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  1. AmericanUrbanDesigner

    Birmingham International Airport

    Great for B'ham! I love your city.
  2. AmericanUrbanDesigner

    Hillsborough Street - NCSU Area developments

    #Wow, great stuff!!! BTW, do you think ripping out F'ville Mall is good?
  3. AmericanUrbanDesigner

    Hillsborough Street - NCSU Area developments

    Pushing Clark through to Dixie would have meant tearing down the houses on Bagwell...but theoretically, it makes a lot of sense. Westbound Clark drivers - with the assistance of the COR DOT have made Kilgore an expressway. I would return Kilgore to two way traffic... Please elaborate if you can.... The plan would not disturb the Ferndell House - it would have taken Oberlin through the NCSU parking lots unlike the DOT's "Ferndell Connector" proposal. Thanks!
  4. AmericanUrbanDesigner

    Portland Projects & Development

    Anything happening up on Munjoy Hill???
  5. AmericanUrbanDesigner

    Hillsborough Street - NCSU Area developments

    See this: Link to Conversation about Triangle Town Center
  6. AmericanUrbanDesigner

    Triangle road & traffic thread

    Correct, Chief. N/S operates the Raleigh - Wilson corridor via K'dale, Wend-hell, and Zeb. Per the initial 2001 Eastrans proposal....The track between Raleigh and Selma has recently been upgraded to allow for higher speed trains and sidings have been built/are being built to add additional frequency. In fact, one of the reasons the tracks were improved is to move freight service off the NS lines between Raleigh and Wilson thus freeing up the Raleigh to Wilson line completely. In any case, the Raleigh-Wilson tracks are underutilized, but not in bad shape. A relatively small investment would improve the quality of the tracks to enhance the speed of passenger trains making a trip between Wilson and Raleigh just over an hour for a commuter. The premise is that by giving commuters an option - other than their cars - that can compete (or actually beat) travel times by car that perhaps people would chose to live in places like downtown Wilson, Selma, Zebulon, Garner, etc. where there are inventories of underutilized buildings, homes, etc..
  7. AmericanUrbanDesigner

    Hillsborough Street - NCSU Area developments

    Does anyone remember this? HillsboroStreet.pdf ( 193.76k ) Number of downloads: 15 HillboroStreetText.pdf ( 439.67k ) Number of downloads: 11 HillboroStreetText2.pdf ( 401.5k ) Number of downloads: 9 I lived in Raleigh and worked with the Hillsborough Street group that was created because of this guy's work. The consultants ended up recommending something like 11 "roundabouts" but the majority of residents at the charette really wanted Cirello's plan for just two "traffic circles", and his realignment of Pullen and Oberlin Roads adopted. He also suggested reintroducing streetcar service between Meredith College (?) and the State Capitol. What do you think?
  8. AmericanUrbanDesigner

    Hillsborough Street - NCSU Area developments

    I agree but I think that the intention was to create focal points (like in Europe or even in DC)...I remember someone seriously suggesting moving the NCSU Bell Tower to the center of the traffic circle at Pullen; if not some type of water feature. The idea was to create a ceremonial street... Also, the city/state - at the time - were working on (it's now completed) what amounted to a "bypass" or alternative to Hillsborough Street, for traffic going downtown (Western Boulevard). The other "focal point" was to be at Hillsborough and Fairview/Gorman. It would have acted a "gateway" to Meredith College (leaving Raleigh) and as a gateway to the historic, urban, portion of Hillborough Street begins near here and goes all the way to downtown... The streetcar would have either ended here or continued onto the Fairgrounds. Cirello proposed improving Gorman from the "Meredith Circle" to the train tracks to create a ped corridor to a possible TTA station at Gorman. (I have an image I'll add later.) The idea here was to take Oberlin through the parking lot behind what was Darryl's and align it with Pullen. This would negate the need for the current alignment of Oberlin. We also agreed that by closing off Oberlin between Groveland and Hillsborough would help contribute to the creation of the focal point (traffic circle) activity center... Access (and safety) at Groveland would also be improved by the alignment because it could then "T" into Oberlin instead of having that freaky alignment that exists today. LMAO! Actually though, Tom Fetzer was mayor at the time - a big "fiscal conservative" when it came to public spending...in any case, The increase in tax values was something Cirello talked about when he went to present the project to the City Council. A few of we early diehard supporters went to that meeting with him; so we were very surprised at the time, considering the make-up of the Council of the time, how he was able to "fire" them up with his ideas. The News and Observer covered the meeting (I'll look through my stuff for the article). P.S. The streetcars going under "Pullen Circle" would have been similar to the way streetcars once operated in DC on Connecticut Avenue through Dupont Circle...they could have just as easily remained on the surface...
  9. AmericanUrbanDesigner

    Hillsborough Street - NCSU Area developments

    Does anyone remember this? HillsboroStreet.pdf HillboroStreetText.pdf HillboroStreetText2.pdf I lived in Raleigh and worked with the Hillsborough Street group that was created because of this guy's work. The consultants ended up recommending something like 11 "roundabouts" but the majority of residents at the charette really wanted Cirello's plan for just two "traffic circles", and his realignment of Pullen and Oberlin Roads adopted. He also suggested reintroducing streetcar service between Meredith College (?) and the State Capitol. What do you think?
  10. AmericanUrbanDesigner

    North Carolina Intercity Rail Transit

    Remarkable, isn't it? Back in the early 2000's I believe that a study to operate rail between Greensboro and Asheville scored higher (greater ridership, lower costs) than the SE (Raleigh-Wilmington) proposal...
  11. AmericanUrbanDesigner

    North Carolina Intercity Rail Transit

    I'm impressed to see Eastrans still mentioned by name. It was a very, very difficult project to get up and running...and the political ramifications were deadly for some. If Eastrans ever gets running I hope that its founder gets some credit.
  12. AmericanUrbanDesigner

    Soleil Center I & II at Crabtree

    That would definitely be a terrible result and missed opportunity. See previous comment about regulations and political will. For an example, look at Raleigh's ridiculous "Unity of Development" ordinance that requires developers of commercial projects to "match" colors and materials and is held up as a example of "good" urban design and planning. The result of the "unity of Development" ordinance a landscape of pink shopping centers, green shopping centers, grey shopping centers. True "unity" of development has more to do with how a project is integrated with or into surrounding existing, planned, or projected development to create a better whole.
  13. AmericanUrbanDesigner

    Soleil Center I & II at Crabtree

    As a developer, developers actually respond to a community's regulation and political will. If Raleigh is a sprawling mess it's not because of developers alone...it's because regulations allow it and the city lacks the political will and vision to create anything else.
  14. AmericanUrbanDesigner

    Soleil Center I & II at Crabtree

    I see your point...I was thinking that they were also proposing to enclose the parking structure street-level retail and that the structure would be pushed up to the street. If not, then I agree with you.
  15. AmericanUrbanDesigner

    Soleil Center I & II at Crabtree

    Exciting! Crabtree has been developing as a "center" or "node" in Raleigh for decades. This proposal seems like the next logical step and is significantly better than the smae amount of space being incorporated into shorter (<6 story buildings) that would require much more space/land. Perhaps, in the future, the densification of Crabtree, North Hills, Oberlin/Cameron Village will give to the return to the use of streetcars along and between these "nodes" and "Downtown". On a separate note, while occassionally useful, NIMBY's - if they had their way, wouldn't be witnessing the rise of North Hills and the associated remarkable rise in their property values because of the redevelopment of North Hills. Too bad the superficial opponents of the original Oberlin project had their way... Essentially, the amount of development (b/c of demand) is finite. Either development is channeled to specific nodes it sprawls out - like water - finding its way along the paths of least resistance.