Jim Goodnight and his family should go back to Cary and stay out of Raleigh. His contrived notion of restoration is transparent and soulless. In creating this "historic" mural they painted over a more genuine Raleigh "love" painting that was done by a local artist with no financial sponsorship or other profit-based motivation. Organic growth, not synthetic growth (i.e. city-planned Hillsborough Street or Fayetteville Street redevelopment), is what brings true character to the city.
I wouldn't exactly call Susan Evans' 52%/48% win over Ron Margiotta a "stunning repudiation" of neighborhood schools, but rather a stunning exaggeration by your news organization of a marginal win in a rather unremarkable, low-turnout election.
Having neighborhood schools has nothing to do with racial equality beyond extremist circles (including Bob Geary's sensationalist reporting for the Independent Weekly above). Talk to most residents in the county, whether they be from rich, middle-class, or economically challenged neighborhoods, and their kids and parents will tell you that they want to go to school with their friends in their own neighborhood. The solution is to beef up the quality of the schools in challenged neighborhoods, not to waste taxpayer funds on busing kids all over the place and alienating everyone.
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