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About Phillydog

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  • Birthday 03/22/1970

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  1. Phillydog

    I-885

    It's 1.25 miles. There's no other road project I've ever seen that takes 6 years to complete and is only 1.25 miles. Even the I-95/I-495 interchange project in DC was done in four. There's no excuse for this. At all.
  2. Announced today...decostruction and redevelopment to start in May.
  3. Statewide rankings, kudos, shout-outs... Hopefully all good. I'll kick this off here: https://today.yougov.com/topics/travel/articles-reports/2021/04/13/us-states-ranked-best-worst-according-americans
  4. Yep. It's the same in Durham. Makes my brain hurt.
  5. Phillydog

    I-885

    It's worth repeating... Planning for this started in the 1950s. A 1.25 mile -- that's 1 POINT 25 or 6600 FEET -- has been under construction for SIX YEARS and it's STILL not opened. The entire southern loop of the 540 will be completed in less time. When people point their fingers at Raleigh and think "if it doesn't benefit Raleigh directly it's not a priority", this project is one of the poster children.
  6. And.....here's where this falls apart. Two separate states but Carolina was started in what became "North" Carolina. If there's a "Carolina", it's would be North Carolina. Like Virginia and "West Virginia". Maybe South Carolina can call itself North Georgia or Southeast Tennessee? How about Clarendon?
  7. "Carolina" would be the 4th most populated state and 5th largest economy of the States. For fun...here's some ideas I created for Carolina. What do you think a Carolina flag would look like? Enjoy.
  8. We'd lose two Senators but otherwise, "Carolina" reunited -- with Charlotte the capital -- would be an economic behemoth. 4th largest state in the US by population and fifth by GDP. Most people away from here already think it's "Carolina". Oh, and while we're at it, build bullet trains from Asheville to Charlotte to Charleston and from Asheville to Raleigh to Wilmington and Raleigh to Charlotte to Columbia and Greenville and Spartanburg. Just for fun -- here're some flags of a united Carolina I created and might look like:
  9. great pix everyone. Cool project. But, I gotta know....what's the story with the mushrooms?
  10. ah, the good old days....but looking forward to RH Gallery and trapezoidal mid-rise over the 440!
  11. Phillydog

    I-885

    147 south of the 40. 147 will "share" the 885 until it splits to go downtown while the 885 continues north to the existing 85 north to Butner and Virginia
  12. I'm psyched about this project.. I just hope Durham neighborhood groups don't @%#& it up. BTW, someone needs to ask the city what it's doing with Powell Bill $. The streets in Durham are a wreck. Maybe Durham needs a pro-growth community group.
  13. Now is the time for the NCGA to start big incentives to lure the TV and Film industry back. The amount of publicity generated by TV and film locations can't be beat. I'm all about kicking the competition when they are down because of stupid political moves. Payback is glorious.
  14. M I left "rich" Connecticut for Raleigh. I have friends here from Darien, Westport, Avon, Simsbury, Somers, CT, and Somers, NY, I know people who have moved to NC from Dover, Manchester, and Hamilton, MA, Kennebunkport and York Harbor, ME; and, Franklin Lakes, Bernardsville and Basking Ridge, NJ. None of these places are shabby, rundown, or mediocre and the people aren't poor shleps. "No one" would leave these places is just false. Paying higher taxes for great schools, public libraries, parks, or even "social" programs that help poorer areas of our towns or in my case, in nearby areas of Connecticut is something people don't generally resent unless there's a perception of waste. There is discomfort paying for what some perceive as giving handouts to people who won't help themselves, that's not unique to these places. People from "poorer" areas of Connecticut, the parts that voted for Trump in northern and eastern Connecticut, absolutely don't like paying taxes for social programs until you take them away but even they are happy to vote for politicians who will spend money on expensive schools and other public infrastructure and facilities, like senior centers. People from the towns around the cities, like Hartford or Bridgeport, look at them with disgust because they are filled with the working poor, immigrants, rundown places, and people on public assistance and they blame "government" without knowing the root causes of the problems. It's not "government" alone. It's also the private sector, which moved jobs out of the cities making them less accessible to poor workers and with the jobs, the tax revenues that once paid for great schools, parks, and other public infrastructure. Government is run by all of us. The employees working in government can't make decisions unilaterally without the approval of the people we elect. They are the final arbitors. Would the people who left pay higher taxes to replicate the amenities and services of suburban Connecticut? I would, for schools, parks, programs for kids and seniors, and education and transportation for the working poor and lower middle class. NC cities and towns are relatively new...what happens as the infrastructure ages?we already can't afford to build the transportation infrastructure we need to accommodate our growth, who is going to pay for crumbling miles of roads if we keep sprawling outward? The decision to build cities inefficiently isn't "government", it's us. We elect the people who won't make the hard decisions and won't say no to fiscally wasteful growth. In the Triangle, I hear the most hypocritical stuff coming from liberals, like my own neighbors in my Durham neighborhood, made up of people from around the world, highly educated, making great incomes who don't want more density and change, but complain about the lack of affordable housing and the loss of farmland to sprawl. The same people who complain about traffic but won't fight for transit-friendly land use and design. People who demand economic opportunity for poor neighborhoods but don't want gentrification because we the people don't want higher density housing or to change our tax structure to reflect the efficiencies associated with maximizing existing infrastructure vs the fiscal inefficiencies associated with sprawl. Our road funding mechanisms literally reward cities and towns for land use and design decisions that contribute to creating more vehicle mile traveled (VMT). Basically....we are the enemy of better cities and places regardless of where we were born, our income, education, etc.. I wish the professionals hired to work in government would speak up more since many of them know the solutions. Unfortunately, they are more silent than not because they have to temper what they say to avoid disagreeing with anyone. They have to appear neutral.
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