And we are back for another week of North Carolina Placebook! We really appreciate all your support and shares. Especially Kristen. Anyway, she spent part of Saturday supporting the Bookmarks Festival, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. It gave her a chance to meet and have James McBride sign her copy of The Color of Water and for her to hear Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina’s most recent (valid) poet laureate, read from his collection of poems Concertina (and of course catch up on life since they saw each other last).
Later on this week, she’ll be at the Strong Towns National Gathering up in Minneapolis. As a result, there will not be a Placebook on Thursday and Friday, but she still encourages folks to follow The Black Urbanist for updates and pictures. And remember, she’s on Instagram. And now, your news for this Monday, September 8:
Meet the residents of Greensboro’s Old L. Richardson neighborhood, a tiny, but important one in the black history of Greensboro.
Greensboro’s Heritage House’s owners owe the city at least $200,000.
A new sustainability festival debuted in Greensboro yesterday.
Senator Hagan’s editorial on her work to reverse Citizen’s United, the Supreme Court case that turned corporations into people.
And Joe Killian of the News and Record‘s new election and politics column, which presents a biting critique of last week’s US Senate debate.
The Winston-Salem Journal profiles one of the Triad’s newest famous (and most political) residents, Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, who will teach at Wake Forest University.
Forsyth County Commisssioners will vote this evening to use a two-thirds bond to pay for a number of public projects. These bonds do not require voter approval.
How many immigrant workers in the construction trades have been classified as independent contractors instead of full-time employees.
A long-running furniture store in McDowell County will close.
Alamance County has placed a historic marker at the site of the old Graham Colored High School in Graham, Alamance County’s seat.
Buncombe County leaders are blaming the state moratorium on economic development incentives for keeping at least two major companies from coming to its area.
On Friday, folks in and around Western Carolina University will be able to come to campus to express their feelings about the new fracking laws.
More on the changes to come with the construction of several bridges over Charlotte’s Independence Boulevard.
The Cabbarus County Schools allows for classroom teachers to job-share. And one teaching job is shared by a pair of identical twins.
Sea Turtle nestings on the coast dropped significantly, but there are still enough nestings to not cause any alarm.
The NC Rice Festival is coming soon and will celebrate the history of rice farming along the Cape Fear and Brunswick rivers.
A couple of approved rezoning requests in Wilmington, for apartments an an assembly hall.
The Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson historic site commemorated the Spanish attack that made the site historic over the weekend.
Lots of governance issues are happening around the town of St. James, the majority of which is a gated retirement community.
A public meeting to discuss Cumberland County incentives for the proposed Sanderson Farms chicken plant is scheduled for September 22nd.
Cumberland County has found out that a group home that was run by a private company actually belongs to them.
A larger-than-usual Harris Teeter will anchor a new shopping center in Taylortown, a historically Black community in Moore County.
A popular teacher in Wake County, with a zoo in his classroom, will retire after 39 years of teaching.
The Apex Town Council has approved a set of new, but unwanted by the community, homes.
An art museum in Durham will open next year and the building will also have a restaurant and hotel.
The City of Durham has dropped four proposed sidewalk projects.
And finally,as the new version of the American Tobbaco Campus celebrates its tenth anniversary, many of its old tobacco workers came back to commemorate their time there.