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Friday, January 8, 2010

There it is: Wake GOP wants public vote on 17-story Raleigh police tower

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 3:51 PM

What took them so long? But today, the Wake Republican Party chairman, Claude Pope, called on the Raleigh City Council to hold a referendum on the proposed $205 million, 17-story public safety center. (There's a nice gallery of the architect's renderings up on the N&O's website.) Bonner Gaylord and John Odom, the two new (or in Odom's case, renewed) Council members, have questioned the project since taking office in December. Odom's a Republican; Gaylord, officially unaffiliated, came in with a lot of Republican backing. There are a bunch of issues surrounding the plan -- the cost, the location, the wisdom...

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

October 24: Raleigh Wide Open 4

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Raleigh Wide Open 4 will be the first time all of Fayetteville Street really is wide open all the way from the Capitol to Memorial Auditorium. For previous RWOs, only the four blocks closest to the Capitol were open. The rest were under construction some way of other. But with the underground parking for the Convention Center completed and City Plaza completed -- it's getting there; not to worry -- the construction fences can come down. A 10 a.m. parade will mark the event. What does everybody think of the Jim Gallucci-designed light towers? I was downtown last night and...

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Obama rally brings change -- now it's at Progress Energy Center, Thursday 5-7 pm

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 11:29 AM

The big pro-Obama health care reform rally you're going to read about in the printed Indy today when it hits a coffee shop near you -- the Let's Get It Done: Raleigh National Bus Tour Stop (Health Insurance Reform Now) rally that was scheduled for Thursday night, 5-7 pm at the WakeMed North campus -- well, they've changed the venue. No, really. I just talked to Lindsay Siler, who is state coordinator for Obama's Organizing for America operation. (She's in Greensboro today, btw, delivering petitions to Sen. Hagan. She's got a lot on her plate.) The WakeMed site fell through...

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Pro-health care reform rally at the Capitol this Saturday, Aug. 29

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 12:20 PM

HCAN is holding rallies around the country, including in Raleigh. Can HCAN's North Carolina organizers turn out the troops? How many equals "big"? (Or, "huge"?) ...

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Time for some zip (cars) in Raleigh?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 11:06 AM

If they've got them at UNC and Duke, can N.C. State be far behind? (OK -- stop it.) Better question: Is the Triangle's big city big enough for car-sharing a la zipcars? (Update: Per the comment below, there's more than one car-sharing vendor in the land, not just the zippy one.) Topic's on tap June 18, 1 pm, at the Urban Design Center. (h/t: Urban Planet.) Downtown Raleigh Alliance and Triangle Transit also involved: Details below....

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Moore Square: A chance to get it right

Posted By on Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 12:54 PM

We've had bad plans for Moore Square before that, mercifully, came to naught. So when the city announced yet another Moore Square renewal effort, suspicious minds went immediately to Defcon Uh-O. But let's approach this from the other direction: If the participatory, juried & competitive process described by the Planning Department (first meetings June 17 and June 27; details below) works the way they tell us it will, it could produce a very good plan for Moore Square. And a good plan, if executed, would block all the bad plans from ever again rearing their ugly adornments. (Excepting, of course,...

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

What's wrong with Moore Square?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 5:16 PM

The unanimous City Council vote today in favor of having a public competition to redesign Moore Square put me in mind of the last time city officials wanted to mess with Moore -- back in '01 -- and how that came to naught. A big issue then was that citizens weren't consulted before the Parks Department rolled out a redesign of its own, and a dreadful redesign at that. This time, the planning department's in charge, and it's all about citizens' input, with "an open call for design ideas," etcetera, etcetera. (See below for the city's press release.) But a...

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Comp plan hearing tonight; what's next?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 2:42 PM

      The official public hearing on the draft comprehensive plan (revised) is tonight --  Thursday, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. It's previewed in the Indy this week, mainly on the question of whether the plan is too promiscuous with its "growth centers" to actually produce any that will amount to the "walkable urban places" everybody says we need. Mitch Silver, Raleigh's planning director, says it's not -- too promiscuous, that is -- and that the metastasizing Brier Creeks and North Hills's of the world will not undermine Raleigh's urban future. Silver recognizes, though, that creating "walkable urban" locales...

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Put your transit $$ down on rail stations, not on bus stops: Leinberger

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Chris Leinberger, urban developer and Brookings Institution wonk, is the latest guy with a suitcase (the latest expert, in other words) to visit Raleigh and tell us to get with it transit-wise or else be left in the 21 Century-Knowledge Economy dust. He added one new note not heard so clearly before, at least in my recollection: Rail transit, yes; bus transit, no, because nobody will ride a bus in America unless they have no other choice. "I've never seen a dollar of real estate investment generated by a bus stop," he added....

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Hillsborough Street Renaissance II: It's rain or shine; fashion show's indoors

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 2:25 PM

In the interest of plugging this thing, the first Hillsborough Street Renaissance Festival is tomorrow -- Saturday, 12 noon to 10 pm -- the information is here. It's rain or shine, organizers say, which means rain, apparently ... but the Redress Raleigh Eco-fashion Show is executing its Plan B and moving indoors to Aurora, the 2nd-story nightclub just below (to the west of) the Western Lanes bowling alley. It'll start at 5:30....

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Hillsborough Street Renaissance I: It's a Lulu

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 2:05 PM

I didn't do a Dun & Bradstreet, but isn't Lulu the first new business on Hillsborough Street in a very long time where people are employed in  a capacity other than serving food, serving drinks or serving the instructional needs of struggling students? (I'm assuming there's a tutoring business tucked away there somewhere.) Lulu is in the business of publishing your books with you, one book or two or 200 at a time -- your call. They'll also do your e-books, your online music, your CDs or DVDs ... very cool; very tech-savvy. They relocated in January from a...

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Chris Leinberger's in the house -- Wednesday, 6:30 pm at Fletcher Theater

Posted By on Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Not to put too much pressure on the guy, but at least three people have told me that Chris Leinberger, a planning geek at the Brookings Institute who's also a developer, is brilliant. He's speaking in Raleigh Wednesday evening, 6:30-8:30 pm, at the Progress Energy Center (Fletcher Theater); check-in starts at 6. It's free, courtesy of your city gummint. Pre-registrations online, s'il vous plait. Leinberger's thing is that the age of suburban development is giving way to the age of suburban as well as urban redevelopment. Nothing novel there, except perhaps the notion that "walkable places" can be hewn from...

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Tracking the 1/2-cent transit tax through the Raleigh "Wye"

Posted By on Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Very interesting meeting at Raleigh City Hall last night on regional transit and the so-called "Mayor's Plan" for the Raleigh-Wake portion of the region. I will say, this thing has a lot of moving parts, some of which are picking up speed -- but enough to run a regional railroad in my or Charles Meeker's lifetime? (We're the same age.) Perhaps. One question I didn't get to ask Mayor Meeker afterward is where to put the apostrophe in the name -- is it "Mayor's Plan" or "Mayors' Plan"? I believe the effort is to make it the latter. But...

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Friday, February 13, 2009

How 'bout a rumba?

Posted By on Fri, Feb 13, 2009 at 7:34 AM

Nah. Bad idea. But let's not let the mayor down, jingle writers. "I'm waiting for people to write the music to the R-Line," Meeker said. The launch of the R-Line this morning is a reminder that Raleigh still has no song to sing. No Chattanooga Choo-Choo. Update: Nice post at New Raleigh about the Downtown Raleigh Alliance and its "YouRHere" brand. We may could use that in our tune....

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Ridin' the R-Line -- starting Friday

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 11:24 AM

  In between rants about regional transit and why it's not here yet (and why it won't be any time soon), let's pause to celebrate a notable, if small, step forward for Mankind/Raleigh division. It will take place Friday morning, 8:30 am in front of the Convention Center on Salisbury Street. Mayor Charles Meeker will christen the new downtown circulator bus service, nee the R-Line, which will henceforth follow the route shown from Glenwood South to the downtown loop at 10-15 minute headways. In other words, two buses will travel the route, and if it takes them 25 minutes...

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