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Re: “Your Party’s Dead, Man: Data Shows New N.C. Voters Abandoning Dems, GOP

Well Dems. have tried to tell us Russia is the most important issue to people who have to worry about their lights being turned off. Can't say I'm surprised.

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Posted by John Curtis Smith on 05/30/2017 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Op-Ed: Revitalization Without Gentrification: The Scrap Exchange in Durham’s Lakewood Neighborhood

Revitalization = Gentrification and a mentality that says the area needs to be made great again. I don't get how publications like Indy Week say they are against people like Trump yet support policies that displace vulnerable groups.

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Posted by John Curtis Smith on 04/16/2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Mind the Food Gap: Who Does Farm-to-Table Serve?

Not only are farm to table resturants expensive but the people who eat there have a elitist attitude. I remember being told by one person that I didn't know anything about local food in a state that my family has been in for 200 years because I don't eat at places like Stanbury. Then they had the nerve to say that they seek those places out calling me ignorant for not doing the same. So I think it's a load of crap. And the funny thing is the ppl who seriously think they know everything about food because they ate at death and taxes or mandolin are the same exact ppl who haven't done things like gone to the archives and read the cookbooks from the ppl who ran Mordecai or the wives of the governors. They don't know about sweet potato pudding lol

As far as farmer markets go the state farmers market isn't that expensive on the outdoor side at least and is about the same price range as kroger. But ppl on snap won't go bc
of the convenience Walmart has. Now given that the state Market really isn't far from a food lion or Walmart I do think ppl on snap can go to Walmart and still get things like basil or fruits and vegetables at the market while still getting the other things Walmart has. The real question is how do they cater to ppl on snap who take the bus.

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Posted by John Curtis Smith on 10/29/2016 at 10:34 AM

Re: “The lineup for Durham's Moogfest is out and impressive. Now it must fit into its city.

This is a bigger trend and everything your saying about Moogfest can be said about Hopscotch. From the lack of proper planning, to the limited budget and the inability to get bands that people will seriously pay hundreds of dollars to see instead of driving to ATL to see music midtown, or NYC to see the Governors Ball. Both of which are cheaper than what Durham is doing and about the same price as what the 3 day hopscotch pass is. Which means only rich people can afford these festivals. Which is why your seeing the would be Aspen Ideas festival empty rhetoric be attached to it in the same way that Hopscotch has the design festival which is more corporate than artistic. While some of these bands can fill major venues like Gary Numan most of these are club bands charging amphitheater prices to see them. Another thing that needs to be called out is how Raleigh made the dumb move to shut down the Ambassador theater which could have turned into what Atlanta's Fox theater is for them now as a venue. Maybe more needs to be said about how these festivals really show how confused the triangle is about which direction it wants to go in. As I'm not sure Sonic Youth would be talking about Innovation and Entrepreneurship at a tech conference attached to a "Alt-fest"

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Posted by John Curtis Smith on 12/08/2015 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Raleigh development leader Greg Hatem says the city's downtown is "unlivable." He's wrong.

So your against the same "urban development" that shut down the Brewery, and may shut down Cats cradle but your for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance which cares nothing about the people who have spent their entire lives here? Sounds like Indy Week is the one that sold out...

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Posted by John Curtis Smith on 02/11/2015 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Grading Glenwood South's Hospitality District

Isn't Raleigh supposed to be a College town? And Isn't going to a hookah bar at 2 am and having sex on a swing a part of the American college experience? Sorry, but if you can't handle what kids these days are doing then you might want to go somewhere else.

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Posted by John Curtis Smith on 11/15/2014 at 6:54 AM

Re: “Hopscotch, Night Two: Priests and St. (Vincent)

they won't move the festival to real venues like Red hat or the PNC Arena because the city get's all of the profit from the city plaza stage and they are too greedy to split the profit with someone like Red Hat or PNC. That is also why you don't see major bands at the festival as City plaza can only hold a few thousand people.

Posted by John Curtis Smith on 09/06/2014 at 12:52 PM

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