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Friday, March 27, 2009

Comp Plan discussion

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 1:47 PM

Title: Comp Plan discussionLocation: Raleigh City HallDescription: Planning Commisssion meets in \"committee of the whole\" sessionStart Time: 09:00 amDate: 2009-03-31...

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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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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Hillsborough, street of dreams

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 12:38 PM

The City Council yesterday approved a $9.9 million contract for the reconstruction of Hillsborough Street (Phase I) between Oberlin Road and Gardner Street. It only took ... how many years? (A: Here's a story from 2002, three years after the first plan was hatched and the Hillsborough Street Partnership created.) The big idea has always been to preserve the street's historic place and purpose while modernizing its function so businesses there can thrive and some new housing can be introduced -- no easy task. Hillsborough Street connects just about everything that's important in Raleigh's history, from the State Capitol to...

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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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