Damien

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    West

    There is a crane up now similar to the one being used for 222, only taller of course.
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    Future Downtown Raleigh retail

    H&M hands down!
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    Raleigh's Fayetteville Street

    I don't think the retail is actually going in those buildings. There are new "pavillions" being built in front of the buildings to house the retail.
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    Dorothea Dix Property

    What exactly does all that money go to? $2500 to join the "Dix Visionaries"?!?!? I better get a diamond ring and matching bracelet and earrings for that price.
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    Dorothea Dix Property

    The Dix 306 people are out in full force today in Boylan Heights. I was just solicited by some guy wanting to put up those tacky little signs in my yard. Its good to see people involved..even if I don't think sacrificing 90 acres will do any harm.
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    Seaboard Station

    I get mailings on a regular basis in Boylan Heights. We have gotten 2 since we moved, so say one a month. We got them when we lived in Oakwood too. I also signed up for the email newsletter and get one almost every week, maybe more.
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    Dorothea Dix Property

    I am all for parks and greenways and all that fun stuff, but lets just be real here for a minute. The comparison to Central Park is absurd. Raleigh will probably never have as many people living in the entire city as there are living in walking distance from Central Park. Central Park should not even be used in the same sentence with Dorthea Dix campus because no matter how much preservation and park like ammenities are put there it will never be comparable to Central park. I do believe that most of the land should be set aside for a park. 200 acres is plenty of land to make an incredible urban park. With the connection to Pullen Park I dont see what the big deal is over it being 200 acres vs. 300+. It's not like someones going to walk into the park, look at it and say "Hmm, this park is only 200 acres and not worthy of my patronage because it isn't what I wanted it to be." People are going to complain and argue about whatever is done with that land. The ULI plan looks like a happy medium. Hell, the City of Raleigh's plan looked like a happy medium to me, but I guess I'm not the chest beating, I'm gonna get exactly what I want if I have to die trying type. There are much more important things to "battle" over nowadays. I'll just be happy when whatever is going to be done with it is finally done and over with.
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    Seaboard Station

    25% sales gains from week to week seems pretty good to me. Maybe it would have helped if instead of the new Peace College sign beside Sunflowers they had put in a sign for Seaboard Station.
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    Seaboard Station

    I got an advertisement in the mail today for Cap. City Grocery with some coupons. Maybe that will help out a little in picking up foot traffic. I live just around the corner, but haven't been there yet. I don't really have the need to go grocery shopping since me and the bf eat out a lot, but I do plan on going there when I do need to pick up some things.
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    Seaboard Station

    Amen!!! I worked for that dingleberry for a couple days and the entire time I got to stand around and listen to gay jokes. Since I am one of the gay guys that doesn't "act or look gay" I guess he thought it would be safe to tell these kinds of jokes around me. Not only did he seem like a total homophobe, he also talked crap about the employees at Whole Foods and how people with piercings and off the wall hair have no place in society. It's a damn good thing he is no longer on the city council!
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    Soleil Center I & II at Crabtree

    A friend of mine used to live in Bedford. It is a pretty nice neighborhood. The farmers market isn't much at all, just a little red shack really. There are plans to build a shopping/office village in the area right around the farmers market though. There is also a shopping center off Falls River Rd. when it ends at Durant Rd.. I do agree that it isn't what I would consider a true mixed use village right now. When the office/shopping village section of it is built I will be comforatable calling it a true mixed use neighborhood
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    Soleil Center I & II at Crabtree

    I think it is a great location...for a hotel, certainly not for $3 mil. condos though. They should have just planned to tear the Sheraton down and build a new hotel, not an architectural marvel for the city. I guess the area isn't hurting that bad for hotels, but it would be a very convenient location for one since it has close proximity to 440 , the arena, and the mall. Oh well. Only time will tell.
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    Charter Square (Site One)

    So does this mean that site 1 will not be constructed until this deck is finished in 2009? I thought that site 1 was going to be completed by 2008-09.
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    Downtown Raleigh's Future

    I don't think banning development in any area downtown should happen. Height restrictions and architectural guidelines should be in place in certain areas like the historic neighborhoods. Banning development downtown will only further drive the suburban mentality and development patterns in the area. The city didn't renovate F. St. to just let it sit there as is. There are lots on F. St. that could be developed or redeveloped like the First Citizens bldg. and the Alexander Place parking deck. Banning development wouldn't get us, as a city, anywhere. More adaptive re-use should occur, but there need to be new developments to go along with that. Old can mix with new quite well and create a truly unique and beautiful area. Sure F. St. is a historic street, but that doesn't mean that all the buildings lining the street have to be historic. For that matter there are plenty of other streets that one could call historic in downtown. If we ban new things on all of those streets downtown will never fulfill the abundant potential that is there.
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    Downtown Raleigh's Future

    I seem to recall a mall of sorts in a high rise building in Indianapolis. It even had a movie theater. When I was there it seemed pretty busy. Maybe one of the city owned sites could incorporate a kind of urban shopping center into a high rise with offices and condos.