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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

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

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

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