Fayetteville should not have repainted divisive message downtown

Pat King
 |  The Fayetteville Observer

Some years ago, I carried a card in my wallet that had the acronym “WWJD” on it. It was an acronym that appeared in many places: tee shirts, hats, billboards, publications, etc. Most Christians would know it stood for “What Would Jesus Do?” It was helpful to me to remind me to be fair, kind and respectful in what decisions I made that affected

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Portland apartment rents fell significantly in 2020, with downtown driving sharp decline

The cost of renting an apartment in Portland plummeted in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, with rental prices in downtown and Northwest Portland driving the sharp decline.

Last year’s falling rents reversed a decade of steep increases that contributed to the city’s housing crisis. With many Oregonians unemployed during the pandemic, though, lower rents may not make housing more affordable overall.

Portland rents have dropped 7.4% since the start of

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Virgin Hotel project for downtown Palm Springs postponed


The Virgin Hotel project in downtown Palm Springs has been postponed, city officials announced Tuesday evening.

The 69-foot, 142-room hotel has been in the works since September 2015 and it was planned to be located just north of the Kimpton Rowan Hotel. The project has faced numerous delays, mostly brought about by the arrest of developers John Wessman and Richard Meaney and then Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet.


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Downtown Sacramento is hit hard by coronavirus and violence. How does it make a comeback?

Peter Navin was still cleaning shattered glass out of his downtown Sacramento clothing store late last week. People passing by were bringing him neckties, brass buttons and other goods they found strewn on the grass outside.

All the while, the 72-year-old clothier was pondering the future of his business, Navin’s Custom Clothing, and the outlook for his beloved corner of the city.

“Downtown still has a lot to offer,” he

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