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Re: “Will a New Townhouse Project Open the Floodgates for Raleigh Developers?

"...not everyone is a big bad wolf."

They don't have to be to have a detrimental impact on the city's historic neighborhoods. But in my experience most developers do not particularly care about the impact of their projects.

Why is a condo/apartment model any less effective at supplying mid-tier housing? Because it's less profitable for the developer?

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Posted by Outofstater on 06/29/2016 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Raleigh developer knocks down historic bungalow to build a massive house

Everyone has their own ideas of what is or isn't compatible, good design, etc. I live in Glenwood-Brooklyn where we are nearing the end of a process to establish a historic overlay district. Many would paint this as an attempt to "control" what people can and can't do with their property. While an HOD certainly puts restrictions in place, that is not the objective but merely a means to an end, namely the preservation of our shared history as manifest in the homes we inhabit (for now).

These houses were here long before any of us were born, and if our efforts come to fruition, they will be here long after we are gone. That's what it's about, at least for me.

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Posted by Outofstater on 01/28/2016 at 9:28 PM

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

Raleigh is on the verge. Where we go from here will be determined largely by the level of engagement on the part of residents (notice I didn't say "property owners").

The free market is wonderful for providing the capital needed to grow this city, but it only recognizes monetary value. History, architectural distinctiveness, a sense of place--these things are intangible and can only be monetized indirectly, yet they are vital to the success of any city.

That's where planning and regulation come in, not to crush development but to guide it with the understanding that "return on investment" includes more than just money.

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Posted by Outofstater on 11/18/2015 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Ink in the workplace seems more visible and accepted than ever, but the Triangle is not quite an art-for-all paradise yet

So sad--and ticked off--about Mark Van Ness' experience here in Raleigh. This town can and should do MUCH better than that.

Tattoos have crossed over into the mainstream and they're not going back. This is a legitimate form that is unique among the visual arts, and it deserves--and is beginning to get--the respect afforded to drawing, photography, printmaking, etc. Raleigh would do well to welcome it with open arms.

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Posted by Outofstater on 09/30/2015 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Who’s behind this ridiculous full-page ad in the News and Observer?

What a gift to the Baldwin, Smith and Tomasulo campaigns. This mystery PAC could use some messaging help. For example, how about some facts:

1. The outdoor areas in question are public property (formerly known as sidewalks).
2. The bars pay a small permit fee (annual, I assume) to use them, but bear no responsibility for cleaning them up.
3. The restrictions recently passed amount to one hour less of outside serving per night--and it's a TRIAL program.

This is a tempest in a teapot, but never underestimate the power of the trivial to obscure the important.

Caveat emptor, Baldwin & Co. supporters. You are being had, and the other side just made it that much easier.

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Posted by Outofstater on 09/30/2015 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Watch the throne: Three young, credible challengers seek to upend the Raleigh City Council

Not to belabor this development issue, but why does anyone think Raleigh has to make ANY concessions to developers? We're on so many "best places to..." lists I've lost count. Every builder in the region wants to build here.

The City Council should be demanding concessions, negotiating from the position of strength the city so obviously holds.

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Posted by Outofstater on 09/17/2015 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Watch the throne: Three young, credible challengers seek to upend the Raleigh City Council

I'll give Ashton this: she sure sounds like the consummate politician, tossing out truisms and offering nothing concrete about HOW she would actually affect the change she wants to see.

Her campaign is being funded by developers because Kay Crowder is not a rubber stamp for their business plans.

I'm all for making Raleigh "great" too, but I suspect that my ideas about how to do that are rather different from Ms. Smith's. But we'll likely not find out... until she's in office.

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Posted by Outofstater on 09/16/2015 at 7:37 PM

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