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Mar 20, 2011

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Andrew Brod

I also thought David's was the best of the bunch.

And we know his prediction will turn out to be right.

Billy Jones

Ditto Andrew.

I, for one, am so tired of the "next big thing" hype and a complete lack of understanding by local leaders that the next big thing was once one of hundreds of little things. Shoot enough flack and eventually you shoot down a plane, shoot enough hype and eventually you bring down a city. Throw enough little things into the air and eventually one of them will take flight.

What will it take-- I can't say. But I know full well that nothing this city has bet on in the past will work.

glenwoodobserver

It's not that David isn't right, but it also isn't visionary. (I realize the article specifically asked about the NBT.) I get the cynicism, but do we want to be lead by cynics or people who have a vision and pursue it? Maybe what we need are people who can be visionary while at the same time keeping their feet on the ground and being practical.

Ed Cone

A hundred small things could be a visionary approach.

Part of the vision might lie in recognizing, nurturing, and coordinating good projects, helping them to grow into bigger things that work together.

And a rueful laugh at local politics is not the same thing as cynicism.

glenwoodobserver

You're right about a hundred small things...it's the cynicism, even tongue in cheek, that gets old. While jobs are important and obvious, I hope we can get past that narrow focus and think more long-term. Equally as important as jobs, and in my perception, more important, is a focus on quality of life issues. It's not an either/or proposition, but our local leaders and government can have much more control over quality of life issues than they can playing the corporate recruitment sweepstakes. I want to hear our leaders talk about livability, walkability, bikability, mixed-use/compact development, controlling costs of outward growth, sustainability in addition to nurturing the arts and our universities and small businesses. And, as far as incentives...if we can structure incentives for companies to build on the fringe of city limits, we most certainly can create more incentives to direct the location of business to existing structures and facilities. The sooner the better...completing the eastern loop before aggressively focusing and directing economic growth in east Greensboro will only serve to continue to decimate that area of the city as the growth leapfrogs to the loop in the form of big box retail (a la Alamance Crossing) rather than infilling the existing neighborhoods with small grocery stores, restaurants and independent, locally-owned small businesses. Tom McCall, Republican governor of Oregon and author of Oregon's Senate Bill 100 creating the country's first growth management program was visionary, and look what it did to the economy and livability of that little city of Portland, OR

Ryan Shell

Hey, I hope everyone is doing great.

I know Greensboro is "different" than other cities in the state, but it probably wouldn't hurt to take a look and see what others are doing from an ED standpoint. It would be quite interesting to see a chart of what "they" are doing versus what Greensboro is doing.

Ryan Shell

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