by Bob Geary
Neighbors disliked them, the relevant small-area plans didn't allow them, but no problems -- the Raleigh City Council said yes to big building projects in the Stanhope community and the Cameron Village shopping center. And that "Meeker Majority" supposedly plotting to cut them down to small-area plan size? Well, the four junior members split in half. Councilors Russ Stephenson and Thomas Crowder stood with the neighborhoods and voted no; Councilors Nancy McFarlane and Rodger Koopman, backed the developments -- along with the senior member, Mayor Meeker himself. McFarlane said that, in tough economic times, she felt a "fiduciary responsibility" to greenlight new construction.