I go through downtown to get to work but that's about it. There's really very little in the downtown corridor that appeals to me. I don't have the patience to wait an hour for a table at one of those trendy restaurants that I'd have to drive around for at least 15 minutes to find a parking space for. Despite what the article says, there really isn't much retail. Where can you buy jeans that aren't over $100 or a t-shirt that isn't $25? Good luck finding a grocer who can supply basic needs without robbing you. To be a vital sustainable area, Downtown Raleigh HAS to be more than trendy boutiques and overpriced tiny apartments that cater to transient millennials or it will become a relative ghost town again in the not-so distance future.
Lost in this boom in Chapel Hill is the very necessary need for affordable housing for staff and graduate students. Commuter trends show that a vast majority of staff and students live outside of Chapel Hill. Affordable housing is practically nonexistent in Chapel Hill for staff members, coupled with the fairly low wages garnered as state employees. Why are none of these developments offering any type of housing for this particular subset of the population? To truly generate the tax revenue and increase the tax base needed to thrive, town leaders must encourage developers to consider all socioeconomic groups with such developments.
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