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jameshepler at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 9 17:40:02 EST 2005
I must have missed a post. To whom were you
--- rick sawyer <rickbang at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Let's review recent proposals by our "leadership"
> on the Downtown Durham
> > cultural and entertainment landscape:
> > - The City actively recruited CLEAR CHANNEL --
> with an $18 million subsidy
> > to build a 4000 seat big box on 8 acres downtown
> across from the jail.
> > (Resolved, thanks to community pressure)
> > - Boosters and elected officials propose zoning
> laws to limit or prohibit
> > nightlife and entertainment businesses in Downtown
> Durham -- which would
> > impact small businesses and local entrepreneurs
> the hardest.
> > Do you see a pattern emerging?
> actually, and mind you that i'm not exactly a
> mathmatics ace, but i
> always thought that you needed three or more data
> points before you
> could determine any sort of pattern. otherwise,
> it's just a straight
> line, right? statisticians?
> at any rate, the two things you describe strike me
> as wholly unlike
> one another. on the one hand, you have city council
> bumbling through
> a poorly conceived and secretive two year long
> effort to build a
> behemoth stadium that none of the "city boosters"
> wanted; a stadium
> that would have been operated by a behemoth,
> unethical corporation
> that none of the durham community cared for.
> whether the measure had
> any real legs even before the intervention of the
> hipsters remains an
> unanswerable question, but the fact remains that the
> city council came
> to its senses.
> on the other hand, you have an extreme, offhanded
> and poorly conceived
> policy suggestion on the part of a single county
> commisioner that was
> dismissed immediately by the rest of the commission.
> it sounds to me
> like the system works! all hail the durham
> besides, there's not much in the way of "downtown
> entertainment" for
> "Durham" to "kill" no matter how much it "wants" to
> do so.
> these spam volleys did inspire me to examine the
> downtown durham, inc.
> webpage, however. it turns to be a document rife
> with prevarication
> and not altogether immune to boners. to wit, i
> discovered, in a
> section entitled "downtown lifestyle," the following
> # Catch the train to destinations around the
> Triangle or across the
> country, at the future transportation center slated
> to begin
> construction in 2006.
> # Check out the concerts and events along the
> American Tobacco River
> beside the Bulls ballpark.
> # Toss a Frisbee with friends on the lawn of Durham
> Central Park .
> "American Tobacco River"? does it run brown? as
> brown as durham
> central park's alleged lawn?
> finally, i would also point out that it is the
> touted american tobacco
> campus that brought durham its first in-town
> starbucks. thanks,
> innovation, for marching us toward the brilliant
> future free from
> sterile office buildings and francished box stores!
> -- ch-scene: the list that mirrors
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