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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 Also, I'm wondering how the ugly/outdated non-tax revenue gov buildings and empty parking decks add to the character of Mordecai and surrounding area?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

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

And where will all the displaced state government employees park? Or work?

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Posted by Leanne Sigmon on 07/19/2017 at 5:42 PM

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

This is a good way to set fire to 150 million dollars.

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Posted by dan oneil on 07/19/2017 at 2:54 PM

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

This kind of density won't reduce sprawl or traffic. Teachers, first responders, health care workers, etc won't be able to afford to live in the city. They will be forced to live in suburbs or small towns and commute in.

I live on Oak Grove Circle inside the belt line. 4 homes sold in past few years in the $300k to $400k range. Two were moved into and are being "fixed up" in keeping with neighborhood.

One was torn down, lot subdivided and two homes built and each sold in $800k range. Lots were pretty much filled up, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage and repairs to neighbors from stormwater runoff. (We got new Infill stormwater regulations passed which should help with future projects).

Fourth home torn down and waiting to see what takes it place. Developer who bought house originally marketed plans for $1 million plus French Provincial which is in no way compatible with existing neighborhood.

Remember to vote in 10/10 City Council elections. David Cox and Kay Crowder stand for neighborhoods!

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Posted by Stefanie Mendell on 07/19/2017 at 2:02 PM

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

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Posted by Quentin Reed on 07/19/2017 at 1:44 PM

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

No need to worry. The exorbitant increases in property taxes due to gentrification and McMansion mentality will run them out of their home before the lack of vitamin D affects their health. Thank God all of the Yankees decided to move South. Retching and vomiting.

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Posted by DR B on 07/19/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “U.S. Representative David Price Wants the Feds to Regulate N.C. Hog Farms

I fully support stronger regulation in this area. The powerful lobby has had its way for too long and it is not feasible to continue.

Posted by Judy Payne on 07/19/2017 at 12:10 PM

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

If you want the necessary density to support transit and reduce sprawl, you're going to have to make some concessions. Can't have it both ways

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Posted by biIIy on 07/19/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Pizzeria Faulisi Masters Family Style With Adept Culinary Skill

You forgot to mention Treforni in Durham as one of the more noteworthy independent pizzerias in the area.

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Posted by Shocka Kahn on 07/19/2017 at 11:20 AM

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

No John, you are mistaken. Putting a sign up isn't intended to fix things. It's generally intended to signify support or opposition. This can be valuable, but in itself cannot be a solution. Pulling down a racist statue solves the problem of there being a publicly funded statue that supports racism but does not in any way address the gender wage gap. The subjects are not really related except in that people who have a basic respect for humanity resist racism and support gender equality. Hope this helps. (Feel free to ask someone to help you with any words you don't understand)

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Posted by vidvis on 07/19/2017 at 8:47 AM

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