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Council in Reverse

April 29, 2012

Two weeks ago, the Greensboro city council responded to a groundswell of opposition to a revised downtown noise ordinance with a limit louder than Portland.

This week, we discovered the citizens of Durham contributed nothing to build their highly successful Performing Arts Center, and only one person turned out for the D3 meeting, which includes downtown, to discuss our PAC.

Also this week, city council decided not to fund any of the proposed sites for business development that would have cost $9.3M because they didn’t meet the funding guidelines.

Quoting noise ordinance instigator and failed property developer, Roy Carroll:

“With this council, I don’t think I’m going back and ask for any type of participation,” he said.

So much for allegations of collusion and corporate cronyism.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2012 7:54 pm

    “So much for allegations of collusion and corporate cronyism.”

    I’m not trying to be an ass but do you really believe that statement? Do you not believe the reversal on the property development was a response to voter outrage– perhaps Robbie’s attempt to smooth things over to gain support for the PAC?

    And do you really believe Roy won’t be back to beg for more?

    • April 29, 2012 9:06 pm

      I’m not prepared to believe staff’s rejection of the proposed developments had anything to do with clownish opposition. As to the PAC, one thing has little to do with the other. Council can only fund the PAC with a bond referendum.

  2. April 30, 2012 6:09 am

    Actually, Council can fund the PAC with COPs (certificates of participation) and not bonds, as was the case in Durham. As to whether or not Council has the balls to do so is a whole ‘nother story.

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