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Re: “Durham Co-op Continues to Sell Driscoll's Berries, Tells Customers to "Shop Your Values"

Maybe a new Co-op sign "Don't buy these berries"

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Posted by bottyguy on 08/12/2016 at 2:27 PM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: Welcome to the Fallout, Day 2. We’ve Really Screwed the Pooch Here, Haven’t We?

About that business blowback, I'll beleve it when I see where the money goes. Many of these businesses, including Google, are directly responsible for electing the right wing extremists in 2010-2014 through contributions to lobbiest like ALEC. I suspect they don't like the bad rep their contributions have creating, but unless they change thir lobbying practices they are speaking out of their mouth and ass at the same time.

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Posted by bottyguy on 03/25/2016 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Turning the Durham Downtown Loop two-way: What do you think?

OK, I guess if you look at the detailed drawing rather than the street drawing it shows that the "plaza" is just greening over the parking lot across the street from city hall. Just sloppy drawing on the overhead view.

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Posted by bottyguy on 05/15/2015 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Turning the Durham Downtown Loop two-way: What do you think?

I need to correct my previous comment, looking over the report again I see that bike lanes are mentioned for West Morgan, but they are not included in any drawings of Morgan. Seems like if they are included they need to be in the drawing.

Posted by bottyguy on 05/15/2015 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Turning the Durham Downtown Loop two-way: What do you think?

When I lived in Wake Forest and drove into Durham I liked the loop as it is, because it makes is fast and easy to get to the parking garages on Morgan and Ramseur (yeah, I'm selfish that way).

Now I live in Durham and bike commute, when I can; 13 miles to RTP through downtown and on the ATT, and I see the benefit of restructuring the loop.

I'm disappointed that this plan doesn't really address biking. It's mentioned twice, first saying they are "supporting efficient vehicle, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian mobility throughout Downtown." Secondly adding a one direction (north) bike line on Roxboro without a corresponding South going lane on Mangum. The plan says its a "complete street" how is it complete if you can't go south on a bike? Also Mangum and Roxboro are busy one way streets today with the split up in Duke Park. What is the new plan for that traffic flow?

With only two mentions I don't think they are "supporting efficient ... bicycle... mobility throughout Downtown."

It would be nice to have another north/south bike route from downtown, but I think east/west is more important. Today the best north/south route is Washington/Foster/Corcoran/Blackwell which bridges the ATT/ATC/Downtown and Neighborhoods north to downtown. These are pretty good city streets to ride on, not too busy or too fast and pretty direct, with room for cars to pass bikes. (Repaving Foster would be nice though). Right now the best east/west paths are Main and Chapel Hill, which are too narrow for cars to pass easily. It seems to me that putting real bike lanes (both directions) on Morgan would be a good solution, it is already a wide street that can handle the extra width required for bike lanes.

Weirdly in this plan Mangum is now dead ended with at new "City Hall Plaza", I thought we had learned that those large blank mall like spaces were not helpful for a vibrant downtown. I'm totally against cutting off a street again, since it would drive more traffic onto the new two way Roxboro and Corcoran, making a good bicycling route less safe.

Also they seemed to have mislabeled Morris St as Foster on page 13.

Posted by bottyguy on 05/15/2015 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Hopscotch, Night Two: A picnic

I didn't see the Sun Kil Moon set, but quiet shows really don't work well at Lincoln Theater. There is always too much talking in the back of the room by the bar. I'll never understand why people buy concert tickets and just use the show to catch up on the old days with their friends, but those people seem to gravitate to Lincoln Theater (also the back half of Cats Cradle). If I spend my money for a ticket I want to hear the music.

It doesn't seem to me that the performers at Lincoln that night would entice real rednecks to show up, but I have seen American Aquarium and the Drive By Truckers have problems with talkers and real rednecks, and both BJ Barham and Patterson Hood are much better at dealing with those people than Kozelek (Mr Moon?). Certainly these quiet shows should have been set at Fletcher or Vintage 21. I assume they wanted to pack more people in for this show

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Posted by bottyguy on 09/08/2014 at 11:59 AM

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