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  1. I can't help but read this thread in combination with the discussion of the impending demolition of the Garland-Jones and Lawyers buildings to make room for the Wake County Judicial Center, and wonder if people won't say the same thing 20 years from now about the loss of those buildings. The price of progress, I suppose...
  2. "spire" is generous. I think the "dunce cap" description is much more accurate. Looks stupid and shame on Highwoods for not insisting on something more integrated with the design of what is otherwise a decent-looking building. Edison is great news, Gregg is a smart developer, and Cherokee's involvement in downtown Raleigh can be nothing but a good thing. I think the name totally suggests a Progress involvement, and I wouldn't be surprised if the merged entity occupies much of the office space. Toss in a couple of law firms that want to be close to the power company and you've got an ever-taller tower. And yes, it's almost certain to grow and/or shrink over the next 5 years as it moves toward completion, but who knows. Maybe it'll end up being the most attractive building in downtown irrespective of the height. That's not a high threshhold, ya know... I look forward to seeing it rise out of he dirt, even if that's not for another couple of years.
  3. wow. that seems like a tall order...
  4. This is great news for the region's economy. Too bad the facility is way out in the middle of nowhere (although, I know, it's tough to put mfg downtown...)
  5. That's hilarious Isn't the point, though, to have uniformity of design with the new terminal? If they are re-designing/re-doing the northern concourse, won't it look strange to have the old red-roof inn attached to this elegant modern structure? And, aesthetics aside, I expect it's easier and more cost effective to tear down the old and re-build from scratch. Like "Extreme Makeover, Airport Edition" maybe?
  6. ^^ I agree. I really like the design, and think it'll be a first rate facility when they're done. I like the fact that it's a post-9/11 facility, so can take into account the new security requirements rather than retro-fit them in like so many places have had to do.
  7. What?!? Is there a separate UP thread on that? I don't remember hearing about that project. Enlighten me, please... I thought Barbara Mulkey owned that building? And, wow. I work in Two Hannover and never knew the atrium was a separate parcel. Wild.
  8. I like that RDU is comparatively uncrowded-- it rarely takes me more than 15 minutes to get through security no matter when I fly. I think the redo of C will do tons for our image as a region, but the real thing that matters is whether one can get to where one is going quickly and cheaply. I generally can, so I like the airport!
  9. Went by again a couple of days ago. Is it just me, or is this place a study in how NOT to make an urban grocery store succeed?
  10. I dunno-- to me there's a really big difference between habitat/ecosystem planning and parks & rec uses of land. Since it's tough to play soccer in the woods, the two are usually incompatible. I think it's inappropriate to have a vast unused area so close to downtown and expect to see anything other than sprawl in the rest of the community. I like the campus/land swap idea, though. Very creative; very outside the box.
  11. ^^ I agree the location and signage are both serious issues. I went to 18 Seaboard to meet some folks for lunch the other day, and had no idea that we were right beside the grocery store. Who could possibly know? I usually stop at Whole Foods on my way home, but will make an effort to support the downtown shop when I can. Do they have organic stuff, or just regular groceries? Agree too that it would be good to have them within walking distance of the office towers. I'd for sure go there for lunch more often, but I have to drive from Two Hannover to get there.
  12. ^^^ I have to agree. What's wrong with setting aside a portion of the site for open space and recreation, and a portion aside for other uses? It seems to me that if supporting downtown Raleigh is a goal, having additional neighborhoods and commercial development close to the urban core is a good thing, especially if it's done in such a way that it provides links from downtown to other existing neighborhoods. And what's wrong with selling some of it off to help defray the cost of creating a truly urban park-- something beautiful and useful and accessible, and something of which we can all be proud? Sounds ilke a win-win to me.
  13. I remember hearing the Nobel stat. I think that's a huge selling point for the region that ought to be touted more often. I dunno-- you may be right, but as sophiticated as corporate recruiters are, it seems like there's just got to be some way to index the Triangle's biotech muscle.
  14. ^^^ The Archdale Building also houses several other smaller state offices. I think it's probably the ugliest building in Raleigh. My wife worked there several years ago, and said it was the most oppressive physical work environment she'd ever been in. NOT a happy structure.
  15. Just curious: does anyone know if there's an index of the Biotech companies with HQ's (or major facilities) in the Triangle? Maybe the Biotech Center keeps something like that? I'm sure the recruiters for the economic development agencies in the region have some numbers to go on?
  16. this is an AWESOME thread. Thanks for sharing the maps, and these stories about Raleigh of old, guys.
  17. I think it's a great size, and agree that the GlenSouth area has it's own "skyline" and "heartbeat" as it were. From an economic point of view, I think it makes total sense to capitalize on the fact that this is a hot part of town and send some vertical up to accommodate that demand. Visually, from Broughton I think the building will be completely in keeping with the Paramount, Boylan Flats, 630 North and the other developments in the vicinity. It should form a nice, mid-rise area just outside of downtown. In fact, the more I think about it, the cooler I think it will be to have that area transition to the taller buildings in downtown proper from the low-rise north. It also works as a nice set-up for future development between this building and Capital Blvd/TTA stop/Downtown proper, since i imagine that stuff would be taller anyway.
  18. starting with a direct bus route would be a positive move. When I lived at the corner of St. Mary's & H'boro, to get to Meredeth or NCSU (where my wife and I were students, respectively) via bus meant leaving over an hour before class, riding out toward Crabtree, then back downtown to change buses at Morgan Street and getting to class about 5 or 10 minutes late. When it was a straight shot down the road. How insane is that? Yes, yes, one can ride a bike or walk, but it makes no sense not to havae straight-line bus connections.
  19. absolutely! although the full gospel church that was next door is not-- do you remember that place? it used to rock out of control while one enjoyed a Char burger on the wall. It was replaced by a really cool mixed-use building with office and apartments, which I lovel except I miss the church.
  20. I caught that, too. I could've sworn Pine State was fully leased five years ago and 510 was up and running. But who knows. Time passes in odd ways sometimes. I know fact-certain that the area was dead 15 years ago when I lived at St. Mary's Apartments (corner of St. Mary's & H'boro). Char Grill and Irregardless were the only places to eat anywhere near there. Still, a cool article, and great that that area has clearly crossed the tipping point toward success.
  21. I've always liked the tried and true "Raleighwood"
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