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  1. Interstates do add a certain level of visibility to cities and offer an important connection between cities, however I'm not entirely sure how connected the economies of Raleigh and Hampton Roads are. The travel time between the two areas can be improved or maintained by limiting development along the corridor and improving key interchanges. According to Google, the fastest routes are I-495 to I-95 to US 58 or I-495/US 64 to NC 11 to NC 42 to NC 11 to US 13. Both routes take you to Suffolk VA and differ by only a few minutes. It takes 30 minutes longer to travel through Elizabeth City. I don't much benefit to add an interstate in the northeast part of the state. Interstate 495 should have been Interstate 395 unless there are plans to make it a loop by signing it over US 1 or US 401 south from Raleigh to connect to I-95 in Fayetteville or even further south. There are probably other things the state and the federal government could use that money for.
  2. Wake Forest Road could definitely provide another urban spoke radiating from Downtown. NCSU provides a strong anchor for Hillsborough Street and this is where it might have a leg up on some of the other streets. It was also one of the first to be developed outside of the original downtown grid, maintaining a much more urban character almost all the way to the beltline. In comparison, New Bern and Glenwood Avenues bleed into a more suburb arrangement much quicker. Wake Forest Road between Person Street and Atlantic Avenue has a lot going for it. As someone mentioned above, a road diet could provide bike lanes that cold connect downtown to the park planned along Capital Blvd and on to the Crabtree Creek Greenway. Other streets are pretty well connected with modest lots that help make the neighborhood walkable. The intersection with Brookside and surrounding property could be reconfigured and redeveloped to create a node for the neighborhood that takes advantage of its location between downtown and midtown along transit routes. I look forward to seeing what the development activity along Hillsborough will mean for that corridor in the future, particularly further West, as well as corridors like Wake Forest Road, New Bern Avenue, and Glenwood Avenue.
  3. I always wondered about the Airport exits with I-40, but honestly I've never run into any traffic problems when going to or coming from RDU. I think because Airport Blvd. and Aviation Pkwy, from the west and east serve the main entrance to the Airport, as well as from I-540 and Glenwood Avenue, there isn't much need for more complex exits. Should there be more intense development around the airport and to the south, this might need to change.
  4. With that being said, the Harrington/West option seems the best as far as diminishing impacts on the the McDowell/Dawson corridor. As long as the design for Union Station provides for easy transfer between modes (ie. Light Rail to R Line) I don't see a huge problem for anyone (tourists) connecting to the Convention Center. In some way, most of the CAT lines will have to be rearranged. My biggest concern with these plans is that the no matter what, the east side of downtown looses out on convenient and logical connections to the light rail. Like the most of the areas inside of the beltline, this area is relatively dense and has the potential for more intense development, but lacks a rail line going through the center of it. This will be a lost oppurtunity for the city in spreading development interests, not to say that I believe that it is anyone's fault. It's about geography.
  5. Any news on things going on in the area around Franklin Street? I know there is talks of putting a "City Garden" at the corner of Franklin and Blount St. As far as I've heard the Franklin Plaza project is "On Hold". And, the corner with the Super 10, I've always wondered if anything was going to happen with that. (Can't wait to hit up PieBird when it opens.)
  6. Raleigh Real Estate: Welcome Additions to Hillsborough http://blog.fmrealty.com/2011/02/24/raleigh-real-estate-welcome-additions-to-hillsborough/
  7. Agree with you DwnTwnRaleighGuy. I think going down from a concourse to the platform would add more versatility to the main level and easier access to multiple tracks as well as to areas for buses and other vehicles. If an extension of Glenwood Avenue is incorporated, having the multiple levels would just make sense. I think that bold but classic choices should be made for the station.
  8. This Chick-fil-a will see lots of business. Can someone point me in the direction of the new site plan for this new location? Hopefully it will be a more pedestrian friendly design, as compared to the McDonalds'.
  9. I saw it. I had a similar reaction. I think it might of been a reference (compliment) to the various 'lists' that the Triangle is on. There is a good deal of stuff going on here. And we may not be a big city (the Triangle isn't a city at all) or metropolitan region quite yet, but we are growing up.
  10. I don't think there has been much discussion of alternate sites for the Lightner Center. Although I agree with the suggestion of the wedge coming into downtown because of the reasons specified, I've always imagined that area with a larger more iconic building considering it is on an edge. I think that someone along the tracks in some some section of downtown could also be considered. The rails will create a natural barrier. Blocks that come to mind are the one across from the wedge (corner of McDowell and South) and the block bounded by Dawson, Cabbarus, Harrington, and Lenoir (that block will be critical for connection for the Intermodal station to Faytettville Street and the Convention Center).
  11. Wow, haven't seen that rendering. Looks awesome.
  12. I did not realize that there was such a large height difference. I can agree with you ORULZ, after looking at the site plan that the distance from the street (Daniels St. and Clark St.) and the height difference (Oberlin Rd. to Daniels St.) would not be ideal to encourage foot traffic and window shopping. I think the plan should be tweaked some. The lower level could come up to the street, while the rest of the building can be rectangular. That being said, the plaza at the corner of Daniels and Clark will make the height disparity not so great for pedestrians. Personally I'd rather take a flight of stairs rather than to walk up a long hill. (Many of those on campus.)
  13. I hope that this distinction provides incentive for the state and communities to the east and west of the current railway to plan for extensions. It'd be a great thing to be able to travel from one end of the state to the other by train reliably.
  14. Yes, if you cross Raleigh Blvd. and continue on the trail starting at the intersection with Crabtree Blvd. you'll eventually end up close to WakeMed.
  15. Except for the no tax revenue, I don't necessarily mind a church in this part of downtown because it would add to the diversity and character of the neighborhood. But, I would have to agree with DPK, that a church project (like anything) should have a usage plan that coincides with the district, and fits the surrounding neighborhood. Many churches like to incorporate Life or Community Living Centers (not sure if thats the right wordage), with fitness centers, classrooms, pools, bookstores, etc. Not to say that the city should sponsor this, but again if done right, the church could be more vibrant than say St. Pauls.
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