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for Independent Weekly Vol. 29 Issue 39, Sept 2012
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A new Amtrak and high-speed rail service for Raleigh has reached its funding needs of $60 million and construction on the new Union Station. This is unfortunate news for Citrix, software firm that purchased warehouse space for a new headquarters in the area of the proposed station. Discussions between N.C. Department of Transportation, City Planning and Economic Development officials, and Citrix managers are ongoing concerning management of the buildings between West Street and West Morgan and West Hargett Streets.
A dispute between state and local ordinance concerning outdoor advertising demonstrates the tension between local and state government. In Durham, there is an ongoing legal battle about management of green space around billboards along highways. Environmentalists in Durham are fighting to extend the review period for applications to alter the landscape around a billboard to permit not only state but local officials to approve or disprove.
Steve Schewel, founder of the INDEPENDENT, explains his motivation to start the paper and now thirty years later why he is selling. Schewel reminisces about previous experiences writing and hardships to keep the paper in circulation.