Discounts That Can Also Spell Doom

June 17

This Is An Excerpt From BullCityMutterings.com, a Blog Written By Scenic NC Board Member, Reyn Bowman. I shudder whenever I hear local officials announce there won’t be a property tax increase. Since nothing is really free, and we, as property owners, are always banking on “quality of place” driving values each year, I am suspicious […]

Tracing A Selective Sensibility

June 10

This is an excerpt from BullCityMutterings.com, a blog written by Scenic NC Board Member, Reyn Bowman One of the 31 jobs I held between the ages of 4 and 24, before beginning a career in community marketing, was working on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service. It was right after high school in the forests […]

Earth Day and Anti-Earth Day

June 1

A Blog Written By Scenic NC Board Member & Attorney, Ryke Longest The 45th Earth Day is a token remembrance.    Like most “Days” on our calendar, the history of the day’s significance fades first, swiftly followed by the impulse which drove its creation and finally by its being co-opted into another marketing opportunity.  And […]

Proposed: a new official State Toast for North Carolina

June 1

A Blog Written By Scenic NC Board Member & Attorney, Ryke Longest The New State Toast Here’s to the home of the billboard blight Which sprout like weeds both day and night Where trailer parks sprawl outside the gates Of McMansionvilles in the Old North State Here’s to the land of the builder’s buck Where […]

Regulatory Reform Bills: North Carolina’s Sausage Style of Lawmaking

June 1

A Blog Written By Scenic NC Board Member & Attorney Ryke Longest “Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.”– John Godfrey Saxe, The Daily Cleveland Herald, March 29, 1869 I must admit that I love both good sausage and good law.  But in both cases, there […]

The Politics of Beauty Meets the Politics of Gerrymandering

June 1

A Blog Written By Scenic NC Board Member & Attorney, Ryke Longest Gerrymandering is not a new phenomenon in American politics.  Neither is giving away public assets to prop up profits of monopolists.  Both exemplify subtle threats to the American experiment in democracy.  And both so often coincide and combine that if you look behind […]

My Glacial Journey To Awareness and Aesthetic Warrior

May 1

 This is an Excerpt From BullCityMutterings.com, A Blog Written By Scenic NC Board Member, Reyn Bowman I wasn’t always so zealous about scenic conservation. Even though I was an early adopter in my field when it came to understanding the overall significance of sense of place, some related realizations took decades for me. They dawned […]

Symbols of Intergenerational Compact

April 27

This Is An Excerpt From BullCityMutterings.com, A Blog Written By Scenic Board Member, Reyn Bowman. In an essay a week ago, I suggested that North Carolina’s annual Interagency Report on Litter Cleanup, Education/Prevention and Enforcement was missing some information. But I was mistaken; so maybe with this post, I can fill in some of the blanks. […]

Closing Gaps To Enhance North Carolina’s Curb Appeal

April 20

This Is An Excerpt From BullCityMutterings.com, A Blog Written By Scenic, NC President, Reyn Bowman. The comprehensive litter report for North Carolina is out.  It is required by state law and carried out by NCDOT’s Office of Beautification, a part of the Roadside Environmental Unit. Roadside is also the unit responsible for creation of Scenic […]

7 Truths

April 20

This Is An Excerpt From BullCityMutterings.com, A Blog Written By Scenic, NC President, Reyn Bowman.   A friend of mine’s job is to make sure a mega-bank’s marketing is ethical, especially any advertising about products. Although probably subject to regulations, it is a voice of conscience that many in my former field of community destination […]