Category Archives: Greensboro Politics

Sitting in the Council’s chairs

Last night, members of The Spirit of the Sit-In Movement Initiative temporarily occupied the dais (as in – they ‘sat in‘ the Council’s chairs.  Get it?) during a break of the City Council meeting.  Some were subsequently arrested for trespassing. Yesterday, I received a wide distribution email from Rev. Nelson Johnson of the Beloved Community [...]

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WMS and that ‘vision thing’

Update: Here’s a 2008 video report from WXII.  Nothing much has changed since then. Indications are that Tuesday night’s City Council meeting might be interesting in regard to the Staff and P&R Commission’s recommendation of spending $1.3M to demolish War Memorial Stadium.  Some on Council might be concerned about their legacy.  The prospect of having their names [...]

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N&R: Naysayer

I have meticulously crafted an eloquent opposing opinion on this morning’s inaccuracy riddled N&R editorial. Their position on the matter doesn’t simply support, but urges the demolition of War Memorial Stadium.  If I had more time this morning, I would further elucidate the inaccuracies.  But alas, duty calls. I do realize that a lone voice [...]

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“Renovation” my ass

The only thing more misleading than the online headline: “New renovation plan proposed for War Memorial Stadium” is the opening line of the article that appears in today’s N&R: “The city’s War Memorial Stadium might soon get a long-awaited facelift….” Characterizing the demolition of 99% of a structure as a “renovation” and a ” facelift” is [...]

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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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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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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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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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A nice Merlot with my homegrown broccoli, please

From a City email regarding a proposed change at the Curb Market: “The Greensboro Parks & Recreation Commission has received a citizen request and requests your input on the following: Given the growing wine industry in North Carolina, and the fact that some of these wines are sold at Farmers Markets throughout the state, and [...]

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The reverend cries “wolf”… again, and again, and again…

I will consider it a major step forward for race relations in Greensboro the day Nelson Johnson calls a news conference and nobody showed?

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