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Re: “The new North Carolina Museum of Art opens up

I agree, "aw". You are definitely not alone in this. The new building was poorly executed in too many ways to count. It is... a prison for art.

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Posted by mentalrectangle on 01/18/2011 at 10:59 PM

Re: “The next hot spot for drilling could be the N.C. coast

It's not just oil spills that would permanently screw up our beaches. We'll lose the outer banks once the sea level rises, so I think our state has a lot more at stake from the normal use of the oil that's extracted.

Quite frankly we need a radical energy policy. Something along the lines of everyone abandoning gas-powered cars within 20 years. Republican-lites like Obama and most of his party aren't going to pass that.

So I'm pretty pessimistic that we'll avert a major disaster on our coast in the next couple centuries, even if the federal gov't decided to cancel drilling in the atlantic, which they hopefully will.

Posted by mentalrectangle on 07/06/2010 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Wake County goes to hell

Reminder that the Jefferson quote is a warning against targeting specific individual taxpayers unfairly. He went on to say that inheritance law was the best way to prevent any individual's wealth from becoming powerful enough to hurt the state.

Posted by mentalrectangle on 03/05/2010 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Wake schools to come apart? Will the new school board fire Del Burns?

"According to Forbes Magazine, the Wake County School System ranked third in the nation and Mecklenburg County came in ninth on its Top Ten List for The Best Education In The Biggest Cities.

The list was based on access to educational resources, affordability of housing, and high school graduation rate. The 100 largest school districts in the most populous cities in the country, as determined by the U.S. Census Bureau, were examined by the magazine. 10 school districts that score best in all three categories were then selected."

So yes actually wake county schools are pretty good now that you asked.

Posted by mentalrectangle on 10/16/2009 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Dan Douglas' European vision for our capital city

Luthert, downtown Raleigh subsidizes the suburbs a lot more than vice versa. Think about property taxes. They're highest where property values are highest, and that would be inside the beltline.

The reason Raleigh is trying to support downtown more than a McMansion in the far corner of Wake County is because the latter contributes nothing to the city. In fact they probably live there to leech off the fine schools and employment opportunities that downtown Raleigh has generously subsidized for decades.

Meanwhile your ideology has pretty much killed the city's culture, and every other city it's touched. New York? Fun city to visit. Houston is a dump by comparison. There's nothing to do there, and it's considered one of the worst civic-planning nightmares in the country. The traffic is terrible in both cities, but in one of them you don't need a car to get around.

Posted by mentalrectangle on 10/12/2009 at 7:13 AM

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