If you’ve ever been forced to make a decision or take a stand while frightened or anxious, then this blog post is for you.  After all, the ownership and use and memories of land and “place” evoke strong emotions.  You probably won’t study the emotional aspects of land in a law school or urban planning

            Please raise your hand if, in your humblest opinion, you think an outdoor shooting range (where fully automatic machine guns are used that shoot 900 rounds per minute) is an appropriate land use immediately adjacent to a subdivision.  Anybody? 

             I didn’t think so.

             But the North Carolina Court of Appeals has just given a green

             Recent protests over the mosque near Ground Zero seem to have spawned similar protests across the country, from Murfreesboro, TN to Temecula, CA to Sheboygan, WI where proposed local mosques have become lightening rods for religious intolerance expressed in the context of allowable uses of land.

             An August 8, 2010 New York Times article (“Across

3-D technology in movies – and now TV – certainly enhances the visual experience, especially in cinematic phenomena like Avatar.  But is there a 3-D element to a rezoning protest petition?  I don’t think there is, and you’re thinking “what’s he talking about??”

             Let me explain.

             North Carolina allows property owners within a rezoning tract’s

Cities and counties operate within a confusing matrix of state and federal statutes and regulations.  But when it comes to laws affecting land, another set of “immutable” laws comes into play.

             You can call them the laws of “that’s-just-the-way-it-is” or the laws of nature.  But since I’m the one who has codified them, I call

View of Newman Machine Works across Fulton Street. This view and use doesn't seem to threaten College Hill residents.

Yesterday’s banner headline in the Greensboro News & Record was slightly sensational but it grabbed your attention as it proclaimed in 76 point type that “College Hill will fight housing for

The Greensboro News & Record has been full of front page articles this week about an alleged cancer cluster near its White Street Landfill.  The landfill was closed to household waste a few years ago due to political pressure, but has continued to accept construction and demolition debris.

            As claims of a cancer cluster circulated,