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The Newsroom: Wilmington's challenges, public-private projects, and the Northside Food Co-Op

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Hosted by Ben Schachtman, Managing Editor of HQR News, the program is an opportunity for local officials and reporters -- the people who make news and the people who report it -- to talk about the issues that affect our community. Expect deeper dives and candid conversation.

On this episode of The Newsroom: 

  • Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, on challenges facing the city, including public transportation and affordable housing.

  • WECT Journalist Michael Praatsand WHQR Journalist and Producer Rachel Keith, unpacking the complicated world of public-private partnerships, like Project Grace, the New Hanover County Government Center, and Riverplace.

  • Cedric Harrison and Evan Folds, discussing the Northside Food Co-Op’s plans to build a cooperative grocery store in one of the region’s key food deserts. 

Links for this episode:

  • Find more about Wilmington’s recent joint meeting with New Hanover County here, and more about the region’s struggle with affordable housing here.

  • Find recent reporting from WHQR on Project Grace and the Government Center, as well as on the county’s lawsuit over the denial of a development permit in Ogden here.

  • Find reporting from Michael Praats on Project Grace’s early version here, and reporting from Praats and Schachtman on Riverplace’s high price tag here.

  • For information on the Northside Food Co-Op, try the organization’s website, Facebook page, and Instagram account.

Have questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes? You can reach our team at Newsroom@whqr.org. Want to listen to the show as a podcast? Find us on Spotify, Stitcher, and iTunes.