the biggest numbskull on the internet today. There are two parking decks on Rosemary, and they're almost never full. "Wretched hellhole." Heh.
I'm putting this multiple places (including direct correspondance to SEANC), but Cope has 7 days to put out a better statement, or my membership in SEANC is over. You don't have to join up, but you also don't need to distance yourself.
Just had a friend point me at this story (it's been a busy weekend and I've missed a lot of news). The trip to Vegas certainly smells bad, but if his resume currently includes shoving Bob Etheridge aside, pissing off someone tied to the parties old big donors, and getting the NC Dem consultocracy up in a tizzy, then I raise my glass to him. Whatever his flaws, he must be doing something right.
Hi, all, you may remember me as MTBinDurham from BlueNC and other spots.
Here's why James has a long way to go before he gets my support -- I'm not interested in symbolic runs; I want someone who's going to actually get into office. Winning office at the state level is a long and messy process. "Speaking truth to power," or any other number of vacuous slogans and phrases, isn't going to get anywhere.
The progressive I'm going to support is going to be one who shows he can go to North Carolina's small towns where the economy is the worst, jobs are scarce, and the Democratic party is scarcer. Show my you can get those towns not just excited, but organized and motivated to do the tedious work of turning out people to vote and getting everyone moving in the same direction, and I'm on board. Writing internet missives from a comfy chair in Chapel Hill isn't what makes a governor.
The problem is that Protzman can come across as a complete jerk. I share almost all of his political views, but it would require some serious nose-holding to vote for him in the primaries. (The stench from the GOP would be such that in the general that wouldn't be much of an issue.) Interacting him through BlueNC and other online fora, my initial reaction is that while he's done some good work statewide, I'd be worried if he were the flag for NC progressives, because he'll make us all look uncompromising and arrogant.
I should qualify this by saying I've never met him in person, and Lord knows it's easy for one to get the wrong impression online, but while I'm not as active in the NC progressive online chatterboxes as I used to be, I was never really left with a good impression of the man.
Best column in months, Bob. I wish it weren't true.
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