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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Shooting the Bull

Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield is going to be our guest on Shooting the Bull this week. The program airs Thursday at 7:30 on WXDU, 88.7 fm.

Got a question for Tom? Leave it in the comments and we'll try to get to it.

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  • Here's a good question you can ask:

    Given the current economy and the necessary budget cutbacks, why do so many city vehicles continue to speed through our city? Not only is it hazardous, both to the driver and to other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, but it is also an unnecessary waste of fuel, further taxing our strained budgets.

    I'd like to see the City Manager issue a mandate to all city departments to obey the traffic laws of the city. I'd also like Police Chief Lopez to dedicate resources to doing nothing but enforcing the traffic laws of our city. If a city vehicle gets pulled over and ticketed, so be it.

    By Blogger SteveG, at 3:07 PM  

  • Here's one that I've been meaning to blog about for over a month now...

    With all of the high speed rail, transit sales tax, infrastructure improvements, and transit stimulus dollars potentially rolling this way, there's a lot of parties whose interests are about to converge on the strip of railroad that goes right through the cradle of Durham, between Pettigrew and Ramseur. Does the city see a role for itself in planning how that corridor is going to be shaped, or is it going to sit back and let the Feds, NCRR, and TTA fight over it?

    By Blogger Michael Bacon, at 3:48 AM  

  • A question for Tom:

    Numerous sources point to the value and success of legislation and policy which repairs dilapidated dwellings (with leins on property owners) rather then demolishing them. The short term outlay may be slightly higher, but all the numbers work when one considers that dollars spent go to local workers (rather than distance landfills), the tax base of the structure and those around it are maintained (or improved) rather than reduced, and pressure on the owner remains due to the higher tax rate and the obligation to maintain a structure and not just a vacant lot. If any citizen or city official believes that demolition has been an effective way to improve neighborhoods they are simply not paying attention. How about Durham getting with the program, waking up, and taking its negligent property owner problem seriously instead of moving Durham's buildings to landfills in favor of weedy lots?

    By Blogger Tom, at 7:04 AM  

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