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Re: “A Raleigh Family Asks a Court to Stop a Developer from Erecting a 28-Foot Wall Next to Their House

I've personally seen Raleigh's lax code enforcement for infill with shady developers not even getting a slap on the wrist for skipping multiple permits for new construction -- even after a critical structural failure. The real problem here is the interpretations used by the board of adjustment. Perhaps most pertinent is the board's apparent (not sure if it's codified anywhere) policy to NOT penalize a developer for causing the "hardship" when they are the same ones who have bulldozed the smaller, older houses which were perfectly fine buildings and easily modernized. These smaller, older houses are being bulldozed then the developer turns around and says he can't build on the lot because it's too small? What a joke of a policy. Yuck.

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Posted by citizenshame on 07/15/2017 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Raleigh Votes to Establish a Community Engagement Board, Which Critics Worry Will Take Power Away from Citizens Advisory Councils

Replacing CACs with scripted meetings run by a Kafkaesque "Burea of Government Engagement" is poor governance at its best. And the way it was set up by the mayor reveals a thinly hidden agenda of reducing avenues of criticism for councilors, city staff and developers. As others have pointed out, with a 12% turnout for Raleigh's municipal elections, if anything the focus should be on improving this abysmal performance.

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Posted by citizenshame on 05/10/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Born in the Shadow of N.C. State, Steeped in Parties and Punk Rock, Raleigh’s Historic Maiden Lane Will Soon Perish in the Name of Progress

I wonder what effort, if any, was made by the area's Business Improvement District -- run by and known as the Hillsborough Street "Community" Service Corporation and supported by tax dollars -- to focus redevelopment in this area while preserving the homes. It seems like the economic redevelopment efforts by the HSCSC are always upzone-and-bulldoze without respect to the area's history and significant character. Yuck.

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Posted by citizenshame on 03/02/2017 at 1:16 AM

Re: “If Trump Revokes DACA, North Carolina Will Lose More Than $1 Billion a Year

This article has so few facts, including none to back up what strike me as fantastically inflated numbers on GDP, nor does it account for the billions of dollars that get sent home to Mexico in the form of remittances rather than spent in our local economies -- a sort of "reverse multiplier" effect.

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Posted by citizenshame on 01/26/2017 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Raleigh Police Are Pretty Mad About the Whole 'Not Getting a Raise' Thing

Police jobs require only a high school degree and allow full retirement after only 20 years. They shouldn't need more money when others such as state workers are getting much smaller (or non-existent) salary increases while paying ever increasing health care costs as well.

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Posted by citizenshame on 06/09/2016 at 9:23 AM

Re: “White Raleigh Loves Wake’s Transit Plan, But Black Raleigh Isn’t Sold

I think Dan Coleman summed it up right when he said this plan is designed for developers to make money on transit corridors and for astroturfers like WakeUP Wake County to all get high paying jobs when the gravy train starts rolling with hundreds of millions of dollars in new taxes per year, all while loading up huge debt on county without clear specifics. And it's not clear why anyone in Raleigh should be paying for commuter rail service to Garner anyhow -- that just is going to encourage sprawl of the type that pro-density developers and WakeUP Wake County say they are against.

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Posted by citizenshame on 05/25/2016 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Accounting Errors Put the Carolina Theatre in a Hole. Can Dan Berman Dig It Out?

I'm surprised this story omitted the similar problems the Carolina Theatre had back in the 1990s.

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Posted by Barry Eriksen on 05/16/2016 at 8:50 AM

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