Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A 2nd Greensboro Performing Arts Center?

Low and behold the surprises never end. Construction of the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts has hardly started and already we learn the State of North Carolina has appropriated funding to build another state of the art performing arts center less than one mile away.

Could the Greensboro City Council have screwed up any worse? How could they have not known? Or is it that Greensboro's rich white elites simply don't dare step foot on the traditionally African-American campus of North Carolina A&T State University?

As shown above as #5 on this map from page 7 of the  A&T PREEMINENCE 2020 plan for which the State of North Carolina approved $200,000 to be used for planning the new PAC in 2007. When did we first hear of Greensboro's PAC, 2011?

Why were we not told another PAC was being planned so close to Downtown?

The first $98 million in bonds went on sale in November of 2015 and have an A+ rating. Has the City of Greensboro sold any bonds yet? And how will a second PAC so close by effect the bond rating of bonds issued by the City of Greensboro for a competitive project?

NC A&T has the State's approval to sell up to a half $Billion Dollars in non voter approved bonds.

Now some may say this venue is only for NC A&T students but look at who performs at Carolina Performing Arts on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.

And look at who performs roughly a mile west of the  Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts at UNCG's Aycock Auditorium.

Not to mention Greensboro's other theater venues.

It's not too late to stop nor is it too late to prosecute the fraud should our elected leaders continue their current course. Which will it be?

In other news, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Barakat "Grasshopper" Vaughan has left her husband Attorney Donald Vaughan and has taken up residence at a home her mother, Florence Barakat, purchased in December of 2015 located at 1617 Wilton Drive. Say howdy for me when you visit.