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Urban Designer Matt Tomasulo is passionate about making creative use of public spaces. Working in the Triangle area, he has started such urban design projects as the Raleigh Beach, a traveling biergarten, CityFabric, and Walk [Raleigh]. The success of Walk [Raleigh] has caused BlueCross Blue Shield of North Carolina to team up with Tomasulo for the Walk [Your City] campaign which encourages residents to walk to destinations in their cities rather than drive. Walk [Your City] is now in six continents and and six different communities in Raleigh have been chosen with Tomasulo to increase walkability.
The 175 year old Colonial Inn in Hillsborough has been condemned but permissions to destroy the structure have been denied. The historic property is a town landmark whose owner has been sued various times for neglecting the property. Concerned citizens are now trying to start an effort to restore the property to protect and celebrate Hillsborough’s history.
Diane Currier will open Durham’s first meadery this fall. Currier has experimented with home brewing for since 1992 and her mead has won awards from the North Carolina State Fair. Honeygirl Meadery will ferment 200-5000 gallon batches that will be sold in local bottle shops, and restaurants in the Triangle area.
State Deputy Budget Director, Art Pope, has resigned. A review of Pope’s impact on the state budget, voter suppression laws, education spending, judicial elections, and the restricting of the Rural Economic Development Center is conducted. Pope’s legacy is a negative one in the eyes of many North Carolinians.
On August 7th, the General Assembly passed a law stating that all cases that present a constitutional challenge will require a three-judge panel to rule. NC is the only state in the country with such a law. The law serves to shield state laws from legal challenges as it will now be more difficult to overturn state laws. This is a problem as the judiciary becomes more partisan and politicized.