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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?

Point is durham crime rate is bad and has been for a long time. https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/nc/durha…

Bells support for a 17 mile 3.5 billion dollar LRT will not get public transit where it is needed. This is especially true under the regressive tax and NC GA efforts you correctly point to.

The effect is people once again are left behind. Mayor Bell is complicit in this as much as the " gerrymandered right wing do-nothings".

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Posted by where's the beef? on 06/19/2017 at 6:44 PM

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

Mayor Bell is a good guy with good intent. Durham has been hard to lead and even harder to manage. I give him credit for highlighting the arts and culture, raising investment and image.

That said, the problem is and has been crime. No one really addresses root causes. Every time there is a clamp down the public blames law enforcement, and reins them in. Police are only half the equation though. From my observation having lived there for +25 years there is a problem with the imbalance between law enforcement and the courts. The media and past performance of prosecutors have not helped with the credibility of law and order in Durham. Catch and release seems to be the underlying policy unless there is news media hysteria. A cursory look at the records of most offenders makes even the casual observer question why they are still on the streets or at the very least under a program of monitoring.

As long as people are being murdered almost daily with children caught in crossfires no one will feel safe and the best laid plans will falter and fail.

The solutions are less tolerance for repeat offenders in the courts, better opportunity and jobs for the younger folks and a change toward support for enforcement and involvement in keeping the community safe.

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Posted by where's the beef? on 06/17/2017 at 8:55 AM

Re: “The Durham-Orange Light Rail Now Costs More Than $3 Billion, and Durham Will Have to Pay More of It

Mark Bahner Excellent points. Car companies are already adjusting themselves to the future state where they are fleet providers or run the fleets themselves. This new ownership model will free huge amounts capital currently locked up in vehicles that sit in driveways 80% of the time. Connected fleets will free up wasted space on the roads, autonomously form "platoons" based on destination and ultimately obsolete stopping or yielding at intersections. Connected fleets will ultimately get to the holy grail of public transportation affordable point to point connections.

I too hope that the politicians wake up to the fact that people are on to them and stop this terrible waste of money. I also hope the voters take out the ones that voted for this when the opportunity arises. #riggedsystem

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Posted by where's the beef? on 05/02/2017 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Durham-Orange County Light Rail Heads to the Federal Government

Oh yea and ill conceived because they signed and agreement has a clause that eliminates the only two stations in Orange county on private land if the project gets in trouble.

Ill conceived because even though Orange and Durham county taxpayers are expressly not on the hook, the reality is that GoTriangle Bonds will be reliant on Orange and Durham endorsements (and tax authority) to gain a reasonable interest rate.

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Posted by where's the beef? on 05/01/2017 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Durham-Orange County Light Rail Heads to the Federal Government

Ill conceived because it paves over (impervious surfaces) a watershed in the name of reducing sprawl, but history shows that LRT drives up property values and drives those with moderate incomes out increasing sprawl.

Ill conceived because it sucks up all the transit money for 45 years leaving other transit dependant folks out in the cold. Ill conceived because it magnifies a regressive tax focusing the benefit on the well off.

Ill conceived because the federal share will largely going to pay the long term debt, so that money does not come back to the community.

Ill conceived because it will make traffic worse with 40 at grade crossings

Ill conceived because UNC and Duke the largest benifactors are contributing NOTHING

Ill conceived because it will expand the pool of low wage workers and continue to assist UNC in not paying a living wage.

I am especially disappointed in Mark Marcoplos and Mark Doroson who CLAIM to be on the side of living wage and social justice but when it comes down to it they cave to the special interests. #latecapitalism

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Posted by where's the beef? on 05/01/2017 at 10:44 PM

Re: “Sticker Shock: Why Does the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project Suddenly Cost $3.3 Billion?

Additional questions are:
1) What does this cost increase do to other transit needs and over how long a period of time?
2) What is the current monthly cash burn rate on a project that is less than certain on a number of funding fronts, and at that rate what is the loss if the Feds or state do not come through?
3) Is this project still worth it?

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Posted by where's the beef? on 04/12/2017 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Orange County’s Board of Adjustment to Determine Whether the So-Called Party Barn is Really Being Used as a Farm

Heh. How many tractors are stored in the Brewers "barn"? Don't Orange County farmers usually live on their farm in Orange County rather than in a high dollar subdivision in Chatham County?

Enquiringly.

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Posted by where's the beef? on 02/22/2017 at 1:37 PM

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