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Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

I would love to see a Southeast meet and greet, just for Southeast Raleigh Residents who support Nancy and Southeast Raleigh Residents who support Francis. What say you Gavin and Jerry? Let's sit down at the table and roll our sleeves up and really get into these issues eye to eye? Internet is only so effective.

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/26/2017 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

and they 'broke' ground a couple of days ago at Washington Terrace. Would really like to know if seniors from Winterhaven and Sir Walter Apartments will be given priority in leasing. No response yet, but those of use who aren't on any ones payroll living in Southeast Raleigh are use to being ignored. 72 senior unit will go quickly with these two senior subsidized units being sold. One thing I like about what Charles Francis is saying is the deal for Wintershaven isn't done yet and he would like to see the city/county partners work together to purchase it. Nancy, not so much. Too close to the $180 million their about to drop on the areas surrounding Moores Square. Don't want the poor or black to rub off on those in the golden square do they? One other question I had and maybe you can answer. What % of the total units built in Washington Terrace (it will always be WASHINGTON TERRACE) will go to low income and affordable. and what's the break down in affordable rentals verses affordable homeownership?

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/26/2017 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

oh now he's a slum lord? oh my you guys are really reaching! again, you don't have to respect his efforts. I do and I feel a lot better knowing the properties in his hands are owned by him than some new LLC of gentrifiers. Trust.

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/26/2017 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

Gavin, first of all, how do you know what he rents them for? Do you propose that he becomes social services and do what our City/county should be doing with the properties? Should he have never purchased the properties? Should his grandfather never purchased the properties? If so, are we not all subjected to the same rules? maybe you've spoken with his tenants? Maybe we should also look at the 100's of properties owned by the city of Raleigh under Nancy McFarlane and put them to the same equity test in how they will or wont be invested in affordable housing.

Again, it's insulting that you are saying that people who are from Southeast Raleigh can't benefit from its growth too.

Do you know the racial make up of his tenants? Please, tell us more about his properties! when were they purchased? what's the comps for the areas? How many houses have been flipped by other developers surround those properties? what's the average rent in the area compared to what he charges? Is he charging $2k for ALL the properties? How many long time residents do he have living in them? Are all of his properties market rate? so many questions and you seem to have done all the research. Help me out!

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/26/2017 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

So it looks like Charles can invest in SE Raleigh rental properties for his own gain and he isn't adding to the problem of gentrification? I have spoken with some of the tenants who rent his properties and they have some interesting things to say. Many of these properties needs lots of work. I'm not saying all of them are bad, but some of them are. When problems come about with some of his rental properties he is actually "aloof" and very reluctant to care or help. Shouldn't he be helping some of these people purchase these properties instead of being a slumlord? It is obviously OK for him to benefit from collecting rent, but if someone buys a house, fixes it up and sells that makes them a bad person, especially if they are white? People like Charles Francis and Yvonne Holley need to be held accountable for what they do to SE Raleigh. It isn't the mayor's fault. We need to hold people accountable no matter what color they are. It seems Charles gets a pass because is from that area, but in reality he is part of the problem and no one wants to acknowledge that.

On a happier note the mayor and city council broke ground today on The Villiage at Washington Terrace. This will provide 72 apartments for low-income families and 162 affordable homes. This was accomplished by the mayor and the city council with no help from Mr Francis. Who says the current mayor and council don't care? This process was started a while back and just goes to show the city does care. Policy moves slow sometimes, but it moves and people care.

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Posted by JerrryG on 10/26/2017 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

But he absolutely is contributing to the gentrification of Southeast. He's renting houses he owns for close to $2K a month in Southeast. He's selling properties for nigh on $200K to developers who then flip them for $200K more in Southeast. I'm pretty sure that's textbook gentrification - which leads to textbook displacement to low-income communities - why is it okay for him to profit, but not others? It's almost laughable that he would have the nerve to point fingers at !!GENTRIFICATION!! when he is wallowing in money from it. Also, what do you think McFarlane should have done to address affordable housing that she hasn't already done during her tenure?

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Posted by Gavin Watson on 10/26/2017 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

Gavin, Charles Francis would be contributing to the gentrification of SE Raleigh if he had sold the properties he along with his family invested in years ago. I don't know why you would think that being a long time property owner in Southeast Raleigh contributes to gentrification. Do you think natives of SE Raleigh can only be renters? His family invested in SE Raleigh when most banks or the local government would not buy a brick. I'm thankful for the Iving/Francis example. I wished more SE Raleigh residents would understand the worth of their properties and stop selling it for penny's to people who do really gentrify us. I hope that answer your questions.

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/26/2017 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

Hey Black Raleigh - why is it okay for Charles Francis to bigly benefit from the gentrification of SE Raleigh, but no one else? And how is he going to fix it/stop it, if he and his family have been some of the primary contributors to its present state? I've searched and searched his campaign literature, and can't seem to find any concrete answers.

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Posted by Gavin Watson on 10/26/2017 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Is It a Good Idea to Call a Country and Southern-Rock Concert a Carolina Uprising?

This was an interesting and fair exploration of the issue. Thanks for writing it. I'm sorry the swamp-dwellers above rose out of the muck to bleat their tiresome refrain.

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Posted by Donald Ball on 10/26/2017 at 2:37 PM
Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/26/2017 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

I acknowledged gentrification in SE Raleigh several times throughout this exchange and I'm fully aware of systematic racism in local and national politics. Look at the monster we have in the White House. No need to hide behind labels, whatever they may be. Keep up the work and I wish we could end this exchange with a handshake and acknowledgement of what each of us represent - we are all in this together no matter what color we are or where we come from. Take care

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Posted by JerrryG on 10/26/2017 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

put words in your own mouth Jerry! I have enough of my own. If I thought ALL white people were racist, I would say it! I have plenty of friends that are way more diverse than yours, I'm pretty sure of it! What some of you don't like to look at is systemic racism and how it even effects our local government. But its 2017! No need to hide behind labels anyway. :) Everyone is free to be who they want to be.

I'm more concerned with polices!

Well, the point of my little blog is to just show my community the value of their vote, history and appreciate our culture. Our culture which is disappearing in the City of Raleigh over the last 10 years. My blog purpose may be contrary to what you represent and again, it may not be for you!

And screwed viewpoints lol you really made me laugh out loud when we look at the press you guys are giving Francis as well as your friends over at n&o. Or how you constantly ignore the gentrification happening in Southeast Raleigh. Indy use to have really good writers. I hope they take note that their current editors are horrible with limited ability to be unbiased in their publishing. Indy use to be my favorite place to get information. Not so much these days. Hopefully they will get back to their first love about equal reporting. I remember the good old days like when Meeker called for the run off. It was all good then. No divisions reported, lol. But yeah. all the best to you!

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/26/2017 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

@BlackRaleigh - I'm not a democrat actually, I'm a registered independent. The game of politics is pretty flawed and disgusting. Keep on preaching this racist BS if you want. All white people aren't racist and it is a shame you can't wrap your mind around that. I personally will never need Mr Francis. From your point of view, it doesn't look like he would help me anyway even though I live in SE Raleigh.

Maybe I will check out your blog, but I don't need your skewed, uniformed point of view regarding this election. I prefer facts and you have provided none during this exchange. You are obviously angry and that is fine. I am not your problem though, people like Mr Francis are. So blame me if you want and keep turning a blind to people in your community who have their hand on your back saying its ok, but their other hand is in your back pocket taking your money.

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Posted by JerrryG on 10/26/2017 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

I don't normally argue with people on another's social media/blog platform, but after this post, please fell free to follow my facebook page "Black Raleigh News" for more information on my opinions regarding this election if you're not blocked and can find it.

I'm so not a democrat and I never will be one again, especially since your party has never openly rebuked the White Government Union yall started right here in Raleigh that is still very much alive today.

You Dixiecrats and Dixcrats may not be supporting Francis right now, but wait until 2018 when you need him.

And maybe you can explain to me Nancys comment about Dix Park.

What did she mean by we dont need to know what she did to close that deal on Dix and that we dont need to know?

Nancy McFarlane is counting on voters not participating in this runoff from the community I come from and she may be right! Well, for her benefit, there are people running around telling people from our community they cant vote twice. Voter suppression.

But It will take more than the black community to get Francis elected. It will take people who see things outside of politics web you all are weaving full of fallacies.

Nancy McFarlane has pretty much divided your party, lol.

So I guess at the end of the day, thats one good thing that came out of all of this.

You all are throwing away a candidate that could have brought a lot of revitalization to your party!

Good luck in 2018!

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/26/2017 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

@BlackRaleigh - Why do you assume that anyone who doesn't support Charles is a "dixiecrat" or a racist? Do you assume all white people are racist? You mentioned concealing intentions for the right price. Isn't this what Charles is doing and he got called out on? People aren't supporting Charles because he is from SE Raleigh, some people don't support him because he isn't the right candidate. There is a lot about Charles I guess he never mentioned in his speeches he gave in SE Raleigh blaming everything on the current mayor and nothing on community leaders in that area. What exactly do you want for SE Raleigh?

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Posted by JerrryG on 10/26/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

Thomas G, if that was their initial reason for revoking their endorsement, your band buddies over at the N&O got it wrong. They made no mention of the Smith's family contribution to the campaign when the story broke. That info came out after the fact. But again, we understand alliances and how money talks, but we also know BS walks. You dixiecrats can conceal your intentions behind anyone who will allow you to for the right price. But at the end of the day, I say on to 2018. You all won't support a candidate for mayor that is from the community that is hurting the most in Raleigh. The community that has been most forgotten and ignored. It's cool! But my memory is strong!

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/26/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “As the North Carolina Boxing Scene Grows, a Boxing Writer Finds It's Still Not Easy to Be a Female Fan

Kudos to Caitlin Penna. your images were reminiscent of some of modern boxings glory in the 1960s and 70s - I really love the feel, grit of this body of work. Well done

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Posted by stunami on 10/26/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “According to a New Poll, 61 Percent of North Carolina Voters Are Fine with Confederate Monuments

Please publish the parameters and data from polls like this so we can decide for ourselves how valid the results might be. Without knowing sample sizes or how the samples were drawn or the research questions, it's impossible to know if this poll is relevant in any way to reality.

Posted by syd on 10/26/2017 at 9:35 AM

Re: “The Durham City Council Approves Property Tax Breaks for Residents of Revitalized Neighborhoods

Isn't the point of city-funded revitalization efforts to make areas more attractive, livable, and valuable? Why are people shocked when it works?

Taxes are a burden for everyone. The average property in Durham County increased in value by 14% in the 2016 re-evaluation.

If your property value went up by that 14% average, your taxes did not change.
If your property value went up by less than 14%, your taxes went down.
If your property value went up by more than 14%, your taxes went up.

That's called fairness. People with fast-rising property values should pay more because they will make more if they sell their property.

If your taxes went up by $349, that would indicate a 40%+ increase in the value of a $100,000 home. You don't need a subsidy.

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Posted by Durham451 on 10/25/2017 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

BlackRaleigh, FYI, the $20k plus the Smith family gave Mr. Francis all came in 2017. He didn't run for office in 2008. Trg

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Posted by ThomasG on 10/25/2017 at 10:36 PM

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