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  1. I still can't help but laugh every time the central park comparison is made. In the hopes of never hearing that comparison made again, here are a few statistics. . . . Central Park: Established in 1853 Central Park History Manhattan's Population ~1850: 515,000 New York Census 1850 Manhattan's Population Density ~1850: 25,750 people per square mile (20 sq. miles of area) Raleigh's Estimated population ~2010: 400,000 (My number based on current ~360,000 + 10,000 a year Raleigh's area ~134 sq miles. Raleigh's Population Density: 2985 people per square mile (Wikipedia gives a curr
  2. I've read through everything and tried to keep an open mid, but I thought I'd weigh in with my opinions. Personally I'd like to see something similar to the ULI plan, but with an emphasis on connecting the "new park" to Pullen via land swap and a pedestrian bridge over Western (bonus points if the Pullen train goes over the bridge). Also every non- single family development there should have ground level retail. First thing I'd like to bring up is all of the Central Park references (I cringed when I looked at Pullen's website and noticed that they started calling themselves Raleigh's Centra
  3. I was only talking about the buildings visible in the Black and White South Saunders Photo. (Good call on the Lafayette though, I wasn't really thinking about it.)
  4. It's amazing to me that with all that massive density (the B&W photo), all of the visible buildings are along Fayetteville Street (except the Wake County Public Safety Building) Imagine how amazing it would look if a street perpendicular to Fayetteville Street had that kind of density as well.
  5. I believe that Reynolds is still just massing at this point. We still haven't seen the final rendering.
  6. Damien: yeah, downtown Indy was one of the cities that I saw with an "overstreet" mall. I think the 2nd or 3rd floors of several building were connected via skybridge
  7. Well one of the major problems with a mall downtown is parking. Who is going to pay for parking at a mall downtown while there is abundant free parking at Crabtree/North Hills etc. That's not to say that a mall would never work; if a downtown reaches a critical mass (maybe 15-20K people), then maybe the residents in downtown would support the mall. I've seen a few malls in downtown areas with varying success. Charleston has a mini-mall, (a few chain stores, I don't even remember if there was an anchor) but I'm sure that mall is fueled primarily by tourism. I've also seen the concept of an
  8. Who is to say what a "monument" is? Not every old building is a gem; beauty and importance really is in the eye of the beholder. I wouldn't make a broad statement such as stopping development along Fayetteville once all the current proposals are up (I certainly hope that in 50 years if someone wants to raze the hudson and put in a larger building that they don't get stopped because its an "old building"), but I defintely hope that new projects start spilling on to Wilmington and Salisbury.
  9. It's amazing how the city starts gaining some momentum and still every third thread is hyper critical of what's going on Downtown Raleigh. Downtown is undergoing the largest building boom in its history right now. . . . Why do ***you*** think that we are still Mayberry? I can name 10 projects off the top of my head that will bring residents, jobs and commerce to the core of the city. Raleigh isn't perfect, and its zoning laws (especially downtown) need revision. But open your eyes to all the growth that IS going on right now, and be patient.
  10. Don't forget a couple of mentions on The Simpsons. Sideshow Bob made a reference about people flying to Raleigh-Durham and in another episode Homer perfromed at a venue called the "Raleigh-Durham Skoal Bowl". Don't wanna bring up too many Simpsons references, wouldn't want to upset our friends in Hitler City, North Carolina ;-)
  11. @Eastwestrob: tempting to go for the mirror shot again (Disclaimer: that shot was taken from a stopped vehicle, friends don't let friend drive and snap pictures.) @urbanvb: Nice pics (I think down Fayetteville Street counts as a skyline angle too ) @carynative: Yeah there is a nice view from Wake Forest Rd, and even better from the Duke Health Center (formerly Raleigh Community) parking deck. That angle is on my todo list along with a couple of places on Capital Blvd. @ChiefJoJo: I never really considered the glenwood south buildings in the skyline (just assumed they'd be too short t
  12. Cool shots MR2, its kind of cool to see that angle now and know the density just around the corner. As advertised, here are some angles I've taken over the years. Feel free to use my pics and try to add massing/mockups. I'll probably try it on a couple at the end of this week when I get some more time. In front of the new CC (the top half of this picture might look close to the view from the ballroom) Dix Hill Hargett Street (I apologize, couldn't find a wide angle of this in my pics. I was going to stitch a pano, but moved the camera too much) From South Wilmington
  13. Typically most Raleigh skyline shots televised during games are the South Saunders angle. When I get back later tonight, I'll dig through some pics of mine and post what angles I can find. I don't have time to do any mockups, but maybe later this week.
  14. So South Saunders has long reigned as Raleigh's phonebook/money shot: its a nice angle that makes our linear skyline look compact and dense. The question is what angle will look the best with the addition of RBC, Reynolds, Site 1, the CC hotel and the Lafayette? Feel free to post pics of different angles with or without the additional buildings added. I'll probably try to make some mockups in a couple of days. Some of the major angles off the top of my head Capital Blvd Wake Forest rd Hargett Dix Hill West Peace 64 bypass
  15. Regardless of whether regional rail happens or not, Downtown Raleigh's bus service needs to get beefed up and made extremely visible. The scheduling needs to be very regular so that even the occasional visitor downtown knows when to expect service. I'd almost argue that we need a "separate" downtown bus system. Of course still part of CAT, but busses/trolleys with a certain look and maybe even GPS trackers/indicators to show how long until the next bus. This "separate" system would serve downtown and adjacent areas (Cameron Village being my first thought.) As the North Hills and Crabtree area'
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