Sam Hieb

Contributing Editor

Posts by Sam Hieb (page 8)

  • Megasite postmortem

    Greensboro News & Record explores what now that Toyota-Mazda has rejected the Greensboro-Randolph megasite. As you can imagine, local officials are encouraged: Former Greensboro Mayor Jim Melvin, a key player behind the megasite, says the next pitch is just a few phone calls and meetings away. “I personally don’t…
    Sam Hieb, January 16, 2018
  • Winston-Salem enters the upper-end housing business

    Interesting Winston-Salem Journal story on the city’s proposed plan to acquire 22 undeveloped lots in the Lake Park subdivision. Residents are supportive of the plan as long as the city maintains the standards that the original neighborhood restrictive covenants: In addition to banning such things as exterior clotheslines and…
    Sam Hieb, January 15, 2018
  • Reaction to Toyota-Mazda megasite snub

    Ok–to be fair, it probably was not easy to get reaction from local officials on Tuesday because the news that the Toyota-Mazda plant was going to Alabama instead of North Carolina and its Greensboro-Randolph megasite had not officially broken. Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan told the Rhino she “didn’t want…
    Sam Hieb, January 11, 2018
  • Re: Toyota-Mazda rejects N.C. megasite

    Surely by now you’ve heard North Carolina and its Greensboro-Randolph megasite lost out to Alabama for the Toyota-Mazda joint auto manufacturing plant: North Carolina lost out because it does not have the supply chain logistics that the car companies want, according to one of the sources. The winning state…
    Sam Hieb, January 10, 2018
  • ‘Hot off the presses’—CATS Blue Line extension opens March 16

    Charlotte Area Transit System chief executive John Lewis told the City Council –‘hot off the presses’ as he put it— that the $1.1 billion Blue Line light rail extension to UNC-Charlotte would open on March 16, just in time for NCAA regional games in the Spectrum Center: The Blue…
    Sam Hieb, January 9, 2018
  • Charlotte’s year in transit—not good

    Our friend over at the Thoreau Institute—The Antiplanner—-analyzes the “nightmare” that was the 2017 Year in Transit. Look who makes an appearance: Charlotte, supposedly a light-rail success story, saw October ridership fall by a staggering 17.5 percent from the previous October, contributing to a 9.0 percent decline in the year…
    Sam Hieb, January 5, 2018
  • Look who’s bragging on North Carolina…

    Greensboro News & Record editorial writer Doug Clark takes a rare break from harping on what a hellhole North Carolina has become under Republican leadership (see today’s lead editorial on the General Assembly’s refusal to raise the minimum wage) to brag on German investment in our fair state: Germany…
    Sam Hieb, January 5, 2018
  • Panthers sale update….

    For starters, WCNC reports NASCAR hear Brian France is part of a group that wants to buy the Carolina Panthers. Both France– via Twitter… I am not buying the #Panthers . — Brian France ? (@thebrianfrance) January 4, 2018 ..and NASCAR—…
    Sam Hieb, January 4, 2018