Charlotte: The Observer has a fascinating story about out-of-state corporations buying houses in the Charlotte area — 10,000 — and making them rentals. What’s the big deal? It’s sort of like StubHub buying all the available tickets to a game and then charging you double and triple the listed seat price. “And their buying activity over the last few years comes as affordable housing has emerged as a major issue in Charlotte, with increases in both rent and home prices outstripping wage growth.” And that leads to multiple other problems.
Greensboro: The hypocrisy of politicians knows no bounds. Republicans used to rail at Democrats over gerrymandering. Now that they have the power to change things, they say, “The Democrats did it, too.” For me, it’s a real issue because I have little representation in Raleigh or Washington. So, the News & Record’s write-thru on the new state redistricting maps is helpful in understanding whose ox is being gored, particularly in my home county. It’s not pretty. (My real opinion, as voiced by Susan Ladd.)
Raleigh: The UNC Board of Governors has its sights set on banning the UNC Center for Civil Rights from filing litigating lawsuits. Somehow, board members think that giving law students practical experience isn’t central to the law school’s mission. I suspect all of the board members deny that politics have anything to do with it. The N&O does a good job telling the story of the people affected by actions undertaken by the Center. And, of course, the primary losers of a ban would be the poor and minorities.
Elizabeth City: In case you wonder if the controversies over the removal of Confederate monuments have gone too far consider a story by the Daily Advance. A student art piece of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis has been taken down from a wall at Camden County High School. “And while the removal came amid the controversy over monuments to the Confederacy, Berry insisted the picture at the high school ‘was in no way designed to promote the confederacy’ but rather was ‘simply a historical representation of the President of the United States and the Confederacy during the Civil War.’” There had been no complaints.