Reading between the lines
“The Journal did its part for the establishment cause to dissuade victims from suing the city, arguing several points in an editorial published shortly after the disaster, including that lawsuits are costly, judgments are often delayed, there was no evidence of negligence on the part of the city, any judgment would be appealed and that lawyers rather than the victims would get most of the money. The editorial warned would-be plaintiffs that to sue ‘is to estrange yourself from the people who have your best interests at heart.’” — Jordan Green, in this week’s cover story on a Winston-Salem neighborhood that was born from a flood. Coverage begins on page 25.
In the old Pond neighborhood, a blue light would indicate a proper dinner that “church folks would feel comfortable attending.” A yellow light meant that there might be a bottle of liquor stashed in the back room. A red-light party was something else altogether.
[The tough love:
Sam Hieb describes “new-urbanist” architect Andres Duany’s words for the city of High Point — which spent more than $400,000 getting him to town. Duany’s critique included the phrase “two miles of mediocrity” and he called High POInt “one of the most peculiar places” he’s ever seen. See more on page 16.
Hootie — sorry, Darius Rucker — comes to Greensboro this week. See Ryan Snyder’s forecast on page 34.
[The counterintuitive business plan:
Dusty Keene opened a coffee shop inside his video-production studio. See the story on page 42.
When Andres Duany collected nearly $400,000 to tell High Point what he thought about the city, give him credit: He didn’t tell them what they wanted to hear. For accepting — and paying handsomely for — tough love like this, High Point gets the edge this week.
YES! Weekly’s newest staffer Hannah Fairweather takes in the Salute! wine festival in Winston-Salem.