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Re: “The INDY Endorses Nancy McFarlane for Raleigh Mayor

McFarlane shows a blind spot for community involvement, not only with her mis-steps with trying to eliminate the Citizen Advisory Councils (CACs) but also with her lax oversight and misuse of the city's two Business Improvement Districts, both tax-funded and both largely unaccountable -- and absolutely free to follow their booster/good-old-boy empire-building agendas while the average citizen is overlooked. If it's been too long a run for Bonner Gaylord, it's been too long a train ride for McFarlane. Methinks she's going deaf.

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Posted by citizenshame on 09/20/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Stef Mendell for Raleigh City Council District E

Raleigh has an affordable housing crisis looming. Bonner Gaylord doesn't seem to notice, being too busy building expensive high-rises. Stef Mendel is indeed an impressive candidate with the future of the ENTIRE city in her sights.

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by citizenshame on 09/20/2017 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Bonner Gaylord Campaign to Hold City Council Fundraiser at Home of Julia and Frank Daniels Jr.

This is city election coverage? You don't even follow the money or touch on potential conflicts of interest. Please do better. Thanks.

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Posted by citizenshame on 09/08/2017 at 10:37 AM

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.

20 likes, 1 dislike
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.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
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.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
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

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