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  1. ctl

    Raleigh Union Station

    The Cabarrus St crossing remains closed while Norfolk Southern and NCDOT complete construction of new trackage associated with RUS. I assume they'll be finished in a few more working days. The other project is a new track from Harrington St to the NCDOT passenger train facility on the east side of Capital Blvd; it should be completed shortly if it hasn't been already.
  2. I agree, it should work fine for 2006-scale events. And even if it's only partially successful for Fran/Floyd-scale events, it would help. Pumping all that water out of the quarry afterwards will cost some money, but I expect it's cheaper than fixing damage done to public infrastructure by flood water. Perhaps the county could levy a special property tax on those who built or bought in the flood plain of the creek. In the meantime, the only practical solution is to deepen Lake Lynn, Lake Crabtree, etc. Draining them and taking out the muck is messy, smelly, expensive, ugly, and environmentally injurious... why it hasn't been done already. And in the case of Lake Crabtree, we might be better off leaving the PCB-contaminated banks and bed alone. But those lakes are silting up and don't have the storage capacity that they did when new.
  3. After many years of haggling, the City and Hanson Aggregates cut a deal in 2014 that allows Hanson to continue operating the Duraleigh quarry until 2054. The deal gives the City an option to buy the quarry then. No relief for Crabtree Creek anytime soon, unless the deal is renegotiated. https://www.wral.com/raleigh-mining-firm-reach-deal-on-quarry/13358878/
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    Raleigh City Hall

    On the other hand, Austin, Texas built a sprawling low-rise.
  5. The creek peaked at 13.46 feet on Saturday afternoon. At 14 feet it gets into the parking lot. At 18 feet it gets into Macy's. At 22 feet, Creedmoor Road floods. At 23 feet, Glenwood Avenue floods. The all-time record is 27.69 feet in 1973, just after the mall opened and before any of the upstream runoff mitigation projects was in place. In recent years the record is 23.77 feet, Alberto, 2006. The watershed of Crabtree Creek upstream from the Mall is not that large. See the picture (which is Wake County only ; some of the watershed extends into Durham County.) Remember, the rain has to fall in the purple area west of the Mall to have an effect here. For example, if Shelley Lake in north Raleigh overflows, it will cause flooding on Crabtree Creek downstream from the Mall. With advance notice, mall management was ready this time. They had closed the bottom level of the parking deck and put a watertight cover over the Macy's entrance that faces the creek.
  6. Hurricanes aren't new, and the behavior of the creek is well-documented. Partly the decision lies with the developer, as to whether it can find tenants willing to move into a flood-prone area. This could be mitigated by putting the buildings on stilts (for lack of a better term) with parking at ground level, if the developer so chooses. Partly the decision lies with the City, in the sense of zoning or variances where applicable. But if the City does deny or attempts to, there could be legal ramifications.
  7. We're about to find out.
  8. NS was doing yet another study of track capacity last year with respect to commuter service. I haven't heard the results, but I suspect NS will say that regardless of freight and Amtrak usage, you would have to double-track virtually all of Durham-Cary and Raleigh-Clayton for 4 tph. Today's track layout simply doesn't provide enough places for trains traveling opposite directions to meet in such a scenario.
  9. I'm beginning to wonder why Hillsborough wasn't made bus/bike/taxi/Uber/Lyft/pedestrian-only between Brooks and Pullen.
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    Raleigh City Hall

    The infamous Wake County Taxpayers Association doesn't have the clout it once did. But if the aggregate tax rate (city + county, sales + property) continue to rise, we could see a resurrected WCTA when the economy turns down. Right now there is so much prosperity in the city and county that it's easy to raise taxes. It won't always be this way. At some point there is resistance although no one knows exactly where. Don't say it can't happen here. I remember RTP in 2000 when the telecom bubble burst. In 1999 it took forever to drive from DTR to RTP in rush hour... bumper-to-bumper all the way. In 2001 you could drive it in rush hour without ever hitting your brake pedal.
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    Raleigh City Hall

    Cost has risen from $165 million 12 months ago during the election to $190 million. Having seen Raleigh Union Station go up in cost by about one-third as the project went along, I wonder how much this building will come in at. But we're still short of the $226 million estimated for the Lightner Center -- and that was in 2009 dollars and at a time when construction crews were desperate for work.
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    Raleigh Union Station

    Old station had to be razed in order to make room for additional trackwork not yet started.
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    Triangle Economic News

    Reports from Atlanta say they have offered over $1 billion in incentives and public-funded development to Amazon... and the number could go as high as $2 billion.
  14. Agreed, there's inventory that will be freed up . However, whether prices fall is a matter of supply and demand -- even for older apartments that have suffered from decades of student occupancy. Or we may see demolition and rebuild of the older complexes for a target market with higher income, like we've seen along Lake Boone Trail.
  15. As a parent who put two sons through college, it's clear to me that expectations for living quarters are much higher than when I lived in dormitories that were little better than Army basic training barracks (perhaps worse). To some extent the parents brought this on themselves by buying condos for their kids with the intention of renting them out or selling them after the kids graduated. Who knows how many of those condo purchases were financed with zero-interest loans... hey, the price of real estate can never go down, right? Anyway, now the universities are in a shooting war and good living quarters, whether on campus or off campus, is ammunition in that war.