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Sep 26, 2012


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I love it. Ms. Vaughn is tactfully pushing for a vote that will make each council member go on record as to their approval or disapproval of the food truck issue.

The "NO" votes will be a snapshot of council members who are in the Downtowner's pockets.


"disallows food trucks (on both public and private property)."

How can who say what whom can do what business on private property
that isn't intruding on another private property?

The law school can't lease a lot to 4 food trucks
but the city can?

"(3) No portion of the vendor sales area
may occupy any required parking spaces
for the principal use of the lot."

Why would who want this ordinance?

"(5) Mobile food vendors directly associated with not-for-profit organizations,
as defined in the Greensboro Code of Ordinances,
Section 13-49,
or for temporary events as defined in the Greensboro Code of Ordinances, Section 26-247,
and the following shall be exempt from these requirements."

So if the "non profit" DGI/Grassroots/Greensboro Partnership etc... enterprises
who receive taxpayer money want to,
it's OK?


How many food carts does the baseball stadium have,
or are they exempt?

"Let's do it, but let's do it right."

How is this not the most rational thought
uttered by a council member in years?

Keep them away from brick and mortar restaurants,
and Downtown Greensboro could become a magnate
for all the people Roy and Robbie don't want to go there.

How many college students are within 1.5 miles?

Unfortunately for some,
downtown Greensboro kind of belongs to the people that use it,
with the highest amount of fun,
with the least risk
for as long as possible.

Some have to conclude that $500,000 condos
don't go with 300 very well dressed and partying African Americans
on the top of a building below.

Problem is, the night clubs are serving a purpose,
in a relatively well policed central area
with relatively lower crime rates than elsewhere in the city.

Downtown should be the party district.

Those business owners are the ones who succeeded.

Dear Robbie and Roy,
don't crucify the success of others
just because you can and you may feel slighted
by what some other less connected accomplished.
"Man Up"

Roch Smith Jr.


"(3) No portion of the vendor sales area
may occupy any required parking spaces
for the principal use of the lot."

What if the principal purpose of a lot
is food truck sales?


Dear mayoral candidate Hartzman,

Please do not append my name to your material. Don't get me wrong, I'm flattered you'd think me capable of authoring such imbecility, it's just that you deserve the credit.


Dear really good blogging lately Roch,

I believe the only one who can censor me here
is someone other than you.

TBS, that's what you wrote me
to get me to actually use my real name,
which I believe occurred somewhere on this blog.

It's a compliment.

I should have expected the response I suppose.


Who gives a shit about food carts at the baseball stadium?

I would think that the Food Trucks would be better off to go to the students rather than attempt to get the students to downtown. They are mobile food units after all.


The TV shows will be cancelled and the fad will be over by the time the zoning gets changed.


Very possible. Unfortunately. This is just silly.


If capitalism is dependent on creative destruction,
what is it without destruction?

"Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter
popularized and used the term to describe the process of transformation
that accompanies radical innovation

…innovative entry by entrepreneurs was the force that sustained long-term economic growth,
even as it destroyed the value of established companies
that enjoyed some degree of monopoly power"

Creative Destruction
"The process of industrial mutation
that incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within,
incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one ...

[The process] must be seen in its role in the perennial gale of creative destruction,
it cannot be understood on the hypothesis that there is a perennial lull

Joseph Schumpeter
The Process of Creative Destruction, 1942
If the natural cycle of laissez faire capitalism revolves between risk and aversion,
what should happen if government intervention perverts the process
to forestall short term economic pain?

What should the electorate expect
from leadership dependent on the status quo?
"Speaking the Truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act"

George Orwell

sal leone

This is why I like to run for council again. We need some common sense, yea I spell bad at times but ask anyone I work with and they will tell you that I am very capable and get the job done. The fact is that the City has multiple issues and the council seems to be stuck on Food Trucks. I am not sure what the problem is, it's a truck. I say let the people decide where they want to eat, its a free country and certain members of council with real estate connections want the people to only eat at downtown restaurants. I love food trucks and if restaurants stop charging people like 10 dollars for a quick meal then maybe they can survive. There are people on fixed incomes, students,seniors and others trying to save a dollar here and there and saving 2 or 3 dollars on lunch per day adds up.
There are some people that like to take jabs at me but I can read and I have. The council needs to stop wasting money and time on the food truck issue, but wasting money is what councils does, example is two companies reviewing waste bids, news flash I read them and choose the same companies they did and could of saved the people thousands of dollars, thats why you have people in field operations.


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