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  1. Perhaps I can help - this comes straight from the IDF: Green streets are corridors through Downtown that connect Downtown to larger regional open spaces and greenway trails. A major component of regional greenways and trails are that they provide for shared bicycle and pedestrian use. For the Green Streets, the most important design criteria are the provision of adequate facilities for bicycle and pedestrian use and the integration of sustainable streetscape technologies. Other significant components of green streets should include:
  2. ncwebguy, you hit the nail on the head. As a resident in Haywood-Martin, I am so tired of hearing the same-ole', same-ole' from the likes of Octavia Rainey, who seems hellbent on supressing economic growth in the near-east neighborhoods. Does Josh Shaeffer not have anyone else to quote when it comes to the east side of Downtown Raleigh? There are dozens of folks like myself who feel like the neighborhood should include higher-density housing and a healhty mix of affordable / market rate projects. Everything should not be Low / Mod. Is it even possible to build one of her fairy-tale bungalos for 70K? What kills me is that the neighborhood leaders want projects like Stone's Warehouse to include a fair amount of retail space (but only for neighborhood / BLACK - not minority, mind you- owned businesses) while fighting density at every opportunity. There is an effective residential density of about 5 units per acre in the twelve blocks immediately east of downtown, and they want retail? Who would shop there? IT IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE BOTH LOW DENSITY AND STREET-LEVEL RETAIL. Look at Carlton Place - they have three retail storefronts and can afford to lease them for about half of the rate charged by downtown building owners. They have sat vacant for eight months. What I am entirely frustrated about is feeling as though my voice does not count, since I am, according to Octavia, "one of those damned yuppies". Yep, that's okay for her to say about dozens of folks that have invested real equity in the neighborhood and have worked to change perceptions and personal safety. If it weren't for my neighbors, who have shown me the flyers, I wouldn't even know about public meetings concerning the neighborhood. This has got to change, and the neighborhood's "other" half needs to mobilize for change or we will allow Octavia Raney, Danny Coleman, and the rest to be our voice and continue to knowingly / unknowingly suppress economic growth.
  3. FYI - The planning department is currently conducting a residential capacity analysis.
  4. Damien, You are correct - there is a plan to open a starbucks in the ground floor of the Marriott facing F Street. Although many renderings often depict such retailers without actual agreements in place, I am fairly certain that Strabucks will want the location at the doorstep of 400,000+ conventioneers. The GAP, and other such retailers will not work until the downtown population greatly exceeds 20,000. There are benchmarks for the retail recruitment business, and most folks are noth going to drive past the GAP at their local mall to come to the one downtown. A retailer like Urban Outfitters is more likely, because of their underrepresentation in our market, but we are still a ways off. The first phase of downtown retail will be boutique driven - a store like accipiter or 10,000 villages is MUCH more likely than a Barnes & Noble. This will take time, folks. It will come in waves - the first wave (which we are still riding) is entertainment and dining oriented. We are doing that pretty well and are fortunate to have generators like the state museums and the performing arts center to build upon. After a large residential boom (we still need another 1000 or so units on top of the 2600 coming), other uses will start emerging. There are catalysts that some communities use to jump start retial growth - incentives, rent abatement, etc. - but those are largely unavialable right now. For a ten-year horizon that may be a good thing, since what we do get will largely be organic and market-driven. The recent announcements of companies like Cherokee and Stewart are noteworthy. DT Raleigh is struggling to brand itself nationally - the one area most folks can agree upon is innovation. Such companies help to legitimize that brand, which is the promise of an experience for visitors and patrons to downtown.
  5. Be patient, everyone. July 29th was "Day one" for the new Fayetteville Street. Very few investors, restauranteurs, or retailers have much of an imagination to see past a construction zone. Now that the street is finished, RWO was a success, and some new places and threatening to open...the progress of the street will proceed beyond the bricks and mortar. RBC will break ground next month, and as the article says, 114 Fayetteville was finally sold (long story there), but hopefully the new owner will get the renovation underway. There has been some reception by a couple of first-floor office users to "move up" into higher floors, but the market and potential user types will largely encourage that transition. We must make it beyond the next few months, as the period between RWO and new businesses opening is an intimidating one - especially for the street's reputation. Please frequent those businesses who do decide to expand their hours (both on Fayetteville Street and in emerging activity centers like Sosta Cafe on Davie), since they have short memories and will need constant assurance of the decision to stay open. Do so and others will begin to follow.
  6. 2008 is just the target date for the projects associated with the Livable Streets plan. There is considerable stirring right now for a new, post-Livable Streets strategic plan for downtown development that is more holisitic and and tied to encouraging the highest and best use for downtown opportunity sites.
  7. This thread seems to have been offically usurped. Nonetheless, the reason that it is beneficial to remove the meters is to combat the perception that parking is expensive. Rarely does someone have to pay (or even fumble through their cupholder looking for quarters) when you park at the strip mall. Much as we don't like it, you have to continually compete with suburbia to help grow a downtown. Malls are the competition - and the successful ones are well managed - requiring that downtowns do the same.
  8. ORulz, The parking banners went up two weeks ago that show te public which decks / lots they can park in. That problem has been solved, after 20 months of bickering with the City. There are 473 metered spaces in downtown. Most folks are advocating removing the meters, and turning it all into two-hour parking.
  9. There are two projects, both proposed by Reynolds. The Quorum center is under construction now, while the 34 story project is still in the planning stages. The site for the larger building, as mentioned earlier in the thread, is beside the 301 Hillsborough building. And just to chime in on the parking / safety issues - there is a surplus of ~10,000 parking spots in downtown Raleigh during peak congestion periods. There is no shortage, only the perception of a shortage fueled by soccer moms ranting to one another about "how tough it is to parallel park the Excursion." The parking decks are free after 7PM in the CBD, while the privately-owned deck at 510 Glenwood only charges in the evenings. Crime in downtown reduced significantly after Chief Perlov joined the department and installed a comstat system of departmental accountablility. Total crime in downtown has reduced by 67% since 2001, making the downtown district the safest district in Raleigh. As mentioned by other posters - it is the perception of minorities & the homeless population as threats by Jane Suburb that cultivates and perpetuates the the label of downtown as unsafe. And frankly, its their loss. I'm glad I don't have to battle with Jane and her Excursion over parking spots.
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