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Re: “Can New C3 Lab Expansion Save the Scene in South End?

If you think its been hard for the cool kids in Southend, you should check out whats happened to area residents in the past few years.

I have very mixed feelings about the new C3 Lab project. If a giant event space/art gallery is your idea of a great re-use of industrial buildings, no matter what the effect, this is a wonderful thing. If your concerns lean more toward treating area residents with respect and not quickening the process of driving them out via higher prices, you're out of luck.

This is the devil's bargain too many "creative types" have been willing to make since abandoned industrial buildings were first converted into art spaces in NY. The irony, and it's a pretty dark one, is that the C3 Labs folks, who are from all reports well-meaning people, say they want to keep gentrification away so artists and "creative types" won't be forced to move; never mind people who've lived in the area for decades.

No one wants to see artists priced out of good studio space, and hopefully this new project will help that. It is darkly ironic, though, that developers who want to lower prices for the arts community and stop "gentrification" are re-fitting a building in an area already devastated by gentrification. Once again, no one cares what happens to the people of the Brookhill neighborhood, which has already been degraded by owners letting the venerable Brookhill Village area deteriorate from valued properties to junk heaps all the better to get those higher Southend prices when the poor have finally left and the place can be resold, dontcha know.

At this point, though, these arguments are moot. Wilmore is being eaten up by yuppies, and any liberal guilt about displacing the poor in Southend was "settled" years ago - settled, as in 'Hey, this is probably destructive to the surrounding black community," followed by a wink, a nod and a figurative shrug of the shoulders.

So, yes, hurrah and howdy-do for artists and barflies and boo-hoo for those invisible "other people" who will be soon forgotten in any case. The whole cool scenario is, well, cool. But also a bit stomach-turning. As someone who has supported an increase in the arts and creativity and artists' livelihoods in Charlotte for decades I'm waiting to see if anyone else is queasy about the situation, although I think I already know the answer to that.

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Posted by John Grooms on 03/23/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

This is one of the most ridiculous and one sided articles that I have read!

I have been going to this abortion mill since 2004 to encourage women not to make a decision that will forever change their lives. A decision that will end the life of their own child! Thousands of women have chosen life over the years and not one of them has complained! Many have thanked us for being there, for helping, for encouraging them to do the right thing....even if it was not the easy choice.

The pro-baby murdering protesters are not really for choice at all. They tell women "keep driving", "don't talk to them" etc. They are "useful idiots" for the business that rakes in millions and millions of dollars for killing little innocent baby boys and girls! They say they are for women's rights....but what about the baby women being killed at the hands of the abortionists? All three of which have had significant malpractice violations and have lost privileges at hospitals! What about the women who have had their bowels and uteruses perforated by these so called doctors? What about the women that were sexually violated by the two male abortionists? What about the people of color that were insulted by abortionist Virmani when he said, "you take care of these ugly black babies"? (Look that up on Youtube) Yes...this is the caliber of "doctor" that this place hires!

Your paper actually did an expose' on this place a few years back. Not much has changed since then. There is a link to that article above, in the remark by Daniel Parks.

As for the accusations against the police...they were rarely needed until these pro-baby murdering anti-life protesters showed up. They are often quite rude to the officers trying to do their jobs. Often bossing them around, berating them and being disrespectful. These officers put their lives on the lines every day for our city.

These protesters have a right to be there...but they do not have the right to physically assault people like they have on a number of occasions. Nor do they have the right to graphically describe anal sex to small children, as was done several times.

This place is not a "Health Care Facility". Babies are murdered there and women are maimed!!! Our city should not be sanctioning and defending this place!

If you are reading this and consider yourself a Christian....come and take a stand for the lives of these precious babies! What will you say when you stand before God on the day of judgment and He asks you, "what did you do to save the lives of my babies?"

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Posted by Katherine P on 03/22/2017 at 2:17 AM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

I cannot accept CPD's excuses for not upholding the laws on decibel limits. "We're trying to locate a testing device"...really? No one had figured out the need for it already? I'm sure officers are conflicted depending on which side of the issue they're on, but again, really?

Enforcing the laws is now an option depending on one's personal perspectives? Sorry. That's not how it works. CPD, get a noise monitoring device on site. Instruct officers to enforce the law, period. These excuses would not be tolerated in other environments, don't accept them here.

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Posted by 1948irish on 03/20/2017 at 1:03 PM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

I'm curious to know how many of these women (the pro life group got to talk out of their abortion) are able to support their decision? How many unwanted has this group adopted? Yes, it is all good for them to shame a young girl into keeping their pregnancy but what happens after? Do they really care about the child or just the fetus? How many 'good Christians' here are the same that complain about 'welfare queens'? How many believe in CHOICE or want everything FORCED on them?

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Posted by Sara Ball on 03/18/2017 at 9:56 AM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

JeannetteW, I hope your students aren't being taught by you at a public school.

How have we forgotten that we are a country based on the separation of Church and State? If I don't believe in your religion, and I am convinced that it's harming members of society, is based on fiction, and that it is my job to help my community by helping each and every one of you, should I set up speakers in front of your church and force my ideologies on you?

You claim to be concerned about the lives of these unborn souls; what do you do for them once they're born? How many of you and your life-centered flock offer your time and $ to foster homes or at-risk youth programs? What I see - as evidenced by your actions, six days a week - is an excuse to hate other people (people whose situations or circumstances you know nothing about). You use God to rationalize a reason to get up and hate. Not very Christian (or is it...?).

If your God wants to punish citizens for controlling their own lives, He/She will. It's not your job.

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Posted by GAP on 03/17/2017 at 2:56 PM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

You know, if you really wanted to counsel women seeking an alternative to abortion, you'd go about it in a different way. You'd advertise your service so women looking for other choices could find it on their own. If you were genuinely concerned and wanted to reach women arriving at the clinic still conflicted, you'd set up a table in a quiet spot near the clinic and talk quietly about other options. If instead, you wanted to control women and shame and traumatize those whose behavior didn't comport with your personal values, then you'd do what these men (and it is mostly men) are doing. If you were really trying to "save babies" or reduce genuine murder rates, you'd work on ending poverty, gun culture and domestic violence; you'd work to improve education, health-care, nutrition and the opportunities that are available to these "babies" throughout their lives. One might even say that if you were really Christian, you'd be more focused on helping the poor than on throwing the first stone.

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Posted by Brooke Adams on 03/17/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

I challenge Creative Loafing to survey women who have been to that clinic as a patient. Or interview people previously employed there. I've had many women give me first hand accounts of their experiences there, and it is anything BUT a pro-woman environment. Rude, uncaring staff. Research the doctors who work there and do everyone a service by writing a piece that truly helps women. You don't have to be Pro-Life to know this clinic is terrible. Do some REAL research and see what comes up, it may shock you.

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Posted by DionandJennifer Barrett on 03/16/2017 at 9:25 PM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

Creative Loafing is alt-left. I actually used this ridiculous piece of work to see if my students could point out biased "journalism." They stopped me at the title. This article is full of unsubstantiated lies, and the spin is enough to make anyone dizzy.
Journalism used to be about truth-telling. It required investigation and interviews from all sides of an issue, facts were stated, and then readers were left to accurately assess from there. Not with this little piece of work. We literally had to stop on every paragraph, as even my middle-schooler scoffed at your journalistic inadequacy and lies of omission. "Fact check" for this article would take too long.
I am a Charlotte resident and have been ministering on the sidewalks with my family for about 8 years. The assumptions and stereotypes of what Christians do abound, thanks to leftist organizations such as yours. But I can tell you that the circus has been brought to you by the pro-death crowd, not our side.

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Posted by Jeannette W. on 03/16/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

It can be expected that those who promote the violent termination of unborn children's lives will also tell lies. The owners of this clinic have no problem doing either - nor, apparently, does the writer of this article. It is filled with untrue assertions - especially when when the clinic director is quoted. Next time, at least try to tell both sides of the story.
The Pro-Life volunteers at the clinic offer genuine concern, help and comfort to moms, and encourage them to embrace the God-given desire to love and nurture their babies. The lives of these innocent, defenseless children matter - to us and to the Lord.

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Posted by Tom Barry on 03/16/2017 at 8:57 AM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

Or look at videos like this one...they show the true face of the pro-choice movement. What she talks about is exactly what we have been told countless times regarding what happens in that clinic to women who change their minds or do not want abortion.
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/03/15/watch-an-atheist-woman-tells-powerful-story-about-her-horrid-treatment-at-planned-parenthood/

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Posted by Vicky4Life on 03/16/2017 at 6:57 AM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

oh my. Apparently the AWHC director didn't talk with me. I am a Charlotte resident and have been volunteering as a sidewalk counselor for three years because so many women are still conflicted and literally praying for a sign from God about what they should do as they approach the clinic. I know that for a fact, because the women who change their minds tell me that. I personally follow and help (with Cities4Life resources and network) 30 women who chose life. All our counselors are actively involved in ongoing help with the women who choose life. We also work with and help women who choose abortion and are devastated. we see the women who emerge sobbing after their abortions. We always offer help. None of the pro-choice group does. We pray with many and then follow up regularly to see how they are doing. Countless women who have come on our RV and seen their baby's heartbeat (after being told in the clinic the baby has no heartbeat) have told us that we prevented them from making "the biggest mistake of my life." We provide a huge wealth of tangible help to the women who choose life, and many have told me it altered the course of their life. Many of the women I follow have gone from complete social/gov dependency to independence. Many have come to know the love and saving power of Christ and their lives have been changed. I don't see a single quote from a single pro-life counselor for cities4life in your article. How can anyone regard this as anything but a biased attempt once more to falsely present pro-life Christian groups as a problem?
By the way, NO violence or terrible language or threats or cursing from the pro-life side ever occurs. I challenge you all to come out and watch what happens from the pro-choice group. I have personally been threatened several times. Some of our members have been hit by cars of the pro-choice group (on purpose), physically slapped, and often cursed wiith vile words. Our children have been targeted and told "your parents are liars."

Creative Loafing, this is an excellent name for your publication. While the truth could have been explored, it was easier to get one side and loaf instead of trying to truly understand the pro-life presence at the clinic. The creative twisting of truth to suit your agenda adds to the suitability of your name. Creative Loafing indeed. The tragic cost of this kind of journalism is that women who could and should be helped are hurt when one choice is crammed down their throat - abortion.

Come ask us about real life stories. Come interview the women who changed their minds and told us "thank God you were here!" You might have to change your magazine's name though to something like Stringent Adherence to Truth.

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Posted by Vicky4Life on 03/16/2017 at 6:49 AM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

This is more of creative loafing's one sided drivel. So many unsubstantiated notions. For starters it is a blatant lie to say these pro life groups are from outside the city. Almost all of the churches on the prayer walks are from inside the city and many of our Cities4Life volunteers live inside the city limits. Folks need to know however that creative loafing did do a front page article about this "clinic" at one time. Those who support this "clinic" please read. http://m.clclt.com/charlotte/if-these-walls-could-talk/Content?oid=2146188

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Posted by Daniel Parks on 03/15/2017 at 10:30 PM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

At the recent Condom Couture event, there was an anti-choice protestor with his loudspeakers right next to the people in the entry line. The speakers were blasting. I asked the police officer about the obvious infringement of the decibel ordinance, and was told they were trying to locate a testing device.

There are accurate phone apps to measure decibel levels, but none yet accredited. Meanwhile, what about the clinic escort group starting a go-fund-me to purchase a $2000 accredited device to be used specifically at the clinic and for other anti-choice complaints. No more "...looking for the device...."

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Posted by Linda Vista on 03/15/2017 at 2:13 PM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

Thank you for this much needed coverage of the situation! It is unacceptable that women are being targeted as they try to access legal healthcare services. We really need CMPD to step up in their job and police the situation lawfully and accordingly.

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Posted by Britney Misson on 03/15/2017 at 1:40 PM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

Good article. I would say that we have made some significant progress in getting some of the ordinances enforced. Next is the blatant violation of the sound ordinance. People don't understand that decibel measurement is a logarithmic scale...sound waves are ten times more intense every 10 decibels you go up. Sound "loudness" goes up 2x for every 10 decibels. Therefore, when these anti abortion protesters regularly reach 30 decibels over the allowable limit of 75 decibels, the sound is EIGHT times higher than the allowable limit and 1,000x times more than the allowable sound wave limit. Maybe the police don't know this. They soon will.

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Posted by Diana on 03/15/2017 at 1:19 PM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

Thank you Mr. Pitkin for doing this issue justice. This has been a battle in Charlotte for a while and it is high time the public knew! If you would like to find our more about getting involved in ProChoice Charlotte (including clinic defense) Please join our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2397520631…

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Posted by LeilaForbes on 03/15/2017 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Charlotte's Most Haunted Places

Mcalpine Ridge Apartments off Independence Blvd Has a lot off weird happenings in those apartments .the building I live in is right next to Mcalpine creek park.I live at Mcalpine ridge for some years and have had a few residents asking question about strange noises and seeing shadows .I've been watching television and it would all of the sudden unplug from the outlet .same with the stereos .and while taking a shower I alwayS leave the bath door open because there's a few spirits or ghost whatever you like to call passing on the other side off the shower curtain .my family very spiritual .I had to get a cat .they don't like cats for some reason

Posted by felorodriquez23 on 03/09/2017 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Shooters in school

All that's bs coming from someone who took a gun to school who is now a successful sbo guns are for protection I kept one Cuz white kids are knownot to shoot schools now they have to be protected from police

Posted by Rahmelle Dingle El on 03/09/2017 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Ordinary Folks Are Helping Those Who Fall Through the Cracks of Charlotte's Mental Health System

So long as any newspaper participates in lending credence to a "stigma" or to people who voice one, it is acting irresponsibly.

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Posted by Harold Maio on 03/08/2017 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Youths found at the border fleeing violence are now being returned to the flames

I am so ashamed of the new lows we seem to be facing in this country. How can we be allowing these young people to be hunted down like this, when all they want is a life free from harrassment from gangs in their own countries. They seek safety in America, with their families. They are in school, working hard to build a good future for themselves and their families. And in come the authorities, scaring the daylights out of everybody. How can we be so cruel? Unless we are 100% American Indian, our ancestors were once in their shoes. Have we no mercy?

Shock and Awe. That's our motto. I've long believed that if America falls, it won't be from foreign enemies, but rather from within.

Every time ICE goes into one of our schools to arrest one of these young people, they throw so many friends and family members into turmoil and the youngstesr wind up in federal detention where they live in shocking conditions. ICE is well-named, because it is cold and unfeeling. Remember Jesus' words: When you do this to the least of these, you do it unto Me.

Al and Rosemary Hubbard
Lincolnton

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Posted by Allen Hubbard on 03/06/2017 at 7:31 PM

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