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Re: “When Is an Endorsement Really a Campaign Donation? A Case in Raleigh Blurs the Lines.

You spend a lot of effort on campaign finance law but don't even appear to know the correct name of one of the candidates; it's Bonner Gaylord. Bonner is the first name. Maybe a little bit more on the policy side and less on the 'gotchas'.

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Posted by biIIy on 08/30/2017 at 8:41 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:…

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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: “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: “The Durham-Orange County Light Rail Line Is on the Ropes Again. That Might Be a Good Thing.


Extra ROW of a rail corridor and extra ROW of a number of different road corridors are not created equal. The additional land needed adjacent to a rail road is more likely to be underutilized than some of the roads that will need to be widened. If you think of where some of these BRT corridors would go there will be very real damage done to the look and feel of some communities, and also creates even worse conditions for pedestrians. Rail corridors by contrast have for the most part already created the 'divides' and pedestrian obstacles, so you could argue that their negative impact to the built environment and pedestrians will be less than widening roads that many would agree are already too wide. Thanks,

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Posted by biIIy on 06/30/2016 at 9:46 AM

Re: “The state of North Carolina finally sold those six historic Oakwood homes

Congrats to you both and welcome (to Jane) to the neighborhood!

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Posted by biIIy on 11/16/2015 at 11:07 AM

Re: “How Raleigh’s election was hijacked by questions of vibrancy


I do think littering, indoor capacity limits, drunk driving and extreme public drunkenness are worth enforcing within reason. I think you would agree that there's no such thing as black and white when it comes to enforcing the law in most cases (capacity limits for emergency egress are more clear cut). If you think Prohibition worked or the War on Drugs is working then I have an igloo to sell you. Are you going to cite someone who drops a gum wrapper? Also, are you saying you want more police presence and hiring more officers and more justice personnel to handle the additional court load from these arrest records you want to hand out? Because that's what it would take to do what you propose.

Also, this tiny but now vocal minority of people complaining about this behavior don't seem to acknowledge that if you go downtown on a weekend night ALMOST EVERYONE is NOT engaging in this type of behavior. This minority are losing a lot of persuasion points because most people know that they are painting with too broad a brush. Drunktown is a joke and Debnam is delusional if he thought it worked. What a waste of supposedly $70K that could have actually gone to a more pressing issue such as affordable housing....which I will get to Bob's response later. Thanks Bob.

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Posted by biIIy on 10/09/2015 at 9:19 AM

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