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Re: “Batalá Durham Held Another Rehearsal at Central Park. The Cops Were Called.

Welcome to high dollar white hipster condos durham!

Posted by Bluetrain on 08/15/2017 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Video: Demonstrators Pull Down the Confederate Monument in Front of Durham County Building

lxxvc, I understand the frustration. But realize the alternative to the process you bemoan is a dictatorship or mass anarchy by mobs. Under both of those systems I can assure people will be oppressed even more. Trust me, we don't want to go there as a society. It is that process you are impatient with that gives us our rights. And every political movement thinks it is righteous and correct. No matter how flawed or real that may be. This is the temptation of every political movement is to turn to violence and dictate for expediency. And it never turns out well. It is how dictatorships get started by the well meaning. We have history books full of evidence to this trend. Give the process a chance. I think it may work quicker than you think. I want them gone too. But I know the best way to make their removal PERMANENT is to do it the right way. Chances are now this statue may go right back up. Or it may have ruined the chance to get rid of the rest of them when the other side hardens. If they can get the Confederate flag down in SC by legislation it can be done here.

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Posted by Bluetrain on 08/15/2017 at 8:34 PM

Re: “Video: Demonstrators Pull Down the Confederate Monument in Front of Durham County Building

I have to agree with Kate. I want ALL those statues down or relocated like YESTERDAY. But there is a right way to do it and a wrong way. This is the wrong way. Those who play with anarchy and mob rule do so at their own peril. Remember at one point those mobs were pointed in the other direction. This kind of behavior was not right then nor is it now just because some think the ends justifies the means. I think the will is there to get rid of these things. Lets do it the right way. And not bring ourselves down to their level.

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Posted by Bluetrain on 08/15/2017 at 12:49 AM

Re: “With Blue Cactus, Steph Stewart and Mario Arnez Embrace the Gaudy Trappings and Heavyweight Emotion of Classic Country Music

wow. That's amazing. I saw them a few years ago as the boyfriends and I predicted she would have an affair with him and run off with him. Won that bet!

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Posted by Bluetrain on 02/23/2017 at 9:56 PM

Re: “Orange County’s Board of Adjustment to Determine Whether the So-Called Party Barn is Really Being Used as a Farm

What the neighbors should do is get together and apply to open a couple of junk yards, a cement plant, a shooting range, and a real factory farm with pigs. That would fix the Brewer's little red wagon. I wonder how many weddings you could have next to that stuff. lol If the county won't reign them in, the nieghbors can!

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Posted by Bluetrain on 02/23/2017 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Orange County’s Board of Adjustment to Determine Whether the So-Called Party Barn is Really Being Used as a Farm

Developers here in Chapel Hill and Orange county are CONSTANTLY trying to game the system. We just booted a mayor and half a town council over this kind of shenanigans. As I watch a seven story high rise one right after the other go up right beside my single family home with no road improvements.... Money talks with these folks.

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Posted by Bluetrain on 02/23/2017 at 9:49 PM

Re: “With the rise of CHALT, Chapel Hill’s never seen an election quite like this

I would like to chime in as new and fairly YOUNG and NOT rich resident of Chapel Hill. I live over by the Ephasus-Fordham and own a single family house and have vested interest in the outcomes here. I tend to agree with a large chunk of what the CHALT coalition is saying. I had to rescue neighbors in the flooding a few years ago. A lot of houses in our neighborhood were built back in the 60's when you could still build in the 100 year flood plain. Which should have been addressed by the form based code that was shoved down our throat by our current council. I went to many of the council meetings on this code and figured out early on the decisions had already been made and only a thin veneer applied to make it look as if they actually cared about citizen input. Meanwhile I now have a 7 story tower going up next to our neighborhood. With more impervious surface. They already have the first two floors in. Meanwhile NOTHING has been done about the storm water issues. No culverts NOTHING. All of the development currently is being driven by the residential real estate lobby. Which has been trying to turn Chapel Hill the city into a wealthy exclusive bedroom community for years on the backs of the local tax payers to their profit. In some of the first meetings on EF I had the pleasure of sitting beside the head of the local realtors association who sat and mocked most of the concerns local citizens had about HOW the development was being done. She clearly had no idea what side I was on. The one thing NOBODY seems to understand is CHALT is not against development. It is for GOOD development. Not just development for the sake of developers. The Residential real estate lobby sees in Chapel Hill a giant $$$ opportunity. They would happily boot out every person making less than 250k a year if they could figure out a way to do it and turn us into the liberal version of Preston in Cary if they could get away with it. Chapel Hill does not need more housing for wealthy urban hipsters who want a "lifestyle". (Why these fools think they are progressives is beyond my understanding as they drive a lot of URBAN problems now.) What we need are some businesses and industrial/manufacturing so people can work and live in the same town. Luxury condos with a couple of taco bells in the bottom and a Carolina ale house does not count as that. Mixed use is a huge misnomer. Mixed use really just means urban hipsters who want their chipotle downstairs so they can go there in their pajamas. It's NOT about anything useful as far as real industry commerce, or economic activity. We need things to diversify the tax base so the current residents aren't forced out to keep paying for the councils poor planning in even higher property taxes.
"Our current Mayor, council, and very importantly, town manager and staff, have made serious mistakes in backing Perry and his out of state investors over the desires of the people of Chapel Hill." I could not agree with this commenters statement more. All the trails from all the development always beat a path back to his door and his wall street and hedge fund backers. And when it is all done Roger Dodger could care less if you have a liveable town. The only reason they can mortgage city hall to pay for all these infrastructure projects legally is a loophole they found that they can exercise ONLY because City hall was flooded and damaged in the flood I mentioned. Essentially repair costs would qualify for bond status but they figured out through some bookkeeping magic they could ask for like x times over the amount and use it for something else they could not ask for in a bond.

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