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Re: “#DrunkTown ad creator files complaint against Keep Raleigh Vibrant, consulting firm

Did the Oldie actually do any fact checking? Debnam has already lost any credibility with his smear campaign. The complaint hasn't even been filed, and there are no specific facts to support his claims. Just another smear, and the Oldie is giving him free marketing. No surprise there since the Oldie is happy to push their own candidates. I guess the moral of the story is if you have money, no matter what you say or how you say it, you can get media attention.

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Posted by Seth Hollar on 10/03/2015 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Why is Raleigh rushing a rezoning vote before the next City Council is seated?

I can't bear to read the Oldie (aka Indy) anymore. Always pretending to represent the younger generation when in actuality they really cater to the older, privileged class.

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Posted by Seth Hollar on 09/30/2015 at 1:05 PM

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

Please feel free to continue to cater towards the older, no growth advocates and perpetuate the shopworn neighborhood vs developer cliche. You might want to consider renaming the "Indy" to "Oldie" to better reflect your positions, though.

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Posted by Seth Hollar on 09/17/2015 at 9:12 AM

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

Bob,
Outside of both the overt and subtle slights on the candidate, I enjoyed reading your article.

In response to your comment about YIMBY (your quote: "a group in Raleigh that has yet to see a high-density development it didn't think could be bigger."), I think the opposite could be said of the INDY.

In other cities, I usually think of magazines like the Indy as young and hip aligning with 20 and 30 year old crowds, but in Raleigh, the articles on growth seem to cater to the old and well-to-do .... namely, the 45+ year old home owner who has fears of development being too close. The standard lexicon for the no growth movement seems to be full of buzz words like "historic", "preservation", "encroachment" and "pro-development". Though, those terms touch upon important issues, the subtleties seem to be lost on the Indy. If you were to ask the younger generation what keywords they thought were important, I bet you'd get a different set. Certainly, I almost never read anything from the Indy that discusses the benefits of denser mixed-use development, injecting vitality, reducing automobile dependency, and creating more walkable neighborhoods in our growing city.

The Indy, sadly, does a disservice to the younger generation ... not even fairly representing their voice. I recall an article you wrote last year where you were complaining about students living on Hillsborough St. Even this article, being written by (surprisingly enough) a 45+ year old single family home owner with overridingly ardent support for Crowder, represents the same old, same old. You alone aren't to blame, of course. It is endemic in the Indy, an anti-development voice regardless of the merits in a growing city.

Like the Indy, Crowder may serve the voice of an older crowd in District D, but the voices of the younger generations are almost unheard.

As a disclosure, I am a founder of Raleigh YIMBY, a group promoting urban, pedestrian friendly development that encourages alternative transit with an emphasis on a higher quality of life for both old and new residents.

PS I haven't forgotten that I still owe you a beer!

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Posted by Seth Hollar on 09/16/2015 at 10:44 PM

Re: “David Cox takes on the zoning Goliath with Grow Raleigh Great

Hi Bob and George,
You can see my public comments at the video below from the Comp Plan comsmittee meeting (5 min):
http://bit.ly/1nmdAvZ

To be clear, the seven story Hillsborough rezoning has just about 25 apartment units.

It also has no parking which means that there is zero traffic impact and only attracts pedestrian minded tenants.

There is also a fairly strong local support for the project. Many of the residents on Vanderbilt who rent and go to school there are very supportive of it. Over 100 people in the neighborhood at large have signed a letter in favor of it.

Also, the planning commission voted 8-2 in favor of it.

Though it was not consistent with the height in the FLUM, the Raleigh planning department noted that the rezoning on the whole was consistent with the comprehensive plan. Did Bob mention that in his article?

The development is across the street from a 35,000 student university. There are more pedestrian crossings on this block than any other place in Wake County.

There are 50 buses in the peak evening rush hour that pass near the development ... that is more than any other location in Wake County outside of downtown.

What is the point of rezonings if we are only to follow the 5-year old comprehensive plan blindly? Bob mentions that the comp plan was a consensus based document, but these days it seems to be used more to inhibit development and stifle the current diversity of opinions in the West downtown area than to act as a guiding growth document. Bob, let's remove the foil of the comp plan and get to the real concerns about growth in our area.

Let's posit for the instant that the comprehensive plan's land-use map along Hillsborough St is so conservative, that to create any economically feasible development a rezoning is inevitable. Let's also assume that Raleigh is sprawling and with the sprawl, traffic is getting worse in all areas. Let's also assume that Raleigh will continue to have significant population growth. Let's also assume that many people in the downtown want to have transit in the form of more buses, commuter, and light rail ... a sizable investment that only pays off as ridership increase. Let's also assume that the immediate local neighbors are open to more height and density next to the university though certainly there are a diversity of opinions at large. Let's also assume that many people want to live in downtown but there is a general lack of housing.

Take all that into account and that is where we are. The rezonings give us the chance to look at developments with more of microscope that the 5-year old comp plan can't or didn't address to that level of granularity. So tell me, where is there a similarity to the Publix situation?

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Posted by Seth Hollar on 05/24/2014 at 5:13 PM

Re: “David Cox takes on the zoning Goliath with Grow Raleigh Great

7 stories on Hillsborough St ... why not? The comparison between Publix and re-invigorating Hillsborough St is laughable. The local community is starting an effort of revisioning Hillsborough St. Hopefully, we can update the comprehensive plan's unrealistic, outdated zoning map along Hillsborough St to support more urban, pedestrian friendly development. In a city that doesn't want to encourage sprawl, supporting transit friendly development along a major transit corridor seems like a good idea to me.

For a more balanced view of Hillsborough and the rezoning:
http://www.midtownraleighnews.com/2014/05/16/3866916/hillsborough-street-report-calls.html

Hi Bob. I hope you are doing well.

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Posted by Seth Hollar on 05/23/2014 at 12:29 PM

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