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Re: “Parting Shots: A Column Ends, But the Struggle Continues

Well, this is kind of a bummer. But best to you in your next venture, Bob. And hey, if this means more ink for Jane Porter...well, that works and soon enough you'll be able to brag that you were the Jane "back when." :)

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Posted by George Farthing on 02/24/2016 at 7:56 PM

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

Dual house-warming party. Do it! Great read, beautiful homes and great area to call home. Congrats to you both.

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Posted by George Farthing on 11/17/2015 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Raleigh’s City Council adopted the UDO Remapping

John Odom, who was voted out of office Oct. 6, met with Wood Spring residents on April 20. The site in question at Dunn Road is adjacent to our neighborhood entrance. In April, Mr. Odom was asked about creating a new zoning district, something that the council is considering to reflect true neighborhood-focused zoning (versus destination, large-format shopping centers).

Mr. Odom stated that he did not support a new zoning district, but made a commitment to the audience (about 15 people):

"I'm not for downzoning your property or mine or anybody else's. I'm for keeping it right where it is. I'm also for the opportunity, somebody wants to come in and upgrade and get a bigger value for that property, if they can compromise, I'm for that. But I'm not for downzoning anybody's property.

I'm not for changing and putting in a new zoning deal just to get rid of one or change one. I've heard you say, heard all of you say, that you're okay with the zoning that's there today, and I am too. I just want you to know that. And I will work to make that happen. To stay there at least, at least to that point. Unless somebody can talk other people into moving up. So I want to make sure you know that."

The question for Mr. Odom is pretty obvious. If you supported your constituents in April and again at the May 12 vote, who was it that talked "other people into moving up?" What Mr. Odom committed to constituents in April, and validated in May, was not true, nor was it honorable and apparently neither is he.

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Posted by George Farthing on 11/16/2015 at 8:44 PM

Re: “Election Day in Raleigh

This is great stuff, as always. Well done and thank you, Jane. Yesterday was so nice after all the rain and dreariness of the 10 days prior. I'm very surprised by the turnout but at the same time, the citizens' message was (is) clear. It's not the sidewalks or the "go to" issues politicians always parrott that are of course relevant all the time. No, this was a referendum on the Unified Development Ordinance and the city's commitments to neighborhoods -- a key platform of David Cox, Kay Crowder and Russ Stephenson.

Developer interests were heavily invested in Tuesday's election. The message IMO from citizens is, Grow, but in a manner that honors Raleigh policies that commit to protect neighborhoods as the Comprehensive Plan outlines. City Council now must fix the UDO to align with the Comprehensive Plan. We're growing and we're also one of the best places in the country. Raleigh needn't be a place where anything goes, we can afford to be very selective and smart. I expect the new Council to pursue and manage growth appropriately, not too much to ask.

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Posted by George Farthing on 10/07/2015 at 6:37 AM

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

The East College Park issue was discussed at the most recent City Council meeting where Ms. Rainey and other residents voiced concerns. The idea of gentrification was part of the discussion, however as the story notes an equal concern was the lack of communication from the city to ECP residents. That was a clear message at the recent public hearings on the Unified Development Ordinance as well. It's fair to wonder if this is a pattern that's purposeful, a way to diminish citizen participation in the process.

There's info about the NRSA program at the city website: http://www.raleighnc.gov/home/news/content… and you can download a PDF of the 25-page draft plan from that page. The plan was posted on July 22, with public comment period open through Aug. 20. That isn't much time at all. Plus, the cover page for the plan states that it was revised on August 14. Seems rushed in the best light.

I understand this is a complicated process and difficult for many reasons. The city deserves appropriate praise for investing in neighborhood revitalization. But you have to include citizens in the process, otherwise motives are unclear. The residents who addressed the council last week indicated an interest in being part of the process. That they were seemingly shut out from the draft plan suggests the city doesn't have their best interests in mind. In that position, I'd certainly be suspicious too. Here's hoping the government and community stakeholders can all come to the table to reach a positive outcome for everyone, including those who today call East College Park home.

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Posted by George Farthing on 09/10/2015 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Chapel Hill Councilman Lee Storrow pledges to stay in this fall's race for re-election, despite DWI arrest last month.

Cancelling the bar event was the right thing to do, and I'll assume it wasn't much of a decision to adjust course. Labeling someone's arrest for driving when they are twice the legal limit as "one poor, clouded, personal decision" disregards the incredibly poor judgment this man made that led to this story in the first place. Tell the poor families who lost 3 loved ones because of a damn drunk driver that guy simply made a poor, clouded personal decision. Just stop with that nonsense.

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Posted by George Farthing on 09/09/2015 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Chapel Hill Councilman Lee Storrow pledges to stay in this fall's race for re-election, despite DWI arrest last month.

Ooh, that is a bad look. Don't know the councilman, and am not at all familiar with the Chapel Hill elections. So his personal story, politics, etc. is irrelevant from my perspective. But come on. You can't get a DWI, "own it" with public self-flagellation to include that you are in counseling only to have a fundraiser at a BAR a week later. It appears the fundraiser in Raleigh was planned before his DWI arrest and subsequent counseling. If he is sincere in his efforts to deal with a personal issue (while at the same time making that information very public), basic judgment dictates he will call off this fundraiser. In the end, it's up to Chapel Hill voters to decide if any of this matters. The guy is very fortunate he only ended up with a DWI on his record.

Posted by George Farthing on 09/09/2015 at 2:00 PM

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