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    It took Michelangelo 4 years to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
  2. Pelli's BOA tower is still one of my favorites anywhere.
  3. When you are talking about easily connecting to a population with 4X+ the violent crime rate, it isn't about race, it's about culture. Many of the few violent crimes in Chapel Hill are already conducted by people who come in from Durham. Also, it is an expensive project, and the heart of conservatism is reducing government expenditures.
  4. It's really absurd, especially with today's low-energy LED technology, that they can't run the flashing orange border of lights on that sign. Raleigh needs to update its sign ordinance because the lumens coming out of these tobacco shops' interior-hung signs is way more offensive than the Arby's sign ever was.
  5. I remember riding through these buildings in a chartered CAT bus when I was in 5th grade. We saw them fitting I-bars of steel for a bridge in those controlled conditions before sending them into the wild. (the bus went on to Shearon Harris, which was still under construction - so much fun!) I've always thought that this site would be a major redevelopment, which would spur a logical transit stop on the north spur of a rail system. I'm so excited that Jamestown is involved. I do hope they can continue with quality without going cookie cutter everywhere like Rouse did after the Inner Harbor.
  6. Glad y'all are doing well. I live about a mile from it, and wake up to the train horn frequently.
  7. Why would anyone want to live next to a railroad? I don't understand the market forces here.
  8. The site plan for the lot behind Marbles Museum at 220 E. Morgan St. has been upgraded to request for zoning change allowing up to ... you guessed it ... 40 stories. What is that, the 5th or 6th proposal for 40-stories? I completely agree with whomever posted here their theory that some company is wanting a 40-story HQ in Raleigh and developers are all quietly racing to propose plans to the company. In other words, it is a bit dubious that more than one of these will get built.
  9. You can see some of the renderings if you search Google. https://www.google.com/search?q=midtown+exchange+renderings&sa=X&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS762US762&biw=1292&bih=696&tbs=qdr:w&sxsrf=ALeKk03rxlVhmyyTCrZcFZAyViTBt-PA4g:1612910594231&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=b-qgnPKL1g3q8M%2CUjFmgwY7ZmRV7M%2C_&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kTqh1QOPI4eVoP8DhxARLk7OnCANQ&ved=2ahUKEwi04peY8N3uAhVTQTABHTufA-AQ9QF6BAgVEAE#imgrc=NY3zWAv_QTuNEM
  10. The numbers I cited are from NCSBI and are for counties, not cities as your numbers are. Obviously the numbers are higher in cities than in the remainder of the respective counties.
  11. Cute monikers aside, in 2019 Durham County had the sixth-highest violent crime rate (murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) in NC with 704 per 100,000. Wake County had 250 (#37) and Orange County had 152 (#88). So, Durham's County's Violent Crime Rate is 2.8X higher than Wake's, and 4.6X higher than Orange's. The most violent counties are Edgecombe (931), Cumberland (787), Forsyth (760), Robeson (768), and Vance (756). By comparison, New Jersey's most violent county, Cumberland, had a rate of 421 violent crimes per 100,000.
  12. It's such a tiny little plot of land!
  13. We visited Austin 7yrs ago for a few days and really enjoyed it. We walked and drove around UT, drove by the capitol, spent a couple of hours at Pinballz, went to Barton Springs, went out on S. Congress, went to the home Whole Foods Store(awesome), did 4th of July from a condo on a high floor, paid my respects at the SRV statue, toured and sang onstage at the ACL Live concert venue (audience of 2), took in the cool LP-oriented lounge in the W, walked through the original Schlotsky's and Chuey's, saw the office building where the final scene in Office Space was filmed, saw a band at the Continental, Waterloo Records, drove 90mph to Black's Barbecue (Lockhart, TX) in a rented Kia, drank in the Rainey St area, and ate and ate and ate (Home Slice pizza, Guero's, Tacodeli, Lick Ice Cream, and the incredible Uchi) I ate tacos at 11 different places in 3 days. We also did 8th St, but it was pretty much the yahoo "hey bro" kind of crowd. Hard to compare the cities. On paper Raleigh and Austin seem similar, but it didn't remind me much of Raleigh. The layout of the city is completely different. Atlanta's layout reminds me more of Raleigh. I think there are more tourist things to do in Austin, but I'd rather raise a family in Raleigh because it has seasons, is close to the beaches and mountains, and is reasonably close to Washington. I really like that we have so many good universities around here instead of one big boy. I also felt like we saw many more crappy rundown retail areas in Austin than we see driving through Raleigh. Raleigh is definitely greener and more wooded. There are certainly more live music venues in Austin (there was a band playing at our airport gate) than Raleigh, however Adam Curry contends that the live music thing there is overblown, and that Nashville is truly the live music capital. Austin has a lot more money. The rumor going round is that Kendra Scott's husband has made a bunch of money, so they just moved into their $20million house. WIthin a month a realtor contacted them and asked them how much it would take for them to part with it. Someone had bought the land next to it and wanted to tear down the new $20M house. Kendra and her husband said, $85million and the agent said they'd get a check to them the following day. There is a $5 million house inside Raleigh's beltline that just went on the market. Nobody I know sees this house selling for at least a year. One interesting difference is the racial profiles. Both have the same proportion of white people, but the Hispanic and Black portions are flipped. The cities are different politically, too. Raleigh is a left city, but Austin is more hard left, and getting moreso as it is the landing spot for so many Californian transplants. Austin has more creative types who love things that are "gritty". While Austin has many tech jobs, I feel like Raleigh is a bit more of a nerdistan, but I could be wrong. This is a great topic you raised. I look forward to reading others' impressions.
  14. In addition to KJHburg's suggestion of seeing the North Hills project (I-440/Six Forks), Start at Dorton Arena (fairgrounds) Drive down Hillsborough St. from 440 to downtown. Then hit: Broughton High School (1929) The new developments on Peace Street (between the railroad and Capital Blvd) Glenwood South district The new Amtrak station and surrounding warehouse district Duke Energy Performing Arts Complex and the Convention Center (be sure to notice the shimmer wall on the west face of the convention center). Nearby is Poole's Diner, home to the most recent winner of the nation's best chef award (James Beard Foundation) NC Governor's Mansion and State Capitol Catholic Cathedral (Western Blvd, across from Pullen Park - 5th largest cathedral in the US), Hunt Library on NCSU's Centennial Campus (go inside and see the _very_cool_ bookbot on the ground floor, at least). NCSU main campus: the newly renovated Reynolds Coliseum and the major renovation to the student center next door are worth getting out of your car for. (if they're open) Quick walkthroughs of the architecturally significant NC Museum of Art (interior - Wed thru Sun req free timed tickets) and RDU's Terminal 2 if you have time. Have fun! It's changed quite a bit since 4/4/83!
  15. They _really_ need to paint the exposed descending concrete garage portions black (between those silver facade pieces)
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