I need a distraction from the trainwreck that is NC State Basketball.
Since it is Sunday…and, since Sundays (and the Sunday newspaper) are made for ‘feature’ items, editorials and debates…I thought it would fit to link this editorial in today’s Charlotte Observer reviewing some of the past barbs between the two major newspapers in the state (that are now owned by the same company).
Having spent 19 of my last 23 years split between Raleigh and Charlotte I must admit that my very first thought after learning of Duke Energy’s acquisition of Progress Energy turned to the geographical and political rivalry that is Charlotte vs Raleigh.
I have one NC State-related comment to make about this paragraph in the article:
Then-Charlotte columnist Don Hudson once noted that “people question whether Charlotte can ever get a fair shake in Raleigh.” That question came up when Charlotte asked the General Assembly, which sits in Raleigh, to help finance a new coliseum. “It was not ‘No,’ but ‘No way.’ But when Raleigh wanted a new arena for the NHL Hurricanes and N.C. State University two years ago, the state pumped in $60 million,” he wrote.
Regardless of what side of what fences you may sit…take a step back from this from a moment and sit your biases to the side.
Surely one can see that there is a huge difference between state taxpayer support for
(1) a generally multi-purpose arena (whether it be the old Charlotte Coliseum on Tyvola Road or the newer Bobcats Arena in downtown) used primarily for the private gain of owners of a single entity (NBA franchise), and/or
(2) a multi-purpose facility that’s use generally mirrors that of the arena in Charlotte, but also brings to the table significant use/need of the largest (PUBLIC) university in the state who also is contributing approximately $66 million in value to the project between cash and land.
Do the masterminds at the Charlotte Observer really not see the differentiation of the two projects? Had Charlotte’s arena included the needs and significant financial support (33% of the project costs) of the largest public university in the State of North Carolina wouldn’t the outcome have been different? Of course it would’ve.
While we are talking non-sports, NC State-related, ‘Raleigh-stuff’….please allow me to share this link with you about the recent spike in development planned around NC State University. It is both interesting and encouraging.
Plus the 7 story, 300 unit building at the Corner of Oberlin and Peace/Clark in Cameron Village is still going to happen. It appears this area is the next area for major investments by private industry. This is the type of investment needed to turn H-Street around.
So essentially there are 4 projects going up:
1. Stanhope – behind the used book store on H-Street near the new headquarters of Lulu(who did a fabulous job with their building)
2. 2 acre development across from Bell Tower which is currently run down retail space. This is right in the heart of H-street and is awful considering Sadlacks is still thriving next door.
3. The area down H-Street near the Y and I-Hop. This area could turn into a new destination in Raleigh.
4. Cameron Village tower .25 miles from H-Street
By my count, there are about 1000+ new residential units, commercial space, retail space, and multiple parking decks going up adjacent or very near to campus.