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Triad City Beat This Week: July 29, 2015

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Patrick McDonnell has a vision for re-animating Greensboro. But will the city get out of its own way and allow something magic to happen? Editor in Chief Brian Clarey hop-scotches around South Elm Street with the iconoclastic urban planner in this week’s Triad City Beat cover story.

NEWS

CharlesBAycock• Plaintiffs rest their case in federal trial of NC election law

UNCG takes time with Aycock Auditorium renaming

• High Point Journal: NAACP youth conference tackles internalized racism

 

 

 

OPINION

jorge• Editorial: The usual suspects

• It Just Might Work: Online food forage maps

• Fresh Eyes: Hispanic grown

• Editor’s Notebook: Gotham

 

 

COLUMNS

foosball crop• Citizen Green: An urban homestead rises in south Greensboro

• Good Sport: Foosball World Cup at Old Salem

• Wirtheim: Cigarettes ease the awkwardness for an outsider in Camel City

 

 

 

CULTURE

• 150729.FOOD.DaSaRang cropFood: Korean steamed rolls, kimchee pancake delight

• Barstool: The Tap at West End

• Art: Tortured artist paints American mythology

• Music: Heard a rumble, will travel

• Stage & Screen: Humble theater, huge show from Stained Glass

 

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Kick out the jambs!

Urban planner Patrick McDonnell brings an artistic sensibility to the city. (Caleb Smallwood)

An urban planner reimagines downtown Greensboro

by Brian Clarey/ photos by Caleb Smallwood

The railroad trestle running below Elm Street, connecting Davie and McGee, is either the best piece of urban engineering in the city or the worst.

Urban planner Patrick McDonnell, who’s been in Greensboro for six months now under the auspices of Elsewhere living museum, thinks it’s both.

“Of course it’s bad,” he says, standing underneath the trestle as a soft rain begins to fall on downtown. “It cuts off connectivity between the north and south. The tracks are a physical barrier that separates the two sides of downtown. But this trestle is the literal and metaphoric gate to the Gate City.”

Besides presenting a not-so-elegant solution to the frequent freights and passenger trains that block car and pedestrian travel on the city’s central thoroughfare, this railroad trestle is the first piece of reactive urban planning in the city, an accommodation to the car culture that would come to define the layout of the whole place.

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Good Sport: Foosball World Cup at Old Salem

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by Chris Nafekh

Six French foosball tables. Twelve orange foosballs. Sixteen teams of two. Thirty-two competitors. Two giant inflatable foosmen. Fifteen Games, five goals to win, four brackets, one winner. It was all part of the 2015 World Cup Foosball Tournament, part of an attempt to bring younger patrons to Old Salem, the historic village and gardens. The evening was more amusing than competitive, but a few die-hards came to win. None of the attendees were professional foosballers, but everyone anticipated stiff competition. Read More

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Korean steamed rolls, kimchee pancake delight

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Written by Eric Ginsburg, photos by Sam Bridges

A photo of the buchu japchae — small pieces of pork with chives tossed in sesame oil and served with steamed rolls — is the best looking dish on the menu, but at $18 for the smaller appetizer portion, my friend Sam and I figured we’d order the 20 water dumplings and five-piece chicken in Korean sauce for a fraction of the price. Our main courses — the lunchbox special and the bibimbap — cost just half of the small pork, chive and roll appetizer each. Read More

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The Greensboro City Council race, by the numbers

Nancy Vaughan, Marikay Abuzuaiter and Jamal Fox (l-r) (courtesy photo)

by Eric Ginsburg

 

9: The number of total seats on city council.

8: The number of districts state Sen. Trudy Wade sought to create on council, eliminating at-large (citywide) positions. A federal judge temporarily blocked the new state law, keeping the Greensboro election process the same as past years, for now. Read More

IN PRINT

Urban planner Patrick McDonnell brings an artistic sensibility to the city. (Caleb Smallwood)

Kick out the jambs!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

An urban planner reimagines downtown Greensboro by Brian Clarey/ photos by Caleb Smallwood The railroad trestle running below Elm Street, connecting Davie and McGee, is either the best…

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Good Sport: Foosball World Cup at Old Salem

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

by Chris Nafekh Six French foosball tables. Twelve orange foosballs. Sixteen teams of two. Thirty-two competitors. Two giant inflatable foosmen. Fifteen Games, five goals to win, four brackets,…

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