Yesterday the service manager at a local business told me he'd been following the TRC process closely, planned to read the report, loved Hoggard's column, didn't see it as a simple issue but thought the neighborhood folks probably deserved an apology from the City...
A friend told me she'd had a similar conversation with her auto mechanics.
One of the lamest arguments people make about this process is "nobody cares." People care. Not everyone, but then again not everyone can tell you who North Carolina's U.S. Senators are, and not everyone votes or pays attention to local politics. The report won't change that. I've had this reality check with web utopians, too -- the fact there's all this great political speech on the web doesn't mean the apolitical and disinterested will suddenly join the conversation.
But the conversation is happening anyway.