I am in the Transit Center several times a week, often in the afternoon, and it is much worse than this article or its accompanying editorial portray. Kids are constantly in motion and there is a culture of intimidation. God forbid it is perceived that you might be looking at someone the wrong way. I have heard numerous stories of kids sucker punching strangers as they exit the bus, for fun. I am a big advocate of both downtown and public transit but this situation is out of control. These kids should not be on public transportation. Period. Does someone have to die or be severely injured to put this issue on the table? I suggest your editor and your staff writers spend the hour between 3 and 4pm on a school day in the Transit Center, then write this stuff.
I spent two hours walking around Charlotte on Sunday including walking the length of the Riverway trail from the cemetery to the beach. If that was the only view of Charlotte you had you might agree with your assertion that residents have 'worked hard' to preserve the area. But then I walked back along Lake and I saw dilapidated houses, two tattoo parlors, smoke shops, biker bars, boarded up buildings...and very little else.
The City did the heavy lifting involved in creating Turning Point Park and the Riverway Trail. Charlotte needs thoughtful development, not parking lots.
And it is completely illogical to compare the three development projects you mention. They are completely different. Rereading this piece I really don't understand your point beyond 'development bad, status quo good'.
I really don't think you should allow commenting by anonymous commenters.
I seem to remember an attempt by City Newspaper's employees to organize and they were fought and defeated by management. Am I correct about this? They certainly do not pay a living wage to writers and designers (all the employees I know have second jobs).
Another lame comparison to Detroit? Really? It might be time for an editor to retire and pass the torch to someone with vision. I completely agree with the situation with our towns, villages and splintered lack of vision. But there are incredible things taking place in Rochester these days. Downtown will be transformed in the next year. Inner Loop filled in. College Town, etc. But how did this happen? Most of it was driven by private sector investment and federal money. Detroit has no private investment.
Get a cup of coffee and take a long walk. You need a perspective shift.
As a reporter you need to ask a few questions: How do they know the login of the requestor for these docs? It doesn't seem that this should be easily acquired by the media. Who in the county has access to login records (IT administrators can typically login under other user's credentials)?
If Mayor Warren has received threats there has to be a police investigation. If they are racist they could be hate crimes and that becomes a federal investigation. This is not a matter for a security team. My question is, what is the status of these investigations? Do they exist? Why aren't journalists asking this question?
The most troubling aspect of her response to me is the insinuation that there is a conspiracy to 'get her'. She should flatly admit that mistakes were made and that she will clean house. And do it. Only then can she move on and govern.
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