Power brokers be gone

Greensboro we have a problem. Let’s talk about it.

The problem seems to be a nucleus of special interests that feel a sense of entitlement. These power brokers meet behind closed doors, or via text message, or in the low spark of hi-end restaurants on a weekday afternoon to hash out the details.

The devil is in the details, we all know that, but here in Greensboro we never get the details. We get the polished pitch. Make enough public information requests and you begin to see how the merry-go round operates. But you never quite glimpse the devil.

And that’s too bad. In a city with so much homegrown talent and grassroots energy the sky is the limit for organic creative growth. If the power brokers would just get out of the way, or settle for their place at the head of the table while the rest of us content ourselves with our own work.

But not here. No, here in Greensboro we have power brokers big and small. The kind of power brokers who call up a non-profit leader and threaten to cut off their funding if their pal isn’t named the next leader. The kind of power brokers that scuttle months of committee work at the moment of completion because it just doesn’t suit their whim. Not unlike the wanna’ be power brokers who go off to Raleigh and then try to remake the entire city to their liking.

It’s enough to make us want to holler.

But instead we fight back by asking questions, examining motivation, trying to show the how and the why behind the what just happened.

And we do it for the innovators. The ones who are out there by themselves, with their own money, struggling for their own projects, to make this city into what it could be if the power bro- kers would get a new hobby. !

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