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Re: “Following Accusations of Rampant Misogyny and More, a Raleigh Promoter's Career Is Effectively Over. What Comes Next?

Okay, lets stop right here in this quote from an Indyweek article exposing a very well connected man who was operating in Downtown Raleighs arts, culture and music scene. Reed was also the Director of Events with the Downtown Raleigh Alliance. The writer of the Indy article so quickly pointed out how misogynistic Reed was in his treatment of women, but she left out a detail that should have been included if they wanted to write an article about equal treatment of people not based on gender. Why stop there when the obvious was in the writers face. In the comments that spurred the article, he was also accused of being a gentrification sympathizer as his accuser also spoke about his views of cleaning up Southeast Raleigh without care of the trickle down housing effects he and his cool uptown friends are having on communities of color in Southeast Raleigh.

How can such a progressive news outlet leave out such a important part of the character breakdown of a man who as it seems, had so much influence on whats happening downtown in Raleigh where there are less and less outlets available for creative black expression or business?

Many of Reeds business partners cut ties after the initial Facebook post, but I wonder how that would have played out had his issue only been about his views on Southeast Raleigh and the displacement of long time Southeast Raleigh residents? Would they have even cared or would they have asked him for real estate tips?

Do better Indy!

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Posted by AALIYAH on 08/24/2017 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Should Wake County Spend Up to $20 Million to Convert a Failed Fuquay-Varina Golf Course into a Park?

If I could, I would load up two bus loads of people from Wintershaven, Forest Hills and Sir Walter Raleigh apartments and take them to Wake Countys Board of Commissioners public work session about bailing out a golf course community with $20 million dollars of our tax money while our seniors are struggling to find housing after being evicted from two senior communities that happen to located downtown Raleigh. I would also go and pick up people and their children who are living in hotels and bring them along also!

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Posted by AALIYAH on 07/28/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Should Wake County Spend Up to $20 Million to Convert a Failed Fuquay-Varina Golf Course into a Park?

Does anyone know how much the City of Raleigh and Wake County have spent over say, the last 5 years on parks and green spaces? Well, with the help of the Conservation Fund, Wake County may have 140 acres to add to its current portfolio of parks and green spaces.

Conservation Fund is an environmental non-profits that seems to be in the business purchasing large tracts of land to preserve open spaces for biking, hiking, walking and dogs.

Conservation Fund is also the group offering to purchase land from RDU to expand Umstead Park and protect it from development. The price tag? $6.46 MILLION Dollars. Land conservationists are lucky to have such an ally in the quest for #moregreenspaces!

Now the Conservation Fund is offering to purchase the golf course in Fuquay Varina with the caveat that Wake-county buys it from them to turn into a park! Imagine Wake Countys initial investment as well as what it will cost to convert 140 acres into #moregreenspaces!

The owner of the golf course has been in litigation with the homeowners because he wanted to close the golf course and build houses on the land. The homeowners did not want to see the land developed and in comes the Conservation Fund and possibly Wake County to the rescue.

Considering our struggles with affordable housing, one would think that Wake County would want to purchase this land for economic development or affordable housing because as Community Housing Octavia Rainey says,"the good Lord isn't making anymore land any time soon! and we need more housing!!

How much longer will our elected officials continue to put money, after tax payer money into parks when we are in a housing crisis? A housing crisis that has no organized opposition like the homeowners of Crooked Creek to oppose such wasteful spending!

We know how many people are moving into Wake County a day, but do we know how many are leaving because they cannot find affordable housing? Our elected officials are quick to invest and land bank for parks and recreational spaces, but when it's time to create homes for our elderly, affordable rental units and affordable home ownership under $200,000, we are in a deficit! Our elderly population is having to wait 2 some time 3 years for subsidized housing.

Again, I askhow much money has the City of Raleigh and Wake County invested in parks compared to how much they invest how much in affordable housing?

The Crooked Creek neighborhood did what we have failed to do in some of our most historically black communities. They came together to become a greater influence in protecting their communities and investments against what they see as bad development. They fought to have unrestricted views of open space in place of housing! If Wake County wants to purchase that land, what say in how it will be developed do tax payers have?

Crooked Creek neighborhood may have it their at our children and elders expense!

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Posted by AALIYAH on 07/28/2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Residents aren’t buying Raleigh’s plans for East College Park

Someone has to listen to the concerns coming from the community. Do we not have a right to want to preserve certain aspects of this historically Black neighborhood and share in the vision for what is to come? Are they are counting on us to roll over and take what they give us! When is enough, enough? Why do we have to fight so hard to be apart of the process?

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Posted by AALIYAH on 11/12/2015 at 10:29 PM

Re: “Are Raleigh’s empty promises on affordable housing a thing of the past?

Please up vote if you're interested in having affordable / low income neighbors to support the city scatter housing policy! 😊

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Posted by AALIYAH on 10/23/2015 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Are Raleigh’s empty promises on affordable housing a thing of the past?

Please up vote if you're interested in having affordable / low income neighborhoods to support the city scatter housing policy! 😊

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Posted by AALIYAH on 10/23/2015 at 7:19 AM

Re: “Are Raleigh’s empty promises on affordable housing a thing of the past?

Mike's last comment? He's so ready to clear people out of their own communities and God forbid they move next door to him!

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Posted by AALIYAH on 10/23/2015 at 7:18 AM

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