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new year,” said Melvin “Skip” Alston, chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners. “We are going to have to find some solution. “The city needs parking, and the county needs parking. I think it would be better for us to work together than for us to build two separate parking lots or parking decks.” City Manager Rashad Young said he, his staff and Mayor Bill Knight met with Alston in June to talk about a joint venture. It could make sense, Young said, but details would have to be ironed out, and it isn’t clear whether City Council members or county commissioners would back such a project. “In downtown, we’re just about tapped out when it comes to parking,” Young said. “Without a parking solution, we’re going to be squeezed significantly when the jail comes online.” Some 200 spaces would cover the staff at the new jail. But add to that the family visitors, lawyers and the various other traffic the jail would bring, and the problem appears even more severe. Both the county and the city have something significant to bring to a joint venture. The county has come in under budget on building the jail, and Alston said officials could use some of the bond money approved for the project by voters — potentially millions of dollars — to help finance a new deck. Each space could cost between $15,000 and $20,000 and the new deck could need between 550 and 700 spaces. The city brings to the table what could be a per-

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be enough support among the commissioners to do so. Friendly Ave. “I’m not saying I wouldn’t be in favor of it at Market St. some point,” Perkins said. “But right now, I don’t Sycamore St. think we need to be in the Phill G. McDonald parking business, and we Plaza don’t need to be going furWashington St. New ther into debt than we have jail to for a big, new deck.” McGee Perkins said he would St. like to see the county work with the city and downSpring Gar den St. town merchants to use the existing parking. . R R. TIM RICKARD/News & Record Alston said there may not be enough parking for fect site — a lot across that plan to work. from what will be the new “People are going to Greensboro Police Depart- have to park somewhere,” ment headquarters at 320 Alston said. “It’s something Federal Place. we’ve got to figure out beYoung said the city will fore the end of the year, be taking over the site — when this jail is going to be formerly the IRS building opening. — shortly, and it could pro“I think a city-county vide an ideal solution to the deck is the way to go, and I jail parking problem. hope others will see that as “It’s close enough to we continue talking.” the new jail and it’s close enough to downtown, the Contact Joe Killian at restaurants and the busi373-7023 or joe.killian ness district to maybe re@news-record.com lieve some of the pressure there,” Young said. Of course both the City Council and the Board of Commissioners would have to agree to put money into the project — something both have been reluctant to do since the economic downturn. Commissioner Kirk Perkins said he doesn’t think the time is right for the county to build a deck, and he doesn’t think there will

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with the idea of cooking — realizing you don’t have to be a master chef to eat better,” LeGreco said. Money for the yearlong grant comes from the Translational Research and Clinical Science Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. Researchers hope to replicate what they learn elsewhere. “Our ultimate goal is to really be able to say those food deserts no longer exist, that all citizens have equitable access to fresh food and vegetables and healthy food in general,” Smith said. Hours for the test market are from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. today. Some of the participating farmers also sell at the Greensboro Farmers’ Curb Market.

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area and was involved in the project’s planning as part of the Warnersville Community Coalition. Making changes will take a lot of work, said Marianne LeGreco, an assistant professor and researcher at UNCG who specializes in health issues and is working with the Warnersville community. “The response (from the merchants) is often, ‘People won’t buy it, so I don’t sell it,’ ” she said. “It involves changing eating habits, and that can be a tough thing.” That’s why the coalition is looking beyond the farmers’ market to providing a wellness program, community interactions around food, and cooking classes involving vegetables, such as eggplants, that remain foreign to some cooks, she said. “It’s also helping people become more comfortable

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curb market or convenience store,” said Mark Smith, an epidemiologist with the Guilford County Health Department, who wrote the grant as part of Guilford County Healthy Carolinians partnership. Those stores have limited produce, higher markups and a captive audience, according to statistics and a look at what’s on the shelves, said Smith. Some that started out as gas stations accept SNAP benefits, which once were called food stamps. “It hurts me to see people from the community leaving (those stores) with groceries ... because they can’t get to a Food Lion and they can walk there,” said Otis Hairston Jr. Hairston grew up in the

ity and positioning the city as a cultural destination. “These new guidelines and the grants are one piece of our commitment to serving the needs of the arts community,” Philion said. But because council resources are limited, it decided to eliminate some groups from grant consideration: grant-making organizations and those that receive most of their support from government, colleges and universities. That affects some past recipients — City Arts, the Guilford College gallery, N.C. A&T and UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum. City Arts Manager Mary Alice Kurr-Murphy said she is disappointed but understands the reasoning. “All government entities have had their budgets severely restricted in the last couple of years, too,” she said. Professional choral group Bel Canto Company received a $15,000 project support grant, up from the

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made changes in its largest grant program, dividing money between mission support and project support. Mission support grants go to nonprofit arts organizations with annual revenue exceeding $500,000. Recipients will receive the same grant for two years, provided that the arts council meets fundraising goals and no major changes occur in a recipient’s operations. Not only do two-year grants help groups better plan their future, but they cut down on paperwork and application review time, Philion said. Project support grants are one-year grants for smaller arts organizations, or individual artists working with a nonprofit arts group. They finance specific projects or programs. In awarding grants, the council considered groups and projects that further council priorities: arts education, increasing community access to the arts, and supporting economic vital-

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“Not only is it a reaffirmation of the quality of our programs, it speaks to the community’s commitment to the arts in general,” said Laura Way, Green Hill Center CEO. Way and other arts leaders were particularly pleased that the council changed its approach, giving larger groups a twoyear grant commitment instead of one year. Richard Whittington, managing director of Triad Stage, called it “a huge advantage,” adding, “We can do some better planning for the following season.” Two years ago, the council retooled its criteria to focus grants on education, diversity and positioning Greensboro as a nationally recognized arts destination. While more artists and groups were eligible, some longtime recipients received smaller grants. At the same time, its 2009 and 2010 fund drives fell short of goals. When Tom Philion became the council’s president a year ago, he focused on increasing support for the arts. The latest drive met its $1.2 million goal. The council’s board also

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“Not only is it a reaffirmation of the quality of our programs, it speaks to the community’s commitment to the arts in general.”

$9,500 it received last year. “We are obviously thrilled,” Bel Canto Executive Director Jeffrey Carlson said. Bel Canto will use the money for artists’ fees, promotional expenses and its part in a major February concert, part of an American Choral Directors Association conference. Mitchel Sommers, executive director of Community Theatre of Greensboro, was grateful that its annual grant increased from $29,000 to $32,000 — even though the amount is half of what it received years ago. Because his organization qualified for the two-year grant, he will not have to reapply next year. Sommers also was pleased that council priorities no longer specify that a grant recipient should help position Greensboro as a “nationally recognized” arts destination. “I am glad that the UAC has restructured funding policies and put more focus on nurturing programs for local constituents, rather than on getting an organization’s name on a blog in California,” he said. Contact Dawn DeCwikielKane at 373-5204 or dawn.kane @news-record.com

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African American Atelier $16,000 Bel Canto Company 9,500 Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center 2,350 Carolina Theatre 36,000 Center for Visual Artists 0 City Arts Music Center 12,500 Community Theatre of Greensboro 29,000 Duane Cyrus 3,210 Eastern Music Festival 90,500 Elsewhere Artist Collaborative 20,000 Green Hill Center for N.C. Art 51,000 Greensboro Ballet 13,500 Greensboro Historical Museum 6,500 Greensboro Opera 15,000 Greensboro Oratorio Society 0 Greensboro Symphony Orchestra 81,000 Guilford College Gallery 3,000 Magic Art Bus 0 Music Academy of North Carolina 22,500 Music For A Great Space 0 N.C. Dance Project 4,000 Piedmont Blues Preservation Society 0 Reasons 2 Rhyme 13,500 Touring Theatre of North Carolina 7,440 Triad Pride Men’s Chorus 0 Triad Stage 90,500 Weatherspoon Art Museum 3,000 Total $530,000

$18,000 15,000 0 37,000* 13,500 0 32,000* 9,400 93,000* 25,000 57,000* 18,000 0 ** 2,000 93,000* 0 5,000 25,000* 12,000 4,500 1,600 0 7,000 4,000 93,000* 0 $565,000

*Received same amount for next season. ** Announcement of Greensboro Opera award postponed. Totals do not include teacher art grants and regional artist grants, to be announced at later dates. The fiscal year runs July 1 through June 30. Source: United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro

World’s tallest tower to be built in Saudi Arabia est building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. Smith was with the ChiCHICAGO — A tower designed by Chicago archicago office of Skidmore, tects Adrian Smith and Owings & Merrill when Gordon Gill and to be built he designed the 2,717in Saudi Arabia will be the foot Burj Khalifa, which world’s tallest building if opened in January 2010. completed, according to Construction of Kingplans unveiled Tuesday. dom Tower will start “imKingdom Tower will minently” and is expected be built in Jeddah, a port to last about five years, city on the Red Sea, acaccording to Smith and cording to Adrian Smith & Gill’s firm. The building Gordon Gill Architecture. will house a luxury hotel, The building will be more apartments, condos, ofthan 3,280 feet tall and at fice space and the world’s least 563 feet taller than highest observatory and the world’s current tallis expected to cost $1.2

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Continued from Page A1 with the cuts. Using money from tuition increases approved earlier this year, the university restored some critical course sections, Brady said. UNCG also approved a temporary course substitution policy so students can graduate on time. Brady said the university invested about

$600,000 into restoring some class sections for the fall, based on projected fall enrollment and money the university expects to receive from tuition hikes. But she said the university may have to find other resources to keep some spring class sections. Brady said she does expect more tuition money in the spring due to transfer students, and that could be a source for maintaining sections. The university placed

billion to construct. The tower is part of Kingdom City, a development project in Jeddah expected to cost $20 billion. The plans were announced Tuesday by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a nephew of Saudi King Abdullah and chairman of Kingdom Holding Co. The skyscraper represents the latest example of Chicagobased architecture firms taking on overseas work as the American commercial real estate market struggles.

some people whose positions were eliminated into other jobs. Of the 46 staff positions cut, 16 were in the academic affairs division. Of those 16, three retired and eight were moved into other jobs on campus, Brady said. UNCG trustees will discuss the budget in more detail Thursday at a retreat on campus. Contact Jonnelle Davis at 373-7080 or jonnelle.davis @news-record.com


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