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What You Need to Know about North Carolina for May 6, 2015

What You Need to Know About North Carolina for May 6, 2015

How long does it really take to make a park? Raleigh leaders have been asking that question, as they finally received approval to purchase land from the state to potentially turn into a public park. It’s been a long process and you can read the actual legal documents from that process here. Oh, and if you haven’t taken notes from these articles already, you know it’s still not over yet.

As we have seen in Baltimore and many other places, public spaces can be political. Many laud the recent efforts to build public parks with private funds and private management. This CityLab article presents both pros and cons to public-private investment in parks, that address not just social issues, but economic and infrastrucure as well.

If it’s an issue of getting operating money for the park, then I’m all for private money. However, if that private money limits who can use the park…then not so much. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with this “high line” in DC. Efforts are being made in the planning stages to make it an inclusive park.

Anyway, this is What You Need to Know About North Carolina for May 6, 2015. Share it with your friends and check out a few more news items below:

The City of Charlotte has also sold off several Uptown properties, proceeds that are going to debt service.

The State of North Carolina is no longer in debt to the federal labor and treasury departments.

Some NC DOT workers are skilled at driving their vehicles and playing games with them.

A sampling of film grant applications filed at the Department of Commerce.

Property taxes would not go up for the ninth year in a row in Greensboro’s proposed city budget.

There will not be a tax on car insurance at the state level.

And finally, a retiring geography professor from UNCG reflects on 50 years of teaching at the university.

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