Friday, June 25, 2010


So Meeker, want to play the carpetbagger card? Mitch's been on a tear to change every square inch of Raleigh, dump millions into downtown Raleigh wasteful projects and put trains all over the place.

How long has he lived here? Does he really know Raleigh? Did he go to school here?

Did you?

One other thing King Charles, in your quest to dump millions into downtown Raleigh the African American community seems to have missed out. Seems like all the money has been spent on Fayetteville Street where white intellectuals like yourself can sit around and drink expensive coffees and talk about how much you care about black folks and have black friends and maybe even a favorite professional black basketball player.

Mitch Silver Bio
Mitchell J. Silver, AICP



Raleigh, NC, Department of City Planning, July 2005 to present

Hired as Raleigh’s fourth planning director in 2005 to create a vibrant 21st century city. Led the effort to transition Raleigh from a mid-size city to a central city in a fast growing metropolitan region. Responsible for guiding current and long range planning, neighborhood and strategic planning, historic preservation, and the City’s data and urban design center. Within the first year, introduced a new planning and development philosophy, spearheaded zoning changes to allow more residential density downtown, acquainted the city to public realm and streamlined the planning review process to provide greater predictability. Helped reach consensus on key projects including the new Downtown Marriott Hotel, the Hillsborough Street Revitalization plan and the RBC Plaza tower. Led the comprehensive plan update with an emphasis on regional cooperation, innovation and creativity, environmental stewardship and mass transit. Serves as the department’s spokesperson and media contact. In 2007, named one of the 24 most influential people in Downtown Raleigh. In 2008, named “Distinguished Leader of the Year” by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Class.

Thursday, June 24, 2010



Perhaps these folks would like to disclose the financing for this? I doubt it. Nor will the media ask them either. They get a pass while publicly disclosed campaign funds by the likes of people like Bob Luddy get put through the grinder.

Friday, June 18, 2010


Okay Rev., want to get all righteous with the singing? As the title suggest, the revolution of fixing the 54.2% graduation level of our most vulnerable children will not be televised. It will come through the tireless work of dedicated teachers, a school board that will not accept a failed status quo which you embrace and a silent group of community volunteers who will work without notice in our schools - not your self-righteous drama to try to legitimize yourself and build your group.

Why don't you find out What's Going On and What's Happening Brother to Save Our Children from a world of Inner City Blues. Now that would be Right On. Mercy Mercy Me.

And please stop the grandstanding theatrics. You could do something constructive to actually help the children you say you care about. But it's not really about them is it?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Wake Reads Together 2006 Selects Local Author


All of the votes have been counted and the personal recollection of Tim Tyson in his Blood Done Sign My Name will be the book all of Wake County will be reading and discussing in the upcoming months.

Blood Done Sign My Name is the story of a real 1970 murder in Oxford, N.C. In many ways, it is also the story of an evolving South and the accompanying taint of racism. The story is relayed from various perspectives – the author’s own, both as a 10-year-old and as an adult historian; the perspective of his minister father and the parishioners of the local church; the Black veterans and activists in the town; and the family members of the murderer. It is a painful look at the demons that haunt us from a masterful storyteller and a chilling realist.

The kickoff program for Wake Reads Together will feature the author speaking about his book on January 22, at 2 p.m., in the new Cameron Village Regional Library (1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh). Accompanying the author will be vocalist Mary Williams, who will be performing the spiritual from which the book takes its name. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.