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  1. When oil returns to $100, 150 a barrel and higher, and long commutes cost their employees in time and money, I suspect companies might have a more difficult time attracting top talent. As you said, we are not there yet, but expensive energy (global demand & a carbon pricing scheme) alters the paradigm and "an office is an office" doesn't continue to hold true, as tenants absorb the external costs of just another auto-dependent suburban office park.... and that says nothing about healthcare costs and other quality of life issues.

    I guess I kind of understand but if you put a company in Raleigh, the talent pool gets smaller when looking at comutes. Put in RTP, a company pulls from 360 degree circle from Durham to Raleigh to Cary to Apex to Orange County. Put in Raleigh, it is harder to pull from talent pool that lives in Durham and Chapel hill. Big companies want that larger talent pool. Not to mention the airport factor. That is one major factor that makes RTP and area around so effective. You can hold a meeting till later in the day since the airport is 2 exits away. Also, people can fly in the morning and fly out at night and go 2 or 3 exits away. Not 30 min to to over 1 hour depending on traffic.

    Also "just another auto-dependent suburban office park" work well when people live in the suburbs which is Raleigh. For all the building downtown and even inside the beltline, I do not see the mad rush to get there. Even if it does happen in 50 years, there will always be 200% to a lot more percent that live in suburbs. This is seen in almost every city except NY and even seen there with Westchester, Princess Co and Jersey and Long Island.

    The idea in Wake county of offices not being auto-dependent, I just don't see it in my lifetime or in 2 generations ahead. I see improvement but workers will always be auto based. Even in crowded metros that Raleigh could become like San Jose, the market is still auto-dependent. Now telemarketing,which so many people do today, could hurt the entire office area but there will still need to be offices of some kind.

  2. I randomly found this article published by TechJournal South discussing how RTP is based on an outdated 1950's planning methodology, how that's not sustainable, and what can be done to change it. It touches on the complete segregation of uses and the ridiculous minimum setback requirement of 250 feet. The RTP foundation recognizes that this is a problem, but they haven't really figured out how yet. The article cites PTRP in Winston-Salem as an example of a direction RTP could take.

    How about this: as Nortel gradually evaporates (Let's face it, it's inevitable) the RTP foundation should buy back all or part of their land and redevelop it as an urban RTP campus. Rather than developing it 100 acres at a time for each company that relocates, build a street grid, and develop it one block at a time, maybe 4 or 5 acres per parcel. Also include some sort of a requirement for retail. The Nortel property would work well because it's the closest RTP parcel to Triangle Metro Center, and that's what I'd consider to be "downtown RTP".

    It is an outdated model when the land becomes more valuable as redevelopment than as it is today. RTP is not at that point and RTP is very viable becuase it is near the airport and near all 3 popluation centers. An example where the large park is nbot viable is the IBM plant in San Jose. One mile square. Land is worth a fortune. Salaries are so high in the area , they make everyone work from home. All mfg has been gone for a long time.

    Other points of viable office space is some people might say .... "people don't want to be isolated ina park" but guess what, companies don't care. An office building is an office building. There is no real difference between the large campuses in RTP when compared to the Airport Road new buildings like Lenovo, Salix and others that are being built. Again, an office building is an office building. The only difference is the older buildings are already paid for which make them better for the owner who bought the location 30 to 40 years ago.

    For the redevelopment of a site comment. I agree. But there must be that demand for that land or it is a bust. I think this would be done by private enterprise and not RTP foundations. The IBM land in San Jose is an example of land that was rural for so many years and growth that was urban enough to be redeveloped. RTP is not there...yet and sompanies,especially in the tech and todays business world are looking for the most inexpensive location to house their employees while still trying to act somewhat like a company.

    JMHO

  3. I think something that is priced a little more like the Times Bar or typical Mexican restaurants would do really, really well there. I'd much rather open a restaurant in that spot than on F St. or near the Convention Ctr.

    No matter what the media keeps saying, good restaurants around here are still very full.

    I think a Soul Food restaurant ..something like Lupi's in Charlotte woudl work. Or maybe something like a Brazilian corner restaurant which serves Meat and rice along with other extras like soups and vegtables. Very casual and can eat a good meal for an average of $10 (without beer). To be honest, the little one story building right down from Slims on the corner would be the best place for the Braziian type corner restaurant. Make it so the windows will open up and have large tables. Kind of place you would see in Sao Paulo or RIO/Ipenema. Basic steak, chicken or Porko with some rice and some vegtables? Oh yea !!!! Stop buy and drink a cold beer and watch a futbol game !!!

    Carolina Ale House coming to Glenwood south.

    I like the Ale houses. They do very well. Turkey Pita with soup is a great choice.

  4. This Paris flight is good news, and another feather in the cap of the Triangle, but do we really need it? Flying on a 757 with that one aisle is no fun, but this seems to be a common arrangement now from medium-sized airports to Europe now.

    Should be happy, but I wonder why we can't get something to the west coast to work long-term! I live in Tokyo. While it's easy to just connect in IAD, ATL, or JFK, I would like to do it on the west coast and have a stopover. Why isn't there enough traffic to the Silicon Valley area of California to make a flight work? Any answers?

    You may get your choice. Set up direct flgihts to San Jose and LA with Delta and maybe half the business on those flights is for RDU and the other half or some percentage is for Paris. Instead of stopping in NY, stop in Raleigh. RDU gets direct flights to the west coast that feeds a new international flight. Works for everyone.

  5. Flew in last night and I have to say, the new terminal looks good at night. The lights were on but no planes were at the gates but it looked nice.

    I see and read where people talk about the terminal and having to go up or go down, that is in many airports, especially newer airports. Maybe I dont get it but that has a lot to do with direction of traffic. Much like Denver airport.

    For the number of gates, I think the key to this terminal is the they can still extend it but not sure on all the details.

    I like the terminal and not ready to say anything negative about it as airports are the gateway to a city and right or wrong, spells out what people will think of your city. From podunk to modern and in between.

    For a high tech area with new age industry and top of the line tech and pharma business, RDU needs a serious make over. I fly quite often and maybe it is not correct of me to make an assumption on a city by its airport but I do...just like everyone else. Call me shallow......go ahead and then I will be like 98% of the rest of travelers.

    Wichita airport says podunk even though the largest private company in the world is there and it is the aviation capital of the US. Many high end tech companies. That is why they are building a new terminal. Miami airport says "cluster****" which it is. The worst airport I know of. PHX Skyharbor says "the old and the new" which is right for PHX.

    About time RDU says "Modern City"

  6. Has anyone been to McCormic and Schmit's (sp?) yet? A friend went for happy hour and was quite happy with their prices, even though he was eating a cheeseburger at a seafood restaurant.

    I think I walked by the Tire Kingdom kiosk in Sout Park and didn't "get" it. Since it wasn't near a mall entrance/exit, I thought it was purely advertising for their services, not a point of sale for actual service. Something like that could easily work in Crabtree, maybe a kiosk on the first floor near Panera with work done offsite, freeing up Sears's garage space. While passing by a couple of weeks ago, it looked like Jiffy Lube is now out of that space.

    I finally got in to Martin + Osa a few weeks ago and wasn't that impressed -- Banna Repbulic-ish clothes for the same amout of money or more. I know that's what they are going for, but there was only one other customer in the store (on a Wed night). With American Apparel dropping their "street retail only" stance by opening stores in South Park and other malls soon, will Crabtree get a store? AA's target demo -- socially responsible late teens/through 20s -- are well represented at Crabtree, though it would be too late for this holiday shopping season since most of the spaces are accounted for.

    I have eaten at M&S in other cities like San Jose. Good enough. I think the last time I ate in one I got Pork Chops. Quite good if I remember correctly.

  7. San Jose recently scrapped their rail plan in favor of BRT. We better figure out our plan before developing a multimodal center that becomes immediately obsolete. This isn't like being stung by buying an HDDVD player. This is a major investment . Are we designing this thing for a diesel choo choo (diesel prices are up 63% in the last year) that requires a big ventilation system if indoors?

    Just some points on San Jose

    I know the area well where they are talking about and they made a decision to choose what they want and what is faster to build but that said, if this runs into Downtown, which it does, it is then rail connected to run to the north SJ area all the way down through downtown past the airport and south and then crisscrossed the other way with the convention center, HP arena, airport on rail along with many corporate businesses which are on the rail line.

    It also would connect CalTrain which runs below SJ/Santa Clara to San Francisco. So yes, busses are being used for this line to connect to DT and other rail projects and for connectivity. The Caltrain (which I have ridden many times along with the VTA line) is very much like the TTA backbone proposal and every time I ride it, I am blown away by how many people ride it and by how many trains there are and most importantly, how everyone is not going to San Francisco. Bt the time I get to SF from SJ international, the train is close to empty since most people got off the train.

    The route they are talking about or at least some of it is very much like Capital Blvd and somewhat lower middle class by what I can see which means starter homes start at $400K. :dontknow:

    I am all for bus routes and lanes as long as it part of an overall system and the VTA system has a fairly large bit of rail that at the closest point is still 35 miles from San Francisco.

    Also, please stay away from the Choo Choo reference, I value your knowledge and opinion too much to loose total respectability on that reference which should be banned from local afternoon radio and one foundations

  8. Boylan Heights sure does seem to be getting the crap-stick lately. First the prison expansion and now a giant MTC. Although I really hope the MTC doesn't see much opposition.

    But you can not live in a city and enjoy all the benefits and not have some issues, especially how close they are to DT. Where BHs is now, they are lucky someone is not proposing to mow the entire neighborhood and build on it. It is right next to a large railroad set of lines and a large prison. The people knew that when they moved there.

  9. As we have all seen, it appears most or all of flight in and out of RDU are full. What I have seen a lot of lately and just yesterday, the airlines are having a big issue with scheduling of crew members. I guess as they have cut or not hired, it seems lately that flights are pushed back because the flight attendents or pilots are not there.

    Just yesterday, I had some contacts coming into RTP for a 2 hour lunch meeting and they were to be here at 10:00am but got here at 12:30 coming out of Boston as they waited on crew.

    I don't buy all the doom and gloom but I do think it is bad. Airlines need to rethink and hopefully the investors will push them to succeed and make the right decisons, not just to raise revenue every quarter.

  10. ^^^ it's not going to be 13 stories above grade of Oberlin. It's going to be 13 stories above grade from the lowest point on the lot.

    I'm going to stick to my guns here that 13 stories really isn't that tall. Glenwood Towers is 13 stories. Does that loom ominously overhead or ruin anybody's quality of life? Absolutely not. Most of the vehicular traffic at Cameron Village is and will continue to be due to the commercial area. I would say that residential development, even at 100 units per acre, throughout all of CV, would have a surprisingly insignificant impact on vehicular traffic - given the area's gridded streets, especially compared to the traffic already generated by the retail. It would have a huge impact on pedestrian traffic, and that's nothing but a good thing.

    and who is to say that all buildings will be 13 stories? They will lucky if they get four 10 story buildings in the next 15 years.

    I like the niegborhood, know many people that have lived there, including 2 good friends who live there now and even going back to the 1920s. II even went to High School across the street but I think the neighborhood has more to worry about than a 13 story building. The smartest man I know once told me...... If you live in a city, you can not expect to have all the good without any of the bad (like traffic). You can not have it all"

    JMHO

  11. While I am in favor of density, it is not an altar to be worshipped at. This site is just one block away from beautiful historic single-family homes that should be preserved. 13 stories and 290 units is too much. University Park and especially Cameron Park are among Raleigh's greatest treasures, and it is not in Raleigh's interest to threaten them. Clark Ave. to the west and Oberlin Rd. further north are two-lane roads with beautiful historic homes on both sides. These roads should not and cannot be widened. There are hundreds of sites inside the beltline on which a 13-story, 290- unit building would be appropriate; this is not one of them.

    As rjgeary states, the issue is precedent. The City can't say that a 13-story building is OK here, and the rest of the area is limited to 2 stories.

    The small-area plan was well thought out; it was adopted; it needs to be followed.

    I would say Glenwood South in it current form offers more "harm" to Cameron Park than a 9-13 story building would. Myself have walked "fully wasted" through Cameron Park neighborhood at 2:00 in the morning with 7 other people. Not to mention Hillsbourgh Street between Players Retreat and St. Marys with the "persons" who habitate there now. Sorry, I don't see the point.

  12. Ate lunch there today. Basic fast food chinese, like the place that used to be at the corner of Salisbury and Hargett. Styrofoam plates, cheesy pictures of the food on the menu board, the whole nine yards. Some nice outdoor seating, but a view only of an asphalt parking lot, with the freight yards in the distance. But hey, every downtown needs cheap Chinese, and this at least tasted hot and fresh. Not sure why they are trying to call themselves "gourmet"...maybe an English as a Second Language mistranslation?

    Bet it goes a little upscale at night. They have a setup where they could put out a buffet, but it wasn't set up at lunchtime today...

    On an unrelated note, as I walked past Capital Grocery on the way to the chinese place, it seemed to be doing a bit of the lunch business...mind you, not as busy as the cafe at Logan Trading Company ( I no longer refer to that place as "Seaboard Cafe" because newbies confuse it with the white tableclothed "18 Seaboard"), but far from a "how does this place stay in business" level of emptiness...

    And speaking of "how does this place stay in business", I am completely perplexed by all the glowing reports we were hearing before Tookie's opened downtown about how good it is...I guess it was good food if you had a "gas station" level of expectation, but for a sit down table service restaurant in downtown Raleigh, it simply doesn't cut it...

    Stopped by at Peace China on Saturday and talked to the owner. Just ate so got a shrimp roll and a drink to take out. Young guy started it but I hope he does well. Get some apartments in there and he will do OK. I thought the roll was pretty good but the place is not and not meant to be upscale Asian which is OK with since when I eat Chinese (unless I am in Shanghai or Hong Kong) this is what I like (unless I want to eat upscale). Looks like a great take out or a fast place to get a decent meal. He said he was doing 30% better than plan right now but you could tell he wanted more weekend business. The seating outside looked good and I don't buy what the poster said about a parking lot and railroad tracks. Yep, that is there but better than sucking fumes on Glenwood like Lily's or Moonlight or many others. I would eat outside.

  13. Flew in late last night from out of the country. It is looking good. I was waiting for the park and ride bus on the base floor and you could see in. It wil be very open. But they have some big pipes to move (steam pipes maybe). I guess they will go underground because right now they are above ground and go underground right in front of the door leading out of baggage.

    Anyway, the building looks good.

  14. McCormick & Schmick's is pushing for a July 4th opening while the other two tenants -- Brio and Fleming's, are content with October.

    With a M&S, they will get the business meeting and travelor there which drives the fact that many business people stay around crabtree. I even eat at M&S sometime although not my favorite place. The ones I usually eat at are in a DT location like in San Jose, but I can see why they chose Crabtree. I can see people walking over from Embassy Suites, marriott and the new Weston.

  15. We noticed it last weekend, as well as a hookah bar that has yet to open up right next to it.

    There is a hooka bar (I think still there) on Hillsbourgh Street in the old Starbucks/Baxleys location. Been a while but I enjoyed it although a lot of college kids.

    Out of all the experienced I have in work and my life including a masters degree (MBA), if experience could be turned into wealth......... such as in sitting in a room around a water pipe (s), I would be a rich man ! :shades:

  16. I lived not to far from this area for a long time. I think one of the long term keys to this area is that the TTA plan at one time had a stop at Whitker Mill between Wake Forest and Atlantic. This would be the 5 points stop and especially these areas southeast of 5 points like this area. TTA looked at both this area/TTA stop and Highwoods for the next stop after the Governmental Stop downtown which was planned near WEST. I think there was n

    Of course, Highwoods won for the number of workforce but that area around Wake Forest Road would be prime in 15 or so years with this area leading the growth The more dense building and yes, knockdowns, will create more density around the area between 5-points and Wake Forest Road. (Not to mention more late night eaters at Snoopys).

    With this growth, the other side of the plan TTA stop/Atlantic Ave is prime (Peden Steel Plant) and if TTA ever used both tracks that crisscross in this area, it would be a major place to jump trains. (Go over the bridge on Atlantic near Watkins and look North and that would be the transit center). This whole area around this site going to Capital and the area along Wake Forest is prime for the next 20 years.

  17. So do any of you think RDU will upgrade their rental car service area? I would think that with the limited supply of cars and future pax growth that more cars will be needed. Just seeing what your opinions are on that.

    I agree with the other poster about just being updated. Living here, I have never rented a car in the Triangle yet have rented cars in many cities. I have returned a girlfriends car once that was off the grounds of the airport. I am not sure if a rental company wanted more room, just move off grounds and keep your buses/van circling the airport.

    If it came to it, they could give up the area I think is rental car and move them to another location maybe up the road that is the entrance off of I-540. Just create a large rental car area like Denver or San Jose has done.

    IMHO, the best airport to rent a car is either Tucson or Wichita. Walk just outside the door and there it is. No guard to check or no spikes in the pavement to stop you. But being a small airport is the reason why.

  18. I went there the night the rumor was posted here and talked to this woman sitting at the bar who said she worked there. She said they had stop serving food except on Band nights and I knew then the rumor was probably true. I talked to this woman about I had heard a rumor it was closing and she did not say much.

    I went back late New Years Eve and noticed that it was cash only for entrance and thought "yep, it is true." I kind of know the band booker in the article and know the former bar manager, Gary. I think they had some issues but I still think that area will boom in 10 years. I hope something good moves there as it is a nice place/building.

  19. Actually, Hidaway is a great place and they do advertise. Just look at an Independent and you will see their Band list right along with Cats Cradle, Lincoln Theater and Pour House. I have seen it elsewhere. I think the Bands they have are great (most of the time). Go see Hank Sinatra when they play there. Not your usual run of mill party bands that Raleigh gets or the usual Pour House band circuit. (I do like the Pour House). I do think they have a great location but it just blows me a way that some people who go "DT" would not be caught that far up Capital or since it is not DT, people will not go.

    The food is not bad but I think they have cut back their hours since not that many people go eat there. It is not associated with Boo's , it is locally owned by a lawyer here in Raleigh who sunk a lot of money into it and the building as he said Raleigh needed a blues/alt country bar which I think he is correct. This part of Capital will boom in years to come but not sure now is the time. I say in 15 years, that whole location will change.

    Try out Hidaway sometime. Different crowd than the standard "I am 27 year old Raleigh person trying to be cool on GlenwoodSouth". OK maybe I went to far on that one so sorry if I offended anyone.

  20. I went out there yesterday to take a peek. It was sitting just behind the fence between the UPS and DHL cargo areas. Absolutely huge and absolutely an incredible airplane. Sure wish we had birds that size flying in and out of RDU on a daily basis. If you're saying it'll be out there again today, i may head back out there to take a few pictures of my own. Saw plenty of 747s at JFK in New York, but I think the only one I may have ever seen here was Air Force One on a few occasions.

    Nothing like riding in the "HUMP" upstairs in Business Class on a 747. Only sits about 12 people and the area has its own bathrooms and assistant. Plenty high enough to look over everything at the airports. I have sat up there about 10 times. The 747s fly real nice for such a big plane.

    The only issue I have with them is it is an aging fleet for the US airlines (I thiink they still sell many in Asia). I have been on them in other countries and while sitting at the gate, the whole plane just shuts down and then the Asian engineers come on board since many panels and the flight cockpit is in the hump and you can watch their face on rather or not they know what the problem is. I was on one flight and they keep walking by frowning and spent a good hour working on what ever is wrong. And there you are getting ready to fly for 13 hours over water and you can see it in the face of the mechanic that something is wrong.

    If you get a chance and are in Seattle, go north to the plant where they make 747s. It is huge and a great visit. Amazing to see who is buying the 747s today. Many are Asian airlines and buying cargo 747s to haul back product to the US from Asia.

    The 777 that flies into Londan from RDU is almost as big but but not as distinctive. It dwarfs the MD-80s that litter airports that fly American.

  21. Becton-Dickinson (BD) is scouting the area for a new $100 million facility. Sites in Durham, Clayton, Wilson, and Sanford are being considered. BD already has ops in RTP and Durham. One company that will most likely never see around here is Genentech. I spent 3 days with the Senior VP of Research Drug Discovery and he said the company will most likely never expand outside of the Bay area unless they decide to add international facilities. Too bad as they are probably one of the better pharma companies out there-he said this past year the company spent $2 billion on research.

    Back in 1986, I took a easy education class to fill in hours in one of my last semesters in undergrad as I was a business major. I had to give a presentation and I did it on stock market and international marketing. I told the class they should buy Genentech stock as they will be one of the market leaders in the future. That was 21 years ago.

    I wish I had followed my own advice.

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