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In Memoriam: War Memorial Stadium

Pretty, isn’t it? This is the latest architectural rendering of what the exterior of Greensboro’s long neglected War Memorial Stadium will look like if our City Council approves the expenditure of the $1.3M that was earmarked a couple of years ago, via 2/3rds bonds, for the ‘renovation’ of our National Registry of Historic Places property. [...]

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RRP Rule – It affects everyone

My business is profoundly affected by the EPA’s Repair, Renovation and Paint Rule, and so are you. Never heard of it, you say?  Oh, you will. Starting January 1st of this year, here is what is going on: “Under the North Carolina Rules (PDF), beginning January 1, 2010, dust sampling technicians, firms, and individuals performing [...]

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Nothing nefarious, they’re called Historic Tax Credits

Today’s Rhino takes a stab at understanding Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits for income producing properties and how it relates to the long-awaited opening of Greensboro’s International Civil Rights Museum.  But, I suspect, the article had only enough information to make people suspicious of what had to occur to finish the project. As the name [...]

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Alston: “More to it than meets the eye..”. Indeed.

Well now. Meanwhile, over at Ed Cone’s, following up on his explosive blog post regarding Deena Hayes and Weaver/Quaintance’s freedom of information request, Yes! Weekly’s Jordan Green: “What records do the city and county have referencing the hotel project or recovery zone bonds that could possibly be considered protected? On what grounds would they try [...]

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I’d fight, too.

I’d do the same thing if I were Dennis Quaintance and Mike Weaver…. and then some. If a bunch of influential people got together, with the assistance of  government, and were looking to start a company that will be in direct competition with my niche-market, self-financed and struggling-in-this-economy window restoration business – I’d be doing [...]

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Sausage making goes swimmingly

As I was trying to follow how it was that our City Council went from not overtly considering (Rhino, 3/4 down the article) any kind of Swim Center in June ’08, to copping $10.25M from the P&R Commission’s 2012 bond recommendations (p.3) for a new, indoor, central public pool, which magically transformed to the $12M [...]

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Double Hung, LLC: Government Collection Agency

My company has 9 employees, one of which (that’d be me) is the combined Human Resources, Accts Payable, Accts Receivable, Sales, Payroll, Purchasing and Collections departments.  Needless to say, I’ve got a lot of free time on my hands. Recently, I realize that I’m also – by law  – an unpaid collection agent for any [...]

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Swim Center funding – a retrospective

As the debate surrounding funding for Greensboro’s proposed swim center heats up, I thought a little background might be in order. July 9th, 08 – Parks & Rec Commission votes (PDF, p5) to send a $20M list of projects to City Council.  The swim center is not on that list. July 11th, 08 – City [...]

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A mandate for moderation

From what I’m hearing about mayor-elect Bill Knight’s preparations for taking over the reigns of running the City Council meetings, one of the things he is doing is preparing a seating chart for the dais.  He is also getting briefed by city management as to the stark differences between public and private financing and accounting. [...]

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Council Kingmakers

10:30p Update: The Great Divide I was standing next to Bill Burckley at the Old Guilford Courthouse tonight as the precinct results were coming in. As we were speaking, the numbers for Greensboro’s mayor came around and showed Yvonne Johnson leading Burkley’s charge, challenger Bill Knight, by a little over 350 votes with only six [...]

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