Up Front: Triad Power Ranking for April 9, 2014

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3. High Point

High Point City Council is giving the cold shoulder to the visionary City Project and shelving most of the recommendations of architect Andres Duany to reintroduce human-scaled design in the urban core, while there are rumblings that council members Becky Smothers and Judy Mendenhall want to bring in a new consultant to pursue a new vision. What’s going on over there, guys?

 

2. Greensboro

The city of Greensboro taking possession of the Cascade Saloon is a mixed bag. It’s a beautiful, iconic building near the liveliest intersection on South Elm Street. But it’s burdened with the accumulated years of neglect and vibration from passing trains. If it could be saved, that would be a tremendous coup. If not, well, at least it won’t fall on anyone.

 

1. Winston-Salem

Meanwhile, Winston-Salem City Council approved a deal on Monday to refinance BB&T Ballpark with the Chicago White Sox (owner of the Winston-Salem Dash) buying into the ballpark and helping pay down debt, while the city retains ownership of the stadium. That’s the way it’s done.