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Re: “As Gaylord and Baldwin Leave, Raleigh City Council Nixes Short-Term Rental Plan Again

FWIW. the idea that "IBMA fans would welcome the chance to rent out someone's extra rooms" is not hypothetical.

At the 2016 Bluegrass Festival we got 1,000 attendees to sign a petition supporting short-term rentals in Raleigh. Many of them were from out of town...and staying at Airbnbs and VRBOS. More to the point, many of them were staying together as families in homes they found on Airbnb and VRBO - that includes the former director of the Bluegrass Festival. That's why our signs at the City Council meeting yesterday said, "Bluegrass NEXT Year: Will Raleigh STILL Be Family-Friendly?"

You can see the petition here: MakeItRightRaleigh.com.

Why would we want take away the family-friendly option of renting an entire house on Airbnb or VRBO for families travelling to Raleigh for the Bluegrass Festival or a family relocating here or a family wedding or to support another family member with a health issue or whatever?

This is not the only reason to make short-term rentals legal in Raleigh, but it's high on the list...especially now that so many families are relocating here and need short-term housing as a family to help them make the move.

FWIW, when my wife Jody and I moved here that's what we did...we stayed in an Airbnb until we found a permanent place to live.

Posted by Gregg Stebben on 11/22/2017 at 4:56 PM

Re: “One of Three North Carolina Regions Could Land Amazon's HQ2, CNBC Analysis Says

Charlotte, (and Raleigh) two of the worst places in the country for economic mobility. If you are born poor, you stay poor. Why not choose Charlotte (or Raleigh) for economic justice?

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 11/22/2017 at 4:49 PM

Re: “One of Three North Carolina Regions Could Land Amazon's HQ2, CNBC Analysis Says

"...a heritage of innovation dating back to the Wright Brothers." Yes indeed. Especially compared to the lack of innovation required to merely build a mechanized airplane in Dayton, Ohio.

Posted by citizenshame on 11/22/2017 at 1:59 AM

Re: “Bike Sharing Rolls Out in Durham Next Week

"Don't steal them, OK?"
Seriously?

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Posted by Charlie_B on 11/21/2017 at 10:23 PM

Re: “As Gaylord and Baldwin Leave, Raleigh City Council Nixes Short-Term Rental Plan Again

Tommy, it's STEF MENDELL, not Miller.

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Posted by Will Allen III on 11/21/2017 at 8:30 PM

Re: “After the INDY’s Report About Judicial Nominee Thomas Farr Misleading a Senate Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein Wants Answers

I totally agree with this topic. The Senators should not be like rubber stamps and they should be themselves. They should work for the people and not for the President.

This is really a good test for Chairman Grassley on whether he will stand up for the Senates independent role and make clear that there are consequences in misleading the Senate, or whether he will continue to act as nothing more than a rubber stamp.

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Posted by Greengoldlandscaping on 11/21/2017 at 2:26 AM

Re: “Did Former Helms Lawyer Thomas Farr Lie to the Senate Judiciary Committee? It Sure Looks That Way.

We must take our nation back from the brink of hate, stupidity, violence, corruption & decay. That means dismantling either the GOP or losing Democracy. Your choice.

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Posted by Allison Moss-Fritch on 11/21/2017 at 2:10 AM

Re: “Dammit, Al Franken

Only republicans can be sexist! John Edwards said so! #staywoke

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Posted by lamer99 on 11/19/2017 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Dammit, Al Franken

Calls for Franken to resign are not helpful. Not all moral transgressions are equally bad, and they don't all deserve the same punishment. Demanding the same punishment of Franken as Moore plays into the false equivalencies of the Republicans. Franken must be punished, Moore must be destroyed.

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Posted by Nathan Smith 1 on 11/17/2017 at 6:46 PM
Posted by Ryan Oliveira on 11/17/2017 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Dammit, Al Franken

There is no equivalence between the two cases. One's questionable harassment during an adult comedy skit tour and its run up, the other adult predatory behavior toward under age children over a period of years. Next lets see how the puss grabbing and multiple charged unwanted brutish sexual contact advances Trump does.

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Posted by Jim Russell on 11/17/2017 at 3:25 PM
Posted by Nicki Halona Faircloth on 11/17/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “The Chelsea Theater, the Last Old-School Art Cinema Standing in Chapel Hill, Might Close at the End of the Year

The Carolina, the Varsity, now the Chelsea. These movie houses were among the reasons we moved here 25 years ago. The Silver Spot, with its ludicrous seats (have you tried to snuggle with your date in them?) and interminable trailers, is a pathetic substitute, Trumpian in its outsized, garish excess. How disappointing that our town cant support a theater with character, a devoted staff, and great popcorn.

Jerry Oster

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Posted by JO in CHNC on 11/17/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: ““I Am Human, I Am Black and I Am Fed Up”: UNC Trustees Hear Public Comments on Silent Sam

The Slap in the face is done by these protesters to the people who worked tirelessly to fund and provide this university. They should study the history. Shame on them for not appreciating what has been done for them!
Leave the monument alone. The statue honors our dead who fought for our independence. These protesters can put up their own monument instead of tearing ours down. They are judging 150 years ago just like it is today. Slavery was 200 years old in the South then and was LEGAL!

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Posted by Josephine Bass on 11/16/2017 at 1:43 PM

Re: “The Chelsea Theater, the Last Old-School Art Cinema Standing in Chapel Hill, Might Close at the End of the Year

The Chelsea Theatre has to be saved! Chapel Hill and the Triangle would be greatly diminished without it. Other theatres, including and maybe even especially Silverspot, are way too focused on blockbusters. The Chelsea fills an important niche, and there are undoubtedly ways to make sure it remains a financially sustainable operation. A membership program, film clubs or community funding model (selling "shares"), for example.

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Posted by Jonathan H on 11/16/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “The Farm Labor Organizing Committee Sues Governor Cooper on Behalf of Farmworkers, Saying a New State Law Is Discriminatory

Hey maybe you farmers will stop voting for Republicans in the GA... They are the people that actually write these laws...

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Posted by twatts1000 on 11/15/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “District Attorney: Felony Charges Remain Against Defend Durham Protesters

Could you write about some rational people occasionally??

And Pierce thinks he should be appointed to our City Council.

Hope there are some adults in the PA with courage. I regret to have to say Durham needs them.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 11/14/2017 at 10:29 PM

Re: “Sig Hutchinson: If Wake Stops Investing in Schools and Transportation, It Will Slip Off Those Best-Places-to-Live Lists

Upward mobility in Wake County is worse than most places in the country. Why is that? If we look at how this town has grown over the last 15 years, there are many avenues to channel the blame. But what makes me sick to my stomach is how whats happening to poor and black people in Raleigh is no different than any other state where democrats hold the power. Look at Chicago! One of the largest municipality budgets in the country, but yet over 50% of the men in the city cant find work. What else is there for them to do, but survive any way they can? These democratic ran cities know what theyre doing and they know they are neglecting the development of it citizens. They would rather see us being needing and receiving entitlements than self sufficient and no longer suckling. They see us as liabilities and until we let that register in our heads and seek out political support, where ever it be, to get the help we need to make sure more people are able to survivor and THRIVE, we are just as much at fault. The democratic party has used and abused us far too long! At this point, what do we have to lose?

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 11/14/2017 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Sig Hutchinson: If Wake Stops Investing in Schools and Transportation, It Will Slip Off Those Best-Places-to-Live Lists

Upward mobility in Wake County is worse than most places in the country. Why is that? If we look at how this town has grown over the last 15 years, there are many avenues to channel the blame. But what makes me sick to my stomach is how whats happening to poor and black people in Raleigh is no different than any other state where democrats hold the power. Look at Chicago! One of the largest municipal budgets in the country, but yet over 50% of the men in the city cant find work. What else is there for them to do, but survive any way they can? These democratic ran cities know what theyre doing and they know they are neglecting the development of it citizens. They would rather see us being And until we let that register in our heads and seek out political support, where ever it be, to get the resources we need to make sure more people are able to survivor and THRIVE, we are just as much at fault. The democratic party has used and abused us far too long! At this point, what do we have to lose?

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 11/14/2017 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Bad News for Big Pork: A Federal Court Rules That the Murphy-Brown Nuisance Lawsuits Can Go to Trial

Republicans fit snuggly in the pockets of Big Business Corp. People should vote this vermine out of office.

Posted by Tony D on 11/14/2017 at 4:30 PM

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