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  1. Pineville, Carolina Place, and Ballantyne are clearly the manifest destiny of the Blue Line. Just a matter of WHEN. 20 years perhaps, before this is up on the agenda?
  2. At any rate this is worlds better than the exploitative octopus apartments proposed for Maiden Lane.
  3. Seven story buildings can't be built of matchsticks and kindling. Sign me up! The part of the building above Dave's/Darryl's seems a bit expensive and unnecessary, given how little SD it actually adds compared to the rest of the project. But whatever, I'm fine with it.
  4. It can't be ignored that most of these fires are during construction: that one that went viral in Houston a few years ago where the construction worker and firefighterbarely made it out alive, santana row in San Jose about a decade ago. The edgewater fire is a bit unusual.... But the risk during the construction phase alone is enough for me to say NO THANKS.
  5. Never mind not wanting to live in one of these buildings. After seeing this, especially given the rather terrifying impacts to nearby buildings, I would not want to live next to one of these piles of kindling during construction either. Such bans already exist in many large cities, but even more suburban locales have done this before, too. Last year, Sandy Springs, Georgia has banned frame buildings that are over 3 stories or 100,000 square feet. Maybe Raleigh should follow suit.
  6. Glad to hear the only injury was a relatively minor injury to a firefighter. Most of these fires happen when the buildings are under construction and fire barriers and sprinklers aren't installed yet. The fire in NJ is quite a bit more disconcerting. Wonder if it had sprinklers? I am interested to know if the Link Apartments next door are damaged badly enough to be a complete loss?
  7. We'll see how it works when it opens, but I still can't quite get over the odd, seemingly passenger-hostile design that makes passengers walk 250ft west to the very back of the building, and then another 250ft southeast to get to the tunnel that gives access to the platforms. It was sort-of required by the decision to use the Viaduct building, but I wish they could have found a better way. I also recall that in some sketches of potential track layouts, there was going to be a two-track intercity island platform, and provision for a single side platform for commuter trains. To me, when you're starting from a blank slate like this, only leaving room for a single platform for commuter service would be very short-sighted. I hope that decision doesn't wind up set in concrete for generations.
  8. There is a fountain right in front of Memorial Auditorium at the south end of Fayetteville Street. Nothing too special.
  9. My "fantasy" notion for the S-line north of Raleigh would be for it to be bought by the All Aboard Florida/Brightline people who are reportedly looking to bring their business model to other corridors, possibly even outside Florida. The case for upgraded rail between NC and the northeast corridor is pretty bulletproof, there is a completed EIS already in place, Trump is big on infrastructure and is actually quite keen on higher speed rail as long as there is a private component, and NC is a very important state politically for Trump as well.
  10. Back to the Charlotte-Raleigh comparison thing. I live in the Raleigh area and have lived here for nearly 20 years, I rather like it, but I'd be hard pressed to find many categories where you could say Raleigh wins. Maybe the museums, maybe having our university closer to downtown, mabye the way Raleigh's neighborhoods feel more connected and contiguous with the CBD are some things that Raleigh has going for it. You'd have to basically consider the whole triangle (Raleigh + Durham + Chapel Hill) to find a more level playing field. But the truth is, most people here mostly stick to Durham/Chapel Hill or Raleigh - the region isn't really that integrated. - so in some sense it's a false comparison. We might be singing a different song about that had our rail system gone ahead in 2005. And even if you take all three cities' downtowns together and add them up, you still don't quite get something that equals the economic engine that is Uptown Charlotte.
  11. I think that's the roadbed for where the NCRR railroad is to be relocated when it is put onto the new bridge over 36th. I would imagine that, in the future, the space currently used by the freight tracks (which will be removed) could then be used to build an extra set of passenger tracks. But I don't think they're already improving the roadbed and laying ballast for an eventual HSR line.
  12. This is pretty exciting. Honestly I don't see any structures in this area that are worth preserving all. And it's good to see it in the hands of a capable developer. There are a few parcels that Kane/Williams don't own yet, and I wouldn't mind if Kane got his hands on those as well. I would like to see Tucker Street extended through to Harrington for example, but this can't/won't happen unless Kane gets those last couple parcels along West Street. Something else that others have mentioned is the possibility of realigning Harrington to the west in order to make the Wake County GSA block big enough to hold a stadium. Doing this without Kane/Williams acquiring the properties along West Street would make their property on Harrington a bit on the narrow side. Not hopelessly narrow, but not ideal.
  13. The plan also includes adding some levels to the Powerhouse Square parking deck. This of course again brings up the question of the 20 story limit in Raleigh. My thoughts: I think 20 stories is tall enough and don't care about crafting a perfect skyline or building more skyscrapers to somehow increase Raleigh's profile. I am also not worried about a 20 story "plateau effect." Personally, I would not consider any building of at least 8 stories anywhere downtown to be a waste of space, considering that there is still a LOT of underutilized land left downtown. On the other hand, I don't like how the renderings for the 301 Hillsborough complex makes it look like a monolithic borg cube and I am afraid we will see more of the same on this block. I tend to think height restrictions downtown are unnecessary and pointless meddling; however, I do wonder if these 12- and 20- story caps are causing more developers to pull the trigger right now, rather than holding out for something bigger and potentially more profitable, which will result in a quicker buildout of the underutilized lots downtown - in which case it's actually having a positive effect. BUT, again, I would NOT want to see downtown Raleigh built out as a bunch of borg cubes.
  14. Those renderings are completely different. The first one is pretty cool and the second one is pretty much blah so I'll assume that, given this is Raleigh, the second one is the real, latest plan. Second, it looks like the first several floors are parking, but why is that needed? Wasn't that the point of the Blount Street deck to provide all the parking that would be needed for buildings on this block. Le Sigh.
  15. Thanks for the info about the State parking decks. Never had occasion to park there. Probably they could start charging for games and people would pay. For any of the downtown sites, I would plan on there being very little need for vehicular access to the stadium site itself due to little or no onsite parking. I agree the Capital/CSX site is a bit small. Length is not a problem but it's only about 400' wide. Most soccer stadiums that I can find on Google Maps seem to be closer to 450' wide. 450' x 550' seems to be a typical dimension. Would take a minimum-dimension field and compact bleacher design. Pedestrian bridges could provide access from Glenwood South and the State Parking deck. All the complications add up to make this a rather unlikely spot.