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Hogg's Blog

David Hoggard's take on local politics and life in general from Greensboro, NC

Last Build Date: Wed, 30 May 2012 00:13:02 +0000


Hogg must Blog

Wed, 30 May 2012 00:13:02 +0000

I’m seriously considering firing this thing back up after a three year hiatus. Lately, as I move through life, I find that I miss having the voice I developed here for so many years and find that I have things to say that ought not be kept to myself, lest I bust out in hives. [...]


Thu, 28 Oct 2010 10:59:06 +0000

Update: The N&R reported the dropping of Emmett Morphis’ charges. Reporter Jennifer Fernandez placed the body of the article in the comments below. Thanks, N&R, you did good. ********************* Back when I was blogging regularly, I would read the paper and post my take on whatever interested me.  In February of 2008, two articles in [...]

Aycock vs Aycock

Sat, 25 Sep 2010 14:12:39 +0000

A fight is brewing. Back when the Aycock Historic District was formed in 1983, (then) Aycock Middle School principal Jim Long advocated for the inclusion of the historic campus into the boundaries of the district that was ultimately named for the school, which is such a prominent feature of the neighborhood.  He understood the protections [...]

RRP Compliance: the costs of an unenforced law

Tue, 18 May 2010 11:35:31 +0000

Update: WXII TV’s Bill O’Neil follows up on the issue.  One quibble, Bill:  We are a specialized window “restoration” company.  We restore, repair and weatherize existing windows.  Window “replacement” companies are a dime a dozen and worth every penny. ********************************** Looking out the window of my 1908 house I can see three of my neighbors’ [...]

Sitting in the Council’s chairs

Wed, 05 May 2010 10:47:44 +0000

Last night, members of The Spirit of the Sit-In Movement Initiative temporarily occupied the dais (as in – they ‘sat in‘ the Council’s chairs.  Get it?) during a break of the City Council meeting.  Some were subsequently arrested for trespassing. Yesterday, I received a wide distribution email from Rev. Nelson Johnson of the Beloved Community [...]

WMS – Next steps

Mon, 03 May 2010 14:29:26 +0000

The N&R covers the latest happenings surrounding War Memorial Stadium. I appealed to the Historic Preservation Commission last week to start the process of folding the stadium property into the boundaries of the Aycock Historic District.  The presentation sparked enough interest for the issue to be placed on the agenda for next month’s meeting of [...]

Demolition by neglect

Tue, 20 Apr 2010 11:29:26 +0000

In 1999, the City of Greensboro adopted an “Ordinance to Prevent Demolition by Neglect”.  Found under Chapter 30, Article IV, 30-4-4.2, the ordinance was adopted to protect historic properties from ‘demolition by neglect’ on the part of uncaring or unresponsive owners.  The ordinance says: ….any building or structure, (e)ither designated as an Historic Landmark or [...]

WMS and that ‘vision thing’

Sat, 17 Apr 2010 16:29:01 +0000

Update: Here’s a 2008 video report from WXII.  Nothing much has changed since then. Indications are that Tuesday night’s City Council meeting might be interesting in regard to the Staff and P&R Commission’s recommendation of spending $1.3M to demolish War Memorial Stadium.  Some on Council might be concerned about their legacy.  The prospect of having their names [...]

N&R: Naysayer

Fri, 16 Apr 2010 10:31:35 +0000

I have meticulously crafted an eloquent opposing opinion on this morning’s inaccuracy riddled N&R editorial. Their position on the matter doesn’t simply support, but urges the demolition of War Memorial Stadium.  If I had more time this morning, I would further elucidate the inaccuracies.  But alas, duty calls. I do realize that a lone voice [...]

“Renovation” my ass

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 09:16:44 +0000

The only thing more misleading than the online headline: “New renovation plan proposed for War Memorial Stadium” is the opening line of the article that appears in today’s N&R: “The city’s War Memorial Stadium might soon get a long-awaited facelift….” Characterizing the demolition of 99% of a structure as a “renovation” and a ” facelift” is [...]