Monday, August 31, 2009

No more 'roads' talk, OK?

I found out earlier today that my Saturday oped on "roads" vs "transportation" is getting picked up by Planetizen.com - Maybe that'll make the comments section a bit more, er, balanced.

Other tidbits:

NYTimes looks at LEED buildings and finds not all of them are all that "green." I've been hearing for some time about dissatisfaction with LEED ratings.

• New blog, "The Avenue" is a collaboration between the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program and The New Republic magazine. It's about "policies and places in America today" and "will explore what it means to be a metropolitan nation."

Kiplinger.com declares North Carolina one of the most tax-friendly states for retirees. Check it out.

• My buddy Joe Urban (aka Sam Newberg of Minneapolis) writes about Charlotte and its light rail for Urban Land Magazine. Check it out.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

"No more 'roads' talk, OK?"

What, are you censoring us now? Tired of getting hammered on roads so, rather than concede that you are wrong, you dictate what we can and cannot talk about? How very Obamaesque of you.

Don said...

A road by any other name is a road.

Ed said...

Funny how the rude and mean spirited comments are left by those that hid behind anonymity.

Ed said...

Oh yeah, I would definitely not read the comments left by those users at the Observer's website. It's like a monkey house and all they do is hurl feces around.

Anonymous said...

OP-ED? Your comments sections is ALREADY balanced, people just disagree with you more than you seem to like.

"It occurred to me that nothing is more interesting than opinion when opinion is interesting, so I devised a method of cleaning off the page opposite the editorial, which became the most important in America... and thereon I decided to print opinions, ignoring facts."

H.B. Swope

Keith said...

It is almost laughable for you to say that you hope the other posting will be more "balanced". So by balanced do you mean that you hope more people will agree with you? If that is the case maybe you should right about other great things that are "smart long term investments" of my tax dollars.. something like say ObamaCare. Good luck and have fun living downtown with your “street, boulevard, avenue, lane, road or what ever the heck you want to call it.

Anonymous said...

When you get the yahoos in Raleigh to acknowledge the total screw-up of the I-485/I-85 South Outer Belt interchange, then maybe your column will be worth the "paper" it's written on.

NCDOT spent millions on this farce and since day one I have tried to get NCDOT and then Governor Easley to respond to my questions as to why this junction was engineered the way it is.

No response from either agency.

I have no problem putting my name on this.

Robert Wilson

Don said...

As for the LEED article, I thought the LEED for Operations & Maintenance (Existing Buildings) was supposed to be the mechanism by which LEED NC projects continued their certification.

In my mind, the LEED NC designation is just that - a well-designed and constructed building. But the building owners must continue to pursue LEED under the O&M rating system in order to benefit further.

LEED NC needs to focus on new construction and LEED O&M needs to ensure that the certification continues to hold water. Simple as that. And, projects can actually renew their certification once per year, but at least once every 5 years.

Anonymous said...

Wow, so comments from other people in other cities are more important than the comments from the people of charlotte? You hope for approval from them? How offensive.

If you have to go somewhere else to get agreement for your ideas, maybe that means the majority of people in this city don't agree with what you said.

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Anonymous said...

You’re kidding right? We are getting totally screwed by Gov. Purdue and ilks like the Observer could care less. By the way, your Kiplinger reference is a load.

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Anonymous said...

Ed,

You're "Ed", and you criticize others for being ANONYMOUS?

Maybe you're Mr. Ed, 'cause you sure have something in common with a horse.

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Anonymous said...

Someone has way too much time on their hands.

Anonymous said...

Mary, You are out of touch. There is a reason why this publication will not be around in five years.

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Anonymous said...

What garbage.

Anonymous said...

In the immortal words of Artie Lange..."WAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!"

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Mary said...

As long as people consume as they do, shop at big-box stores, and live in big houses, roads like Independence are needed to transport all the stuff.

Rick said...

I would suggest a little experiment...post these comments on Planetizen.com and see how long they last.

I give it five minutes before the censorship bureau cracks down because they aren't "balanced".

Anonymous said...

Mary, While I do not like the way some constructive discussions on this blog deteriorate (with offensive comments from both sides), I do find it really odd that an editor would be offended if responses to a column were predominately in disagreement with her viewpoint. Could you explain yourself a little further?
Perhaps comments on columns by Observer editors would be a bit more "balanced" if the editorial board itself was balanced. It seems to me that lack of balance over the years has contributed to the Democrats' stanglehold on this state (and our current situation), Jim Black's long corrupt reign, and much of the bitter divisiveness that we have over schools.

Mary Newsom said...

A civil question, at last, so I'm happy to answer.

"Balanced" means airing both sides. The comments were all anti- , which is fine, except I know that plenty of other opinions exist out in the world. I prefer more pro- and con- and back and forth commentary, as opposed to rude insults and hostility.

Reminder: Rude insults to other commenters and to me will be deleted, regardless of what opinion they offer. So keep it civil, folks, if you want to continue being able to comment.

Anonymous said...

Calling you a narcicist Mary deserves being censored? Gove me a break. Your ego knows no boundaries Mary!

Anonymous said...

Mary,

Someone posted here that Kiplinger had the wrong sales tax rates for North Carolina (they claim "4.50% -- but rising to 4.75 after October 1, 2009").

YOU DELETED THE POST THAT CORRECTED THE LIE YOU SITED.

You are a CENSOR AND SHOULD BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY.

Anonymous said...

Mary,

So "Ed's" comment about a monkey house with feces flying around IS NOT RUDE?


And why did you delete the comment showing that the Kiplinger article you linked to had numerous errors?

Anonymous said...

This blog is a JOKE.