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for Indy Week Vol. 31 Issue 42, October 2014
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The Raleigh-Durham Airport has hired the Urban Land Institute to generate a report on the ways the Airport Authority could use land it owns to seek revenue sources beyond ticket sales and federal funding. The rising costs of maintaining the airport have caused this to happen, but any development may mean the end of the wooded trails around Lake Crabtree County Park. Citizens oppose any move to remove the trails and have signed petitions that seek community involvement in the decision.
Phase Two of the Hillsborough Street Revitalization Project is underway. New turnabouts, sidewalks, and bike lines will be extended on the west side of the street and developers are building new mixed-use developments. Current small business owners on the street are unsure how their businesses will be affected by four years of construction and if the city cares about protecting them.
Jack Bacheler, professor emeritus of entomology at NC State University, is competing in the Great Pumpkin/Watermelon Weigh-off at the North Carolina State Fair. Bacheler grows giant pumpkins as a hobby and his methods are described for growing giant pumpkins are described. Bacheler has earned ribbons in the past and grew three over 500 pounds this year.
Ross White is a nationally recognized poet, editor of Bull City Press, and a teacher at the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics. White describes himself as a cheerleader for other poets and his press publishes chapbooks and the magazine Inch. White is also the founder of two national poetry projects, The Grind and the Frost Place Chapbook Competition. White’s first book of poetry was recently published called How We Came Upon the Colony.
Celisa Steele is looking to raise the community profile and diversify the lineup for the 9th annual West End Poetry Festival. Steele is Carrboro’s poet laureate and is looking for new programming and opportunities to get the local public involved in the festival. The festival focuses on poets with North Carolina roots, writing traditional poetry.
The way the North Carolina State Fair spends its budget on music acts is explored. The fair will spend $420, 000 dollars for the 2014 fair and the projected earnings after all eleven acts perform is presented.