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Is Greensboro about to make a $60 million mistake? Why downtown parking garages may be headed for extinction

For decades, providing downtown parking was a top priority for urban planners. But ride-hailing services and autonomous cars are going to revolutionize parking in cities across the country — in garages, in lots and along curbs. By 2030, 15 percent of new cars sold will be totally autonomous, according to one estimate. One in 10 will be shared. And as it becomes easier for people to summon shared or autonomous cars when they need them, fewer people will want to own their own vehicle, meaning fewer cars overall. The bottom line: We’re going to need much less space to store cars. Some cities are gearing up to take advantage of the shift.

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Fake! News & Record publishes apparently plagiarized column from Procter & Gamble employees

GREENSBORO, NC — The News & Record published an opinion piece yesterday it identified as having been written by Kevin Hazel and John Sorjonen. The authors, who are local employees of Procter & Gamble, appear to have plagiarized the piece almost entirely. A cursory search, apparently beyond the interest of the N&R editorial page editor, reveals that what the News & Record published is corporate propaganda previously published—nearly identical, but for a few words—under the names of other Procter & Gamble employees in other publications.

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Protests planned at local Verizon stores as FCC readies net neutrality rollback

GREENSBORO, NC — Fight for the Future has organized protests across the country at Congressional offices and Verizon stores in response to an anticipated decision by the FCC to kill Net Neutrality Rules. The new chairman of the FCC is Ajit Pai, whom Fight for the Future describes as a former top lawyer for Verizon. Protests are planned at Verizon’s Wendover and Battleground Avenue stores. Here is the what and why from BattleForTheNet.com:

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Greensboro’s $56 million parking decks: A gift to ruling class political donors Carroll and Kaplan

GREENSBORO, NC — The city is proposing to build two parking decks costing $56 million to facilitate the development of two hotels to be owned by ruling class political donors. One of these, Roy Carroll, is an establishment Republican. The other, Randall Kaplan, is a Democrat who has hosted Bill Clinton in his home during the most recent presidential campaign cycle.

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