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  1. Beer in Raleigh

    Yeah bombshell was just ok I think as well. Flytrap was a nice find time in Wilmy try Wilmington Brewing Company if you haven't already....I know breweries named after their location usually mean the beer isn't imaginative (since the name isn't imaginative) but WBC was actually pretty good. I also tend to dig the really strange locations...this is in like the front of an old plumbing business or something. Every Friday they have a cask tapped I found's on the way to Carolina Beach on Kerr I think. FWIW my brewery app says i've been to 117 I think, though about half of those are from outside NC so I'm glad to hear other people have the same problem...I mean interests I do.
  2. Triangle Statistics

    Pardon my French, but *&cking Rolesville is on a list with Las Vegas, Seattle, Dallas, Miami, Lost Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Brooklyn
  3. In case folks haven't already seen this elsewhere, here are the initial plans for Kane's second downtown project.
  4. Cary Towne Center

    Cary is bumping up against not being able to grow its population without densifying, and they have limited areas to densify. I think CTC would make a great place to plop about 8 Edison/Elan/Gramercy style apartment buildings on a grid-like street arrangement with a North Hills East style town green in the center. Keep the out parcels and arrange the apartments behind those perhaps with a nice wide sidewalk/greenway configuration between the two in a big loop. As Brendan points out, there is plenty of retail nearby and planned. I think this might be a decent way to jam in a few thousand more people on underutilized land, in a place where dense residential might not be a problem for the general Cary population, which normally NIMBYs against residential density.
  5. Kane's Downtown Mixed Use Project

    They are already drilling piles in the center of the block. This, despite hitting a snag while sawing the eastern edge of the old facade that is being kept...looks like they'll have to rebuild a small portion that crumbled away. If piles are going in now, ye old tower crane can't be far off.
  6. Cameron Village Developments

    Just to clarify, I'm basing my thought on the 4br part on the hundreds of such units around campus, and the presence of about zero such units for seniors...the three buildings going up by the post office in Five Points might have some 4 br units, but certainly not the whole buildings. My money is still on student housing, albeit higher end student housing. Sure in 1960 they weren't thinking about additional floors. That is the nature of Cameron Village's original spread out. So while I'm not a structural PE it seems like it could be done....pull out the as-builts and/or original design and see what was put in. The west wall is almost certainly anchored into the embankment so one side is all set. Take some test bores too and see where the bedrock is...this site cascades off a plateau so it might be fairly shallow...I bet you could get away with screw piles at less than all four corners before going up. And I'm only talking about putting an envelope around the ground floor anyway to support some sticks over top....unconventional in this town, sure, but not unheard of, especially when historical resources are in play.
  7. 301 Hillsborough Street

    In this article Lundy is quoted as wanting to preserve as many old buildings as it can...they own quite a lot of stuff downtown now. While they don't yet own the Hicks mansion and Flying Saucer building, it gives me hope that if they did acquire them, they would somehow preserve them, incorporate them into the overall plan, ar at the very least, move the Hicks mansion over to say Blount St.
  8. Kane, being the big conservative supporter that he is, likely has a long list of companies that couldn't care less about HB2 on speed dial. Law firms. Investment and banking firms...those are his bread and butter(I realize Kane recruited Allscripts to North Hills) and I think more likely to stay a-political. Having said that, it could very well affect the other projects if this keeps cascading.
  9. Raleigh's Fayetteville Street

    I think that its because there aren't enough places approved for HUD elderly assistance. I think you'd find they fill up no matter where they are located. There really aren't that many HUD elderly units in the City...I think Capital Towers is the biggest and Sir Walter second biggest..., though the City itself provides some units too (e.g. Glenwood Towers, Halifax, Etc.). As an aside, I am not the only one who thinks coupling greenspace with senior housing is a good thing. Interestingly this author notes the benefits of both urban location and greenspace, which while difficult to pull off both for a single facility, Raleigh might be just the sort of place it can be achieved, especially with Dix master planning just under way...maybe a slice of Heritage Park can be rolled up into elderly living space and pedestrian improvements between the two areas added in.
  10. Raleigh's Fayetteville Street

    It was vacant for years before becoming an old person's home. Honestly a highrise doesn't serve seniors very well. I'd more inclined to couple seniorliving spaces with parks and close to medical facilities. Plopped down in the middle of a loud busy city never seemed like the best situation. At this point the taxes generated by a rehabilitated Sir Walter would probably offset the HUD subsidization. I don't know for certain but guess the subsidies might net a few hundred thousand a year? For every hundred thousand in rent subsidy you'd have to add 10M in tax value to the building for it to be a wash which seems doable. Plus if it was a hotel again, that's additional room tax it would generate beyond simple property tax. Plus visitor spending=sales tax.
  11. Raleigh's Fayetteville Street

    Reopen the Sir Walter Hotel thread...
  12. Beer in Raleigh

    Sorry, that was pretty ambiguous of me. I was thinking primarilybotanical beers...infused with plants and other food flavors. I consider things like citra hops, oak aged stuff and chocolate or milk stouts to be in the mainstream lineup now and all of that is available nearby.So, some examples from recent travels...cherry porters are not that rare, but I have yet to find one around here. Lemon-Orange zest Saison,Coconut stout,Thyme SaisonCarrot IPA. Beat Ale, Star Fruit Tart, Honey Spruce black lager, Pine lager, Fig get my drift. Sounds strange I know, but 95% of the time, the places doing this sort of stuff are doing it very well. Fullsteam actually does some things like this, but in the beginning they just weren't pulling it off very well (sorry Durham folks, I know ya'll love Fullsteam). They have gotten better and I hear the head brewer changed something over a year ago, so hopefully they'll continue to push the envelope on some new combos. For dark beers I think Double Barley is a great local option...gotta drive a little down to the boonies near Smithfield, but its worth it.
  13. Beer in Raleigh

    I have done a whole bunch of beer touring around the country the last couple of years. Over 100 breweries. I have come to the conclusion that the Triangle beer scene is almost a reflection of its architecture. Raleigh has good but not much great beer. It mostly follows predictable patterns and perhaps one place or another will have a "thing". Double Barly does dark beers. Trophy loves its Wits and Saisons, etc. What I wish someone body would do here is a massively experimental place like NC breweries Assclown in Charlotte or Fonta Flora in Morganton. Another recent out of state example is 7venth in Dunedin Fl. Anyway, it just feels like a massive hole in the scene here. I thought Trophy might fill it at first with its peanut butter beer, but they've since gravitated back to a more center of the road approach, though well done mind you. As an aside, my fantastic SO, drew this perfect likeness of me for use as aprofile pic in places like UP. So now that ya'll know what I look like, feel free to wave if you see me cruising through downtown on foot or bike.
  14. FWIW there are election day and early voting threads in the coffee house
  15. Yeah I've seen that in a spot of two. Not surprised this is the area that gets a store first (if it does). It's got the highest concentration of apartments and condos in the downtown area. I've been suggesting the West and Harrington area is the best/most likely place for one for a while now. If I were a betting man, I'd think the east side doens't get much beyond Taz and Stones for a good ten years anyway.