i can answer it in far fewer words. demolish the crap that is there now, gentrify the hell out of it.
feel free to get a job you like more, but with that attitude, not sure who would hire you
There are a number of issues facing Raleigh, but to address the patio drinking regulation: The problem is a few people live downtown and want it to be quiet and peaceful like the suburbs. They are living in the wrong place for that, and are trying on several fronts to eliminate some of the vibrancy that has helped make downtown a desirable place. That is the reason for the Keep Raleigh Vibrant moniker.
Things like banning drinking at a bar's patio for an extra couple hours does virtually nothing to stop the drinking in bars, apartments, clubs, and restaurants, and eating on sidewalks. Nor does it eliminate the vomiting, public urination, litter, and noise. It basically seems to be a petty slap via government meddling, which is reminiscent of the General Assembly's actions to against light rail, cities, education, abortions, and gays.
Not the only issue I voted on, but certainly a factor.
I stayed at the Marriott when they first opened, right before I moved here. I never went back since I live here now and was not impressed by the original restaurant. My wife and I checked out Rye a few months back, and were very impressed. Everyone was very friendly and attentive, and we liked the ambience. But more importantly, the food and drinks were unique and delicious and well-executed. I think literally the only negative thing at all was the fact that, as the article mentioned, you're noticeably in a hotel lobby. The restaurant is cozier and nicer than the hotel, actually. I kind of think if this had opened up inside a renovated Warehouse District building, it would be everyone's favorite new restaurant. Hopefully word spreads anyways, if it hasn't already.
They should be in their cells 24 hours a day. Don't commit the crime if you can't do the time. While technically innocent until proven guilty, almost everyone arrested for a crime that will land them in jail until trial is guilty. If you don't realize that, you're very naive.
Donald Ball is dead on. If you hate Hillary so much, vote for whatever assclown the Republicans nominate. I don't love her either, and I'll vote for Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren (if she ran) over her in the primary. But general elections are always about making the least worst decision. Our country is conservative-leaning, always has been. You can't have a liberal, socialist candidate both win a general election and effectively govern for 4-8 years, no matter how much you (or I) would like it.
This is a fantastic day for North Carolina and our country!
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