"To reduce flooding in downtown areas we are upsizing from a 36 inch pipe to a 54," says Melinda King, a construction engineer with the city."
Anyone remember a flood in downtown Greensboro? Ever?
Yes, much of Downtown was built on a swamp but when have we witnessed a flood? Ever?
The same article quotes Downtown Greensboro Incorporated President, Zack Matheny:
"Growing is good," says Zack Matheny, President and CEO of Downtown Greensboro, Inc. "Because if you're not growing, you're not growing which means folks aren't going to come see you."
John Hill isn't happy. Already access to his business, Auto Trends was cut off by the permanent closing of Lindsey St for the building of Roy Carroll's monument to himself next door and now customers can't make their way to John's Triumph Motorcycle Dealership.
If you've ever come to know John Hill you know him as an honest, tough, down to earth, hard working, blue collar business man who started out and still gets his hands dirty turning wrenches and doing the hard jobs that no one else can do. His reputation is solid and his customers keep coming back.
Acropolis Restaurant has been in business since before I was born over 60 years ago, watched well over a hundred downtown restaurants come and go, serving great food all the while.
Notice WFMY neither mentioned the previous restrictions to access to these same businesses nor did WFMY mention any real history of flooding downtown. From the article:
" The pipe construction is expected to be completed the first week of July."
But will it be completed by then? Then what? Repaving the streets? New brick sidewalks? Don't forget, Roy Carroll has already announced another new project diagonally across the corner on Eugene at Lindsey. How long will Greensboro close streets for that?
There was no mention of flooding downtown because there has never been ant flooding downtown. Don't believe me? Google "Downtown Greensboro Flooding" Or Better yet, use the North Carolina Flood Risk Information System.
No mention of when construction actually started, of when the City of Greensboro closed Lindsey St and began their attack in the businesses in that area. After all, It's only been 3 years now that the businesses in that block have been suffering.
How many years can these small business owners be expected to survive these constant attacks by Billionaires and the City of Greensboro?
And sources are telling me the plan is to force these long time, small businesses, out of business.
There is another possibility. Perhaps the pipe isn't a storm drain at all. Perhaps the flooding concerns are inside downtown buildings as people begin to flush. The addition of hundreds of bathrooms, restrooms, and kitchens in Roy Carroll's new construction is bound to add a great deal of effluent to the downtown waste flow.
And this wouldn't be the first time Roy Carroll managed to get the City of Greensboro to secretly install free water and sewer into one of his projects.
City Council Give Away; June 16, 2015; $188,280.87 of water and sewer for Roy Carroll hidden in item 9 of the consent agenda for Greensboro's City Council meeting
That's right, City of Greensboro Construction Engineer, Melinda King, lied on behalf of Roy Carroll and WFMY let her get away with it.