Robin Adams Cheeley: Unbearable: A Council Member Makes Us Yogi | Chroniclers


Yogi Bear, in his iconic collar and extra-long green tie, enjoyed strutting around Jellystone Park shouting “Hey, hey, hey”, grabbing “picnic basket” and reminding us all that he was “smarter than the middle aged bear.”

Although he turned his appearances on “The Huckleberry Hound Show” into his own cartoon, his smug boast might be boring. A recent ad that revives Yogi and his sidekick Boo Boo destroying a family’s dinner in the garden reminded me that Yogi isn’t the only grand grizzly bear.

At the Greensboro City Council meeting on September 21, District 5 City Councilor Tammi Thurm’s comments were seen to be, well, Yogi-ish.

Council was considering an application to rezone 12 acres of land at the corner of Vivian Lane and South Elm Eugene Street to allow for 150 apartments and a convenience store with gas pumps. Let me correct this: the developer’s attorney said the plan was to build a “high quality convenience store” made of dark bricks, stucco and stone that would contain workstations with USB ports to allow people to sit and work.

They want me to believe that a store will allow black people to use the Internet for free and that no one will call the police to end the loitering. Oh yes. Forgive me if I don’t buy this.

In a 5-4 vote, the council rejected the request, noting that a convenience store was not the best use of that space for the community. After all, the land in question is less than a mile from a Walmart Supercenter. What is needed, said District 1 Councilor Sharon Hightower, supported by Goldie Wells and Pro Mayor Tem Yvonne Johnson, are single-family homes.

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