Overlooked easement could wreck Feb. 1 parking deck plan

A dispute over access to the back entrance of Cone Denim Entertainment Center could cost taxpayers millions of dollars as the City of Greensboro looks for a way to build a six-story parking deck on Davie Street. Cone Denim’s landlord, N Club LLC, owns an easement across an existing surface lot that gives tour busses and artists convenient access to the rear of the venue, … Continue reading Overlooked easement could wreck Feb. 1 parking deck plan

Handicapping the 2017 Greensboro City Council primary

Tomorrow’s primary in Greensboro should be quite interesting. In the mayoral race, I would expect Mayor Vaughan to advance with ease but don’t really have a feel for who her challenger will be. One would expect John Brown, the conservative, to rally the opposition but he’s been a non-factor in the media and has actually damaged his own credibility with misinformed statements. Greensboro lacks an … Continue reading Handicapping the 2017 Greensboro City Council primary

Confusion and setbacks evidence a lack of principled leadership in Greensboro

Does anyone else wonder who is running the City of Greensboro? Some kind of week y’all had. Staff once again failed to perform due diligence on a project involving land purchases. A $30+ million parking deck project now is at risk because the city failed to discover something as basic as an easement belonging to adjoining properties. This has also stalled progress at the South … Continue reading Confusion and setbacks evidence a lack of principled leadership in Greensboro

Tanger Center for the Performing Arts site work grinds to a halt

A fee dispute has brought years of planning and engineering work on the proposed Tanger Center for the Performing Arts to a standstill. City of Greensboro officials notified council members Friday that negotiations for a guaranteed maximum price for site preparation have broken down with Skanska Rentenbach, the construction firm selected in 2014 to serve as the project’s construction manager at risk. Greensboro’s City Council … Continue reading Tanger Center for the Performing Arts site work grinds to a halt

Behind the scenes at the $78 million Tanger Center for the Performing Arts

One of the glorious aspects of being a beat reporter, especially in an urban context, is peering behind the curtain of public spin that bureaucrats and boosters manipulate with such skill. A prime example is the due diligence and design phase related to the construction of the Tanger Performing Arts Center in Downtown Greensboro. Fraught with controversy since its inception-with boosters touting the project’s greatness … Continue reading Behind the scenes at the $78 million Tanger Center for the Performing Arts

A perfect example of why you must fight city hall

A collaborative project aimed at bringing a robust parklets program to Downtown Greensboro fell apart two years ago when the combined weight of the city’s refusal to yield on fees for unmetered parking spaces and a council member’s vendetta against the leadership of DGI scuttled the initiative at the last minute. Now two years later, city staffers and downtown boosters are crowing about a handful … Continue reading A perfect example of why you must fight city hall