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Re: “If Raleigh wants to be a world-class city, it needs planning, personality and architects.

To be clear, there was not any Atlanta bashing going on in the room. Nor was there any substantive criticism that Raleigh was somehow failing in its struggle to become a better city...better in comparison to itself, not its regional neighbors. During the presentation, he immediately rescinded the Atlanta comment but, prompted by a comment from the audience, expanded on why he raised the point. He clarified that in all aspects, Raleigh would NOT become an Atlanta, except, perhaps, with actual architectural character. Meaning, that on an individual basis, buildings themselves would be indistinguishable between Raleigh and Atlanta...or Charlotte or elsewhere. This has to do with those factors noted above that Goldberger believes effects every modern city.

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Posted by JZ on 11/18/2015 at 4:55 PM

Re: “If Raleigh wants to be a world-class city, it needs planning, personality and architects.

I was honored to be have been able to attend this event...and yet, I feel that the majority of the room were already in the choir. Some council members attended for all or portions, but , but I would have hoped newly elected, future council members could have been present. The development teams present were our City's best...but the message needs to get out to their peers.

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Posted by JZ on 11/18/2015 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Raleigh’s Downtown Experience Plan exposes weaknesses in transit, housing

Roy B's comment reminded me on the emphasis on verticality in the body of the article (and the presentation). Density can be achieved without extreme height. There are dense cities such as Washington, DC, Chicago, Paris and London which are, on average, no more than 5 stories. Which happens to be the general limit of a person's ability to ascend comfortably with a stair. What's needed is smart, compact density that ensures sunlight reaches the streets in the winter and can be shaded by healthy street trees (city of oaks, perhaps?) for the warmer months. Verticality is a sign that land values are so high, the developer MUST go up in order to balance THEIR BUDGET. In second cities such as ours, a vertical building is more apt to syphon away opportunity for all by consolidating the market demand to a single block, leaving gaps in the city fabric.

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Posted by JZ on 05/07/2015 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Raleigh’s Downtown Experience Plan exposes weaknesses in transit, housing

This is all about carrots and sticks. The success Raleigh has enjoyed has been predominately through the extension of a variety of carrots to private sector development. If a sustainable, highly livable, enriching environment is truly what is desired, the city leadership will need to look long and hard at balancing the scales to control the quality of that investment. I suspect there will need to be a few sticks in the next decade.

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Posted by JZ on 05/06/2015 at 4:52 PM

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