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Re: “Baldwin Bows Out of Raleigh At-large Race; All Council Candidates Have Opposition

It's spelled "Zainab Baloch".

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Posted by jason0x21 on 07/24/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Section 8 Voucher Holders Are Having a Hard Time Finding Housing in Durham

I live in Durham NC. We have a large growth in the last 6 years. The city have really gotten aggressive in taking people's land. Loading them up with fines and other things so that in the end they will still come and bulldozer your home down.The neighborhood Improvement services or NIS. Have started walking on private property without letting the owner know that they are there.I am writing because I was told they can do this because they are an sworn in official of the city.. My question to them. I asked so you are telling me you can do more than the police. You are telling me the police who have to have a search warrant. They have to have a reason if they see drugs being sold if they see people hurt. if they feel like the people they are in danger can come on our property then. You can also do that because you are a sworn in official. I am amazed no one can tell me what my rights are as a private home owner. I am very sure they are looking at how big your lot is. My Home have been in my family for over 60 years. We do not rent to no one we live here. Now they have encroach in our life putting us in a financial bind. I will make this crystal clear. Ring that Bell genderfcation has begun.. Thank you for nothing city of Durham. A wasted vote hurts. Everything that glitter isn't gold. Fool's gold. Private home owners aware they are looking. I will save my son leagacy.

Posted by Margaret Houston on 07/24/2017 at 1:38 AM

Re: “Theater Review: Dogfight's Regional Premiere at NRACT Is Rich in Emotion But Meager in Staging

I agree that the vocal work is incredible! And, I thought that the well-made and beautifully-designed set really supported the play and facilitated the transitions -- having to go from various interiors to the jungles of Viet Nam, it proved to be very effective, and appropriate for the stage at NRACT. This musical is a must-see!

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Posted by Judy Dove on 07/22/2017 at 10:04 PM

Re: “In a Mid-Century Raleigh Neighborhood, New Mansions Are Built So High They Block Out the Sun

Too often when things like this happen that are detrimental to property owners and neighborhoods, the city points a finger at growth as if to say, "We can't help it!" If elected officials (and in this matter, the Board of Adjustment) would simply live up to the City Council mission statement, we'd manage growth responsibly versus the anything goes approach too many favor.

http://www.raleighnc.gov/government/conten…

Here's the first four statements from the council mission statement...how's that working out for this family?

-We are a 21st Century City of Innovation focusing on environmental, cultural and economic sustainability.

-We conserve and protect our environmental resources through best practices and cutting edge conservation and stewardship, land use, infrastructure and building technologies.

-We welcome growth and diversity through policies and programs that will protect, preserve and enhance Raleigh's existing neighborhoods, natural amenities, rich history, and cultural and human resources for future generations.

-We lead to develop an improved neighborhood quality of life and standard of living for all our citizens.

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Posted by George Farthing on 07/21/2017 at 10:58 AM

Re: “In a Mid-Century Raleigh Neighborhood, New Mansions Are Built So High They Block Out the Sun

The building of McMansions isn't increasing density - these are just giant, single-family homes. This isn't population increase or mixed-use development. People aren't suddenly going to use public transit just because they now live in a bigger house!

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Posted by M Elizabeth Wakeford on 07/21/2017 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Beach Music Isn't Just Easy Listening—It's a Sunny Slice of Carolina History

I've found that beach music never creates itself. Music eventually finds its way into the "beach music sound." Some of the best music today including soul / R&B that both is, and will eventually to be associated with beach music is being released on Ecko Records in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Posted by vocalocal on 07/20/2017 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Theater Review: Dogfight's Regional Premiere at NRACT Is Rich in Emotion But Meager in Staging

In the last 5 years, 11 of the 15 musicals NRACT produced were premieres in the region. I commend them for taking risks and showing us something new.

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Posted by James Ilsley on 07/20/2017 at 6:05 PM

Re: “In a Mid-Century Raleigh Neighborhood, New Mansions Are Built So High They Block Out the Sun

I understand the Glover's predicament. In my old neighborhood off of Six Forks Road, the same intense building of McMansions has continued at breakneck speed. What was once a neighborhood of ranch homes and split levels built in the fifties has now almost entirely been replaced with houses the size of that being built next to the Glovers. In reverse order, what very few ranch and split level homes are left stick out as sore thumbs. The Churchill Road area of Raleigh is (or was) both beautiful and convenient to many areas of the city. Unfortunately, that is no more.

While Charles Meeker was innovative in his desire to re-create Raleigh, the constant intrusion of development at warp speed was probably not in his plan (or maybe it was.) From North Hills to downtown to established neighborhoods now being over run with what could be called "steroid induced development", Raleigh's character has changed for the worse. But in the game of politics, it appears most Raleighites actually wanted this based on those they put on the City Council.

Back in my neighborhood, new houses are inching close to zero lot lines and the streets haven't fared any better. Where once one was able to take a casual stroll at the posted speed limit, those same roads are now adorned with numerous and unsightly speed bumps. i really have to wonder if this is the definition of progress.

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Posted by vocalocal on 07/20/2017 at 5:37 PM

Re: “In a Mid-Century Raleigh Neighborhood, New Mansions Are Built So High They Block Out the Sun

What part of a law doesn't this developer understand?? The way everything is permitted these days it's absolutely absurd to for this crook to act ignorant. I'm calling Bull on this ! He thought he could slither away with it! I hope this "David and Goliath" story swings in the Glover family's favor! Stop Corruption! TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!!

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Posted by Mollie Stokes Platt on 07/20/2017 at 5:20 PM

Re: “North Carolina FC and John Kane Want to Put a Big Ol' Soccer Stadium in Downtown Raleigh

@ Hunter23 "A combination of investors and loans" is not specific, and nowhere in the article is the phrase "private investors" used. Almost all city stadiums subsidize their cost through state/city taxes, even when there are private investors involved. Letting the area south of Mordecai languish with bombed-out property is obviously not the answer, but neither is razing entire blocks to build a massive stadium in the middle of residential neighborhoods. Why not retro-fit for local businesses, or create public space that doesn't require a high ticket price for attendance? I understand a city wanting to revitalize itself, so to speak, but callously displacing a working population that has been making Raleigh an actual city long before transplants to downtown decided it was "cool" to hang out around there is cold cold cold. Want to build a soccer stadium in Raleigh? Fine. Just put it somewhere that isn't going to make downtown residents lives' a congested mess, and find a way to do it that won't divert funds from more pressing issues. You think people in suburban north Raleigh would be cool with a mega stadium right in the middle of their neighborhood? I'm sure they'd love the noise and public intoxication around their kids.

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Posted by RJO_III on 07/20/2017 at 1:44 PM

Re: “North Carolina FC and John Kane Want to Put a Big Ol' Soccer Stadium in Downtown Raleigh

The article clearly states the building would be privately funded with the state/local gov pitching in for infrastructure enhancement. The proposed plan is to build new office towers for state employees adjacent to the stadium (you used the term "displaced" like they're being forcibly kicked out of their homes...they'd be asked to work in a new building - I know, the horror). Also, I'm wondering how the ugly/outdated non-tax revenue gov buildings and empty parking decks add to the character of Mordecai and surrounding area?

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Posted by Hunter23 on 07/20/2017 at 12:32 PM

Re: “In a Mid-Century Raleigh Neighborhood, New Mansions Are Built So High They Block Out the Sun

"Strict compliance with the provisions of the ordinance would deprive Applicant from the reasonable use of the property," the board wrote as part of a long list of findings of fact. That's rich! So ONLY a 28' wall height allows 'reasonable use', all others being 'unreasonable'? Incredible!

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Posted by RandyNC on 07/20/2017 at 12:27 PM

Re: “High Above I-40, Protesters Call for "Health Care 4 All"

I truly admire the passion and support the message. But it seems standing on an overpass during rush hour traffic could result in being more of a diversion. I can't imagine many people had a real opportunity to read the messages (without risking a car accident), causing the message to be lost and the efforts to be moot. This is certainly an important message, I just think there's a better place to share it.

Posted by Diane Alenezi on 07/20/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “North Carolina FC and John Kane Want to Put a Big Ol' Soccer Stadium in Downtown Raleigh

This will turn the Mordecai neighborhood & surrounding neighborhoods (one of the only places in downtown Raleigh with any character or calm) into a raving hell-hole full of drunks, strip mall style shopping and horrendous traffic. It will further congest traffic coming from north Raleigh down Capital into the city. Something like 86% of Americans don't follow the sport. Where's the $ to build that hideous altar to bloated capitalism & consumerism coming from? People's taxes? The same people who have to attend under-funded public schools and wont be able to afford the outrageously expensive and overpriced tickets? This is some classic yuppie bullshit.

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Posted by RJO_III on 07/20/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “In a Mid-Century Raleigh Neighborhood, New Mansions Are Built So High They Block Out the Sun

I beg to differ, some of these people may indeed take transit. BRT going through that part of town could take them straight to the park, and if they ever discover the pleasure of not having to drive then it could add up. Saying that single-family home density does not have an impact on density needed to support transit is a little short-sighted. If you look at the transects that traditional density patterns follow, you'd see that even SF density increases can complement density increases in surrounding neighborhoods that are closer to transit. For example, grocery stores follow rooftops (even the tall ones) and adding a little more density here and there could add up to support a grocery store closer to the community, which in turn could support transit and reduced trips and sprawl in other areas. Looking at this as a simple citizen vs. the big bad builders and government is counterproductive and erroneous.

At least some other publications and citizens are coming around to this reality: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archi…

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Posted by biIIy on 07/20/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “North Carolina FC and John Kane Want to Put a Big Ol' Soccer Stadium in Downtown Raleigh

Oh Leanne, don't you know the GA laid them all off? And that people always crap on their own public servants?

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Posted by biIIy on 07/20/2017 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Farmworkers Blast Governor Cooper for Signing a Bill They Say Hurts Their Ability to Unionize

During his campaign, Cooper sold out refugees by agreeing with Trump and McCrory that there should be a halt to accepting refugees from Syria.

After taking office, he threw LGBTs under the bus with the so-called "HB2 compromise" that wasn't even supported by many members of his own party.

Now, he's sacrificing union members for political expediency.

Simply shrugging, saying "Oh bother" in a Winnie the Pooh voice, and doing whatever McCrory would do isn't what we voted for.

Cooper needs to simply run as a Republican in the next election or get knocked out in the primaries by someone who actually is going to act in the interests of the citizens of the state.

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Posted by Randy A. Riddle on 07/20/2017 at 6:58 AM

Re: “Study: Women in Wake County See Wage Gap Worse Than in Austin or Boston

But based on what this data shows, it looks like Wake County doesn't care about women that much, if it did this wage gap would not exist. I mean are we surprised? They don't care about poor old women who live in those Sir Walter Raleigh Apartments, I just don't get how our city leadership doesn't get called sexist when I see stats like this. And they are related because it's a way of saying "look at how progressive we are because we put some sign up in our yard" Even though they don't really care about the people they say they do. If they did, they would boycott businesses like Watts and Ward that is setup where a battered women's shelter used to be at. But I guess it's easier to just say nice things, than to take real action.

Posted by John Curtis Smith on 07/19/2017 at 10:13 PM

Re: “High Above I-40, Protesters Call for "Health Care 4 All"

For the sake of clarification: shortly after I said this, several people did give us the finger from their car windows. I'd be happy to chat with any of them, if they read this.

Posted by Gustav Cappaert on 07/19/2017 at 9:54 PM

Re: “In a Mid-Century Raleigh Neighborhood, New Mansions Are Built So High They Block Out the Sun

Billy, none of these people will park there Landrovers and ride plublictransit.

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Posted by Arthur B Raleigh on 07/19/2017 at 9:43 PM

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