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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 know this dialogue with Black Raleigh will go nowhere. I just like pointing out the hypocrisy in their argument. It is easy to blame the "mayor" and not hold people like Eugene Weeks and Corey Branch accountable for not advocating more for their community. Both of them are fine men, but obviously they missed the mark on their communities needs. I have been in Raleigh a long time, both following and being involved in politics. There hasn't been a single defense of either of these men for not doing more for their community in this dialogue, only radio silence. No one speaks of the corruption in SE Raleigh. The only blame is directed at the mayor who has a lot on their plate. We all know SE Raleigh is changing, but so is the rest of Raleigh. This city is amazing, but not perfect. Charles ran a flawed campaign preying on poor people and their needs while he is a large part of the problem. Telling black people to only vote for black people is setting this city back just like Trump is setting America back. SE Raleigh does not make up this entire city. There are many parts and many people. Black Raleigh, I'm glad to be your neighbor, but call it what it is.

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Posted by JerrryG on 10/27/2017 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Tony Levin, Who Powered King Crimson’s Third Act With Low-End Prowess, Keeps Propelling the Prog-Rock Band Thirty Years Later

You do know that intelligent people enjoy Tony Levin and not just dumb snowflakes who cowered in the face of reduced government bureaucracy during the Reagan/Thacher era. Why did you have to degrade an otherwise pleasant article with your damned socialism mongering?

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Posted by Bill Huber on 10/27/2017 at 3:55 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've lived in SER my whole life fellas. I like how you have this narrative in your heads about what we should do with our properties and what we shouldnt! I also like how you all continue to dictate who you think should and should not make money from real estate in Southeast Raleigh. Very telling! I'm sure you all would be happy with people selling their properties below market rate while outsiders come into the community and stifle the equity out of homes like gas out of a tank. It's all good because I'm a person of faith and I know that God don't like ugly. But keep on keeping on and more power to you to bite your own arms off. :) all the best!

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/27/2017 at 3:05 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

Jerry - you're wasting your time with Black Raleigh. Southeast Raleigh is changing, whether BR likes it or not. Part of that's due to slum lords - like Charles Francis - who have profited off of the backs of poor people for decades and are now selling out to developers, or fixing up themselves and selling, now that the market is so hot - all of which displaces low-income renters. But that's okay for BR, because Charles Francis and his family deserve that for some unknown reason when others don't. Some of those slum lords - like Charles Francis - are making minimal improvements to their properties and renting for exorbitant rents, thus displacing low-income renters - but that's okay when Charles Francis does it - just no one else. The total disconnect from people like BR who think that "Why do you think most Blacks lived in Southeast Raleigh?" is jaw-dropping. I think we all know why most blacks lived in SE Raleigh - we're not dummies here. I also know why so many blacks LEFT SE Raleigh - because they finally could and they did and I don't see them breaking down the gates to get back! I'm not sure what people like BR want. It seems like they want those they identify with as their "own" to profit from the changes to downtown, because they deserve it (and I agree!), but they don't really want anyone to buy that they don't approve of, and they don't want anyone to live here that they don't approve of, and they are generally fine with boarded up houses that have sat empty for years because their neighborhood owners are so entirely apathetic about their community. What people like BR refuse to recognize - as demonstrated by their total blinders for Charles Francis, finger-pointing, and "nothing will ever be good enough" attitude is that SE is changing. It's changing rapidly. It's changing with our without Dix. It's changing with our without McFarlane of Francis. It's going to change in ways that Black Raleigh doesn't appreciate or approve of - and that's understandable. But people like Black Raleigh can either be willing to work together towards a common good and have a voice at the table in creating a healthy and diverse community, or get steamrolled and pushed out of the way.

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Posted by William Castle on 10/27/2017 at 2:47 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

I urge your readers to look at Allen Buansi's credentials, which are readily found on line. He has a long, impressive list of service to Chapel Hill and NC and a depth of experience making him exceptionally qualified to serve. The Indy missed the boat by not endorsing him with clarity and enthusiasm.

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Posted by Jennifer Van Vickle on 10/27/2017 at 2:30 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

you're new to the area Jerry so I can understand you not knowing the history! Keep living here and you will see! We know it's not Mayberry, but it's not LA either. And again, welcome to our community! Its nice to have you, either way!

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/27/2017 at 1:54 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

If gentrification has no color, you should tell Charles to stop running his campaign that way!!! Remember, his words were black people should only vote for him suggesting a white person can't do the job. My property taxes have went up. I'm happy to have a slight increase in my taxes if that money goes to helping the affordable housing cause. This is a growing city, its not Mayberry. I'm not sure a face to face meeting would really solve anything. You refuse to see the harm someone like Charles causes and just how damaging he can be to relations all over this city. I have pointed out several things regarding him and other community leaders in our neighborhood and you have not provided a single defense for any of it. You know what the problem is, you just won't admit it. It is easier to blame others and victimize yourself. He has very little government experience and the last time he ran for anything he lost and I hope he does this time. But if he does win, I hope he succeeds.

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Posted by JerrryG on 10/27/2017 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Heading to Biff Rose Tonight? You Might Want to Check His Website.

First off, I'd like to point out the irony of the statement, "especially when it's deployed by white men" in the midst of condemning racism. Second, you don't know Biff, don't understand his art and your knee jerk, "shut that person up he said an unorthodoxy word" attitude is fascist (again, ironically, so) and most closely resembles that of the folks who you supposedly oppose and not of the truly progressive.

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Posted by nobody important on 10/27/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Nancy McFarlane Presides Over a Thriving City. Charles Francis Says She Doesn’t Deserve the Credit.

Anyone thinking Charles Francis won't be having backdoor deals is delusional...His politics won't be any better and could be worse....Whats his plan other than stating the obvious...

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Posted by Tony D on 10/27/2017 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham

Your article omits that Farad was endorsed by former Sheriff Worth Hill at the same event with your reporter present. You just report that the former Sheriff was present.

Also Farad is co-chair of the Triangle Amazon Project, not just a member.

Hmmmm.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 10/26/2017 at 10:31 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

Jerry, gentrification has no color! When your ass gets gentrified in the next big wave of new Raleigh and development and your rent or property taxes go up, maybe then you can see how we as a city could do better in how we handle growth! It all depends on whose ox is being gored!and side bar: I would love to meet you! Sorry to see the feeling isn't mutual! We're neighbors right?

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/26/2017 at 7:27 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

My post gave the number of affordable housing units and apartments. I'm not reaching for anything, the truth is right on your face. So it looks like no matter what is done, SE Raleigh won't be happy and neither will you. Charles is sham and not worth Raleigh's time. He should keep defending large corporations who pollute the environment in poor areas of NC. There are other court cases he has represented as well that are far worse that the Alcoa case. Charles is easily bought and his only argument is "white people are ruining SE Raleigh". Actually, the problem is far more complicated than that and you can't handle the fact that your savior is getting called out on his bullshit. I realize that it is also probably easy for you to pass me off as some pissed off white dude, but actually I'm not. I just can't stand liars and people who victimize others for their own political gain. Charles blatantly said that black people should vote for him only. WTF? How about we think less about race and more about how we are all the same race. One group of people trying to get by and get ahead. Charles is extremely wealthy and obviously smart. It is wrong for you to support his habits in SE Raleigh and not attributing any of the problems to people like him and Yvonne Holley. Everyone in SE Raleigh isn't victim. There are victims all over Raleigh. My neighborhood, your neighborhood, 5 Points, Garner, Wakefield. Everything is relative, but you continue to miss what is actually going on. I live in SE Raleigh, I don't need to meet with you. I live it and I see it.

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Posted by JerrryG on 10/26/2017 at 7:17 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

Ah yes, a trifecta of defensiveness, deflection, and hypocrisy instead of anything substantive. It's insulting that you think that only people who are "from" SE (but, you know, actually live in a multi-million dollar house in West Raleigh) should be able to profit from their real estate investments in SE. And what makes you think the deal at Wintershaven isn't already done? Just because he said it in a debate to score political points? I really want to hear this. And why shouldn't the owner of Wintershaven be able to profit in the same way that Charles Francis and his family are profiting? Please help me understand - really. P.S. I have a friend who used to rent one of his many house - said he was a total slum lord a-hole indeed.

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Posted by Gavin Watson on 10/26/2017 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham

If he doesn't endorse Ali, he doesn't deserve the seat if he could have won!

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/26/2017 at 6:00 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 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

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