Sam Hieb

Contributing Editor
Sam Hieb is freelance journalist from Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a contributing editor for Carolina Journal and for Piedmont Publius, a blog that focuses on political activity in North Carolina’s Triad (Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point) region. Hieb received a B.A. in English and an M.A. in History from UNC-Greensboro.

Posts by Sam Hieb (page 1)

  • John Bolton: ‘The kind of man with whom I would want to stand at Armageddon.’

    And who said that about the recently appointed national security adviser? If you guessed the late, great North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms, you would be right.
    Sam Hieb, March 23, 2018
  • Charlotte’s troubled transit-oriented development project

    Charlotte Observer headline reads: Charlotte spent $2 million for housing project. After 11 years, it hasn’t been built. Bad enough, right? But then the plot thickens—above-mentioned housing project is a so-called “transit-oriented development” project: The city and the Charlotte Area Transit System bought nearly 16 acres for $9.2 million.
    Sam Hieb, March 23, 2018
  • Charlotte, Raleigh, Amazon and light rail

    For starters, high-profile developer Johnny Harris—recipient of a “Jerry Award” (that’s right–as in Panthers owner Jerry Richardson) weighs in on Raleigh’s chances for landing Amazon’s HQ2. Harris thinks the chances are slim, because—you guessed it–Raleigh does not have light rail: Some leaders in Charlotte were shocked the city missed…
    Sam Hieb, March 21, 2018
  • ‘Opportunity Zone’ deadline

    Today is the deadline for states to submit their “Opportunity Zone” nominations or risk missing out on the tax benefits such designated zones would provide over the next decade. Locally, Winston-Salem and Forsyth County have submitted their nominations. For background, check out this New York Times write-up…
    Sam Hieb, March 21, 2018
  • 1,000 riders on Charlotte’s Blue Line extension. So double the transit tax…

    So goes the logic according to the Charlotte Observer: About 1,000 people jammed the UNC Charlotte light rail station Friday morning. They wore T-shirts that said “First to ride” and waited in line for two hours to take the train’s maiden voyage toward uptown. After 10 years of planning…
    Sam Hieb, March 19, 2018
  • City charter prevents Gboro from canceling gun show

    Rhino Times editor John Hammer reports city charter prevents the Greensboro City Council from canceling a gun show at the city-owned coliseum: The whole issue came up shortly after the shooting in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14. Vaughan posted a piece on her Facebook page that got tremendous…
    Sam Hieb, March 15, 2018
  • Charlotte’s Lynx Blue Line –‘expensive honor system’

    Charlotte Observer reviews the data on Charlotte Area Transit System’s “proof of payment” system for Lynx Blue Line riders. Guess what —there pretty much isn’t one: The Lynx Blue Line is perhaps the city’s biggest – and most expensive – use of the honor system. The transit system lets…
    Sam Hieb, March 13, 2018
  • Filmmakers not flocking to N.C.

    Interesting Winston-Salem Journal article on North Carolina’s film grant program, which currently is worth $65 million: State Commerce and Visit NC officials sought to remind Hollywood film production companies that North Carolina has fortified a grant program that currently has a $65 million pool. The $31 million in annual…
    Sam Hieb, March 13, 2018