"Google...already has a presence in North Carolina. In 2007, the company chose Lenoir, a city of 58,000 in Caldwell County, as the site for a $600 million data center."
Someone has added 40000 to Lenoir's population.
While I know from a neighbor, a Caldwell County native, that Google's arrival may be causing a growth boom, I think we would have heard if it had been that rapid.
To quote the story: "In Durham, the big scramble will be for the commission slots: There are some current members who've made some very bad decisions that could come back to bite them. No one's filed yet, and we're holding our breath that some of them choose to step down to "spend more time with their family."
I won't be holding my breath to see if anyone files this year for the Durham County Board of Commissioners -- because there's no election this year for that office. The Indy will do a fine service by continuing to track "bad decisions" -- and good ones, for that matter -- through the May 2012 primary. It may well be the Triangle's most important primary that year. Your reporters will do themselves, and their readers, a big favor by paying attention to which elections are scheduled when.
Ed Harrison (the only Chapel Hill Town Council member who votes in Durham County elections)
"Keep in mind, Chapel Hill’s population is just over 51,000." Personally, I keep in mind that Chapel Hill's population is about 54,000, so I' m included, along with all my Durham County neighbors.
I'm looking forward to seeing your next post on this, and hope you will discuss one of the most interesting issues to me, whether Kevin Foy can declare a state of emergency and close all establishments selling alcohol for the period of the Halloween event. Apparently, he doesn't have to ask the rest of us. At last count (about 3 years ago) the Town had some 200 locations with licenses to sell alcohol, some of which were actually not in downtown. So that's a lot of places going dry. I'm trying to keep an open mind on the question, assuming I still have something to say on it. Mark K's idea of a closing time earlier than 2 AM has a lot of merit.
Ed Harrison, Council Member
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