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Re: “What Do Lakewood Residents Think of Their Neighborhood's Newest High-End Restaurant?

@victoria_foodeditor thanks for the response. If you have the time, or willingness, would you clarify a few things in your comment? Specifically:

When you say "very branded and curated welcome message Durham is putting forth" - what do you mean by "Durham" in this statement? The government? The DCVB? The media? Citizens? Which citizens?

Also, what does a term like "the current voices" mean? Is "current voices" just the people you happen to know personally, as implied by this statement in the article "At least not the folks I know."

Thanks in advance and no hard feelings if you don't respond.

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Posted by thisaft on 08/30/2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “What Do Lakewood Residents Think of Their Neighborhood's Newest High-End Restaurant?

I fully acknowledge that our food obsessed town is often tripping over itself in congratulations for opening new restaurants (and hotels) that many people, myself included, can rarely afford to visit or even feel especially comfortable visiting. That being said, I'm really interested in how people are defining gentrification, and assigning "tradition" to neighborhoods in the city. I think many are heavily influenced by the "newness" of so much of the population in this town - especially those that come and work in the (or create) media. They are defining "tradition" as anything that was here before them, and gentrification as anything new that happens after they moved here. It's like everyone is living in their own "micro-history" and no one takes a moment to step back and look at the bigger picture and history of Durham.

For instance:
In the mid-1990's, people identifying as Hispanic made up only 1% of the population of the city - around 2,000 people. So the idea that specific neighborhoods are "traditionally" Hispanic is only accurate if "tradition" began around 20 years ago.

The Davis Baking Company existed in that building from the 1940's until 1996, over 50 years. It was a tienda and panaderia for less than 15, yet somehow in this article, those 15 years as a panaderia define the building and location for all of history.

The article states that "Lakewood has traditionally been an affordable neighborhood for low-income communities" - and then only uses data from the past 17 years to back up that statement. A quick review of the history of the neighborhood via the Open Durham website will quickly introduce a fascinating and long history of the neighborhood that shows it has been in flux since the city began - from a small farms, to a destination suburb built around an amusement park, to the a neighborhood surrounding a cutting age shopping center with it's own movie theater and a Woolworth's department store, to a declining area with grand houses broken up into cheap apartments, to an increasingly desirable area over the past 10 years for people interested in owning historic homes close to downtown and Duke.

Like many neighborhoods (and downtown itself) of Durham this neighborhood has been constantly evolving and changing since the beginning - serving the different needs and requirements of the people that have chosen to live there.

I think everyone who has recently moved to Durham should have to spend 15 hours looking at the history of the city on Open Durham's website and also follow the Preservation Durham Instagram account. Durham, like every city, has always been in a state of amorphous flux.

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Posted by thisaft on 08/30/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Movie review: A surprisingly slapdash adaptation of Bill Bryson's book A Walk in the Woods

Also worth noting is that Bill Bryson was in his mid-forties when he made the hike that his book (and thusly this movie) is based on. Why a nearly 80 year old Robert Redford cast himself as someone 35 years his junior is a bit confusing, of course he cast a woman 26 years younger than himself to play his wife.

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Posted by thisaft on 09/03/2015 at 2:58 PM

Re: “The bicycle thief: After being caught with stolen bikes, Christian Browne wants back into Raleigh's cycling scene

@cjwatson Can you expound on that opinion? What part seems to be a joke? Why do you categorize the article as a POS? Just curious.

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Posted by thisaft on 09/02/2015 at 10:31 AM

Re: “In Chatham County, a nonprofit will build tiny homes for the homeless

Rural Studio in Alabama has been prototyping housing for impoverished residents of rural Alabama with the goal price of $20K - including materials, labor, and even leaving room for profit. Check it out here:

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Posted by thisaft on 08/25/2015 at 4:11 PM

Re: “From the publisher: A note to our readers about editorial staff changes

In 2007, when Lisa Sorg was named editor, she said "It's an incredible time to be a journalist in the alternative press, with so much happening culturally and politically. And in North Carolina, there's no shortage of targets. There's a rogue under every rock". Unfortunately in the last 24 months or so, there has been an increased focus on "targeting" and a noticeable reduction in "journalism". The instant gratification of positive feedback from quickly written blog entries tearing people or entities down has given to the rise of reductive journalism. Facts are barely important - it's much more rewarding to just call someone stupid in a headline and move on. This is the direction Lisa has been moving Indy Week, it's not the way it started out with her, but it's definitely where she ended.

For me personally, I feel that being "liberal" and "progressive" means I want to make thoughtful, rational decisions based on facts and thorough reporting. When I think of short, illogical verbal jabs at the opposition, I think of Fox News and The Blaze. Indy Week has been moving towards becoming a liberal version of these outlets, and honestly, I think we (liberal progressives) deserve better. I look forward to reading new articles that take on injustice in a thoughtful and non-vindictive way based on good thorough reporting.

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Posted by thisaft on 08/14/2015 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Is Empire Eats' new restaurant called Junebug? Because that's funny.

Upon further research (Grayson's Facebook page) it appears that the word was a common slur used by his racist extended family. Perhaps if you could provide a list of all of the other "slurs" your admittedly racist family uses freely that would prevent others from making such egregious mistakes in the future. If you want to entertain your friends with your snarky and poorly argued put downs on your personal social media and/or in comments section that's fine by me, but if this is the direction the Indy Week is moving (which it appears to be under Ms. Sorgs direction) I'll be taking the $8k I spend annually advertising and direct it to publications that have a better understanding of journalistic integrity.

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Posted by thisaft on 08/05/2015 at 9:39 PM

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