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  1. ^ architecture like that (was) is not replacable. :(

    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. This thing is almost a real life example of the last scene in "The Jerk", where they tore down the old house and built a new one.


    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?

  3. 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! :)

  4. I am not really being a devils advocate but reiterating the anti development argument....Dix has been whittled away from a piece of land that was once so large that it could have been something more like a nature preserve or park on the scale of Umstead, a couple of thousand acres or so I think. They envision(ed) trails many miles in length, like Umstead, and a sufficient habitat to support large ecosystems of flora and fauna, essentially nothing about it being man made. So whats the difference bewteen 300 and 170 acres? Its the fundementals.....there has always been an argument for chipping off another piece of Dix and the versatility of what is left over keeps being reduced. I agree that 170 acres is great, having soccer fields (I play alot myself), greenways etc, but our status quo glasses on UP of 'better urban form' simply is different than other peoples status quo 'leave it as is'. I would guess 'they' would support a straight up bond sale to purchase the campus. My girlfriend had an idea I am starting to think on (in a parallel universe anyway)....Let Dix be a college campus, sell it to Shaw say, and then Shaw could sell off their very valuable downtown core land to pay for the increased space at Dix...they would have a real campus like Meredith for instance.....not realistic I know but creative nonetheless....

    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.

  5. ^^ 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.

  6. ^^^ 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.

  7. Honestly, it would be impossible to list all the companies (from large pharma to small start-ups) in Wake, Durham, Orange County alone.

    An interesting tidbit: 3 Nobel Prize winners have come out of RTP (the park itself). 2 people from Burroughs-Welcome (now GSK) and 1 from NIEHS.

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. Any mention of a trolley line down H'borough St? If Regional Rail is not going to happen we need to address alternate transportation some other way. This seems to be the most logical place in Raleigh to start. A second line would run down Fayetteville St.

    I agree, roundabouts sound cool, but would probably be a waste of money and make the situation worse.

    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.

  10. Not to get off subject here....is the Char-Grill still there? Man I miss walking there and haveing a Burger and onion rings

    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.

  11. 5 years is a bad #. Glenwood South started coming together in the late 90's

    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.

  12. "Log Into The Future"

    "Raleigh, North Carolina's NETtropolis"

    "America's New City"

    "Mycity, USA"


    "the Envy of N.C."



    "It's Rrrraleigh cool"

    "Raleigh, What happens in Raleigh, stays...the envy of everyone else."

    I've always liked the tried and true "Raleighwood"

  13. Ha, squeaky-clean suburban bliss. That'd be a great album title.


    hadn't thought of that, but now that you mention it, let's market it through one of Carrboro's alternative labels.

    What's interesting is that on older maps (1980s and 90s), Cary is barely a speck - it appears it would be the size of Statesville or Hillsborough. On newer maps, it's got a dot and typeface about the size of Wilmington's or Greenville's.

    It's true; and it makes sense in that it's as large or larger than those places, in both land mass and population.

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