Monthly Archives: October 2003

Heavy Reading for a Sunday Morning

Read it and weep…. …Then get mad … then get motivated to do whatever you can to change things.  The last line in the above linked N&R piece by Denise Becker is, “…a rosier future is 10, 20, even 30 years down the line — little comfort to displaced workers facing a mortgage payment at the [...]

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Love those Aggies

A bunch of us from the ‘hood made our annual two-block trek to the NC A&T Homecoming parade this morning at 8:30 with a jug of Bloody Marys.  The storied Aggie parade is, without a doubt, the best time you can have with your clothes on. My friend Bev and I went in search of the [...]

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No Deal says Ed

Investigative reporter and part time columnist Ed Cone is reporting that the deal between Jefferson Pilot and Cherokee Investment Partners for the rehabilitation of the ghastly Wachovia Building is off.  Cherokee specializes in rehabbing problem sites and has drawn great praise for their brand of “vulture capitalism” If they can’t get it done under their criteria, [...]

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Promises Kept

The Triad’s apartment rental vacancy rates have improved a bit from last quarter according to The Business Journal.  Still at a sluggish 9.4%, the vacancy rate needs a boost. I have part of the answer. Last night at the Congregational Church candidates forum, I challenged the incumbents on City Council to finally unveil their economic [...]

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Promises Kept

Last night, WFMY News 2 reported some good news for The Aycock Neighborhood. During the contentious days last October building up to the Guilford County Board of Commissioner’s vote on the land swap agreement that cleared the way for the new Bellmeade baseball stadium, at-the-time Board Chairman Mike Barber invited me to lunch. We in [...]

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That’s what I said… over a month ago.

Another example of how our current City Council is in a reactive mode.  During “Items from the Council” segment of the meeting last night, the Mayor and Councilman Perkins recounted how impressed they were with the presentation that the Kenneth Lewis, CEO of of Bank of America recently made to a meeting of Forward Greensboro. Holliday and Perkins then [...]

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… is good for the gander

Fisher Park Neighborhood Association past president Ann Stringfield is circulating an email this morning suggesting inconsistencies with recent City Council decisions on protecting the character of neighborhoods. A copy is linked here with her permission.

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Rough Treatment

Last night I went to the City Council meeting to speak in support of the new demolition ordinance on behalf of my neighborhood.  This ordinance is needed as a tool for the inspections department to force landlords to either fix boarded up houses or face having them be demolished by the City. The concern I [...]

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Moving On

Kevin Reid writes in ESP Magazine about moving ahead now that the stadium question is (hopefully) resolved.  He was very kind to me and my efforts in the article. The article makes it sound like my neighbors and I are going to own a baseball team!  I’ll set up a Pay Pal account in case anyone else wants [...]

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I am against business AND free-enterprise

I’m in the middle of the pack for campaign fundraising according an article in today’s N&R.  According to the pre-primary (Sept.29th) report, Don Vaughn has raised an obscene amount of money ($48,154), Burckley may be the lowest ($2,650) but we won’t know until after the campaign because Arispe has decided not to file (isn’t that illegal under G.S.163-278.27?).  [...]

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