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Re: “Mayor Bill Bell Has Overseen a Bull City Renaissance. So Why Has Durham’s Poverty Rate Gone Up on His Watch?

Promoting business and development can help a city, but not when those projects are given property tax exemptions. Hollowing out revenue that can be used to improve neighborhoods to bring in development dollars, doesn't help the city improve quality of life. If a project can't be built without tax exemptions, then its not sustainable for the city anyways. It'll just be a drag on residential taxpayers and existing businesses, who will have to make up the difference in lost revenue and increased city service costs.

The NCGA keeps crippling NC cities from promoting sensible policies that allow affordable housing to be linked to new city developments. It has chopped mass transit development at the knees and continues to promote their culture war agenda, at the expense of the cities and large towns. I think any urban mayor in NC has an uphill battle in fixing problems. Bell has been a decent mayor overall. I live here in Durham and the city does the best it can.

While we don't have people "murdered almost daily", the 40-50 who are killed each year is excessive. Durham is a medium size metropolis with a large underclass and is poisoned by a culture of guns and violence. The city should be enhancing its information gathering, focus patrols on crime clusters, and use available sensor technology to detect and respond to gunfire. Checkpoints don't do much, except annoy local residents and increase DWB arrests.

But we have to cull the gerrymandered right wing do-nothings from the Legislature and allow North Carolina to join the 21st Century.

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Posted by Raymond Voigt on 06/19/2017 at 12:32 PM

Re: “In Shock Move, Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes Resigns

Politics is the art of the possible. Sometimes the hardest thing for a political neophyte to withstand is only getting 95% of what you asked for. Some people just don't know how to take yes for an answer. I hope Ms. Holmes reconsiders quickly. I would hate to see someone that passionate and effective, throw away a budding political career.

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Posted by Raymond Voigt on 12/06/2016 at 8:56 AM

Re: “An exit interview with Raleigh Planning Director Mitchell Silver, bound for New York City

Light rail development has to be coordinated with wise planning. It took decades for Atlanta's Metro to be integrated with transit based development because the lines were build on existing rail ROWs which went through brownfield industrial sites. Those developments had to wait for land values to increase to where pollution remediation made economic sense.
The proposed light rail ROW for Raleigh and Cary has much the same problem, plus it won't even go to the Airport. The Durham-CH line is more practical, since it ties medical, college, and downtown Durham together, guaranteeing a strong ridership base.
First of all, the Triangle area needs a coordinated transit authority that will take charge of ALL transit in Wake, Durham, and Orange Counties. Triangle Transit is a barebones regional system and the city/county systems aren't much better. You have four transit bureaucracies when there should be one single authority. This is a piece of cake, folks. Consolidate and expand. Reduce bureaucratic overhead and increase frequency of service.

Posted by Raymond Voigt on 04/10/2014 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Historic Liberty Warehouse to be demolished; condos and stores to replace it

Steel truss buildings built during the era that the Liberty Warehouse was constructed are structurally flawed and prone to collapse. There is no reason to preserve faulty commercial structures. We are talking about a simple metal box with a simple brick facade.
I understand there is a kind of nostalgia for the Tobacco trade, as long as you ignore the hundreds of millions who died because of it. I imagine there is a potential Buchenwald tourist buzz that goes with that, kinda the way Southern Plantations celebrate the concentration camps of the slavery era.

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Posted by Raymond Voigt on 01/30/2014 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Historic Liberty Warehouse to be demolished; condos and stores to replace it

The warehouse became a dilapidated eyesore because it's function no longer matched the changing economy of Durham. The RDU area is on the cusp of a new boom era. Durham has made great public investments and now will enjoy new private investments.
Not every old commercial property is fit for redevelopment. Liberty was an empty tin shell with a decent brick facade. Unlike American Tobacco, there was little function to be had in its present form. Frankly, I think keeping the brick facade IS what makes the new condo design look out of place.

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Posted by Raymond Voigt on 01/30/2014 at 9:18 AM

Re: “The scoop on the vagrant van

Check the bumpers for a magnetic key box. A little fresh paint and someone can start a new small business.

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Posted by Raymond Voigt on 08/21/2013 at 11:59 AM

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