April 4, 2012 10:57

white noise

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EDITOR VS. NIGHTCLUB

Rhinoceros Times Editor John Hammer and I have something in common. The Rhino Times building is separated by a parking lot from Greene Street Club, and Hammer complained that just as he was opening the Greensboro city manager’s IFYI on a recent Sunday evening to read a proposal by police Chief Ken Miller to revise the city’s noise ordinance, he was driven to distraction by the music pulsating from the club’s rooftop. I work out of an office behind the stage at Ziggy’s in Winston- Salem. At about 6 p.m. on Friday nights when the bands do soundcheck, the music emanates with sonic force, making it impossible to so much as carry on a phone conversation. I take that as my cue to call it a day. I can’t complain because my publisher is a part owner of Ziggy’s business. The staff at Ziggy’s are kind to share the building with me. And it’s a music club, after all, not a newspaper.

But what’s most interesting about Hammer’s recent column about Greene Street is that it’s the first time, as far as I can tell, that his newspaper has written anything about the proposed amendment to the noise ordinance. He uses the column to lam- baste Greene Street — the target of noise com- plaints that have prodded the city to take action — as “a bad neighbor.” One can only speculate as to why Hammer has taken a pass at covering the rich set of competing interests and claims in this story, but can it be only a coincidence that Roy Carroll, the owner of the Center Pointe high-rise and one of Hammer’s most generous advertisers, turns out to have been the loudest voice com- plaining about noise?

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