Wednesday, July 23, 2014

City of Oaks history on City of Rhetoric blog

This story has an amazing amount of information on the history of Raleigh's Growth, and delves into the unique mixture of good and mixed motives.

City of Oaks | City of Rhetoric

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Design Lunch by Raleigh Planning 02.16.11

Please join us at the Raleigh Urban Design Center (133 Fayetteville Street, Suite 100)

Lunch Forum on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. for the following presentation.

Quality Design and Affordable Housing

Georgia Bizios, FAIA, Professor of Architecture, College of Design and
Katie Wakeford, NCSU Home Environments Design Initiative

  • How can design guidelines empower a community?
  • Why is quality design so important in affordable housing?
  • What are the opportunities to collaborate with NCSU Home Environments Design Initiative?

Contact, 919-807-8480, with questions or concerns
or visit the Lunch Forums website for more details. All events are free and open to the public.

City of Raleigh | One Exchange Plaza | Raleigh, NC 27602 | United States

Monday, July 19, 2010

And Back on the Development Channel ...

This notice from the City of Raleigh:

Please join us at the Raleigh Urban Design Center (133 Fayetteville Street, Suite 100) Lunch Forum on Wednesday July 21, 2010 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. for the following presentation.

Complete Streets
James Westmoreland, NC Deputy Secretary of Transportation

  • What are Complete Streets?
  • How does NCDOT plan to implement its Complete Streets policy?
  • What role do Complete Streets play in developing Sustainable Communities?

Q& A Panel: Presenter, Eric Lamb, Manager, City of Raleigh Transportation Services, Raleigh Public Works Department, Elizabeth Alley, Planner II, Raleigh Urban Design Center

Contact, 919-807-8480, with questions or concerns.
All events are free and open to the public.

City of Raleigh | One Exchange Plaza | Raleigh, NC 27602 | US

Monday, July 12, 2010

Growing Pains

Cash Michaels has put together a PSA on the coming event for diversity in our schools.


And Steve Ford of the N&O explains how the clash of the cultures began.


Mayor Meeker certainly stepped in it when he recently tried to describe the problem facing older neighborhoods in Raleigh when it comes to the effect of this new school board's education policy. Quoting Steve Ford's article:

Don't be shocked, but Southern resentment of Yankees once was focused on the Northerners' determination to stamp out the Confederate rebellion and the practice of slavery, on which the ruling class of Southern whites believed their way of life depended.

Now we see a Southern mayor - albeit a District of Columbia native educated at Yale and Columbia - articulating that familiar cultural tension, but from the standpoint of someone convinced that the perspective of long-time Southerners (of whatever race) is more closely aligned with black residents' interests.

There is of course a disconnect in Wake between 1) the old-timers who went through desegregation of the schools, merger of the former city and county school systems and the crafting of diversity policies, and 2) the many newer arrivals, often settling in the rapidly growing suburbs, who put prime importance on stability in school assignments and on having their kids attend school with kids from the same kind of background.

No matter how it is pointed out, it is an important point. So hooray for the Mayor with goo on his shoes. Let's make sure all this sudden growth in Raleigh leaves no family behind.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Raleigh's Union Station


Union Station

Raleigh's Multi-Modal Transit Center

A draft report for Raleigh's Union Station has been completed for public review. The objective of the design and development strategy is twofold: first, to prepare a conceptual multi-modal transit center design that coordinates the location of various existing and future transit service areas with convenient connections among service platforms; and second, to prepare a development strategy for properties within and in the vicinity of the transit center.

A public open house will be held on May 12 to present the report findings and answer questions. The Raleigh Urban Design Center (133 Fayetteville Street) will host two opportunities to attend:

12:00 to 1:30 p.m. - Informal information session with City staff available to answer questions

6:30 to 8:00 p.m. - Formal presentation followed by question & answer

After the open house, a 30 day comment period will be provided followed by the preparation of a final report. Comments must be submitted to Martin Stankus by June 11, 2010.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

City Planning News

May 4, 2010

Planning Commission's - Committee of the Whole Meeting

Agenda HERE

May 4, 2010 Raleigh Municipal Building - Room 305 at 9:00 a.m.

of interest to neighborhoods:

TC-2-10 Rezoning Review Process. Amends the City’s rezoning process related to required neighborhood meetings, trip generation study, third party rezonings, time period for Planning Commission deliberation, prohibitions on certain zoning conditions, and specific time periods for submitting revised and amended zoning conditions