Here we are at another Friday! Yay! I hope you have had a chance to keep up with the CNU 22 pre-conference coverage on our sister site, The Black Urbanist. Today, we highlight First + Main, a video company that’s produced wonderful promotional videos about new urbanism and the CNU that are human scaled. The first time I saw one of their videos, it was on Atlanta and how much one new in-town neighborhood was helping with sprawl, yet noted how even those residents still have to drive. A few years prior, they made this video introducing people to the concept of New Urbanism.
Check out the full post for more videos and information about a special showing of their films at CNU 22.
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And now what we do best in this email, and that’s report North Carolina’s news on place:
In the Triad
Reidsville residents will see their taxes increase next year.
Forsyth County has approved their budget for this year.
A series of articles on the state of affairs in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools.
Guilford County Commissioners have approved the sale of an old Catholic school in High Point to the school system for their magnet high school program.
The debate continues between city council members and other invested parties in The City Project.
Jobless rate in High Point is the lowest it’s been in six years.
The City of Greensboro employees under investigation for their pressure washing service return to work.
Thus far the coal ash in the Dan River has not made it to the drinking water supply.
In the Triangle
A new father-son helmed restaurant, Que, opened this week at the American Tobbaco Complex in Durham.
The City of Durham did approve a half-cent tax increase for the in-town tax rate for parks upkeep.
Triangle-area apartment supply now exceeds demand.
A new development in Knightdale will include an elementary school and a YMCA pool.
In the Charlotte Area
Mecklenburg County’s budget will not increase taxes and provide more funding for schools and services.
One of Charlotte PD’s own has been charged with falsifying her time sheets.
A new mixed-use development is planned on land currently in an unincorporated part of Union County close to the Mecklenburg County line, which was almost made into a Walmart.
In Asheville and Western North Carolina
Asheville’s breweries get the profiled by NPR treatment.
Asheville tops the state in pedestrian accidents.
The Asheville Citizen-Times answer man deals with broken wayfinding signs and a scheduled repaving project on I-40.
In Fayetteville, Wilmington and Eastern North Carolina
Today’s Prince Charles Hotel auction has been postponed.
The Fayetteville City Council is still considering what their tax rates will be for next year.
Spring Lake is expanding their bus system.
Cumberland County will not raise property taxes.
The Cumberland County school board just barely approved the superintendent’s recommendations for new principals.
The Wilmington Airport Authority could remove one of its members.
The Wilmington Airport’s also getting a new rental car facility.
Business privilege licences are now $100 across the state; many local governments are having to reconsider revenue sources.
The governor will also sign the fracking bill next.
The Senate version of the state budget would move Medicaid to a new state agency and remove several elderly, blind and disabled people from the rolls.
The Senate’s budget also has tax increases for commercial trucks.